178/6 (20)
RR won by 24 runs.
Player of the match: Trent Boult
That brings us to the end of our coverage for today. This is I, Rajarshi, signing off on behalf of myself and my friend and co-commentator for the day, Sooryanarayanan. We will be back with more cricketing action tomorrow, starting with the second day's play between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. As for IPL action, Sooryanarayanan and Pratyush will bring you all the coverage from tomorrow's encounter between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals, as both teams lock horns with each other in the quest to beat each other to a play-off spot. Good night!
Trent Boult, Player Of The Match: Some days are better than others but nice to contribute with some early wickets, we know how crucial that is, so it's nice to get the guys off to a good start. I've got a pretty simple game with the ball, I like to pitch the ball up as best as I can, happy with that role, probably not happy with the number 8 one (with the bat). Good catch, yeah (Jimmy Neesham's catch to dismiss Quinton de Kock) the boys spoke about the intensity on the field and obviously, such a crucial game for us, the boys set the tone nicely there. It was a crucial game for us, so, nice to be on the right side of it. (On his batting prowess today) What I am surprised is about talking about my batting in a press conference in the IPL! I think this is a tough place to bowl, everytime I come here, it's obviously so foreign for me, all the experience in New Zealand, I'm enjoying my new franchise, been some great learnings, some good opportunities to bowl with some new bowlers, and such an exciting stage to be on, it's such a great opportunity.
Trent Boult is the Player Of The Match
Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals captain: We have been taking some really good decisions, whenever you win the game, everything ends up on the right side. Very happy with the atmosphere, it is tough to maintain a chilled out atmosphere when things aren't going your way. Credit to all the players for that. (On being comfortable with batting first) It really suits the way we play as a team, we just want to go out there as a batting unit and express ourselves no matter the situation. I think we have some quality bowlers to defend the totals. Ashwin did a great job batting at 3 last game, scoring that amount of runs at that strike rate, he is a top-class batsman in himself. The intensity on the field is what we can control, keep on building the energy and the pressure. Special mention to Jimmy Neesham, he came back after a very long break, the amount of energy he brought back inside the ground was really amazing to see. (On using Ashwin in the middle overs) That's the bonus point of having quality spinners. You can use them in all three phases. We just tell him to be ready to bowl anywhere during the game, he has been doing a really good job. I do speak a lot of Tamil, I get along with a lot of Tamil friends of mine from my younger age, I am used to watching a lot of Tamil movies also, so we get along very nicely. Each and everyone who went out to bat today showed the intent. We played a batsman short today, if you've observed, we played an all-rounder there today, not complicating too much was what was being said in the team meeting. You can't think and analyse too much in this format, you just have to go out there and express yourself, no matter what the desired result is.
Yuzvendra Chahal: We definitely needed the win. We are thinking about the top two spot so we needed that win. Everyone played well but I'm a bit disappointed with the way I bowled. There was a bit of turn but I tried to bowl a bit wide. When I went for a couple of sixes I tried to bowl quicker. I'm very happy (overall with my season) - when you contribute towards the team's win it always feels good. It's not as though only two people are performing, if you see in every match there is a new match-winner stepping up. (Duel for the Purple Cap with Wanindu Hasaranga?) Not at all, whatever he is doing I am happy for him. He's like a brother to me so if he or Kuldeep Yadav takes it I'll be happy for them.
KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants Captain): I think it was a gettable target. It was a good pitch, a bit in there with the new ball. We bowled pretty well to restrict them and were backing ourselves to get that target. Unfortunately we couldn't execute our plans. We haven't been able to collectively perform as a batting unit in the last few games so we have to go work on our game, be a bit smarter with our execution. I felt Pune was a lot harder - this is a really good pitch. A bit of seam movement early on and you're playing quality bowlers like Trent and Prasidh. They were bowling in good areas and when you lose two wickets in an over it makes it tough. It's happened a couple of times with us - we've lost too many wickets in the Powerplay and made life tough for us. When the bowlers bowl well you try and stay in there and bat long to get the job done later on. I don't think we're going to do anything different - it's just about executing out there. As batters there's obviously pressure. You think you want to do one thing but you end up doing something else. If we can hold our nerves in the middle while batting it will help. Though it's 120 balls, if you can play out a bowler having a good spell, you always have enough time to make up towards the end. We have power in our batting order; it's just about being smart and playing out the bowlers who are having a good spell.
The way the Rajasthan Royals bowlers breathed fire in the powerplay, the script might have been written right then. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna bowled 3 successive overs each in tandem, taking out the entire Lucknow Super Giants top-order. A partnership of significance followed from Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya, as the duo, looked to pick up the pieces. While Hooda was finding the runs with comparative ease, Krunal Pandya was unable to get going, and with 81 needed off 45, Marcus Stoinis, LSG's best bet to get them past the finish line, walked in. 

Despite the odd boundary, the runs were hard to come by. LSG needed a big over, in excess of 20 runs at some stage during the middle stages, but that over never came for them. Hooda was out in bizarre circumstances, Holder and Chameera followed soon after, and Stoinis was soon the last man, LSG's last hope, standing in the middle. The task proved to be way too tall for him eventually, as he holed out in the last over, and the Royals completed a convincing win. To be honest, Samson used his bowlers better than Rahul today, not introducing all his options into the attack, using his five main bowlers to their best effect, and even though McCoy struggled with cramps trying to finish off his final over, he completed his quota.

Rajasthan Royals move to 2nd on the table, and now have all but confirmed a spot in the play-offs. Lucknow had the chance to seal the same tonight, but they are in a bit of an uncomfortable position now, having lost 2 on the bounce, 2 crushing losses. They'd desperately look to change things going into their last league game against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.
154 /8 score
cricket bat icon Mohsin Khan *
9 (7)
cricket bat icon Avesh Khan
1 (2)
cricket ball icon Prasidh Krishna
2 /32
19.6 Prasidh Krishna to Mohsin Khan, finishes it off with an inch-perfect yorker on leg stump this time as he switches to around the wicket. Mohsin can only shovel it out through the covers for a single as the curtains come down on this contest. It's been a clinical defense of the highest order by Sanju Samson and Co. as Rajasthan Royals beat Lucknow Super Giants by 24 runs!
19.6 Prasidh Krishna to Mohsin Khan, WIDE! AHH! Take two then! Slower delivery just along the tramline, the off-cutter wobbles across as Mohsin reaches out and throws his bat at it in vain. Too wide to the umpire's liking and rightly so!
19.5 Prasidh Krishna to Mohsin Khan, banged in short outside leg stump, Mohsin looks to swat a pull with all might but the extra bounce takes it soaring well over to the keeper.
19.4 Prasidh Krishna to Avesh Khan, slower delivery on a full length just outside off, Avesh backs away and heaves it towards wide long on for a lone run.
19.3 Prasidh Krishna to Avesh Khan, back of a length delivery at full pace, lands well outside off as Avesh has a wild heave across the line in vain. There's the extra bounce again!
Avesh Khan, right-handed bat, comes to the crease 
19.2 Prasidh Krishna to Marcus Stoinis, SKIED HIGH...AND PARAG HOLDS ON! Ah, he teases the turf as well in celebration! Good length delivery outside off as he takes pace off, Stoinis moves aside and shanks it a mile into the sky without getting enough timing on it. That's bread and butter for Parag who runs in from long-on and gobbles it up. That's the game...

Marcus Stoinis c Riyan Parag b Prasidh Krishna 27 (17b 1x4 2x6)
19.1 Prasidh Krishna to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! MOUSSED! Aims for the yorker just outside off but it comes out as a low full toss. Stoinis hangs deep before powering forward to launch it straight over the bowler's head as it lands into the sightscreen with a thud!
Prasidh Krishna (3-0-23-1) is back into the attack
34 needed off the final over, then. Simple equation, 5 sixes and a boundary will do it. A little better than Rovman Powell against the Royals, tonight.....?
141 /7 score
cricket bat icon Marcus Stoinis
21 (15)
cricket bat icon Mohsin Khan *
4 (4)
cricket ball icon Obed McCoy
2 /31
18.6 Obed McCoy to Mohsin Khan, FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Mohsin backs away and throws the kitchen sink at it as the ball takes the leading edge and flies over backward point for four. And McCoy trudges off the park as well!