Punjab Kings

In a tense showdown at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Rajasthan Royals, led by Sanju Samson, faced off against Punjab Kings in the IPL 2024. RR’s innings got off to a rocky start as they posted their second-lowest powerplay score of just 38 runs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore, stepping in for Jos Buttler, fell for 18 off 23 balls, while both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Samson struggled, managing only 4 and 18 runs respectively.

Despite the early setbacks, Samson reached a significant milestone, completing 500 runs in a single IPL season for the first time in his career. The Royals found some footing thanks to Riyan Parag’s resilient knock of 48 runs off 34 balls and a crucial cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin, who contributed 28 runs off 19 balls.

In Punjab’s bowling department, Harshal Patel maintained his grip on the Purple Cap, taking two wickets while conceding 28 runs in his four overs. Ultimately, Rajasthan Royals posted a total of 144-9 in their allotted 20 overs.

In response, Rajasthan Royals unleashed a fiery bowling attack, spearheaded by Avesh Khan, who snatched two wickets while conceding just 5 runs in his initial two overs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal further tightened the screws, reducing Punjab Kings to a dire situation with only 4 wickets for less than 50 runs.

However, a resilient partnership between Sam Curran and Jitesh Sharma, worth 63 runs, steadied the ship for Punjab. Despite Chahal dismissing Sharma in the 16th over, Ashutosh Sharma’s arrival strengthened the Kings’ chase. Avesh Khan’s final over conceded two crucial maximums, sealing the game for Punjab with a 5-wicket victory (7 balls left).

Last Updated on May 15, 2024

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