Team Rajasthan don't have big names but so far they have been clicking as a unit. Their team effort helped them come out of trouble in the first match against Madhya Pradesh after they were asked to bat in the challenging conditions.
On Tuesday, they were lucky with the toss. Skipper Aniket Choudhary had no hesitation to field. Rajasthan pacers - Choudhary, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed - made life difficult for Uttar Pradesh openers - Eklavya Dwivedi and Samarth Singh - who despite adding 63 in 10 overs never looked comfortable. Spinners Chandrapal Singh and Tajinder Dhillon then bowled tidy spells to complement their pacers as the star-studded Uttar Pradesh were restricted to 146-5 in 20 overs.
When Rajasthan came out to bat, opener Ankit Lamba (45, 34b, 3x4, 2x6) lived a charmed life and added 64 with Aditya Garhwal (37, 29b, 5x4) to set up the chase. Though Team Rajasthan lost unnecessary wickets in the middle and also towards the end, Mahipal Lomror (27, 19b, 3x4) and Rajesh Bishnoi (Senior) (21*, 15b, 1x4, 1x6) played sensibly to guide their team to a comfortable four-wicket victory. It was their second victory in as many matches in the Central Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament here at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. Rajasthan won the first match against Madhya Pradesh by 36 runs.