IPL 2021, RR vs PBKS Highlights: Chasing a mammoth total of 222, Sanju Samson anchored the run chase and became the first player to score a century on IPL captaincy debut. Samson could not finish the match as Punjab Kings (PBKS) won the match by four runs. Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the final over keeping Rajasthan Royals (RR) at bay. RR lost two early wickets in the powerplay overs. Ben Stokes got out for a duck whereas Manan Vohra registered a single-digit score. Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag helped with cameos but could not stay at the crease till the end. Arshdeep was the pick of the bowlers for Punjab picking up three wickets for 35 runs including Samson off the final delivery of the match.
Earlier Samson won the toss and elected to field first. The decision did not work in RR’s favour as PBKS posted 221 for six wickets in the first innings. Making his IPL debut, Chetan Sakariya got the wicket of Mayank Agarwal in powerplay overs. PBKS recovered well as KL Rahul and Chris Gayle took bowlers to cleaners. Gayle got out to Riyan Parag for 40. Deepak Hooda was promoted up the order ahead of Nicholas Pooran and it worked in PBKS’ favour.
Hooda went on a six-hitting spree in the middle overs as hit six sixes in his innings. Hooda got to his half-century in just 20 balls and registered his highest IPL score. He got out after scoring 64 runs from 28 deliveries. Rahul continued the onslaught as he scored 91 runs from 50 deliveries before getting out in the final over. Rahul’s innings was laced with seven fours and five sixes. For RR, Sakariya was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 31 runs in four overs. The left-arm pacer gave just five runs and took two wickets in the final over of the innings.
Match 4, Wankhede Stadium, 12 Apr, 2021