IPL 2024, RR vs LSG Highlights: Sanju Samson stars in Rajasthan Royals’ win over Lucknow Super Giants | Cricket News


captain sanju samson He displayed leadership from the front with an unbeaten 82 to guide former champions Rajasthan Royals to a confident 20-run win over Lucknow Supergiants in their IPL opener held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.
RR vs LSG, as it happened
Samson's innings, a 52-ball innings, was marked with six powerful sixes and three fours as he dominated the field with brilliant hits in all directions. His performance was crucial, providing both pace and stability to the Royals after facing early setbacks in the powerplay.
Supported by Riyan Parag, who contributed 43 runs, the duo put on a solid 93-run partnership for the third wicket, giving the Royals a solid batting lineup in their opening match.
However, Lucknow Super Giants fought back despite a poor start at 11/3 KL Rahul58 more Thanks to Nicholas Pooran's unbeaten 64, their efforts were successful in reducing the margin of defeat while chasing a strong target of 194.

Returning to top-level cricket, Rahul showcased his ability with a composed half-century and scored 58 runs in 44 balls, which included four fours and two sixes. Furthermore, he took wickets for the full 20 overs, dispelling any doubts about his fitness following a quadriceps injury.
Pooran, along with Rahul, showed resilience against the opposition, hitting four sixes and as many fours in his 41-ball 64, which stretched the match out for as long as possible. However, Rajasthan eventually won, securing two points.
Lucknow faced a bumpy start as Rajasthan Royals' overseas left-handed pair Trent Boult (2/35) and debutant Nandre Berger (1/30) caused early damage while stepping in as impact substitutes.
In attempting to clear Boult's ball outside leg stump, Quinton de Kock found Berger in perfect position for a catch, resulting in a straight out.

Boult continued his attack in the next over, hitting Devdutt Padikkal (0) on the helmet with a short ball, before the next ball hit the middle stump and was scraped off the ground.
After this, Ayush Badoni (1) gave an easy catch to Jos Buttler at mid-on off Burger's ball, due to which Lucknow's score in the first four overs became 11 runs for three wickets.
Deepak Hooda initiated the comeback for Lucknow, but the rising required run rate forced risky strokes.
Hooda's aggressive approach led to a quickfire 26 off 13 balls with two sixes and two fours, before falling while attempting to clear the ropes against Yuzvendra Chahal, adding 49 runs with Rahul for the fourth wicket. Made important partnerships.

As the pressure mounted, Rahul along with Puran led Lucknow's resurgence, and stitched an 85-run partnership for the fifth wicket, rekindling hopes of victory.
Despite the increasing run rate, Rahul and Pooran opted for calculated aggression, targeting the bowlers selectively.
Rahul's attack on Berger in the 11th over resulted in 17 runs, while Puran hit two sixes and a four on Boult in the 13th over, resulting in 13 runs.
However, Sandeep Sharma (1/22) disrupted Lucknow's momentum by dismissing Rahul, leaving them with 38 runs in the last two overs.
The fate of the game was decided in the final over as Sandeep conceded only 11 runs despite Parag missing the chance to dismiss Pooran.
(With PTI inputs)

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