With the arrival of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals have set the stage for their players. The Royals have stood out with their domestic performances and demonstrated great form in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Here is a look at the impact that they have had for their respective teams in the league:
Rahul Tripathi, run machine for Maharashtra
The Maharashtra skipper; Rahul Tripathi was at his best as he smashed 51 runs off just 28 balls against Uttarakhand and led Maharashtra to a 10 wicket victory. In a match against Baroda, Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s put together a remarkable partnership in which the skipper scored a rapid 70 runs off just 49 balls helping the state to reach the target with ease.
Jaydev Unadkat’s 2+ wickets streak
Jaydev Unadkat’s 2+ wickets in three consecutive matches have lifted Saurashtra’s performances lately. The Sikkim team that they faced were bowled out at 75 as Unadkat restricted Mumbai to under 140 and
In the last match of the league stage against Goa, he grabbed 2 wickets which made it his third consecutive 2+ wicket spell.
Sudhesan Midhun’s three-wicket against Kashmir
Kerala’s leg-spinner Sudhesan Midhun’s bowling has been eye catching to say the least. The state scored 159 in 20 overs against Jammu & Kashmir. In his bid to rally his team, Midhun’s spell of 3/9 in 3.2 overs, dismissed Kashmir’s highest run scorers Jatin Wadhwan and Adil Reshi, leaving the Northern most state in a state of absolute shock with no response.
Prashant Chopra’s 68-run knock against Tamil Nadu
In another game Tamil Nadu took on Himachal Pradesh and were limited to a total of 138 runs, following which Himachal Pradesh found themselves in a tricky scenario at 19/2 in the fourth over. Prashant Chopra’s composure helped him smash an unbeaten 68 runs off just 53 balls at a strike rate of 128. His partnership with Ekant Sen contributed 66 runs for the loss of the third wicket.
Shreyas Gopal’s hat-trick helped Karnataka finish the league stage in style
In a match against Mizoram, Karnataka’s Shreyas Gopal bagged 4 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs, ensuring Karnataka wrap the league stage unbeaten. Against Chhattisgarh, he maintained his continuity and added another wicket to his kitty.
Coming up against Haryana, his side had to defend a score of 139 runs. His teammate; Prasidh Krishna started impressively, but Shreyas Gopal stole the show with a hat-trick in the 11th over pushing Haryana on the back-foot completely.