Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan Royals (RR), voiced dissatisfaction with his team’s performance after their four-wicket victory against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game.
Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan Royals (RR), expressed disappointment with his team’s season after their four-wicket victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. Samson said that it is shocking where his team is on the table despite having so much star power and good players. With this victory, RR moves up to position five in the points standings with seven victories and seven defeats. They have 14 points overall. If Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) both lose their last games versus Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans, respectively, they would still be able to move up to the top four slots.
The IPL 2023 season of PBKS has concluded. With six victories and eight losses, they come in at seventh place. They have 12 points overall.
At the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Friday, Dhruv Jurel’s last over six sealed the victory for Rajasthan Royals and dashed Punjab Kings’ hopes of securing their position in the IPL 2023 playoffs.
“I believe that towards the very end of the game, when Hety (Hetmyer) was in great form, we felt we would win by 18.5 overs (RR had to complete the run-chase in 18.3 overs in order to surpass RCB in terms of net run rate). Our squad is strong, therefore it’s a bit surprising where we rank on the table. Nearly every game, I have mentioned (Yashasvi) Jaiswal. He has proven to be mature. He seems to have played 100 T20 Internationals. We predict that Boult will take a wicket in the first over around 90% of the time. In the most recent games, we were under pressure, Samson stated during the post-game presentation.
Following RR’s decision to bat first, PBKS amassed a total of 187/5 in their 20 overs. At first, they had trouble with RR bowlers, losing four of them for only 50 runs in 6.3 overs. Sam Curran and Jitesh Sharma then put together a 64-run stand for the fifth wicket to reintroduce PBKS into the contest (Jitesh scored 44 in 28 balls with three fours and three sixes). The run rate was then increased in the last overs by Curran (49* in 31 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes) and Shahrukh Khan (41* in 23 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes), bringing PBKS to a respectable total. In the last two overs, they ran up 46 runs.
For RR, Navdeep Saini (3/40) was the bowler of choice. Each of Trent Boult and Adam Zampa claimed a wicket.
Jos Buttler, who was leading 188, was lost early by RR because to a duck, which was his seventh this year. Devdutt Padikkal (51 in 30 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 in 36 balls, with eight fours) then put up a 73-run stand for the second wicket to aid RR’s comeback. Later, cameos from Shimron Hetmyer (46 in 28 balls, 4 boundaries, 3 sixes), Riyan Parag (20 in 12 balls, 1 four, 2 sixes), and Dhruv Jurel (10* in 4 balls) enabled RR to secure a last-over thriller victory by 4 wickets.
For PBKS, Kagiso Rabada (2/40) was the bowler of choice. Each of Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Deepak Chahar, and Sam Curran got a wicket.
‘Player of the Match’ was Padikkal, and he received it for his fifty.