Mon, 12 April 2021
IPL updates: Punjab Kings edge Rajasthan by 4 runs
23:52 Samson's ton in vain
RR 217-7 (20 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
What a thrilling finish this. Punjab narrowly edge Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs in their season opening campaign.
Rajasthan were out of the contest, then in the contest and then out of the contest before captain and centurion Sanju Samson and youngster Riyan Parag smacked the bowlers for big runs in the death, taking 46 runs in three overs late in their innings.
Shami and Arshdeep put on a good show with the ball but it was Samson's night as he lit up the Wankhede with his beautiful, effortless hitting.
Only if he would have taken that single off the penultimate ball of the innnigs, will all their fans be thinking.
Arshdeep comes on to bowl the last over and he has to defend 13 runs here.
He starts nicely with a dot, full and wide to Samson.
Samson then slices the ball to deep backward point and gets only a single.
Morris tries to whack the low full toss but can't get it past Chris Gayle in the covers. Only a single for Morris.
Samson then just meets the ball and smashes it over extra cover for a six!
5 needed off 2 now.
Samson plays the next ball to extra cover but does not take a run, sends back Morris.
5 needed off 1 now, Samson tries to go big but is caught at the boundary. He goes for 119 and Rajasthan lose by 4 runs.
Morris is the new man in. After a dot and a single Samson flicks him for a huge six!
A single and a dot to end the over as 8 runs and a wicket come off it.
Riley into the attack now and he takes out Tewatia first ball.
Morris is the new man in and after a dot, he is gets off the mark with a single to the off side.
Straightish ball on the pads next and Samson flicks it easily over mid-wicket for a six!
Samson then smashes the next ball for a single to extra cover.
Riley finishes the over nicely as he bowls just wide and Morris cannot reach it and that is a dot. 8 runs and a wicket come in the over.
Riley back in the attack as Rajasthan need 21 off the last 2 overs.
And Riley strikes first up as Tewatia chases the wide ball and he is caught behind for 2.
23:28 Rajasthan keep at it
40 needed off 18 and Jhye back in the attack.
Samson starts the over in style as he smokes the ball over extra cover for a four.
Half volley next and Samson smashes the ball over long-off for a six!
Samson gets to his century with a shot square of the wicket on the off side for a four.
He then takes a couple to mid-wicket.
After a wide, Samson gets a single to the leg side. That brings up the 200!
Tewatia takes a single to end the over as 19 come off the over.
Tewatia is the new man in and after a dot, Shami bowls a wide.
Tewatia gets off the mark with a single straight down the down.
Half-volley next and Samson just creams the ball down the ground down to long-on for a four.
A single to end the over as 8 come off it.
Shami back in the attack and he starts with a wide. Shami then bowls a bouncer that Parag chases but cannot connect.
Parag out next ball as he chases the bouncer and gets a top edge. He is caught behind by Rahul. He goes for 25 off 11.
23:13 Rajasthan still alive
RR 174-4 (16 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
It's time for a strategic time-out and 48 needed off 24 now and Kings Punjab will have some butterflies in the tummy.
Just when we thought it was over for Rajasthan, young Parag has played super foil to skipper Samson who have suddenly upped the ante, scoring 46 runs off the last 3 overs!
M Ashwin back in the attack and Samson starts the over with superb six straight down the ground for a six!
Samson then gets a single.
After a dot, Parag pulls the ball over long-off for a six!
He follows that up with another six over extra cover. A single to end the over as 20 come off it.
Jhye back in the attack and Samson and Parag take a single each of the first two balls.
Samson then gets ambitious and slams the slow ball over backward point for a four.
Full toss next and it gets the treatment as Samson whips it over deep square leg for a six!
A single and a dot to end the over as 13 come off it.
23:04 Shami gets hit
RR 141-4 (14 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
Shami is back in the attack and after a dot, the ball comes angling in, Samson swings and misses but the ball deflects off his pads and runs to the fine leg boundary.
After a single, Parag then picks the ball from length and whips it over the cow corner region for a six!
The batsmen then take a single each as 13 come off it.
Parag is the new man in but Samson has strike, who takes a single to the leg side.
Next ball, Parag plays a superb shot to get off the mark with a four through the off side. What a shot!
Arshdeep back in the attack and he is welcomed back with a four straight down the ground to bring up the 50-run partnership.
Dube and Samson then take a single each before Arshdeep strikes again!
Dube goes big, mishits, gets the elevation but not the distance as he is caught in the deep by Hooda and is gone for 23 off 15.
22:51 Rajasthan still lagging in run rate
RR 117-3 (12 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
M Ashwin continues and Samson starts the over with a single.
After a dot, Dube goes down on a knee and slog sweeps it over long-on for a four.
The batsmen then take a quick single next ball.
After a dot, short ball and Dube cuts it to square on the off side for a single. 8 come off the over.
Riley continues and Dube starts the over with a single.
Samson then hooks the ball over fine leg for a six! Wonderful shot!
Samson then gets a couple to mid-wicket before he plays the ball over the keeper for a boundary to get to his 50.
Shout for LBW next ball, umpire raises the finger, Samson takes the review and the umpire has to change his decision.
After that dot, Samson plays the ball to mid-wicket for a single. 14 come off the over.
22:41 Dube, Samson keep hopes up
RR 95-3 (10 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
These singles won't do any good for Rajasthan who need some big blows now from the bats of Samson and Dube if they have to go over the line.
Leggie M Ashwin back in the attack and Samson starts the over with a single to mid-wicket.
Dube then gets a single off the next ball before M Ashwin bowls a wide down the leg side.
And another wide next ball.
Samson then gets a single to long-on.
Dube also then plays the ball to mid-wicket for a single.
After a dot, Samson clobbers the ball through covers for a couple. 8 come off it.
Riley back in the attack and Samson starts the over with a huge six over long-on.
After a dot, Samson gets a life as two fielders converge and the catch is dropped after the batsman plays a false shot. A single for Samson.
After a dot, Dube gets a single to third man.
Samson then steers the ball to third man for a single as 9 come off it.
22:30 Rajasthan lose their 3rd
RR 78-3 (8 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
Dube is the new man in and gets off the mark with a crisp shot through the off side for a four!
He then gets a couple each off the next two balls as 10 come off it.
Jhye back into the attack and Buttler starts the over with a single to long-off.
Wide ball, Samson gets the inside edge but gets a single to the leg side.
Full, slow and in the slot, Buttler misses, Jhye hits and he is out for 25 off 13.
Leggie Murugan Ashwin in the attack now. Starts with a half tracker that Samson pulls to mid-wicket for a single. That was a no-ball, free-hit now and Buttler dances down and smacks it down the ground for a four!
Buttler then plays the ball to the leg side for a single.
After two dots, Samson is hit on the pads as he tries to pull the ball. Big shout, umpire unmoved. One run off a leg bye.
Buttler gets a single to end the over as 9 come off it.
22:16 Arshdeep, Riley taken to the cleaners
RR 59-2 (6 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
Arshdeep continues and Samson starts the over with a four as he pulls the short ball to mid-wicket.
Samson gets a single to the leg side next ball.
Afer a dot, Arshdeep bowls a slower one, Buttler reaches for it, plays it to the off side and gets a single.
Full toss and wide, Samson connects and the ball races past backward point for a four.
Samson then plays the ball to cover point for a single as 11 come off it.
Debutant Riley Meredith comes into the attack and Buttler has taken him to the cleaners.
He starts full and Buttler just smashes it down the ground for a four.
Butter then cuts the next one through backward point for another boundary.
He then plays the ramp shot as he puts the ball to fine leg for a four.
Four boundaries now as half-volley next and Buttler creams the ball through covers.
The batsmen then take a single each as 18 come off it. Baptism by fire for Riley.
22:06 Vohra out for 12
RR 30-2 (4 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
Buttler is the new man in and he gets off the mark with a single to the leg side.
Samson gets a life next as Rahul drops a dolly behind the wickets. Samson gets the edge but Rahul puts it down. Samson gets repreive on 12.
After a dot, Samson nicely plays the ball down to third man for a four. 5 runs and a wicket come in the over.
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep in the attack now and a dot to start the over.
Vohra then hands the bowler a return catch that he takes on his follow-through. Superb catch that and Vohra out for 12.
Shami continues and he is bowling well here giving Samson no freebies.
Physio is out to check on Samson but we are unsure why.
Wow! Samson gets to the pitch of the half-volley and times it to perfection through covers for a four.
After a dot, Samson pulls the short ball through mid-wicket for a four.
8 come off the over.
21:53 Out for a duck
RR 13-1 (2 ovs) vs Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) | Scorecard
Jhye opens the bowling at the other end and he starts with a wide down leg.
Vohra next goes big and how! Full ball and Vohra just clips it over square leg for a six!
After two dots, Vohra glances the ball to fine leg for a four.
A dot later, Vohra gets a life as he is dropped at third man. Two runs to end the over as 9 come off it.
Samson is the new man in and after a dot, a shortish ball and Samson opens his account with a four to mid-wicket. Dot to end the over as 4 runs amd a wicket come off it.
Stokes and Vohra come in to bat for Rajasthan while Shami opens the bowling for Punjab.
And what a start for Punjab! After two dot balls, Stokes tries to go big, miscues and is caught by Shami even as he bangs into Rahul who runs in to take the catch. No damage to the fielders but Stokes is out for a duck.
21:34 Rahul, Hooda star in innings
Punjab Kings 221-6 (20 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
After the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal in the 3rd over, Gayle and Rahul took to the attack against Rajasthan Both batsmen got repreives and made most of them as they went on the charge.
But it was Hooda who showed no mercy bringing up his 50 in just 20 balls and Rahul scored a fine 91.
Debutant Sakaria did well for Rajasthan picking 3 wickets and a blinder of a catch to take out Hooda.
Jhye Richardson is the new man in but Shahrukh is on strike. After a dot, Shahrukh gets a single to mid-wicket.
After a dot, Jhye goes big but has no control on the heave and is caught in the deep for a duck. A wicket to end the innings as Punjab Kings make 221 for 6 in their 20 overs. Just five come in the over.
Sakariya continues and Rahul goes down on one knee and slaps it through covers for a four!
Slower ball next, Rahul pulls it to deep mid-wicket and Tewatia has the presence of mind to throw the ball outside the boundary to collect the catch after crossing the boundary and then stepping out to complete the catch. Rahul out for 91.
Shahrukh Khan is the new man in.
Mustafizur back in the attack and Rahul starts the over with a single.
Slower ball next and Shahrukh gets off the mark with a single.
Dot ball next but the third umpire says he has overstepped and free-hit now.
A wide ball next and the free hit remains.
Rahul then makes the most of the free-hit as he slaps the ball over extra cover for a four.
Short ball next, Rahul cuts it behind point and scampers for a couple.
Slower ball and good length, Rahul can only tap it down to the off side for a single.
Short ball next to the leg stump and Shahrukh pulls it easily to fine leg for a boundary. 15 come off the over.
21:16 Punjab batting on full steam
Punjab Kings 201-4 (18 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Pooran is the new man in but Rahul has the strike. Short and slow ball next and Rahul pulls the ball over mid-wicket for a six! 200 up for Punjab and that is Rahul's 2000 runs for Punjab.
Rahul then gets a single to long-on.
Slower ball, Pooran then tries to pull the next ball but Sakaria pulls off a blinder at short fine leg. Pooran out for a duck and Punjab lose their 4th wicket.
Morris continues and Rahul comes to the off side and plays a scoop shot over fine leg for a six!
He tries the shot again but can get only a single this time to short fine.
Hooda is finally taken as he tries to go big but doesn't get the reach as he is caught out at mid-wicket for a well made 64 off 28 balls.
Sakariya back into the attack and he starts with a slower one that Hooda tries to go after but plays and misses.
Next ball comes into the batsman and Hooda inside edges it to backwars square leg for a single.
Rahul then gets a single to backward square leg.
Slow full toss next and no run. Good start to the over so far.
Slower ball again but Hooda waits on it and plays the ball down to fine leg for a four.
Hooda then creams the next one straight down the ground for a four. And what do you know that is a no-ball and a free-hit to Hooda! Hooda plays the ball down past the backward point fielder for a four as 15 come off it. What started as a good over with just 2 runs off the first four balls ends with 15 runs.
20:59 Punjab in hot form
Punjab Kings 172-2 (16 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Hooda has come to the crease and has not allowed the Rajasthan bowlers to settle down after the fall of Gayle.
Rahul also has batted well to give Hooda the strike while keeping the runs ticking with singles and twos.
Morris back in the attack and Hooda just waits for it, length ball and he just launches it over mid-wicket for a six! Wow what a shot!
Hooda then gets a couple off the next ball.
He then gets to his 50 with a single to extra cover. 50 off just 20 balls!
Slower ball next and Rahul takes a heave, plays and misses.
A single to long-on next ball. Another single to end the over as 11 come off it.
Mustafizur back in the attack and Hooda tries to go big, gets a top edge but is put down by Buttler on the off side.
Rahul then gets a couple to backward point.
After a dot, the ball is bowled on the leg stump and Rahul just pulls it over fine leg for a six!
Short and wide next and Rahul slices it behind point to third man for a single.
Hooda then plays the ball to backward point and takes a single to end the over. 11 come off the over.
20:47 48 runs come off the last 3 overs
Punjab Kings 150-2 (14 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Gopal continues and Rahul gets a single off the first ball of the over.
Hooda then just lets loose and clobbers the ball over long-off for a six!
50 partnership up now as Hooda pulls the ball over the fielder at deep square leg for a six!
After a dot, Hooda launches another one straight over long-off! Wow that is his 5th 6 already in this innings.
A single to long-on to end the over as 20 come off the over and that brings up the team 150.
48 runs have come off the last 3 overs.
Right-arm medium pacer Dube comes into the attack now and Hooda starts the over with a single to deep mid-wicket.
Rahul then just stand and delivers as he clobbers the ball over the bowler's head for a six to get to his 50. His 22nd IPL half-ton.
Rahul then gets a single to long-on.
Slow full toss next and Hooda then just slaps the ball over deep square leg for a six!
After a dot, Hooda just creams the ball over covers for a six! 20 runs come off it!
20:35 Gayle out for 40
Punjab Kings 110-2 (12 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Leggie Gopal back in the attack and both Rahul and Hooda deal in singles off the first three balls.
A dot later, Hooda goes down on one knee, reaches for the ball and slog sweeps it through square leg for a four!
Hooda then get a single to the off side as 8 come off the over.
Tewatia continues and Rahul starts the over with a couple.
The batsmen then take a single each before Rahul plays the ball through covers for a couple as the fielder cuts the ball at the boundary.
Rahul then dances down the track and smacks it over the bowler for a six to bring up the team 100.
A single to end the over as 13 come off it.
20:28 Stokes takes a good catch at long on
Punjab Kings 89-2 (10 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Hooda is the new man in and he plays a dot as 7 runs and a wicket come in the over.
Leggie Parag in the attack now, bowls a gift ball and Rahul accepts the half-tracker and cuts it beautifully through cover-point for a four!
A single off the next ball square of the wicket.
Parag then bowls round-arm around the wicket to Gayle who plays it to long-off for a single.
Rahul then gets a single to long-on.
Parag then gets the main man! Gayle tries to go after the bowler, mistimes the shot and Stokes grabs the catch this time as Gayle is sent back for 40 off 28 balls.
Strategic time-out now.
50 came up for Punjab in 6 overs and even after the Powerplays, Gayle has kept the foot on the pedal as the Punjab Kings have raced to 81 for 1 in 9 overs.
Leggie Tewatia in the attack now and Gayle starts the over with a single to long-off.
Rahul then plays the ball to long-on for a single.
After a dot, Tewatia bowls short and Gayle just cuts it through the vacant point region for a four.
Next ball Gayle gets a life as Tewatia puts down a return catch.
Gayle then dispatches the ball with a pull over long-on for a six!
20:15 Punjab fight back after Mayank dismissal
Punjab Kings 70-1 (8 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Stokes in the attack now and he is welcomed with a thumping shot over covers for a four.
After a single to Rahul, Stokes bowls short and Gayle pulls the ball with a short-arm jab over deep square leg for a six!
Stokes then bowls in that corridor as Gayle plays and misses!
Gayle is then hit on the pads, big shout but that was an inside edge and pitched outside leg and umpire not interested.
Gayle ends the over with a single to the leg side. 12 come off the over.
Leggie Gopal in the attack now and Gayle starts the over with a single.
After a dot, Rahul gets a reprieve as Stokes puts him down at the boundary at long off and Rahul gets a boundary.
Rahul then gets a single to long-off.
Short and wide next and Gayle slaps it hard through covers for a four.
He then cuts the ball through point for a couple as 12 come off it.
20:06 Punjab fight back in the Powerplays
Punjab Kings 46-1 (6 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Morris continues and the ball comes into the left hander, Gayle is hit on the pads but the ball is going down leg.
Gayle then swings and misses!
Gayle then tries to go after the short ball, doesn't time it but gets a couple towards extra cover.
Morris then bangs one in as Gayle ducks under it. One for the over.
Straightish ball and Gayle whips it over mid-on for a four. All power in that shot!
Gayle then gets a single down to squar leg as 7 come off the over.
Mustafizur back in the attack and after a dot, Gayle gets a single off an inside edge.
Rahul then gets a single past point.
After a wide ball, Gayle effortlessly thumps the ball over the bowler for a four!
A dot later, Gayle plays the ball to mid-on and scampers for a single. 8 come off the over.
19:56 Rahul looking good now
Punjab Kings 31-1 (4 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Morris comes into the attack and gets the edge and it flies past the gully and short third man fielder to the boundary.
The batsman then gets a couple through covers as the fielder does well to dive and keep it down to just two.
After two dots, a wide is bowled.
The batsmen then take a single each as Gayle gets off the mark.
Gayle is the next man in and this time the ball comes into him. Gayle leaves it alone.
Dot to end the over. Just one run and a wicket comes off it.
Sakariya continues and after two dots, one close call for LBW, Rahul gets a single to the off side.
Sakariya then bowls a fuller ball and just outside off, Mayank tries to go after it but gets the edge and is caught behind by Samson. He goes for 14 off 9. Punjab lose first wicket.
19:44 Rahul, Agarwal batting well
Punjab Kings 21-0 (2 ovs) vs RR | Scorecard
Mustafizur opens from the other end and short ball to start the over, Mayank plays it behind square for a couple.
Next ball comes in sharply hits him on the pads, big shout for LBW, no says the umpire. RR decide against taking the review.
Next ball angling in again and Mayank nudges it to the leg side for a single.
Rahul gets a thick inside edge off the next ball and gets a single to square leg.
A wide later, Mayank gets a couple to mid-on.
Next ball comes into the batsman and Mayank just clips it beautifully off his pads for a four!
11 come off the over.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal open the batting for Punjab Kings while debutant left-arm medium pacer Chetan Sakariya who opens the bowling for Rajasthan Royals.
Sakariya comes around the wicket to Rahul and he gets a hint of swing as the batsman taps the ball in front.
Rahul then plays the ball down towards short third man and sneaks across for a single and get off the mark.
Short and wide next and Agarwal cuts it past backward point for a four to get off the mark.
Sakariya then cuts the ball to come back giving Agarwal no room to free his arms.
Agarwal then pushes the ball to long-on and scampers for a single.
The next ball is sprayed down the leg side and Rahul glances it down to fine leg to end the over with a four as 10 come off the opening over.
19:09 Dubey, Vohra make their Rajasthan Royals debut
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has won the toss and elected to bowl against Punjab Kings in their IPL match in Mumbai, on Monday.
Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson and Shahrukh Khan to debut for Punjab Kings while Manan Vohra, Mustafiz Rahman, Shivam Dube and Chetan Sakariya will make their debut for Rajasthan Royals in today's match.
Rajasthan will be banking heavily on their swashbuckling all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes will be keen to get some runs under his belt and so will be the likes of Englishman Jos Buttler and newly-appointed skipper Samson, who is a mine-field of talent.
The Royals could opt to open with the highly-rated Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler. While Samson, who would be itching to prove a point, and Stokes would then form strong middle-order.
Tewatia and Dube have the ability to whack the ball outside the park and look to be certainties in the playing XI.
With star pacer Jofra Archer missing due to injury, the pace attack will have to be led by Rajasthan's newest recruit -- South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who will be eager to justify his huge price tag of Rs 16.25 crore.
On the other hand, Punjab boast of some hard-hitters like Rahul (670 runs in 2020 season), Mayank Agarwal (424 runs) and Chris Gayle.
Rahul and Agarwal formed a lethal opening combination in 2020 and would continue to open.
They also have the likes of Englishman Dawid Malan, one of the finest T20 batsmen currently, hard-hitting Tamil Nadu batsman M Shahrukh Khan, and West Indian Nicholos Pooran.
For them too, it would be all about getting the combination right.
The bowling attack will be led by Mohammed Shami, who was superb in the last edition.
Their pacer line-up has been bolstered by the signing of Australian speedsters Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, who had a sensational Big Bash campaign, and also includes Chris Jordan.
With their spin attack a concern, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi will have to play their roles well to contain a devastating Rajasthan line-up.
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
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler(w), Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(c), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman