“I didn’t like that strategy at all” – Aakash Chopra questions Evin Lewis’ batting position for LSG in IPL 2022 loss to RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs to book a place in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022, where they will face Rajasthan Royals.

Bangalore’s innings was all about one man, Rajat Patidar! It felt like he was playing a different game altogether! Everything that he touched, turned to gold and as a result, he notched up his century.

A stunning maiden IPL ton from Rajat Patidar a cracking knock from Dinesh Karthik powered RCB to 207/4 in 20 overs.

Super Giants captain KL Rahul made 79 off 58 in reply but the IPL newcomers could only total 193-6 as Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took 3-43.

RCB face Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier on Friday to decide who will join Gujarat Titans in Sunday’s final.

Aakash Chopra has questioned the Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) decision to hold back Evin Lewis in their batting order in the IPL 2022 eliminator clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

While reflecting on LSG’s chase in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was critical of the call to send Manan Vohra at No. 3 after Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal. He observed:

“We had said that Quinton de Kock has an issue against this team. We thought he will get out to Josh but got out to Siraj. But after that at No. 3, surprise surprise comes Manan Vohra. Personally, I didn’t like that strategy at all.”

“I was thinking, why not Evin Lewis? Why did you play Evin Lewis if you are not sending him at No. 3? Were you holding him back thinking that Maxwell will get away with overs there but Maxwell will bowl to Rahul also, he will hit him there. Even though Vohra played a good short 19-run knock but because of that Evin Lewis slipped too low down the order.”

Lewis walked out to bat at the fall of Marcus Stoinis’ wicket when LSG required 35 runs off 15 balls.

The big-hitting left-hander struggled to put bat to ball and managed just two runs off the six deliveries he faced.

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