RR vs LSG: Trent Boult's sizzling inswinger castles KL Rahul for golden duck

RR vs LSG: Trent Boult’s sizzling inswinger castles KL Rahul for golden duck

Second golden duck for KL Rahul in IPL 2022.

KL Rahul dismissal
KL Rahul dismissal (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing IPL 2022 encounter between the Rajasthan Royals and the Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai saw some interesting moments as far as the on-field action is concerned. West Indies middle-order superstar Shimron Hetmyer’s whirlwind knock propelled RR to a fighting total after they lost momentum early on in their innings.

While Ravichandran Ashwin’s retired out tactic is what stood out the most in the first innings, there was an interesting incident that took place on the very first ball of the second innings and it featured Lucknow skipper KL Rahul. The opener looked to make a statement in this run chase with yet another splendid knock but unfortunately, it was not to be.

KL Rahul’s ouster sends LSG on backfoot

Rahul went out to open the innings with wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock and took the strike first as Trent Boult was given the new ball. Unfortunately for LSG, it took only one delivery from the left-arm quick to send the opener back to the dugout. Boult decided to start the proceedings from round the wicket and the move paid off instantly.

The New Zealander bowled an outstanding inswinger in the middle. Rahul played it cluelessly and was undone by the swing as the ball ended up disturbing the furniture. A dejected Rahul had to take a long walk back without troubling the scorers. At the same time, this was also the second occasion that KL Rahul was dismissed for a golden duck this season. He was out for a first-ball duck against the Gujarat Titans where he was deceived by Mohammed Shami’s brilliance.

Coming back to the contest, Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal added 42 runs for the opening stand before quick wickets derailed Rajasthan Royals’ momentum. Power-hitter Shimron Hetmyer then took up the responsibility and played another brilliant knock. He scored an unbeaten 59 runs off 36 deliveries at a strike rate of 163.9, including a four and six sixes that helped RR post a competitive total of 165/6.