Rajasthan Royals stumbled on to their first loss in their opening game against Punjab Kings on Monday. The Royals fell short of just four runs in the end despite skipper Sanju Samson’s carnage show of 119 runs, the highest by any skipper on his first game in the IPL history.
Earlier, Punjab Kings surpassed 200 runs, riding on to skipper KL Rahul’s 91 runs off just 50 deliveries which comprised of four boundaries and five sixes at a menacing strike rate of 182.00.
Chris Gayle came in at third down and showed his batting prowess by smashing 40 runs off 28 balls including four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
Middle order produced a magnificent display especially Deepak Hooda who kept the destruction going by scoring a 64 off just 28 deliveries. He carted six massive sixes during his wreaking knock.
Only Chetan Sakariya turned out to be the most successful bowlers from the Royals by scalping three wickets. Rajasthan Royals probably lacked in good strategy as despite using eight bowlers, they conceded 221 runs in 20 overs.
While chasing 222 runs, Rajasthan lost the opener, Ben Stokes, in the first over. Skipper Sanju Samson then came to the crease with the purpose of sailing his team through victory.
He blasted 119 runs off 63 balls comprising of 12 boundaries and seven sixes at a strike rate of 188.89. He looked menacing from one end, the other end kept on losing wickets..
It was clearly evident that Punjab Kings overwhelmed Rajasthan Royals in terms of bowling owing to Mohammad Shami and youngster Arshdeep Singh taking five wickets combinedly.
Arshdeep Singh emerged the protagonist for the Kings by defending the total and also by scalping the wicket of dangerous looking Samson.
Punjab Kings won the game by four runs in the end, also registered their first win of IPL 14. Sanju Samson won the player of the match award for his knock despite Royals losing the game.