Rajasthan Royals (RR) handed a clinical 7-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday. SRH batsman Manish Pandey got his team off to a decent start with an excellent half-century knock, but the RR bowlers displayed an amazing combined effort to pull things back and in turn restricted the opposition as well.
While, in the second innings, the RR opening duo comprising of Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a fantastic partnership for the first wicket. Then Sanju Samson batted with great sense of responsibility to steer the Royals to a splendid victory. With this win, the 2008 champions also kept their playoff hopes very much alive and kicking.
Times have been tough
Left-arm pace bowler Jaydev Unadkat registered excellent figures of 2 for 26 in the match for the Rajasthan Royals and for this amazing performance, he was also adjudged as the Man of the Match. Unadkat has experienced very tough times in the ongoing edition of the tournament, struggling to hit the right lengths and leaking too many runs on consistent basis has been the story of the seamer. He came in this edition of the IPL with a heavy price tag of INR 8.4 Crore.
"I can't express how much I needed this for my own confidence. Times have been tough but I have come out stronger from it. I have become better as a player and that is how it is. In a T20 you can't expect you are going to win matches for your team every single game but then if you are contributing in every game, you are trying your best it is alright. I have been trying everything that I have and I am happy with the way things have gone," said Jaydev Unadkat during the post-match press conference.
We have good bench strength
Rajasthan Royals needed this win very badly as they seemed to have been very much down on confidence due to the string of losses. This was only their fifth win thus far in the tournament. The Royals have also lost three of their star players in Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, who have all returned back home due to international commitments. However, Unadkat noted that they have a good bench strength, which can back-up them.
"Everyone knew at the start of the season itself that these guys will be going back at the fag end and that is why they took backups. We have good bench strength who have not played a game, players like Manan Vohra and Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror. They are very good, they haven't got a chance but come the time we have our Indian strength as well to back the guys who are going and that's how it is for every single team. Yes we have more players going, we have a good bench strength to back it up," Unadkat added.