Punjab Beat Rajasthan by 4 Runs: Punjab Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs in the fifth match of IPL 2021. Batting first after losing the toss, the Punjab team scored 221 runs after losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. In response, the Rajasthan team could score only 217 runs after losing 7 wickets in 20 overs. As captain, Samson scored a century in his very first match. He became the first player of the IPL to do so. It was his third century in the IPL. He also equaled AB de Villiers in terms of century.
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However, his century went in vain. In the last over, Rajasthan needed 13 runs to win. Arshadip Singh bowled in the 20th over for Punjab. Only 2 runs came off the first 3 balls. After that Samson hit a six on the fourth ball. No run scored on the fifth ball. On the final ball, Rajasthan needed 5 runs to win. Samson shot, but she went into the hands of Deepak Hooda standing on the boundary line. Samson was dismissed for 119 off 63 balls.
Ryan Parag and Shivam Dubey Played Aggressive Innings
Ryan Pollen was dismissed for 25 runs off 11 balls. He shared a 52-run partnership with Samson for 23 balls for the 5th wicket. At the same time, Shivam Dubey was dismissed for 23 runs off 15 balls. He was caught by Arshadeep Singh in the hands of Deepak Hooda. Dubey shared a 53-run 33-ball partnership with Samson for the fourth wicket. Punjab Beat Rajasthan by 4 Runs.
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Mohammad Shami Gave the First Blow to Rajasthan
Mohammed Shami gave the Rajasthan Royals the first blow at zero. Ben Stokes came to the opening without opening an account. Shami took his catch on his own ball. After this, the team’s second wicket fell at the score of 25 runs. Fast bowler Arshdeep caught Manan Vohra’s catch on his own ball. Vohra was dismissed for 12 runs off 8 balls. Jos Buttler was dismissed for 25 runs off 13 balls. He was bowled clean by Jay Richardson.
Punjab innings, KL Rahul and Hooda’s fifty
After losing the toss, the Punjab Kings, who came out to bat first, got the first blow in the form of Mayank Agarwal, who scored 14 runs in 9 balls and was caught out by Sanju Samson behind the wicket of Chetan Sakaria. After this, there was a good partnership between Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, but Chris Gayle was dismissed for 40 runs in 28 balls. KL Rahul hit his first half-century of IPL 2021 in 30 balls.
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Deepak Hooda scored the third half-century of his IPL career in just 20 balls. The third wicket fell in the form of Punjab’s Deepak Hooda, who was dismissed for 64 runs with the help of 4 fours and 6 sixes in 28 balls. The fourth blow came in the form of Nicholas Pooran who could not even open the account and was dismissed by Chris Maurice. KL Rahul returned to the pavilion as the fifth wicket, scoring 91 runs in 50 balls. He was caught by Chetan Sakaria at the hands of Rahul Tewatia.
Both Team Playing XI
Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (captain and wicketkeeper), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Jay Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Rylee Meredith, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh.
Rajasthan: Jose Butler, Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (captain), Ryan Parag, Shivam Dubey, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakaria and Mustafizur Rahman.
4 from Rajasthan and 3 from Punjab
Chetan Sakaria, Shivam Dubey, Mustafizur Rahman and Manan Vohra have been given the debut cap by Rajasthan Royals. At the same time, the Punjab team handed over the debut cap to Shah Rukh Khan, Jay Richardson and Meredith.