Mumbai: Sanju Samson’s magnificent 119 went in useless as Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs of their IPL match right here on Monday.
Rajasthan wanted 13 off the final over and 5 off the final ball. Samson who denied a single to companion Chris Morris within the penultimate ball was caught at sweeper cowl.
“I don’t have words to explain my feelings. Would have loved to finish it off for my team. I don’t think I could have done better than that. I thought I timed it well for a six but somehow. Catches go down and good catches were also taken. It’s part of the game,” mentioned Samson who grew to become the primary participant to hit a century on captaincy debut.
Earlier, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda pummelled the Rajasthan Royals bowlers into submission with their sensational stroke play, propelling Punjab Kings to an imposing 221 for six within the IPL right here on Monday.
Whereas Rahul smashed seven fours and 5 sixes in his 50-ball 91, Hooda, taking part in his first recreation because the final IPL, plundered six maximums and 4 boundaries as he blazed his technique to 64 off simply 28 balls.
Put into bat, Punjab misplaced opener Mayank Agarwal (14) early, who edged it again to Royals captain and wicketkeeper Sanju Samson for IPL debutant Chetan Sakariya’s first wicket.
He ended being the choose of the bowlers, conceding solely 5 runs within the twentieth over.
Rahul, who acquired his first 4 with a look to the fine-leg fence, and Chris Gayle (40 off 28) gave the group a great begin with their 67-run stand.
Rahul acquired a ?life’ after Ben Stokes dropped him on the fence within the seventh over whilst Gayle, appeared in his parts.
The duo then took on Stokes, as Gayle hit his 350th IPL six, a pull over deep sq. within the eighth over with Punjab racing to 70 for one.
Gayle was dropped by leggie Rahul Tewatia (0/25) off his personal bowling and the very subsequent ball, the left-hander smashed a six.
Nonetheless, within the tenth over, Riyan Parag (1/7) eliminated Gayle, who was holed out to Stokes within the deep.
Rahul then modified gears and acquired to his fifty with a six over Shivam Dube’s (0/20) head within the thirteenth over.
Hooda then smashed two maximums in the identical over after which struck three sixes off Shreyas Gopal (0/40) within the subsequent as Punjab went ballistic.
It was Rahul and Hooda’s present on the Wankhede that made the distinction to their whole because the duo tore into the opposition assault on technique to to their 105-run stand.
Courtesy their monstrous hitting, Punjab added 111 runs within the closing eight overs.
Hooda, who had made a 62 in opposition to CSK in his final aggressive recreation in November, had stormed out of the Baroda camp forward of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after claiming that Krunal Pandya misbehaved with him. Hooda was subsequently suspended.