Rajasthan Royals (RR) spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Riyan Parag were involved in a run-out in the last over of RR’s innings, during the first qualifier against Gujarat Titans GT). It was the last ball of the RR’s innings and Jos Buttler was on the strike.
GT left arm-pacer Yash Dayal bowled a no-ball But Buttler got run out. Moreover, it was a free hit for Ravi Ashwin then, who hadn’t faced a ball.
Dayal afterwards bowled a slower full and wide of off delivery and Ashwin left it. Parag wanted a run but the 35-year-old off-spinner certainly not seemed interested for it. Both the batters ended up being at the wicket keeper’s end and RR lost two successive wickets by run out. Dayal conceded 16 runs off his last over, in the innings.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter users:
Ashwin's gully cricket instincts kicked in. Man didn't even look at Parag running for the strike until the keeper threw the ball 😭
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) May 24, 2022
Ashwin rates Parag below himself as a batter. 🤣
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 24, 2022
That’s why you always keep running on the last ball! #IPL
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) May 24, 2022
Lmao Ashwin consider himself as better Batsman than Riyan parag 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/iJqdtB6XXt
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) May 24, 2022
Ashwin humiliated Riyan Parag in the middle of the pitch 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/daBoH71heb
— ` (@FourOverthrows) May 24, 2022
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Besides, reviewing the RR versus GT contest, RR aided by Jos Buttler again, posted a decent total of 188 for six. Buttler scored 89 runs off 56 deliveries, with two sixes and 12 boundaries. The RR opener notched runs at a strike rate of 158.92.
RR skipper Sanju Samson too, played a rapid-fire knock of 47 runs in 26 deliveries, with three sixes and five boundaries. RR’s middle order fell miserably without scoring some quick runs. For GT, Rashid Khan once more sustained all the switches as the GT leggie, in his spell of four overs, conceded merely 15 runs, but went on without a wicket. Mohammed Shami, Dayal, Sai Kishore, and Hardik Pandya were the four wicket-takers.
In reply, the Titans started it slowly by losing opener Wriddhiman Saha for a duck. Shubman Gill then carried on with keeper-batter Matthew Wade. Although, both the batters scored 35 runs in their much-needed partnership of 72 runs. Subsequently, it was all easy for GT as skipper Pandya and proteas smasher David Miller built a match-winning partnership of 106 runs off 62 balls, not out. Miller was awarded the Player of the Match award for his classy knock of 68 * off 38 deliveries.
GT is into the finals now, while RR will have to face the winner of today’s (May 25) Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), in the Qualifier 2, on May 27 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Written By Prachi Pisal