In a low-scoring match dominated by bowlers, Udaipur's leg-spinner Pradhumn Parikh exhibited an exceptional performance by claiming four vital wickets against Kota's batting lineup. This instrumental effort led to his team's triumph with a six-wicket win during a Rajasthan Premier League (RPL) encounter held at Barkatullah Khan Stadium in Jodhpur on Monday. Parikh's remarkable figures of 4 wickets for 29 runs in 4 overs played a pivotal role in setting up Udaipur's victory.
In pursuit of a target of 134 runs, Udaipur's chase was initially shaky. However, the team rebounded swiftly under the guidance of Kahleel Ahmed. Notably, Arjit Gupta, an experienced player, played a pivotal role by contributing an undefeated 65 runs off 45 balls. Gupta's impressive innings included 6 sixes and 4 fours, ultimately culminating in Udaipur's victory within 17.5 overs. Demonstrating strong teamwork, Gupta formed crucial partnerships during the innings, particularly a significant 58-run alliance with Manender Singh (who scored 35 runs off 31 balls) and a subsequent partnership of 62 runs.
In a bid to defend a modest target, Kota's Captain Deepak Hooda strategically utilized a rotation of five bowlers during the Powerplay phase. Notably, left-arm spinner Himanshu Nehra was brought into the attack in the second over. Nehra's skillful bowling yielded promising outcomes for his team as he secured two crucial wickets in quick succession. This remarkable performance saw Udaipur's score diminish to 12/2 within just 1.5 overs.