IPL 2024
Ravichandran Ashwin’s Fiery Innings Sparks Excitement in RR vs. PBKS Clash
By CricShots - May 15, 2024 9:50 pm
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In match 65 of IPL 2024, Ravichandran Ashwin found himself elevated to the number 5 spot for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Punjab Kings (PBKS). This strategic move came at a crucial juncture, with RR struggling at 42-3 in the 8th over. The match, set in Guwahati, demanded resilience, and Ashwin stepped up. Initially taking his time to settle, he soon showcased his prowess with the bat, unleashing a series of elegant shots.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

However, his innings was short-lived. In the 13th over, facing a full delivery from Arshdeep Singh, Ashwin attempted a lofted cover drive. Though well-timed, the shot lacked the power to clear the boundary, resulting in a straightforward catch for Shashank Singh at deep cover. Despite contributing 28 runs, including three boundaries and a six, Ashwin’s departure left RR wanting for more, especially given their precarious position.

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His dismissal triggered a collapse, compounding RR’s woes. From a somewhat promising 92-3, they plummeted to 102-6 in quick succession. For Rajasthan, this setback added to the pressure, particularly considering their recent string of losses. With three consecutive defeats preceding this match, RR’s desperation for a win was palpable.

  

 

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, RR pinned their hopes on setting a competitive total. However, their plans were thwarted by PBKS’s bowling prowess. As the game unfolded, RR’s quest for redemption hinged on a collective effort, especially from their bowlers, in a bid to turn their fortunes around.

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Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Prabhsimran Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma(w), Sam Curran(c), Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sanju Samson(w/c), Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Rovman Powell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal