Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants match report IPL 2024

4th Match (D/N), Jaipur, March 24, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
Rajasthan Royals193/4RR won by 20 runsSanju Samson, RR 82* (52)
Lucknow Super Giants173/6

Samson Stars as Rajasthan Royals Outplay Lucknow Super Giants by 20 Runs

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur erupted on March 24th as the Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 20 runs in the opening match of IPL 2024.

Royals Reliant on Samson’s Heroics

Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants

Opting to bat first, RR faced early setbacks, losing their star openers cheaply. Captain Sanju Samson rose to the occasion, anchoring the innings with a brilliant unbeaten 82 (52 balls). Shimron Hetmyer provided valuable support with a 38-run knock. LSG’s bowling attack, spearheaded by Mohsin Khan’s two wickets, kept RR in check, restricting them to a total of 193/6.

Pooran’s Fightback in Vain

Chasing a challenging target, LSG lost early wickets as well. Nicholas Pooran, however, played a lone warrior’s innings, scoring a quickfire 64 off 41 balls. The rest of the LSG batting lineup faltered, failing to build partnerships or provide substantial support to Pooran. RR’s disciplined bowling attack, with key contributions from Trent Boult (2 wickets) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1 wicket), choked the flow of runs and restricted LSG to 173/6.

Key Players:

  • RR: Sanju Samson (82* off 52), Trent Boult (2 wickets)
  • LSG: Nicholas Pooran (64 off 41)

Impactful Performance:

Sanju Samson’s captain’s knock provided the foundation for RR’s victory, while their bowling attack collectively stifled the LSG chase.

This match highlighted the importance of a strong batting performance from a core player. While Pooran’s knock almost stole the show for LSG, RR’s balanced bowling attack ultimately proved decisive.