Rajasthan Royals overcame Punjab Kings to go to the IPL 2023 playoffs, although they lost a huge chance to pass Royal Challengers Bangalore in terms of net run rate since RR had to win in 18.3 overs. Unfortunately, they were only able to reach the necessary 188-run mark with 2 balls remaining, and they must now wait to learn their fate at the hands of the Mumbai Indians and the RCB.
While the Royals played their last league match on Thursday, May 19, and beat Punjab by four wickets in Dharamshala, both MI and RCB still have one game remaining. In order for RR to have any chance of making the playoffs, they would need teams like the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose, since the win did not improve RR's net run rate.
Sandeep Sharma's no-ball on the final ball of the innings against SRH, where Abdul Samad hit a six to win the game, is just one example of how they lost many games by razor-thin margins. Skipper Sanju Samson himself acknowledged that he was “shocked” to see where his team was at the end of the league stage. However, they only had themselves to blame.
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Samson acknowledged that they were working the arithmetic and wanted to win the game in the allotted overs to increase their net run rate, but it didn't quite happen. Shimron Hetmyer had a significant part in the Royals' most recent victory.
“I think at the end of the game, when Hety (Hetmyer) was going strong, we thought we will finish by 18.5,” the 28-year-old remarked.
Jaiswal hit yet another fifty and was widely praised by his captain, who had already praised the 21-year-old player often earlier in the season.
“Our team is excellent, therefore it's a bit surprising where we are on the leaderboard. Nearly every game, I have mentioned Jasiwal. He has shown to be mature. He seems to have played 100 Twenty20 matches, said Samson.
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“We predict that Boult will take a wicket in the first over around 90% of the time. In the most recent games, we were under pressure,” said the Royals captain.
So, when Royal Challengers Bangalore play Gujarat Titans on May 21, RR will wait to watch how Mumbai Indians do against Sunrisers Hyderabad.