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When 35 runs were needed in 2 overs, why did Rajasthan give 19th over to Unadkat ?; Sehwag said- De Villiers might have been out if Archer had been given

Sunday 18 October 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore needed 35 runs in the final 2 overs to win the match against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on Saturday. It is not at all impossible to score 35 runs in the T-20 era, especially when an AB de Villiers-class batsman stands at the crease. However, in such a situation, Simple Cricketing Knowledge says, you throw the penalty i.e. the 19th over to your best bowler. Which was Jofra Archer in the case of Rajasthan. However, why did Captain Steve Smith finally give the responsibility of throwing this over to Jaydev Unadkat instead?

De Villiers hit a hat-trick of six off Jaydev's bowling

De Villiers hit a hat-trick of sixes in the first three balls of the 19th over. He hit sixes on superficial midwicket, long-on and square leg. Seeing De Villiers, Gurkirat Singh Mann (11 off 13 balls) who was batting at the opposite end also hit a four. A total of 25 runs came in this over. And in the final over Archer had just 10 runs to defend.

Smith explained the reason behind bowling Unadkat

"We had to use Jaydev for a big one-sided boundary. He throws a slow ball into the wicket. However, in the end, the boundary did not prove to be big for De Villiers," Smith told broadcaster Star Sports in a post-match presentation. Jaydev runs with an economy of 11.33 in death overs, and no ground in the world is big for de Villiers.

Sehwag said that de Villiers might have been out if he had given the 19th over to Archer

Former India opener Virender Sehwag told Cricbs that one thing was for sure, if de Villiers runs, Bangalore will win, if he doesn't run, Bangalore will lose. The Bangalore team relies heavily on de Villiers. As was the wicket, as was the bowling, only he could win the match. One thing I think, if the 19th over archer had not hit, de Villiers might have been out. When you come to bowl the last over and you only need 10 runs, you also think that 10 runs will be done.

Rajasthan gave a target of 178 runs

Rajasthan Royals have scored 177 for 6 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai. Captain Steve Smith hit his 11th fifty in the league returning to form. He played a superb innings of 57 off 36 balls. Apart from him, Robin Uthappa contributed 41 and Jose Butler 24 runs. For Bangalore, Chris Morris took 4 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal took 2 wickets.

Jose Butler was caught out by Navdeep Saini off Morris. Butler hit 24 off 25 balls with the help of 1 four and 1 six.

Chahal bowled Uthappa and Samson in two consecutive balls

Robin Uthappa gave the Royals a great start with 41 off 22 balls with the help of 7 fours and 1 six. He was caught out by Finch in a walk bowling. The next ball, Sanju Samson was caught out by Morris on a long-off. Samson scored just 9 runs.

Opener Ben Stokes was only able to get 15 off Morris' slow short ball and was caught by keeper De Villiers. Earlier, when Uthappa was playing for 29, Kohli dropped his catch behind mid-on in Saini's bowling. Uthappa hit four fours in the third over and completed 4500 runs in the league.

Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat

Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai. Rajasthan have not made any changes in their playing-11. While Bangalore has made 2 changes in their team. Gurkirat Singh Mann and Shahbaz Ahmed have been named in the squad to replace Shivam Dubey and Mohammad Siraj. Ahmed is a Bengal spinner and also hits lower order. He is playing his first match of the season