RR vs PBKS, IPL 2023: Punjab Kings came up with a brilliant all-round show as the Shikhar Dhawan-led side defeated Rajasthan Royals in Guwahati.
Sam Curran defended 16 runs off the last over as Punjab lords scrounge out a narrow five- run palm against Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling IPL match at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Impact player Dhruv Jurel and Shimron Hetmyer dragged Rajasthan back into the contest with a brilliant 61- run cooperation off 26 balls for the seventh gate. still, Punjab held its whim-whams with Curran brushing a brilliant last over to deny Rajasthan a home palm.
Australian leader Nathan Ellis(4/30) starred with the ball, as Punjab struck regular blows to ail Rajasthan’s chase and record its alternate palm on the witch.
Before, Punjab continued with its aggressive approach with the club as openers Prabhsimran Singh (60) and Shikhar Dhawan (86) delivered the big blows to prop their side to a aggregate of 197.
Dhawan, after starting sluggishly, turned it up a notch after getting to his half- century as he brought out his reverse sweeps and scoops.
A free- flowing Prabhsimran was comfortable against everything the Rajasthan bowling had to offer and had to walk back only after an excellent diving catch by Jos Buttler off Jason Holder’s bowling.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who came in at one- down, was forced to retire hurt after he got in the way of a sonorous drive from Dhawan.
Jitesh Sharma( 27) and Dhawan assured that Punjab wasn’t embrangle down by Rajapaksa’s unlucky departure, as it targetted Yuzvendra Chahal, with the leggie ending up with numbers of1/50.
Rajasthan allowed it pulled the game back in the death, as it gave down only 45 runs in the last five overs. But in the end, its trouble proved to be inadequate in front of a combined trouble from Punjab.
Rajasthan’s chase no way really took off as its rejigged top order –R. Ashwin was transferred in as the nature rather of Jos Buttler – failed to fire.
Buttler was unlucky to depart after he edged an Ellis delivery into his pads, only for it to pop up for the bowler to complete a return catch, while Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ashwin offered important simpler catches to make their way back.
It was commander Sanju Samson( 42) who fitted the Rajasthan’s chase with some vigour as he stationed the cut shot to great effect against the lords ’ baits. But Ellis struck the big blow again as he’d Samson caught at long out.
Original boy Riyan Parag contributed some lusty blows, important to the joy of an agitated crowd before he was caught in the deep off Ellis.
Jurel allowed he’d swung the game into Rajasthan’s corner in the penultimate over as he smoked Arshdeep Singh for a couple of boundaries and a six, but Curran sealed the game with a tight last over. Know More IPL News…