Sanju Samson’s brilliant century in vain as Punjab Kings win last-ball thriller

IPL 2021: RR vs PBKS LIVE Score: Sanju Samson's century in vain as Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs after KL Rahul's 93
IPL 2021: RR vs PBKS LIVE Score: Sanju Samson's century in vain as Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs after KL Rahul's 93 | BCCI

IPL 2021 – RR vs PBKS LIVE Score: Sanju Samson’s brilliant century in vain as Punjab Kings win last-ball thriller – Sanju Samson led from the front with a fine century on his debut as a Rajasthan Royals captain but could take his past the target as Punjab Kings registered a narrow 4-run victory in a last-ball thriller.

In a tough 222-run chase, Rajasthan Royals lost Ben Stokes in the first over as Mohammed Shami gave RR the crucial breakthrough early. Asked to bat, Punjab Kings powered by KL Rahul’s 50-ball 90, Deepak Hooda’s 28-ball 64 and Chris Gayle’s 28-ball 40, posted 221/6 in 20 overs.

Punjab Kings were off to a good start or as it seemed. But Mayank Agarwal was dismissed in the 3rd over after he tried to take on debutant Chetan Sakariya. Then on, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul anchored the innings. However, after bringing up their 67-run partnership, Gayle was dismissed by Riyan Parag.

Then on, Deepak Hooda joined Rahul for a brilliant partnership, taking apart Rajasthan’s bowling. He brought up his half-century off just 20 balls as the duo put up a 105-run partnership. After he was dismissed, Rahul continued his red-hot form, slamming 91 off 50 balls. In the end some fine bowling from Chetan Sakariya in the last over restricted Punjab Kings to 221/6 in 20 overs.

Rajasthan were off to a poor start in the tough chase, losing Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra within 4th over. Sanju Samson soldiered on the responsibilities then on, bring in up a fine century off just 54 balls. While Riyan Parag’s fine hitting and Samson’s stroke full 119 kept RR in the chase. However, as Samson went for a six, was caught out by Deepak Hooda as Punjab managed a 4-run win.

Rajasthan Royals Innings 217/6 (20 ovs); Lost by 4 runs 
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Ben Stokes c & b M Shami 0 3 0 0 0.00
Manan Vohra c & b Arshdeep Singh 12 8 1 1 150.00
Sanju Samson (WK/C) c DJ Hooda b Arshdeep Singh 119 63 12 7 188.89
Jos Buttler b JA Richardson 25 13 5 0 192.31
Shivam Dubey c DJ Hooda b Arshdeep Singh 23 15 3 0 153.33
Riyan Parag c KL Rahul b M Shami 25 11 1 3 227.27
Rahul Tewatia c KL Rahul b Riley Meredith 2 4 0 0 50.00
Chris Morris Not out 2 4 0 0 50.00
Extra 9 (b 0, w 6, nb 1, lb 2)
Total 217/7 (20)
Yet To Bat C SakariyaS GopalM Rahman
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Mohd Shami 4 0 33 2 8.25
Jhye Richardson 4 0 55 1 13.75
Arshdeep Singh 4 0 35 3 8.75
Riley Meredith 4 0 49 1 12.25
Murugan Ashwin 4 0 43 0 10.75
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Ben Stokes 1-0 0.3
M Vohra 2-25 3.2
Jos Buttler 3-70 7.3
S Dubey 4-123 12.4
R Parag 5-175 16.2
R Tewatia 6-201 18.1
SV Samson 7-217 19.6
Punjab Kings Innings 221/6 (20 ovs)
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Lokesh Rahul (WK/C) c R Tewatia b C Sakariya 91 50 7 5 182.00
Mayank Agarwal c SV Samson b C Sakariya 14 9 2 0 155.56
Chris Gayle c Ben Stokes b R Parag 40 28 4 2 142.86
Deepak Hooda c R Parag b CH Morris 64 28 4 6 228.57
Nicholas Pooran c C Sakariya b CH Morris 0 1 0 0 0.00
Shahrukh Khan Not out 6 4 1 0 150.00
Jhye Richardson c CH Morris b C Sakariya 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extra 6 (b 0, w 4, nb 2, lb 0)
Total 221/6 (20)
Yet To Bat Riley MeredithM ShamiMurugan AshwinArshdeep Singh
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Chetan Sakariya 4 0 31 3 7.75
Mustafizur Rahman 4 0 45 0 11.25
Chris Morris 4 0 41 2 10.25
Shreyas Gopal 3 0 40 0 13.33
Ben Stokes 1 0 12 0 12.00
Rahul Tewatia 2 0 25 0 12.50
Riyan Parag 1 0 7 1 7.00
Shivam Dubey 1 0 20 0 20.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
MA Agarwal 1-22 2.4
CH Gayle 2-89 9.5
DJ Hooda 3-194 17.3
Nicholas Pooran 4-201 17.6
KL Rahul 5-220 19.2
JA Richardson 6-221 19.6

RR vs PBKS Playing XI: Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (C&WK), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

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