Rajasthan Royals are in
outstanding form in IPL 2022. They are now in contention to finish in the top
two. Currently holding second place with 16 points in 13 matches, Rajasthan
Royals notched up their eighth win of the season with a win over Lucknow Super
Giants. RR were coming off to play LSG after an eight-wicket loss against Delhi
Capitals. They were desperate to win the match to finish in top two. New
Zealand pacer Trent Boult played a huge role in the win in all three

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With the opening duo of
Devdutt Padikkal and Yashasvi Jaiswal provided with a solid start, RR were set
to post a 190 + target. However, a mini-collapse in the middle order meant
bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin and Boult had to chip in with the bat
to help RR post a competitive score. With a couple of boundaries, Boult scored
an unbeaten on 17 off 9 as RR reached 178.

Boult then rattled the LSG
picking up the wickets of Quinton de Kock and Ayush Badoni in the PowerPlay.
Eventually, the KL Rahul-led side suffered a 24-run loss to RR. LSG are now
third on the points table. It was their fifth defeat. 

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Boult, a reluctant batter,
was surprised that he was talking about his batting at the post-match
presentation. Not just at the presentation, Boult also talked about his batting during an interaction with RR and New Zealand teammate Jimmy Neesham. Boult said
that he ‘had no intentions to be contributing with the bat’, however, he
admitted that it was a good feeling getting a couple of boundaries off the bat.

Later, RR coach Kumar Sangakkara
praised Boult’s contribution with the bat. The Sri Lankan great also hailed
Jaiswal, Padikkal, skipper Sanju Samson, Neesham and Riyan Parag. The moment
Sangakkara spoke of Boult, the teammates started shouting ‘all-rounder’.

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With one match remaining
before the playoffs, Rajasthan Royals will need to ensure that they don’t let
any slip-ups take place in their final group stage encounter against Chennai
Super Kings.