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IPL 2021 PBKS vs RR: Sanju Samson’s ton ends in heartbreak as Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals



IPL 2021 PBKS vs RR: Sanju Samson's ton ends in heartbreak as Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals

There was drama, excitement and heartbreak in equal measure as Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals, chasing a daunting target of 222, nearly made it over the line before Punjab Kings’ young pacer Arshdeep Singh kept his cool in the last over to seal the deal for Punjab Kings.

Throughout the chase, till the moment he refused a run off the penultimate ball, Samson (119 off 63 balls; 12×4, 7×6) had kept his poise.

Though he became the first debutant captain to score a century in IPL history, he could not take his team over the line as the Kings sneaked in a four-run victory at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

With 13 required from the last over, Punjab seamer Arshdeep Singh (3-35) kept his nerves in check, gave no room to the firing Samson and took his team home.

RR tried their luck with the new opening pair of Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra, but in vain.

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The two departed within the first four overs with the scoreline teetering at 25/2.

Samson soaked in the pressure and gave the team a hope of a happy ending, but ran out of support from the other end.

Earlier, put in to bat, Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul, the highest run-getter in the previous edition, made his intent clear once again as he slammed 91 off 50 balls (7×4, 5×6) while anchoring the innings.

Courtesy some brutal hitting, Punjab posted a daunting total of 221/6, thanks in part to Deepak Hooda’s incredible 28-ball 64 (4×4, 6×6).

As Rahul took his time to settle down, Chris Gayle (40 off 28 balls) paced the innings, taking Punjab’s powerplay score of 46/1 to 89/1 before holing out to Stokes at long-on in the 10th over.

Source: Timesofindia

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