Rajasthan's fourth consecutive defeat, victory snatched from the jaws of Punjab captain

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. Even after reaching the playoffs of the Indian Premier League, the Rajasthan Royals team is yearning for victory. The team, which had lost the last three consecutive matches, also faced defeat against Punjab Kings. Batting first, the team could score only 144 runs for 9 wickets due to flop batting. Punjab registered victory on the basis of captain San Curran's fifty in the last over. Punjab achieved the target of victory at the loss of 5 wickets in 18.5 overs.

The hard work of Rajasthan bowlers went in vain

Rajasthan bowlers, who came to defend the target of 145 runs, tightened the noose on Punjab from the very beginning. Trent Bould once again gave the team a wicket in the first over itself. Prabhasimran was out after scoring 6 runs. After the first blow, Jonny Bairstow and Riley Rousseau showed good hands and handled the innings. Rousseau was out on 36 runs and then Punjab's star batsman Shashank Singh was sent back by Avesh Khan without opening the account.

The captain single-handedly turned the match

Captain Sam Curran stood at one end and kept answering the bowlers. Jitesh Sharma supported him for some time but then lost his wicket at the score of 22 runs. Ashutosh Sharma, who shone as a star this season, supported the captain and took the match closer. Sam Curran did the rest.

Rajasthan's batting faltered

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Rajasthan's batting faltered badly against Punjab Kings. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal returned after getting out on the fourth ball of the first over, while captain Sanju Samson could also score only 18 runs. Half the team had returned even before scoring 100 runs. Rajasthan had lost 5 wickets for 97 runs.

Riyan Parag single-handedly saved his honour.

While on one hand the batsmen were having trouble surviving, on the other hand Riyan Parag was seen facing the Punjab bowlers bravely. He held one end and played an important role in taking the game score to 144 runs with the help of 6 fours in 34 balls.

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