In what turned out to be a thrilling game between the two sides, Rajasthan Royals emerged victorious by three runs. RR got off to a good start from Devdutt Padikkal and Jos Buttler but lost their way with three wickets between the 8th and 10th over. To the surprise of many, R. Ashwin came in to bat ahead of Riyan Parag after the dismissal of Rassie Van Der Dussen. Aswin and Hetmyer did the repair work but another surprise came in the 19th over when Ashwin voluntarily walked away from the ground even when there was no appeal against the batsman.
Ashwin had voluntarily decided to retire out in order to make way for Riyan Parag who is a clean striker of the cricket ball. Parag has a reputation of clearing the boundary lines with ease. With the retire out decision, Ashwin becomes the first batter to do such a thing in the IPL history. However, batsmen have done it in the international scenario before.
Ashwin and team management had discussed about it – Kumar Sangakkara
RR’s director of cricket operations, Kumar Sangakkara told at the post-match presentation that the team and Ashwin had discussed the need to retire during the match. Samson too revealed later in the match presentation that the RR think tank has discussed about the need to retire out if the benefits the team.
“It’s about being Rajasthan Royals. We keep trying different things. We have been talking about it before the season,” Samson said. “We thought that if some situation occurs, we can use it. It was a team decision.”
Actually, Sangakkara admitted that Ryan Parag was slotted to be sent before Rassie Van Der Dussen but to his mistake, he sent the latter first during the innings. Sangakkara heaped praises on Ashwin for contributing with the bat under pressure. Ashwin conceded only 20 runs in his quota of four overs.
“I think as the coach I got one call wrong, not sending Riyan Parag ahead of Rassie van der Dussen and holding Rassie back, so we couldn’t get the full benefit of Riyan, but I thought the way Ashwin handled that situation, walking in under pressure, the way he batted to support the team, and then finally sacrificed himself in terms of being retired out, was just magnificent, and then he went out in the field and backed it up with an excellent, excellent bowling effort.” Sangakkara had said
While RR shuffled its batting order unintentionally, LSG also made changes to their batting order and promoted Jason Holder at no.4. The move didn’t bring any benefit for LSG as Holder got out cheaply to Prasidh Krishna. LSG were reeling at one point with six wickets down at 101 but Stoinis’s late on-slaught turned the match in the 19th over. LSG required 15 runs off the last over but an excellent over in the final over from Kuldeep Sen ensured that RR emerged victorious by three runs.