PBKS beats RR by 4 runs and register their maiden victory of the IPL 2021
PBKS beats RR by 4 runs and register their maiden victory of the IPL 2021

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IPL 2021 RR vs PBKS Highlights: Rajasthan Royals gets into play the first game of the season with their new skipper Sanju Samson. Both the team lock their horns to play their first matches of the league.

Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Toss Details: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opt to bowl

Captains View 

Sanju Samson | RR Skipper

We are going to bowl first. We have challenges to face while picking the XI. But I am happy with the players we have. Morris, Stokes, Buttler, Mustafizur are our overseas players. Very excited about the role.

KL Rahul | PBKS Skipper

We all know the history of Wankhede. Everyone wants to bowl first. But we would want to play good cricket. We can’t really pinpoint anything particular. It is about the batting group helping the bowling group and vice versa. We were really happy with the auctions. Meredith, Richardson, Gayle, and Pooran are our foreign players.

Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals

Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w/c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.

Punjab Kings 

KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.

IPL 2021 RR vs PBKS Highlights

Punjab Kings(PBKS) Batting

The deadliest duo KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal get into the crease to lead Punjab Kings. Chetan Sakariya opens the bowling attack onbehalf of RR.

Mayank Agarwal struggles to withstand the aggressive bowling attack of RR and returns to Pavillion after scoring 14 runs. Chetan Sakariya makes his IPL maiden wicket by dismissing Mayank for 14 runs.

The Universal Boss Gayle gets in to join hands with KL Rahul. No one can easily forget the destructions made by this dup in the last season. The duo added a 67 runs partnership for the next wicket. Riyan Parag puts an end to Gayle’s batting by dismissing the dangerous batsman for 40 runs.

Still, Punjab Kings have their skipper who is capable of doing miracles on the field. Deepak Hooda makes a quickfire 64 runs off 28 deliveries and dismissed of the Chris Morris delivery.

Hooda hits a maximum of six 6’s which boosts the Punjab Kings score to 194 runs prior to his dismissal. The duo nearly added 105 runs partnership to the Punjab Kings scoreboard.

With KL Rahul’s impressive 91 runs Punjab Kings scored 221 runs for 6 wickets loss at the end of the 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals(RR) Batting

Ben Stokes and Vohra gets in to chase the target of 222 runs. Shami opens the attack against RR.

Shami in the very third ball of the innings dismissed the 2019 WC-winning key player Ben Stokes for duck. Skipper Sanju Samson gets in to take the responsibilities. Manan Vohratoo soon returns to the pavilion after scoring 12 runs.

On the other hand, Snaju Samson starts to get back to his original form with some power hitters. Joining hands with Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson tries to make a steady partnership. Which then broken by J Richardson. Where he dismissed Buttler for 25 runs with a slower ball.

Sanju Samson struggles to make a winning partnership. In the mid of 17th over Sanju Samson with a boundary of the J Richardson’s ball becomes the first man to get a hundred on IPL captaincy debut. 

With 13 runs required off the last over Arshdeep Singh managed to give only 8 runs off the over. Finally, Punjab Kings beats Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs.

Watch RR vs PBKS Highlights

Watch full match highlights of IPL 2021 RR vs PBKS and check the IPL 2021 points table.

Man of the Match

  • Name: Sanju Samson
  • Team: RR
  • Role: Batsman
  • Stats: 119 runs off 63 balls(4’s – 12 6’s – 7)

I think the second part of the innings was the best I ever played, took my time and respected the bowlers, whereas in the first part I was not timing it very well. I took the singles and got into a rhythm and then I started to play my shots in the second half. I enjoy my shots but I come back to the present after I play those shots.

It automatically happens, when I focus on my skills and watch the ball and react. Sometimes I lose my wicket also, so I just play the same way.

It’s about trusting my processes to be honest, and I did that, and it came off tonight. The coin looked really nice so I pocketed it, asked the referee if I can have it, but he said no.

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