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New RR players Sachin Baby and Rahul Shukla in T20 mood

by RajasthanDirect
Apr 01, 2013

The domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, is proving to be a great platform and launch pad before IPL 2013 and the Royals’ lads seem to be peaking and getting into the groove just at the right time. What’s even more encouraging is that the recent signings from the domestic pool are proving their worth and continue to justify the faith that the Royals have in grooming new talent.

Kicking things off this week was the old war horse Sid Trivedi who wrecked the Mumbai top order with 3/7 to hand them an embarrassing 60-run loss against Saurashtra. Trivedi knocked over the top 3 with just 20 on the board, something that Mumbai could never recover to as they crashed to 92 chasing 152.

Jharkhand may not have fared well but Rajasthan Royals seamer Rahul Shukla put in some good performances. A wicketless but tight spell (0/15) in the opener against Tripura ensured that the batsmen didn’t have much to chase and handed Jharkhand’s solitary win in the tournament. Shukla again played his part against Odisha taking 4/30 with wickets at the top of the order and late in the innings. But the batting let down meant that the team fell well short of their target of 154.

Chandila troubled the Delhi middle order with his off breaks en route his 2/18. First he had Bisht stumped for 8 and then castled Narwal for 2 runs. Haryana however made a mountain of their chase of 111 and ended up falling short by 2 runs.

The performance of the week though belonged to Sachin Baby who so far is living up to a legendary name. Kerala seem to be on a roll with their batsmen chasing down some mammoth targets this season including the most recent 196 set by Delhi. Sachin Baby and Prem put on a match winning 83 from just 38 balls to blow Delhi away. Sachin blazed away to 48 from just 19 balls in which he hit seven fours and a couple of sixes. His innings had a jaw dropping strike rate of 253 that propelled Kerala’s chase which they eventually finished with a staggering 2 overs to spare. Next, he teamed up with fellow Royals’ teammate Sanju Samson (41*, 38b, 1×4, 2×6) to take Kerala to a comfortable win over Odisha. Once again, Sachin played the role of the aggressor in his 24-ball 33. The duo then led a fight back in an improbable 234-run chase against Gujarat but the asking rate was always too much. Leading up to the IPL, these performances however have put in a strong claim in the Rajasthan Royals middle order.

Speaking of T20, you can’t really keep all-rounder Stuart Binny out for too long as he setup an important win in a close game against Punjab. After a momentous opening stand, Binny provided the much needed breakthrough for Karnataka. He kept nagging away at the middle order to take two more wickets and finish at 3/26. Then, after the Karnataka innings was off to a disappointing start, Binny provided some stability with a fighting 17. Along with the efforts of the lower order batsmen, Karnataka pulled off a narrow 2-wicket win. The run continued against UP; but unfortunately Binny’s all-round show could not avoid a 10-run defeat chasing 164. Binny stuck two crucial blows taking 2/29 and was in ominous touch before being run out. Binny took on the UP bowling with four fours and two sixes in his 39 that came from just 25 balls. Binny (2/25) then had Baroda in trouble at 75/4 in 11 but then an incredible partnership put Karnataka out of contention.

With the IPL training camp around the corner and a just few days to go before the Royals take on the Daredevils, the signs seem right for a ‘Halla Bol’!

src: rajasthanroyals.com

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