IPL 2021 Match 4: Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by just 4 runs in thriller
In a high intensity and closely fought fourth match of IPL 2021, Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, Indian Premier League 2021
Punjab Kings 221/6 (20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals 217/7(20 overs)
Result: Punjab Kings won the game by 4 runs
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and invited Punjab Kings to have a bat first. Mayank Agarwal perished early on to Chetan Sakaria. After his dismissal, KL Rahul took charge and swatted the Rajasthan bowlers to all directions of the ground. He played a true captain’s knock of 91 runs and was involved in a 2nd wicket partnership of 87 runs with Chris Gayle. For the 3rd wicket, he put on a stand of 105 runs with Deepak Hooda. Hooda made 64 off just 28 deliveries. His innings featured 4 fours and 6 massive sixes. Riding high on these knocks, Punjab Kings posted a huge total of 221/6 on the board in 20 overs. Chetan Sakaria was the pick of the bowlers as he accounted for 3 scalps during his spell of 4 overs.
FALL OF WICKETS
22-1 (Mayank Agarwal, 2.4), 89-2 (Chris Gayle, 9.5), 194-3 (Deepak Hooda, 17.3), 201-4 (Nicholas Pooran, 17.6), 220-5 (Lokesh Rahul, 19.2), 221-6 (Jhye Richardson, 19.6)
Chasing 221, Rajasthan Royals lost Ben Stokes in the first over of the innings. Manan Vohra soon followed the suit and was dismissed at 12 by Arshdeep Singh. Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson gave a good fight with their partnership 45 runs for the 3rd wicket before Buttler was cleaned up by Jhye Richardson. Captain Samson continued to find the gaps in the field and was involved in a stand of 53 runs for the 4th wicket with Shivam Dubey and 52 runs for the 5th wicket with Riyan Parag. Before Parag got dismissed, the game was hanging in favour of Rajasthan Royals but Shami’s breakthrough broke the odds open. However, the celebrations did not last for long as Sanju Samson kept bullying the Punjab attack and brought his hundred up in style with a boundary off Jhye Richardson. Riley Meredith brought another twist in the tale by picking up Rahul Tewatia in the 19th over. Chris Morris took a while to get going and the equation was reduced to 13 runs needed off the last over. It was now all over to the calm headed Sanju Samson to finish the game for Rajasthan Royals. Arshdeep Singh was given the opportunity to bowl the last over and he delivered. It was a sea- saw like over and with 5 runs needed off the last ball, Sanju Samson holed out to the cover and Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 4 runs. Sanju Samson finished with 119 runs off 63 deliveries.
FALL OF WICKETS
0-1 (Ben Stokes, 0.3), 25-2 (Manan Vohra, 3.2), 70-3 (Jos Buttler, 7.3), 123-4 (Shivam Dubey, 12.4), 175-5 (Riyan Parag, 16.2), 201-6 (Rahul Tewatia, 18.1), 217-7 (Sanju Samson, 19.6)
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c&wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi
Start Time: 19:30
Toss: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field first.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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