Rajasthan Royals’ strategy to save Archer was heavy on itself!


Rajasthan Royals bowler Jofra Archer toss a ball during the practice session ahead of the Indian Premier League IPL 2019 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India on Thursday, April 04,2019. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar / NurPhoto via Getty Images) IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The strategy of saving Joffra Archer for the last over proved to be wrong for Rajasthan Royals. In the last 2 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore needed 35 runs to win. Steven Smith had two bowlers to bowl against AB de Villiers in the 19th and last over – Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat.

Before bowling in the 19th over, Jaydev Unadkat had given 21 runs in 3 overs and the Rajasthan Royals captain handed them the ball in his hands. Perhaps this was the turning point of this match. Because when defending runs in modern day cricket, it is often the trend of bowling the number one bowlers of the team in the 19th over. It becomes difficult for the batsman to decide whether to attack all out in the 19th over against the best bowler or to try to score more runs in the last over against the weaker bowler.

But here Steve Smith handed Unadkat the bowling charge in the 19th over and De Villiers hit three sixes in the first three balls. From there the match went completely towards RCB.

For one, de Villiers has a very good record in death overs against left-arm bowlers. On the other hand, if the inform bowler Jofra Archer gave 12/14 runs in the 19th over, then it would not be easy to score more than 20 runs in the last over as there is more pressure on the batsman, as has been seen.

In the match, when Archer got the opportunity to bowl in the last over, he had only 10 runs to defend in his hand and Archer could not even defend it. By the way, in T20 cricket, no planning can be called 100 percent true or false. But if Jofra Archer came to bowl in the 19th over somewhere, it would have been difficult for Bangalore to win the match.

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