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IPL 2021: Match 4 RR vs PBKS- PBKS won by 4 Runs

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RR- 217/7 (20 over)

Sanju Samson (c)- 119(63)
Chetan Sakariya- 4-0-31-3

PBKS- 221/6 (20 over)

KL Rahul (c)- 91(50)
Deepak Hooda- 64(28)

Punjab Kings (PBKS) started their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a 4 Runs win against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai

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Man of the Match:

Harshal Patel
Sanju Samson

I think the second part of the innings was the best I ever played, took my time and respected the bowlers, whereas in the first part I was not timing it very well. I took the singles and got into a rhythm and then I started to play my shots in the second half. I enjoy my shots but I come back to the present after I play those shots. It automatically happens, when I focus on my skills and watch the ball and react. Sometimes I lose my wicket also, so I just play the same way. It’s about trusting my processes to be honest, and I did that, and it came off tonight. The coin looked really nice so I pocketed it, asked the referee if I can have it, but he said no.

—Sanju Samson, Man of the Match

Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Sanju Samson

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Sanju Samson

CRED Power Player of the Match: Chetan Sakariya

Safari Super Striker of the Match: Deepak Hooda

Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Sanju Samson

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Chetan Sakariya

Boringly thrilling isn’t it, this beast that we call the IPL? Every now and then, one passes by, glances at the equation, and is sure about the result, and that changes after a couple of pop-tarts disappear from the refrigerator. This is prime-time stuff. A double-Nelson to chase, Ben effing Stokes back in the hut, and one might have expected a meek surrender – but it was a captain on debut, who held his own, aided by some more than useful cameos around him, to get it deep into the final over – when some questionable decisions were made by him. Nevertheless, every bowler got some stick from this man, who eventually perished off the final ball, a few meters short of the glory – and a few millimeters short of the sweet spot that could’ve made this night a dream. Nevertheless, despite the dropped catches, and one two near collisions, a performance like Arshdeep’s deserved the reward that it got. One way or the other – *don’t say it, dont say it* – cricket was the winner. Presentations to follow soon.

I was just reacting to the ball and showing aggressive intent in my batting. I got this role at No. 4 and I am happy to get this role, as I bat at this position in domestic cricket. There was no dew, the ball is holding up on the wicket for a bit. The score is quite good and we should be able to defend it.

Deepak Hooda: 64(28)
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Now it is beating pretty good. Before the last over, it was beating pretty fast. The plan was simple and it was to execute six balls wide outside off. I tried to york him. The only thing he could get was a four. But he got under one of those. But still the plan was to execute the same. The staff and the captain have been very supportive. They were telling me in the practice game, what role I need to play. That really helps the confidence. The form was really good in the 20 over tournament (Syed Mushtaq Ali). The ball was coming out nicely. We have a knack of playing close games. Good to get those two points.

Arshdeep Singh

STATs: 2000 runs for Sanju Samson for RR in IPL. Third player to do so after Rahane (2810) and Watson (2372).

Most 100s in IPL
6 C Gayle
5 V Kohli
4 S Watson/ D Warner
3 AB de Villiers/ S SAMSON

Highest individual scores batting second
120*P Valthaty KXIP v CSK 2011
119 V Sehwag DD v DC 2011
119 S Samson RR v PBKS 2021

Highest individual scores in a defeat in IPL
128*R Pant DD v SRH 2018
119 S Samson RR v PBKS 2021
117*A Symonds DC v RR 2008

Winning Captain, KL Rahul (PBKS):

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Heart rate was high but I didn’t stop believing in the team, and we knew a couple of wickets will bring us back. The game went deep only because me included, we dropped some sitters. We bowled well until about 11-12 overs. We’re used to this, and it’s not something new for us, but a win like this brings the team together. We batted really well and bowled well in patches. We weren’t consistent with the lengths but the bowlers will learn. A lot of talented, skilful players, and it’s important that we back them. It was an amazing innings from Hooda, and that’s the kind of fearless batting we want to see in the IPL. We have been tentative sometimes, and it’s important for us to play fearlessly at times, so I am happy that the expectations are being understood and met. Gayle and Hooda were both good that way. I always go to Arshdeep for crucial overs and he enjoys the pressure. He loves being in the contest and I love throwing him the ball, and he trusts himself and trusts his skills, so that’s always good to see.

Losing Captain, Sanju Samson (RR):

‘I don’t have words to tell, very close game, came close but unfortunately.. I don’t think I could have done anything more, timed it well, but unfortunately couldn’t clear the man in the deep. It’s all part of the game (when asked about the bowlers going for plenty from both sides), we thought the wicket was getting better and we could chase the target down. Despite the loss, I think the team played really well.’

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