Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals have been ruled out from the race of playoffs with MI’s victory against SRH. RR have played 14 games this season, collecting 14 points after winning and losing seven games. They ended their IPL campaign in fifth position in the points table.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals’ hope for playoff qualification were alive and depended on the results of other matches of RCB and MI. But the eight wickets victory of Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad ended their dream of Playoffs. Now, MI have officially secured the Playoffs spot with this victory. With 16 points from 14 games, Mumbai secured the 4th spot and will play the Eliminator against LSG. Mumbai is the fourth team behind Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants to qualify for the Playoffs.
RR’s Journey through the Season
Starting Journey of Rajasthan was quite good. They started their journey with four wins out of 5 games. These victories helped them to hold the top position in the point table. The only game that they lost initially by 5 runs was their second game against Punjab Kings. But, they suffered five defeats in the next six matches and these losses dropped them from the top of the points table. After that, they played their last three league matches against Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. They won two against Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 and 9 wickets respectively but faced a disastrous loss against RCB by 112 runs.
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RR’s Batters in IPL 2023
Rajasthan Royals’ top order and middle order seemed completely in form. The opener batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal was the leading scorer for Rajasthan. He scored 625 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 162 while playing 14 games. He also smashed One century and Five half centuries with 82 fours and 26 sixes in his 14 innings. His best score was 124 which came against Mumbai Indians where he single-handedly controlled RR innings. If we talk about Shimron Hetmyer then this was his best IPL season. He played the role of a finisher while batting at No.5. He played 14 games at a strike of 151.7 and an average of 38, scoring 299 runs, with a best of 56*.
Last season’s Orange Cap holder Jos Buttler looked pale this season as compared to last season. He has made a record of five duck outs this season. In the ongoing season, Buttler scored 392 runs in 14 matches at an average of 28.00 and a strike rate of 139.00, with a total of four half-centuries. His best score this season was 95.
Meanwhile, the skipper Sanju Samson played 14 games and scored 362 at an average of 30.16 and a strike rate of 153 with three half-centuries. Dhruv Jurel also helped his team with bat, while playing in mostly death overs he scored 152 runs in 11 innings with an impressive strike rate of 172.7. Devdutt Padikkal who played 11 games scored 261 runs with two fifties. Again, this season was bad for Riyan Prayag who played seven matches and scored only 78 with a poor average of 13.
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RR’s Bowlers in IPL 2023
If we talk about the bowling department of RR then their spinners were in his best form. Last season Purple Cap holder Yuzwendra Chahal was the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan. He played 14 matches and picked up 21 wickets at an economy of 8.1. His best bowling figure was 4/17 against SRH. Meanwhile, Ashwin also did well with the ball, he played 13 matches and took 13 wickets with an impressive economy of 7.51. On the other hand, the leg spinner Adam Zampa, mainly played as an Impact player, took 8 wickets in 6 games.
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In the absence of Prasidh Krishna RR’s pacer departs seemed a little more weak. But, Sandeep Sharma and Trent Boult controlled in a good way. Both played a crucial role in the power play as well as in death overs. In his 10 games, Trent Boult picked up 13 wickets with an economy of 8.23. Same, Sandeep Sharma participated in 12 matches and picked up 10 wickets at an economy of 8.60.
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