Low full toss is flicked along the ground behind square. It's in the gap for four. Jaiswal points to the logo, looks up and raises his bat, takes a bow and opens his arms wide to choreograph a celebration
Yashasvi Jaiswal's breakout phase is reaching new heights one day at a time. It gave Royals the much-needed win and took them up to No. 3. It was a pleasure to witness him taking a big stride towards achieving greatness, hope that was the case for you as well. Thanks for tuning in. It's goodbye from Ekanth, Raghav, and Thilak.
Anupam: "One of the most beautiful interview ever, such transition from Hindi to English, Bhogle getting along, simply beautiful!!"
Yashasvi Jaiswal, POTM: I always have it in my heart to go out and do well. That's how I think. Nice feeling that we have won. It's not like everything happened right but I try my best and. Process is very important, how I prepare and what I'm telling myself is as well. The shot with which I won is what's most pleasing because I'm learning to play till the end and win it for the team. That's my motto. I'm blessed, grateful and trying my best. I just wanted to make the NRR higher and not thinking about hundred. It happens, no one does it purposely. Sanju bhai said don't worry, keep going. Blessed to play with all the great players, IPL is a great platform for youngsters and play with greats.
Sanju Samson, RR captain: I didn't have to do anything, just rotate strike and watch. He loves the powerplay and happy that he's played so well. It's time to give Chahal the legend tag. Very grateful to have him. You just need to give him the ball without saying anything and has introduced the concept of leggies bowling at the death. We have two more quarter-finals to play. But the pressure is never off, each and every game is important. Intensity is high. You know when Jos Buttler throws away a wicket for Jaiswal, how good the environment is.
Yashasvi Jaiswal is sweeping awards across the board before getting what should be the inevitable POTM
Vinod: "Since 2020 samson has scored 1675 runs which is the highest among non openers. Strike rate 150. Yet he is called inconsistent !"
Stat from Sampath: Most runs by an uncapped player in an IPL season:
616 - Shaun Marsh in 2008
575* - Yashasvi Jaiswal in 2023
516 - Ishan Kishan in 2020
512 - Suryakumar Yadav in 2018
480 - Suryakumar Yadav in 2020
Deep: "Best 4 teams are top of table, and in the order of their performance."
Nitish Rana, KKR captain: Jaiswal's innings was praiseworthy. Today was one of those days in life where nothing I thought 180 was par. We made a lot of mistakes with the bat and it's the reason for losing out on two points. I bowled first because I thought I could gamble as a part-timer and get the in-form Jaiswal out but it was his day.
10:37pm: A brilliant powerplay takedown from Jaiswal gives RR a thumping win over KKR. Nitish Rana bowled the first over but the gamble just set the dominos for a fall that lasted throughout the innings. Royals' NRR has improved by 0.63 thanks to Jaiswal's 47-ball 98. A 26-run first over saw the ball go everywhere. Jos Buttler was run out and it was a rare moment where Jaiswal erred but he put that behind with sparkling strokeplay. He batted smartly as well, didn't go after everything. When he did, he found the gaps or went over the boundary to register the fastest IPL fifty and take RR to a win with 41 balls to spare.
Ashish: "We want SIXER"
Yes, it was full and going down leg. He ensured his front leg followed the ball and blocked it in front. Skipper came down, put both his hands up and seemed to have said, 'chakka maar' (hit it for a six) if my lip reading was right
Lots of fielders in the circle, three needed. Will Samson block it out?
Another leading edge, Jaiswal tried to flick the ball gently but got it along the ground to deep point
Beaten. Googly landed on a full length outside off and turned away sharply. Jaiswal tried to clip it across but got beaten on the leading edge. He nods to acknowledge the excellence of that ball
Two plus four or six?
Another reverse sweep connects, it's over deep third and Jaiswal gets into the 90s. He got it on a full length and hit it one bounce-four
Flicks the length ball to deep midwicket
Gurbaz misses a tough stumping chance. Jaiswal charged and tried to slap the length ball over long-off but he was going down and the ball, around fifth stump, was outside his reach. It kept low too and hit the keeper's pad, he hadn't moved his glove up to that point
Length on off at 95kph, defended in front of point for a quick single
Jaiswal lunges across, goes on one knee and is uncertain for a moment. He goes for the cut but is too late
Back over the wicket
Ashish: "Peak humiliation for KKR "
Punches the length ball from top of the stumps to long-off
Sparrow : "Let the Sanju bashing begin !!!"
Jigar: "That is just mean of Samson."
Makes room and pulls the short ball over midwicket. He was making room and Varun tried following him, but that sat up at rib-height and Samson slapped it 94 metres far
Length outside off, clipped to long-on
Sweeps the length ball from outside off, finds the gap to the right of deep square leg, who was racing across. Century of the partnership is up
Avinash: "Samson needs to slow down for jaiswal century :)"
Pumped over long-on. Samson was standing on off stump, Roy went full on middle. Samson cleared the front leg and hit it through the line
Overpitched on fourth stump, lumps it down the ground. He stayed leg side and hit it 83 metres far
Dragged down leg, Jaiswal crouches and pulls it along the ground to deep fine leg
Zaheer Hussain: "Oh man, the match has suddenly become boring"
Charges and pads the full ball back to the bowler. Roy saw him coming and angled it into his pads from around the wicket
Tries to whack the length ball, gets it off the thick inside edge to long-on
Wide and full, Samson is able to free his arms and swing through. Gets it over long-off for a flat six
Jamie: "Poor Joe Root, he must have thought that was going to be his moment "
Long-hop slips out. It's pulled from outside off to long-on
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Rajasthan Royals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||11 May 2023 - night (20-over match)|
|KKR Player Replacement|
|Points||Rajasthan Royals 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0|
Over 14 • RR 151/1Royals won by 9 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)