PBKS vs RR, IPL 2021 HIGHLIGHTS, Today’s Match: Punjab Kings have clinched defeat from the jaws of victory here! They needed 4 runs of the last over and Kartik Tyagi, the young Indian pacer not only defended that by giving away just 1 run but also picking up two wickets.
Earlier, Arshdeep Singh took 5/32 while Mohammed Shami finished with three wickets as Punjab Kings bowled well in the death overs to bowl out Rajasthan Royals for 185. For RR, Yashasvi Jaiswal top-scored with 49 off 36 before Mahipal Lomror’s blistering 43 off 17.
#After the powerplay, Rajasthan Royals lost captain Sanju Samson cheaply before Yashasvi Jaiswal and Liam Livingstone combined to take the innings forward, hitting boundaries regularly. Arshdeep Singh took his second wicket in Livingstone to break the stand on 48.
Rajasthan Royals made a terrific start with their openers taking the score past the 50-run mark in five overs. Evin Lewis was causing the maximum damage having struck seven fours and a six but Arshdeep Singh neutralised his growing threat when he had him caught at extra cover in the final over of powerplay.
KL Rahul, the captain of Punjab Kings, has won the coin toss and decided to bowl first against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals.
Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals – the two IPL teams with exceptional batting muscle – will look to change their fortunes when they clash in the battle for the fourth spot in Dubai on Tuesday. For the record, KL Rahuls Punjab are placed sixth in the IPL 2021 points tally right now, whereas Sanju Samson’s Royals are sitting in fifth position below Mumbai Indians.
If cricket pundits are to be believed, Tuesday’s match would be a treat to watch for the fans inside the stadium. And the reasons are quite clear because both sides have some hard-hitters in their respective opening slots.
The mighty show!
Evin Lewis and Liam Livingstone’s power batting will meet its match in the giant – Chris Gayle’s strength and skipper KL Rahul’s tactics. Royals lost a talisman in Jos Buttler but in Lewis they may have a reasonable replacement.
Livingstone, for the last couple of years, has been in phenomenal form in the shortest format of the game. He is coming to Dubai on the back of some stunning show in ‘The Hundred’. It is most likely that he may open with West Indies’ Lewis on Tuesday.
If the duo manages to give Royals an explosive start in Powerplay overs, the men-in-blue will expect skipper Sanju Samson to be more consistent in that number three position. Not to forget the all-rounder Chris Morris. He may not be in South Africa’s plans anymore but he remains a formidable force. He is also the second-highest wicket-taker this IPL season (14).
For Punjab, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are expected to open with Chris Gayle. Even at the age of 41, he is unstoppable when on good touch. On Monday, Punjab also posted a video of Gayle sweating it out in the nets, sending a clear warning to the opposition side. It will also be Gayle’s 40th match for Punjab after joining the team from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2018.
Punjab have lost a bit of firepower in blowing with Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith choosing not to join them for the IPL’s resumption. And while that robs them of express pace — an advantage in any form of cricket — they still possess bowlers capable of causing problems. Like Nathan Ellis. The 26-year-old death-overs specialist took a hat-trick on T20I debut and is expected to set the IPL alight.
The Royals and Punjab have met each other on 22 occasions. Samson’s side has won 12 times while Rahul’s team has emerged victorious 10 times.