IPL 2021 Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals highlights: RR pull off a thrilling 2-run win

DH is covering every match of the Indian Premier League 2021. Follow our live ball-by-ball updates from Match 31 between the Punjab Kings and the Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Stadium.
  • 00:03

    There is something special brewing in the rivalry between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings. The two teams have dished out great thrillers in the IPL in the past couple of seasons. The latest match is yet another addition to the list of those humdingers. Rajasthan Royals pull off a stunning 2-run win.With 8 points from 8 matches, RR move fifth on the points table. PBKS with 6 points from 9 matches slipped to the seventh spot. Tomorrow, we shall see Delhi Capitals up in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    That concludes the coverage of this match. Join us tomorrow. For now, it is time to say goodnight!

  • 00:01

    Player of the Match

    Rajasthan Royals' Kartik Tyagi wins the Player of the Match award for bowling that stunning last over in which he picked two wickets and gave away only one run to help RR snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.

    Kartik TyagiI was injured during the India leg of the IPL and by the time I got fit, the tournament was suspended. Felt sad. So this feels really good. I have been talking to people over the years and they keep telling me that things keep changing in this format, so I need to keep believing. I've always heard from everyone and also watched games in this format where strange things have happened. Today, I was fortunate to play a big role in something special. I was bowling a bit too short earlier, later worked on it consciously after getting a lot of feedback.

  • 00:00

    Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals skipper:It's funny that we kept believing (that we could win). I kept the overs of Mustafizur and Tyagi for the end, believing. Cricket is a funny game right. We just kept fighting and believing. I always believe in my bowlers, want to keep fighting and that's why I kept those two overs till the end. To be very honest, to get that score on this wicket, we felt good because we had the bowling. If we took the catches, we could have won the game earlier. People have really worked hard on their fitness.

  • 23:52

    KL Rahul, Punjab Kings captain: It's a tough one to swallow. We have been a team that has experienced games like these before. We need to see how we can handle pressure better. Trying to finish in the 18th overs sometimes you go too hard and lose your way and let the opponents in. We haven't learned from previous mistakes. We will now try to come back stronger and win the next five games. We pulled things back quite nicely with the ball, kept taking wickets, which is very crucial in this format. Getting runs for me, Mayank and even Aiden in his first IPL game was important.

  • 23:41

  • 23:39

    AND OUT OF NOWHERE, RAJASTHAN ROYALS HAVE SNATCHED A WIN!

  • 23:31

    PBKS 183/4 after 20 overs.

    Tyagi to bowl the last over.

    19.1 Tyagi to Markram, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Markram mishits the ball to cover.

    19.2Tyagi to Markram, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg stump, Markram mishits and the ball takes the inside edge and rolls to fine-leg, Markram takes a single.

    19.3Tyagi to Pooran, WICKET! Slow full ball wide of off-stump, Pooran looks to guide the ball down to third-man but only manages to edge the ball straight into the hands of Samson.

    Deepak Hooda walks out to bat.

    3 needed from 3 balls.

    19.4 Tyagi to Hooda, no run, fullish ball wide of off-stump, Hooda follows the ball but fails to connect.

    3 needed from 2

    19.5Tyagi to Hooda, WICKET! CAUGHT! Full ball wide of off-stump, Hooda edges the ball straight into the hands of Samson.

    3 needed from 1 ball.

    Fabian Allen walks out to bat.

    19.6 Tyagi to Allen, no run, full and straight from Tyagi and Allen fails to connect!

  • 23:26

    PBKS 182/2 after 19 overs.

    Mustafizur to bowl the nineteenth over.

    18.1Mustafizur to Pooran, no run, short ball wide of off-stump, Pooran tries to cut the ball but fails to connect.

    18.2Mustafizur to Pooran, no run, fullish ball on off-stump, a swing and a miss from Pooran.

    18.3Mustafizur to Pooran, 1 run, full ball wide of off-stump, Pooran cuts the ball down to third-man for a single.

    18.4Mustafizur to Markram, 1 run, short ball on off-stump, Markram edges the ball, Samson puts in a dive to take the catch but he cannot, Sakariya then put sa dive at short third man and saves 3 runs.

    18.5Mustafizur to Pooran, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Pooran drills the ball down the ground for a single.

    18.6Mustafizur to Markram, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Markram drives the ball to cover for a single.

  • 23:21

    PBKS 178/2 after 18 overs.

    Morris to bowl the eighteenth over.

    17.1Morris to Markram, SIX! HIGH AND HANDSOME! Full ball on off-stump, Markram slogs and sends the ball way way way back in the stands.

    17.2Morris to Markram, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Markram hits the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    17.3Morris to Pooran, 1 run, short ball on off-stump, Pooran pulls and sends the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    17.4Morris to Markram, no run, full toss, Markram ducks and leaves the ball for the keeper.

    17.5Morris to Markram, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg stump, Markram mishits the ball mid-on, an overthrow gifts Markram a single.

    17.6Morris to Pooran, 1 run, full toss on off-stump, Pooran pushes the ball to cover for a single.

  • 23:14

    PBKS 168/2 after 17 overs.

    Mustafizur to bowl the seventeenth over.

    16.1 Mustafizur to Pooran, FOUR! Short ball wide of off-stump, Pooran cuts the ball and the ball races down to third-man for a boundary.

    16.2Mustafizur to Pooran, no run, back of the length ball wide of off-stump, Pooran tries a cut shot but fails to connect.

    16.3Mustafizur to Pooran, SIX! MONSTER!Half-tracker from Mustafizur and Pooran goes back in the crease to cream the ball over deep mid-wicket fence.

    16.4Mustafizur to Pooran, 3 runs, full ball on off-stump, Pooran lofts the ball over cover and Pooran completes three runs.

    16.5Mustafizur to Markram, no run, short ball on middle stump, Markram pushes the ball to mid-off.

    16.6Mustafizur to Markram, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Markram drives the ball down the ground for a single.

  • 23:08

    PBKS 154/2 after 16 overs.

    Morris to bowl the sixteenth over.

    15.1Morris to Pooran, 1 run, short ball on off-stump, Pooran pulls and sends the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    15.2Morris to Markram, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Markram drills the ball through cover for a single.

    15.3Morris to Pooran, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Pooran guides the ball to third-man for a single.

    15.4Morris to Markram, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Markram pushes the ball to mid-off.

    15.4Morris to Markram, WIDE! Full ball fired down the leg side.

    15.5Morris to Markram, 1 run, slow fuller ball on off-stump, Markram drives the ball down to mid-off for a single.

    15.6Morris to Pooran, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Pooran guides the ball to backward point for a single.

  • 23:03

    PBKS 148/2 after 15 overs.

    Kartik Tyagi to bowl the fifteenth over.

    14.1 Tyagi to Markram, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Markram guides the ball down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    14.2 Tyagi to Pooran, no run, short ball, Pooran ducks and leaves the ball for the keeper.

    14.3 Tyagi to Pooran, no run, fullish ball wide of off-stump, a swing and a miss from Pooran.

    14.4 Tyagi to Pooran, no run, slow fuller ball on off-stump, Pooran tries a wild slog bit fails to connect.

    14.5 Tyagi to Pooran, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Pooran drives the ball through cover for a single.

    14.6 Tyagi to Markram, FOUR! Full ball on middle stump, Markram crunches the ball down the ground for a boundary.

  • 22:53

    PBKS 142/2 after 14 overs.

    Riyan Parag to bowl the fourteenth over.

    13.1Parag to Pooran, 2 runs, fullish ball on off-stump, Pooran drills the ball down the ground for a couple of runs.

    13.2Paragto Pooran, 2 runs, good length ball on off-stump, Pooran flicks the ball on the leg side for a couple of more runs.

    13.3Parag to Pooran, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Pooran guides the ball to fine leg for a single.

    13.4Parag to Markram, FOUR! Short ball on middle stump, Markram pulls and sends the ball down to fine-leg for a boundary.

    13.5Parag to Markram, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Markram drives the ball to long-off for a single.

    13.6Parag to Pooran, SIX! Short ball and Pooran powers the ball down the ground for a maximum!!!!

  • 22:40

    PBKS 113/0 after 11 overs.

    Mahipal Lomror to bowl the eleventh over.

    10.1 Lomror to Rahul, 1 run, short ball on off-stump, Rahul rocks back and pulls the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    10.2 Lomror to Mayank, 1 run, short ball on off-stump, Mayank hammers the ball through cover for a single.

    10.3 Lomror to Rahul, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Rahul pushes the ball to cover for a run.

    10.4 Lomror to Mayank, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Mayank drives the ball down to long-on for a single.

    10.5 Lomror to Rahul, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Rahul lofts the ball down to long-on for a run.

    10.6 Lomror to Mayank, 2 runs, short ball on off-stump, Mayank cuts the ball through backward point for a couple of runs.

  • 22:31

    PBKS 102/0 after 10 overs.

    Morris to bowl the tenth over.

    9.1 Morris to Mayank, SIX! EASY PICKINGS FOR MAYANK! Full ball outside the leg stump, Manak flicks and sends the ball flying over fine-leg fence.

    9.1Morris to Mayank, WIDE! Short ball angling down the leg side.

    9.2Morris to Mayank, beaten! short ball on off-stump, the ball nips back in and beats the edge of the bat on its way to the wicketkeeper.

    9.3Morris to Mayank, SIX! FIFTY FOR MAYANK! Fuller ball on middle and leg stump, Mayank shuffles across and flicks the ball to send it flying over deep backward square-leg for a maximum!

    9.3Morris to Mayank, WIDE! Full ball wide of off-stump, Samson fails to stop the ball and Mayank takes a single.

    9.4Morris to Rahul, WIDE! Full ball fired down the leg side.

    9.4Morris to Rahul, FOUR! Slow full ball on middle and leg stump, Rahul waits and flicks the ball to fine-leg for a boundary.

    9.5Morris to Rahul, 1 run, slow full ball on leg stump, Rahul works the ball on the leg side for a run.

    9..6Morris to Mayank, FOUR! Fullish ball wide of off-stump, Mayank plays an inside-out shot over cover for a boundary.

  • 22:27

    PBKS 81/0 after 9 overs.

    Tewatia to bowl the ninth over.

    8.1 Tewatia to Mayank, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Mayank mistimes his slog, the ball rolls to deep midwicket and Mayank takes a single.

    8.2Tewatia to Rahul, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, Rahul knocks the ball down to long-on for a single.

    8.3Tewatia to Mayank, FOUR! Full ball on off-stump, Mayank pumps the ball down the ground for a boundary.

    8.4Tewatia to Mayank, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg stump, Mayank pulls and sends the ball to midwicket for a single.

    8.5Tewatia to Rahul, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Rahul drives the ball down to long-on for a single.

    8.6Tewatia to Mayank, 1 run, fuller delivery on middle stump, Mayank hammers the ball down to long-on for a single.

  • 22:22

    PBKS 72/0 after 8 overs.

    Tyagi to bowl the eighth over.

    7.1Tyagi to Mayank, FOUR! Fullish ball wide of off-stump, Mayank tries to muscle the ball, the ball trakes a thick outside edge and runs down to third-man for a boundary.

    7.2Tyagi to Mayank, CLASSY FROM MAYANK! Fuller ball on off-stump, Mayank drives the ball over extra cover for another boundary.

    7.3Tyagi to Mayank, FOUR MORE! Fuller ball on middle stump, Mayank powers the ball down the ground for a boundary!

    7.4Tyagi to Mayank, 1 run, fuller ball on middle and leg stump, Mayank guides the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    7.5Tyagi to Rahul, 1 run, back of the length ball on off-stump, Rahul cuts the ball to the fielder at sweeper cover for a single.

    7.6Tyagi to Mayank, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Mayank drives the ball down to long-off for a single.

  • 22:15

    PBKS 57/0 after 7 overs.

    Rahul Tewatia to bowl the seventh over.

    6.1 Tewatia to Mayank, no run, short ball on middle and leg, the ball raps on the pads and goes to the leg side.

    6.2 Tewatia to Mayank, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg stump, Mayank guides the ball to square-leg for a run.

    6.3 Tewatia to Rahul, no run, short ball on middle and leg stump, Rahul goes for a sweep but the ball raps on the pads.

    6.4Tewatia to Rahul, 1 run, short ball on middle stump, Rahul whips the ball to long-on for a single.

    6.5Tewatia to Mayank, FOUR! Full ball on middle stump, Mayank opens up and smacks the ball down the ground for a boundary.

    6.5Tewatia to Mayank, no run,

    6.6Tewatia to Mayank, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Mayank works the ball to square-leg for a single.

  • 22:10

    PBKS 49/0 after 6 overs.

    Mustafizur to bowl the sixth over.

    5.1 Mustafizur to Rahul, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Rahul drives the ball to point for a single.

    5.2Mustafizur to Mayank, no run, slow full toss fired wide of off-stump, Mayank fails to connect the bat onto the ball.

    5.3Mustafizur to Mayank, FOUR! MAYANK GOES DOWN TOWN! Full ball on middle stump, Mayank swings the bat and hits the ball through the line for a boundary.

    5.4Mustafizur to Mayank, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Mayank cuts the ball through backward point for a single.

    5.5Mustafizur to Rahul, ANOTHER CATCH DROPPED! Back of the length ball on middle and leg stump, Rahul pulls and the ball flies to short fine, Sakariya puts in a dive but the ball slips from his grip, Rahul takes a single.

    5.6Mustafizur to Mayank, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Mayank drives the ball down the ground for a single.

  • 22:05

    PBKS 41/0 after 5 overs.

    Chris Morris to bowl the fifth over.

    4.1 Morris to Rahul, WIDE! Short ball down the leg side.

    4.1Morris to Rahul, 2 runs, short ball wide of off-stump, Rahul pulls, the ball goes high in the air and it falls in no man's land, Rahul takes a couple of runs.

    4.2Morris to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Rahul goes back in crease and guides the ball to third-man for a run.

    4.3Morris to Mayank, no run, slow bouncer on off-stump, Mayank leaves the ball for the keeper.

    4.4Morris to Mayank, 1 run, slow bouncer wide of off-stump, Mayank mistimes the pull, the ball flies over the man at short mid-wicket and Mayank takes a single.

    4.5Morris to Rahul, no run, back of the length ball on middle and leg stump, the ball raps on the pads and rolls to the man at short fine leg.

    4.6Morris to Rahul, DROPPED! Full ball on middle and leg stump, Rahul flicks, the ball goes in the air, Parag follows the ball running backwards but he drops the ball at the last second, Rahul takes a single.

  • 21:59

    PBKS 35/0 after 4 overs.

    Sakariya to bowl the fourth over.

    3.1Sakariya to Rahul, FOUR! Back of the length ball on off-stump, Rahul plays a late cut and sends the ball down to third-man for a boundary.

    3.2Sakariya to Rahul, SIX! NONCHALANT! Full ball on middle stump, Rahul swings his bat and sends the ball flying over the bowler's head for a maximum!!!

    3.3Sakariya to Rahul, SIX! Sakariya bowls short and Rahul rocks back and pulls to send the ball flying over deep backward square-leg for another biggie!!!

    3.4Sakariya to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on middle and leg stump, Rahul works the ball on the leg side for a single.

    3.5Sakariya to Mayank, 1 run, full ball wide of off-stump, Mayank drives the ball to the fielder at sweeper cover for a single.

    3.6Sakariya to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on off and middle stump, the ball comes back in, Rahul gets an inside edge and the ball roll to the man at short fine as Rahul takes a single.

  • 21:51

    PBKS 16/0 after 3 overs.

    Kartik Tyagi to bowl the third over.

    2.1Tyagi to Mayank, no run, fullish ball on middle and leg stump, Mayank drives the ball to mid-on.

    2.2Tyagi to Mayank, no run, full and straight on middle stump, Mayank drills the ball to mid-on,

    2.3Tyagi to Mayank, no run, Tyagi bangs the ball short on off-stump, Mayank looks for a cut but the ball beats the edge of the bat and goes into Sanju Samson's gloves, there is an appeal for caught behind, the umpire gives that as not out, Samson takes the review, the review shows that there is no edge!

    2.4Tyagi to Mayank, 1 Leg Bye! Good length ball on middle and leg stump, the ball hits the pads and goes to fine leg as Mayank completes a single.

    OH NO! IT IS A NO-BALL AS TYAGI AS OVERSTEPPED!

    FREE HIT!

    2.4Tyagi to Rahul, FOUR!Full toss wide of off-stump, Rahul swings his bat and the ballrushes through backward point for a boundary.

    2.5Tyagi to Rahul, BEATEN! Full ball on off-stump, a swing and a miss from Rahul.

    2.6Tyagi to Rahul, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, the ball takes the inside edge of the bat and the raps on the pads, there is a an appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested and Rahul takes a single.

  • 21:46

    PBKS 9/0 after 2 overs.

    Chetan Sakariya to bowl the second over.

    1.1 Sakariya to Mayank, BEATEN! Short ball on off-stump, the ball bounces and moves away to beat the edge of the bat.

    1.2Sakariya to Mayank, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Mayank guides the ball to backward point where Lewis puts a dive and stops the ball.

    1.3Sakariya to Mayank, 1 run, back of the length ball on off-stump, Mayanl pulls and sends the ball to mid-on for a single.

    1.4Sakariya to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off-stump, Rahul cuts the ball straigh to backward point where Lewis puts a dive but he cannot hold on to the ball, Rahul takes a single.

    1.5Sakariya to Mayank, 2 runs, short ball on off-stump, Mayank punches the ball through cover for a couple.

    1.6Sakariya to Mayank, 1 run, shortish ball, Mayank guides the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

  • 21:40

    PBKS 4/0 after 1 over

    Mustafizur Rahman to bowl the first over of the inning. KL Rahul is on strike.

    0.1Mustafizur to Rahul, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Rahul guides the ball to the man at short third.

    0.2Mustafizur to Rahul, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Rahul plays the ball through backward point for a single.

    0.3Mustafizur to Mayank, 1 run, fullish ball wide of off-stump, Mayank drives the ball to mid-off and takes a single.

    0.4Mustafizur to Rahul, no run, fuller ball on off and middle stump, Rahul drives the ball to cover, Jaiswal at cover puts in a dive and stops the ball.

    0.5Mustafizur to Rahul, 1 run, slow back of the length ball on leg stump, Rahul works the ball on the on side and takes a single.

    0.6Mustafizur to Mayank, 1 run, slow fullish ball on leg stump, Mayank works the ball on the on side for a single.

  • 21:36

    Welcome back for the chase! RR players are on the field and in a huddle. Punjab Kings openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul march to the middle.

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  • 21:18

    RR 185 all-out after 20 overs.

    Arshdeep to bowl the last over.

    19.1 Arshdeep to Tyagi, 1 Leg Bye! Full ball on middle and leg stump, the ball raps on the pads and goes to cover as Tyagi takes a single.

    19.2Arshdeep to Sakariya, 1 run, full toss wide of off-stump, Sakariya drives the ball down to long-on for a single.

    19.3Arshdeep to Tyagi, 1 run, fuller delivery on leg stump, Tyagi flicks the ball down to fine-leg for a single.

    19.4Arshdeep to Sakariya, FOUR! Full and wide from Shami, Sakariya makes room and hammers the ball through cover for a boundary.

    19.5Arshdeep to Sakariya, WICKET! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Slow bouncer, Sakariya slogs and the ball goes high in the air, Arshdeep follows the ball and takes a good catch.

    Mustafizur Rahmanwalks out to bat.

    19.6 Arshdeep to Tyagi, BOWLED! FIVE FOR ARSHDEEP!!!! Full and straight from Arshdeep and the ball hits the base of stumps.

  • 21:11

    RR 178/8 after 19 overs.

    Shami tobowl the nineteenth over.

    18.1 Shami to Tewatia, BOWLED! RIGHT IN THE BLOCKHOLE! Full and straight ball on middle stump, Tewaita goes for a slog but fails to connect and the ball hits the base of middle stump.

    Chetan Sakaria walks out to bat.

    18.2Shami to Sakariya, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg stump,Sakariya flicks the ball to fine leg for a single.

    18.3 Shami to Morris, 1 run, full ball on off-stump, Morris drives the ball down to long-off for a single.

    18.4Shami to Sakariya, 1 run, shortish delivery on middle and leg stump, Sakariya whips the ball down to fine-leg for a single.

    18.5Shami to Morris, WICKET! CAUGHT! THIRD CATCH FOR MARKRAM! Fuller ball on off and middle stump, Morris swings his bat, the ball balloons high in the air and Markram at long-on takes another catch.

    Kartik Tyagi walks out to bat.

    18.6 Shami to Sakariya, no run, slow full ball on off stump, Sakariya drives the ball back to Shami.

  • 21:02

    RR 175/6 after 18 overs.

    Arshdeep to bowl the eighteenth over.

    17.1Arshdeep to Lomror, WIDE! Full ball way outside the line of off-stump.

    17.1Arshdeep to Lomror, WICKET! Fuller ball on off-stump, Lomror slogs but the ball flies straight to Markram at long-on..

    Chris Morris walks out to bat.

    17.1Arshdeep to Tewatia,WIDE! Fuller ball wide of off-stump.

    17.2Arshdeep to Tewatia, no run, full toss wide of off-stump, Tewatia powers the ball to the man at mid-off.

    17.3Arshdeep to Tewatia, 1 run, slow full ball on middle stump, Tewatia digs the ball to mid-off for a single.

    17.4 Arshdeep to Morris, no run, fullish ball on off-stump, Morris drives the ball to cover.

    17.5Arshdeep to Morris, 2 runs, low full toss on off-stump, Morris hits the ball to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

    17.6Arshdeep to Morris, 2 runs, slow bouncer wide of off-stump, Morris slogs the ball to deep mid-wicket for two more runs.

  • 20:54

    RR 168/5 after 17 overs.

    Shami to bowl the seventeenth over.

    16.1 Shami to Parag, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Parag fends the ball to cover.

    16.2Shami to Parag, 2 runs, fuller ball on middle and leg stump, Parag drills the ball down to long-on for a couple of runs.

    16.3Shami to Parag, WICKET! CAUGHT! Slow fuller ball on middle and leg, Parag flicks the ball and the ball flies straight to Markram at long-on.

    Rahul Tewatia walks out to bat.

    16.4 Shami to Tewatia, no run, fuller ball wide of off-stump, Tewatia drives the ball to cover.

    16.5Shami to Tewatia, 1 run, yorker on off-stump, Tewatia drives the ball to mid-off for a single.

    16.6 Shami to Lomror, 1 run, fuller ball in the slot, Lomror drives the ball to cover for a single.

  • 20:49

    RR 164/4 after 16 overs.

    Hooda to bowl the sixteenth over.

    15.1Hooda to Lomror, SIX! Fuller ball on off-stump, Lomor pumps the ball straight down the ground for a biggie!!!!

    15.2Hooda to Lomror, SIX! Fuller ball on off-stump, Lomror tonks the ball over deep mid-wicket for a maximum!!!!

    15.3Hooda to Lomror, FOUR! Full toss wide of off-stump, Lomror hammers the ball over cover for a boundary.

    15.4Hooda to Lomror, 2 runs, full toss wide of off-stump, Lomror dances down the pitch and hammers the ball over extra for a couple of runs.

    15.5Hooda to Lomror, 2 runs, fuller ball wide of off-stump, Lomror drives the ball through cover for a couple of more runs.

    15.6Hooda to Lomror, FOUR!Fullish ball and Lomoro drills the ball through cover for a boundary.

  • 20:45

    RR 140/4 after 15 overs.

    Brara to bowl the fifteenth over.

    14.1Brara to Jaiswal, no run, back of the length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal cuts the ball to point.

    14.2Brara to Jaiswal, WICKET! CAUGHT! A GREAT CATCH FROM MAYANK AGARWAL! Good length ball on middle stump, Jaiswal looks to guide the ball on the leg side but the ball takes a leading edge and lobs to cover where Mayank throws himself and completes a great catch.

    walks out to bat.

    14.3Brara to Parag, 1 run, fuller ball on off-stump, Parag drives the ball down the ground for a single.

    14.4Brara to Lomror, 1 run, fuller ball, Lomror steps out and guides the ball down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    14.5Brara to Parag, 1 run, shortish ball, Parag punches the ball off his backfoot for a single.

    14.6Brara to Lomror, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Lomror works the ball on the on side for a run.

  • 20:38

    RR 136/3 after 14 overs.

    Rashid to bowl the fourteenth over.

    13.1Rashid to Lomror, 1 run, fuller ball, Lomror sweeps the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    13.2Rashid to Jaiswal, no run, fuller ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal looks for a drive but the ball beats the bat.

    13.3Rashid to Jaiswal, no run, fuller ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal drives the ball to backward point.

    13.4Rashid to Jaiswal 1 run, fuller ball, Jaiswal pushes the ball to cover for a single.

    13.5Rashid to Lomror, SIX! Fuller ball and Lomror slog sweeps the ball for a maximum!

    13.6Rashid to Lomror, SIX! Rashid bowls short but the treatment is the same, a slog sweep to send the ball flying over cow corner.

  • 20:29

    RR 116/3 after 12 overs.

    Arshdeep to bowl the twelfth over.

    11.1 Arshdeep to Livingstone, 2 runs, short ball on middle and leg stump, Livingstone pulls and sends the ball behind the wicket on the leg side for a couple of runs.

    11.2Arshdeep to Livingstone, FOUR! Fuller ball on off-stump, Livingstone moves to off-side and plays a ramp shot to send the ball down to fine-leg for a boundary..

    11.3Arshdeep to Livingstone, 2 runs, slow fuller ball on middle and leg stump, Livingstone flicks and gets a couple of runs.

    11.4Arshdeep to Livingstone, SIX!!!!!STRAIGHT BACK INTO THE STANDS!!!!!!!Short ball and Livingstone pulls to send the ball flying over deep mid-wicket fence for a huge six.

    11.4 Arshdeep to Livingstone, WIDE! Fuller ball fired way outside the line of off-stump.

    11.5Arshdeep to Livingstone, WICKET! CAUGHT! STUNNING CATCH FROM FABIAN ALLEN! Back of the length ball on off-stump, Livingstone crunches the ball to deep mid-wicket, Allen at the boundary rope runs backward and completes a great catch.

    Mahipal Lomror walks out to bat.

    11.6 Arshdeep toLomror, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Lomror plays the ball to point.

  • 20:25

    RR 101/2 after 11 overs..

    Harpreet Brar to bowl the eleventh over.

    10.1Harpreet to Livingstone, no run, fuller ball, Livingstone drives the ball to cover.

    10.2Harpreet to Livingstone, 1 run, good length ball, Livingstone mishits the ball to the leg side for a single.

    10.3Harpreet to Jaiswal, 1 run, short ball, Jaiswal plays the ball on the leg side for a single.

    10.4Harpreet to Livingstone, no run, fuller ball fired on leg stump, the ball raps on the pads.

    10.5Harpreet to Livingstone, 1 run, good length ball on off-stump, Livingstone mishits the ball to the offp-side for a run.

    10.6Harpreet to Jaiswal, FOUR! Fuller ball on off-stump, Jaiswal smacks the ball straight down the ground for a boundary.

  • 20:20

    RR 94/2 after 10 overs.

    Porel to bowl the tenth over.

    9.1Porel to Jaiswal, 1 run, shortish ball on off-stump, Jaiswal pulls and sends the ball down to long-on for a single.

    9.2Porel to Livingston, 1 run, fuller ball, Livingstone pulls and sends the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    9.3Porel to Jaiswal, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Jaiswal works the ball to fine leg for the third single of the over.

    9.4Porel to Livingstone, 1 run,fuller ball on middle stump, Livingstone plays a scoop, Rahul puts in a dive to stop the ball but Livingstone completes a single.

    9.5Porel to Jaiswal, FOUR! Fuller ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal waits and powers the ball through cover for a boundary.

    9.6Porel toJaiswal, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal guides the ball to backward point.

  • 20:16

    RR 86/2 after 9 overs.

    Rashid to bowl the ninth over.

    8.1Rashid to Livingstone, no run, fuller ball, Livingstone pushes the ball back to Rashid.

    8.2Rashid to Livingstone, 1 run, short ball wide of off-stump, Livingstone slaps the ball to the man at extra cover for a single.

    8.3Rashid to Jaiswal, SIX! Short ball on off-stump, Jaiswal rocks back and pulls, the ball flies over deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum!!!

    8.4Rashid to Jaiswal, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Jaiswal works the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    8.5Rashid to Livingstone, 1 run, shortish ball on off-stump, Livingstone punches the ball down to long-off for a single.

    8.6Rashid to Jaiswal, 1 run, fuller ball, Jaiswal drives the ball on the on side for another single.

  • 20:08

    RR 76/2 after 8 overs.

    Porel to bowl the eighth over.

    7.1 Porel to Samson, WICKET! CAUGHT! Shortish ball wide of off-stump, Samson throws his bat, the ball takes the outside edge and KL Rahul pounces on the ball behind stumps to complete a stunning catch.

    Liam Livingston walks out to bat.

    7.2 Porel to Livingston, 1 run, fullish ball on middle stump, Livingstone flicks the ball for a single.

    7.3 Porel to Jaiswal, no run, back of the length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal drives the ball to the fielder at point.

    7.4Porel to Jaiswal,1 Leg Bye! Short ball on middle and leg stump, the ball raps on the pads and goes to leg side, Jaiswal takes a single.

    7.5 Porel to Livingston, FOUR! Fuller ball on off-stump, Livingston drives, the ball flies through vacant backward point region for a boundary.

    7.5Porel to Livingston, WIDE! Fuller ball down the leg side.

    7.6Porel to Livingston, 1 Leg Bye, fuller ball on middle and leg stump, Livingstone looks to flick but the ball raps on the pads and goes behind the stumps, Livingstone takes a single.

  • 20:01

    RR 68/1 after 7 overs.

    Adil Rashid to bowl the seventh over.

    6.1 Rashid toSamson, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Smason steps out, the ball takes the thick inside edge and rolls to the leg side, Samson takes a single.

    6.2Rashid to Jaiswal, FOUR!Fuller ball outside the line of off-stump, Jaiswal reverse sweeps the ball for a boundary.

    6.3Rashid to Jaiswal, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal pushes the ball back to Rashid.

    6.4Rashid to Jaiswal, SIX! Fuller ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal thumps the ball over extra-cover for a maximum!!!!

    6.5Rashid to Jaiswal, no run, short ball wide off-stump, Jaiswal mistimes his pull and the ball beats the edge of the bat.

    6.6Rashid to Jaiswal, no run, short ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal cuts and sends the ball to Arshdeep at backward point.

  • 19:54

    RR 57/1 after 6 overs.

    Arshdeep Singh to bowl the sixth over.

    5.1 Arshdeep to Jaiswal, no run, slow good length ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal looks to hit the ball through cover but the ball beats the bat.

    5.2Arshdeep to Jaiswal, 1 run, fuller ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal lofts the ball over cover to the man at sweeper cover for a single.

    5.3Arshdeep to Lewis, WICKET! CAUGHT!Slow fuller ball wide of off-stump, Lewis doesn't middle his shot and the ball lobs to mid-off where Mayank Agarwal dives forward and completes a good catch.

    Sanju Samson walks out to bat.

    5.4Arshdeep to Smason, 2 runs, short ball on middle stump, Samson pulls to guide the ball to square leg for a couple.

    5.5Arshdeep to Smason, no run, back of the length ball on off-stump, Samson goes back in the crease and fends the ball to cover.

    5.6Arshdeep to Smason, 1 run, slow fuller ball on middle stump, Samson pushes the ball to mid-off and takes a single.

  • 19:50

    RR 53/0 after 5 overs.

    Deepak Hooda to bowl the fifth over.

    4.1 Hooda to Jaiswal, FOUR! Short ball wide of off-stump, Jaiswal rocks back and hits the ball through cover for a boundary.

    4.2 Hooda to Jaiswal, 1 run, fullish ball on middle stump, Jaiswal guides the ball on the leg side and steals a single.

    4.3 Hooda to Lewis, no run, fullish ball on middle stump, the ball hits the pads and goes on the leg side.

    4.4Hooda to Lewis, no run, short ball on off-stump, Lewis slaps the ball to cover.

    4.5Hooda to Lewis, FOUR! rank full toss and Lewis hammers the ball over extra cover for a boundary.

    4.6Hooda to Lewis, ANOTHER FOUR! Fuller ball drifting down leg, Lewis goes on one knee and sweeps the ball to send it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.

  • 19:45

    RR 40/0 after 4 overs.

    Porel to bowl the fourth over.

    3.1Porel to Jaiswal, 1 run, shortish ball, Jaiswal pulls and sends the ball down to deep mid-wicket for a single.

    3.2Porel to Lewis, FOUR!Short and wide from Porel, Lewis slashes the ball over backward point and fetches a boundary.

    3.3Porel to Lewis, EDGE AND FOUR! Good length ball wide of off-stump, Lewis slogs, the ball takes the toe end of the bat and rolls down to third-man for a boundary.

    3.4Porel to Lewis, no run, slow good length ball on off-stump, Lewis mistimes his shot, the ball falls just short of the fielder at mid-off.

    3.5Porel to Lewis, CRUNCHED!!!!!Good length ball on off-stump, Lewis slogs and the ball races to deep mid-wicket for yet another boundary.

    3.6Porel to Lewis, FOUR MORE!Slow fullish ball wide of off-stump, Lewis slaps the ball through extra-cover for a boundary.

  • 19:40

    RR 23/0 after 3 overs.

    Shami to bowl the third over.

    2.1Shami to Jaiswal, 1 run, short and wide from Shami, Jaiswal slaps the ball through backward point for a single.

    2.2Shami to Lewis, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Lewis is squared, the ball takes the outside edge and rolls to the fielder at point.

    2.3Shami to Lewis, no run, fullish ball tad wide of off-stump, Lewis tries a slog but the ball beats the outside edge of the bat on its way into KL Rahul's gloves.

    2.4Shami to Lewis, BEATEN! Good length ball on off-stump, Lewis brings his bat forward to block the ball but the ball moves away and beats the edge of the bat.

    2.5 Shami to Lewis, FOUR! STRAIGHT DOWN THE GROUND!Good length ball on off-stump, Lewis swings his bat and sends the ball down the ground for a boundary.

    2.6Shami to Lewis, no run, good length ball wide of off-stump, Lewis leaves the ball for Rahul.

  • 19:34

    RR 18/0 after 2 overs.

    Ishan Porel to bowl the second over.

    1.1 Porel toLewis, no run, back of the length ball on middle and leg stump, Lewis guides the ball on the leg side.

    1.2Porel toLewis, WIDE! Short ball going down the leg side.

    1.2Porel toLewis, no run, back of the length ball on middle and leg stump, Lewis works the ball in the direction of Adil Rashid at short fine leg.

    1.3Porel toLewis, 1 run, back of the length ball wide of off-stump, Lewis mistimes his pull and the ball goes on the leg side as Lewis takes a single.

    1.4Porel to Jaiswal, 1 Leg Bye! back of the length ball on leg stump, the ball raps on the pads and rolls on the on side, Jaiswal takes a single.

    1.5Porel toLewis, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Lewis goes back in the crease and works the ball on the on side.

    1.6Porel toLewis, SIX! Good length ball wide of off-stump, Lewis swings his bat and cracks the ball over the bowler's head for a maximum!!!

  • 19:29

    RR 9/0 after 1 over.

    Mohammed Shami to bowl the first over of the inning. Lewis is on strike.

    0.1 Shami to Lewis, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg stump, Lewis pulls and sends the ball down to deep backward square-leg for a single.

    0.2Shami to Jaiswal, no run, back of the length ball tad wide of off-stump, Jaiswal looks to cut the ball through cover but the ball beats the edge of the bat.

    0.3Shami to Jaiswal, no run, good length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal tries a cut shot once more and is beaten again!

    0.4Shami to Jaiswal, no run, slow good length ball on off-stump, Jaiswal pushes the ball to cover.

    0.5Shami to Jaiswal, FOUR!Short and wide from Shami and Jaiswal cuts the ball over backward point for the first boundary of the match.

    0.6Shami to Jaiswal, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries,short ball on middle stump, Jaiswal goes on backfoot and pulls the ball to send it racing down to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

  • 19:21

    The match is about to start. The two umpires walk to the field. KL Rahul leads the Punjab Kings players on the ground. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ewin Lewis the two Rajasthan Royals openers follow the Punjab Kings players. We are all in readiness for the match to get underway.

  • 19:09

    Teams

    Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi

    Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Ishan Porel, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

  • 19:08

    KL Rahul, Punjab Kings captain at toss: We'll bowl first. It's a no brainer, a fresh wicket with grass on. We don't know how it will play and I prefer chasing. I was just telling a few people in the dressing room that it just felt like yesterday that we were playing IPL 2020. We have a lot that we've learned from last year. We are all professionals and we have tried hard in the heat to prefer ourselves.Pooran, Markram, Rashid, and Allen are our overseas players. Unfortunately, Chris Gayle misses out and Aiden has been in good form coming into our setup from Sri Lanka.

  • 19:04

    Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals captain at toss: We are good are chasing and setting totals, so we were happy to do both. We have really great talent and characters in our team. It is a very positive atmosphere. Sangakkara brings in the experience, he knows what to communicate at what point. He just wanted us to relax. Lewis, Livingstone, Morris, and Mustafizur are our foreigners.

  • 18:59

    Toss

    Punjab Kings' captain KL Rahulwins toss and opts to bowl.

  • 18:52

    Pitch Report

    Ian Bishop in his pitch report describes the pitch and the outfield as "beautiful". We have to wait and watch what "beautiful" means.

  • 18:37

    Deccan Herald's Dream XI

    KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sanju Samson (wk), Fabian Allen, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Ravi Bishnoi, Chetan Sakariya, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

  • 18:26

  • 18:24

    Impact Player for RR

    Chris Morris: Attention will be on Chris Morris, the IPLโ€™s most expensive player. The South African all-rounder was just about proving his worth before the proceedings in India were paused. He had picked 14 wickets from 7 matches at an average of 16.00. Morris had also proved worthy with the bat as his unbeaten 36 off 18 deliveries had catapulted the Royals to a stunning win over Delhi Capitals.

  • 18:22

    Impact Player for PBKS

    KL Rahul: KL Rahul enjoyed his time in the UAE last year. The PBKS skipper scored a mighty impressive 670 runs last season and was the top scorer of the league. This season too, Rahul is the teamโ€™s leading runscorer with 331 runs from 7 outings. The team would be depending on his consistency at the top of the order. Only if Rahul can focus a bit more on his strike rate, he would become a very threatening prospect for the opponents.

  • 18:19

    Will the Universe Boss gift the Punjab Kings a win on his birthday?

  • 18:16

    Team News

    Three players from the Punjab Kingsโ€™ original squad have pulled out from this leg of the league. Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson will not be in action for the Kings. Replacing these three players are Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid and Aiden Markram.

    Rajasthan Royals started struggling with their overseas player when the tournament was in progress back in India and their troubles with the foreign players continue in the UAE too. Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye are unavailable for the Royals. To fill the void the Royals have brought in Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi and Glenn Phillips

  • 18:10

    Form Guide

    Punjab Kings: L-W-L-W-L

    Rajasthan Royals: W-L-W-L-L

  • 18:07

    What happened in the reverse fixture earlier in the season?

    Punjab Kings emerged on top in a high-scoring thriller. On a flat deck in Wankhede, Punjab Kings scored a mammoth 221/6 thanks to 91 from skipper KL Rahul and a thrilling knock of 64 from Deepak Hooda. Rajasthan Royalsโ€™ skipper Sanju Samson smashed a brilliant 119 from 63 deliveries but the Royals choked in the chase and lost the encounter by 4 runs.

  • 18:02

    PBKS vs RR Head to Head

    Matches played: 22

    Punjab Kings wins: 10

    Rajasthan Royals wins: 12

  • 16:58

    Punjab Kings currently stand 6th in the IPL points table, while their opponents are fifth

    While both sides are level on points, Rajasthan Royals are higher up on the table by virtue of a better Net Run Rate (NRR).

  • 16:58

    SWOT Analysis: Rajasthan Royals

    Strengths:Rajasthan Royals will be counting on their pace battery. Pacers Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya and Jaydev Unadkat combined fairly well to make for the absence of Jofra Archer. The four pacers together accounted for 33 wickets. If these bowlers continue their wicket-taking form then Rajasthan Royals have a good chance of going the distance in this match.

    Weaknesses:The absence of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler has crippled the teamโ€™s batting. Sanju Samsonโ€™s inconsistency with the bat is also well known. In such a scenario, the team would be relying on newcomers Liam Livingstone and Ewin Lewis to add the much-needed firepower in the batting line-up. The two batsmen are quality T20 players, but they have no IPL experience. Livingstone did not start in the first half of the tournament and Lewis has been brought in as an overseas replacement.

    Opportunities:Rajasthan Royals pulled off one of the most sensational chases in the history of the IPL last year against Punjab Kings. Although that was on a smaller ground in Sharjah, the team could draw inspiration from that thrilling chase and hope for a win in this match.

    Threats:The team just cannot afford an easy game in the remainder of the tournament. Every match from here on is a knockout game for them.

  • 16:57

    SWOT Analysis: Punjab Kings

    Strengths:The team is batting heavy. KL Rahul is now proving to be a consistent run-scorer in the league. He will be in the company of Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle. Agarwal scored a hundred last season in the UAE. He already has two fifties this season. Gayle hammered three fifties in three must-win games last time around. Deepak Hooda too has registered a half-century. Shahrukh Khanโ€™s cameo from earlier in the season will also inspire confidence.

    Weaknesses:Ahead of the season, Punjab Kings had brought in Aussie speed merchants Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith with great hopes. The initial plan was to make the two of them bowl together. But the two pacers disappointed in the Indian leg. Meredith picked 4 wickets and Richardson could manage only 3 scalps. Their form made skipper KL Rahul rethink his strategy. The two players are unavailable now. So, the Punjab think tank has to delve deep into how to manoeuvre the fast-bowling resources. Also, the form of Nicholas Pooran will be of great concern. The left-handed batter had a nightmarish run back in India as he scored four ducks, the most by a player in a single IPL season.

    Opportunities:Last year, Punjab Kings were going through a horror run, but a sudden turn inform saw them win five matches in a row, rekindlingtheir hopes for a play-off spot. The team more orless finds itself in a similar situation and in the surroundings where they almost did the unthinkable. With Mumbai Indians faltering against Chennai Super Kings, there is a realistic chance for Punjab Kings to qualify for the playoffs.

    Threats:The team needs to keep winning from this point onwards to qualify for the playoffs. A loss will be a severe blow to their play-off chances.

  • 16:55

    Battle of explosive top-orders as Rajasthan Royals meet Punjab Kings in IPL 2021

    Liam Livingstone and Evin Lewis's explosive batting will meet its match in Chris Gayle's power and KL Rahul's finesse when the Rajasthan Royals lock horns with the Punjab Kings to improve upon their mid-table position in the Indian Premier Leagueon Tuesday.

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