Rajasthan Royals youngster Riyan Parag is yet to score a half-century in his debut IPL season, but definitely has made an impact on the big stage. It was all on display in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Thursday where the 17 year old notched a brilliant 31 ball 47 as the Royals beat the hosts to keep their playoff hopes alive. The youngster however lost his wicket in the most unfortunate manner when he hit his own stumps off the bowling of Andre Russel.
Rajasthan got off to a solid start in the run-chase but the pressure was back on the middle-order once Steve Smith and Ben Stokes were removed cheaply. It was the 17 year old Riyan Parag, who held fort for the visitors and looked all set to take his team over the line, if not for the unfortunate hit-wicket dismissal to Andre Russell in the penultimate over of the match with the Royals needing just 9 runs to win from 7 balls.
It was a well directed short ball from Russel on the fifth ball of the 19th over which got big on him as he went for the pull. The youngster seemed to be taken by surprise by the extra pace on the delivery but managed to get some glove on the attempted pull and the ball raced off to the fine leg fence. However, as it turned out, the 17 year old had hit the stumps in his followthrough and Russell had his man. Umpire Ian Gould had already turned around to signal the boundary without noticing that the stumps had been disturbed.
Russell pointed to the stumps and the youngster started walking back to the pavilion but Umpire Ian Gould signalled it as a dead ball before referring it upwards to the third umpire. Replays showed clearly that the youngster had hit the stumps in his followthrough making it an easy decision for the third umpire to make. Parag was devastated with the manner in which he got out but his had certainly done his job and put the Royals well within the grasp of a win before Joffra Archer sealed the chase for the visitors with four balls to spare.
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