The Rajasthan Royals lost to the Punjab Kings by four runs despite the strong performance of captain Sanju Samson. In the fourth match of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals set a target of 222 for victory against Punjab Kings and scored 217 for seven in the allotted 20 overs.
For Rajasthan, Sanju scored 119 not out off 63 balls. But in the last minute of the match, Sanju was out when Deepak Hooda caught Arshadeep Singh’s ball in 19.6 overs. Sanju is the Player of the Match.
Sanju Samson has scored his first century in IPL 2021. Sanju also achieved a historic feat. He became the first player to score a century in his debut match as captain in the IPL. This is Sanju’s third century in the IPL.
Opener Benstokes was out for a run. Later, Manan Vohra was dismissed for just 12 runs. Sanju, who came in third, scored a century to help Rajasthan cross the 100 and 200 mark.
Jose Butler (25), Shivam Dubey (23), Ryan Parag (25), Rahul Thewatia (25) and Chris Morris (2) were the top scorers.
For Punjab, Arshadeep Singh took three wickets and Mohammad Shami two. Jay Richardson and Riley Meridt took one wicket each.
Punjab Kings crossed the 200 mark with the help of skipper KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. Batting first, Punjab scored 221 for six in the allotted 20 overs. Rahul, who opened the innings, scored 91 off 50 balls, including seven fours and five sixes. Apart from Rahul, Deepak Hooda also scored a half-century. Hooda hit 64 off 28 balls, including six sixes and four fours. Chris Gayle scored 40 off 28 balls. Mayank Agarwal was dismissed for 14.
This one went down to the wire! Sanju goes for the big shot over cover, but doesn’t get all of it. Taken. @PunjabKingsIPL win by 4 runs.#VIVOIPL #RRvPBKS pic.twitter.com/HklxqlAGY2
Kerala’s own Sanju Samson is eagerly awaited for his first match as the captain of Rajasthan Royals. Despite the loss to Punjab, Sanju’s century was a relief to the team ‘s fans.
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