IPL 2021: This is Sanju Samson’s third century of IPL. (PTI)
Punjab Kings have made a great debut in IPL (2021). Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals in their first match of the T20 League by 4 runs in a thrilling match.
Rajasthan Royals started off chasing the target did not start well. On the third ball of the first over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Ben Stokes (0). Manan Vohra (12) was dismissed by Arshdeep Singh. After falling two wickets for 25 runs, Sanju Samson and Jose Butler (25) added 45 runs for the third wicket. Butler hit four boundaries off Meredith’s four ball. Samson then maintained a half-century partnership with Shivam Dubey (23) and Ryan Parag (25) in the team’s match. In the final 5 overs, the team had to score 68 runs to win. Murugan Ashwin scored 20 runs in the 16th over. Parag hit two and Samson hit a six. In the 17th over, Shami dismissed Parag and conceded just 8 runs. Had to score 40 runs for victory in the last 3 overs.
Richardson conceded 19 runs in the 18th over.
In the 18th over, Sanju Samson scored 19 runs in the over of Jhay Richardson with a six and two fours. 21 runs were to be scored in the last two overs. On the first ball of the 19th over, Meredith dismissed Rahul Tewatia (2). Morris could only score one run on the next two balls. Samson hit a six on the fourth ball. Took a run on the fifth ball. Morris could not take the last ball. In this way 13 runs were to be scored in the last over. Samson could not score on Arshdeep’s first ball. Only one run scored on the second ball. Had to score 12 runs off 4 balls. On the third ball, Maris was also able to take a run. Samson hit a six on the fourth ball. In this way, 5 runs were to be scored from 2 balls. Samson did not take a run even after playing a shot at long off off the fifth ball. That means we had to score 5 runs on the last ball. But Samson got out for a big shot.Chris Gayle completes 350 sixes in IPL
After losing the toss and playing first, the Punjab Kings did not have a good start. Mayank Agarwal could score only 14 runs. KL Rahul (91) and Chris Gayle (40) added 67 runs for the second wicket after the first wicket fell on 22 runs. Gayle hit 2 sixes in the innings. With this, 350 sixes were also completed in his T20 league. He became the first player to do so. After this, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda (64) shared 105 runs off 47 balls for the third wicket and gave the team 200 runs of Nadjik. Rahul scored 30 balls while Deepak completed half-century on 20 balls. Rahul scored 91 off 50 balls. 7 fours and 5 sixes.
Chetan Sakaria took three wickets in the first match
Deepak Hooda scored 64 runs off 28 balls. 4 fours and 6 sixes. That is, he scored 52 runs with fours and sixes. 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler Chetan Sakaria, who is making an IPL debut, bowled well. He took 3 wickets for 31 runs in 4 overs. He also took the big wickets of Mayank and Rahul.