RR vs PBKS: Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs - Newztezz Online


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

RR vs PBKS: Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs

Despite an explosive century by captain Sanju Sams, Rajasthan Royals suffered a four-run defeat to the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament on Monday. 
The match, played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, was thrilling until the final ball thanks to Sanju Samson's superb batting. Punjab set a target of 222 against Rajasthan. After a bad start, Sams maintained one edge and led the team closer to victory.

The team needed five runs on the final ball to win but Samson was caught out and Rajasthan were out for four. Samson hit 119 off 63 balls. Punjab scored 221 for six in the allotted 20 overs in reply to Rajasthan's 217 for seven in 20 overs. For Punjab, captain Lokesh Rahul batted brilliantly but missed a century for nine runs. He scored 91 off 50 balls.

Rajasthan Royals got off to a bad start
Rajasthan Royals got off to a bad start in response to a huge target of 222 runs. The team sent Ben Stokes to the opening but it did not help the team. Ben Stokes was out on the third ball. Stokes could not even open an account. While Manan Vohra scored 12 off 8 balls to collect the pavilion. Rajasthan lost both their openers by 25 runs and the team was in trouble.

Sanju Samson's explosive century
However, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Sams batted hard. In the meantime, he had the support of Jose Butler, Shivam Dubey and Ryan Parag. But Samson held one edge until the final over. Jose Butler hit 25 off 13 balls with the help of five fours while Shivam Dubey hit 23 off 15 balls. Ryan Pollen contributed 25 off 11 balls with the help of three sixes and a four. However, the attraction of Rajasthan's batting was Sanju Samson's century. He tried to lead the team to victory till the final ball but the team was far from victory for four runs. Samson played a superb innings of 119 off 63 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes. For Punjab, Arshdeep Singh took three wickets, Mohammad Shami two and Jay Richards one.

Disappointed by Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle's aggressive batting
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. The team’s start was a bit disappointing. In which Mayank Agarwal scored 14 off 9 balls with the help of two fours and was dismissed by Chetan Sakaria. However, captain Lokesh Rahul and explosive batsman Chris Gayle batted well. He had a 67-run partnership for the second wicket. However, Gayle could not play big innings. He hit 40 off 28 balls, including four fours and two sixes.

Naughty batting by Lokesh Rahul and Deepak Hooda
However, the tumultuous batting of captain Lokesh Rahul and Deepak Hooda was the center of attraction in the Punjab Kings' innings. Both batsmen accelerated the team's run rate. The duo of Lokesh Rahul and Deepak Hooda added 105 runs to the team's score. Deepak Hooda hit 64 off 28 balls with four fours and six sixes. However, Lokesh Rahul missed his century for nine runs. Rahul played an instant innings of 91 off 50 balls which included seven fours and five sixes.

Rajasthan Royals bowled out eight bowlers Rajasthan Royals used eight bowlers to bowl
20 overs. Rajasthan had tried eight bowlers. Chetan Sakaria, Mustafizur Rahman and Chris Morris bowled four overs each. While Shreyas Gopal bowled three overs. Rahul Tevatia made two overs and Ben Stokes, Ryan Parag and Shivam Dubey made one over each. Chetan Sakaria was the fastest with three wickets while Chris Morris was the fastest with two and Parag with one.

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