Rajasthan Royals had attempted a funky move: get Ravichandran Ashwin, the pinch-hitter at three, to get quick runs after the fall of Jos Buttler in power-play and get the left-right combination working, in this case Ashwin with Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Ashwin’s charge on throwing his hands at everything had been working well till Jaiswal fell in the ninth over to Mitchell Marsh. The right-hander had been stuck till then and broke the shackles by dancing down the pitch to hit Kuldeep Yadav for six over long-off and then took a four off Sakariya with a cheeky ramp over keeper’s head.
After reaching his fifty in 37 balls, Ashwin miscued to mid-off off Marsh. But Devdutt Padikkal continued to take runs off runs, taking successive fours -with a tickle through fine leg and slice over in-field at short third man.