In today’s dramatic Indian Premier League (IPL) RR vs PBKS match, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Punjab Kings (PBKS) by four wickets, ending their chances of reaching the playoffs. At the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dhruv Mackerel’s six in the final sealed the thrilling victory. RR’s victory keeps the team in the competition even as the Punjab Kings are knocked out of the IPL playoffs.
RR vs PBKS The Royals got off to a rocky start after being handed the tough 188 total and losing their ace hitter Jos Buttler early. The opening loss was offset by Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal, whose aggressive play racked up 57 runs before the end of the Powerplay. The Royals were 86/2 at the halfway point, but the Kings tightened up their defense and took two quick wickets, including the dangerous Sanju Samson, to stop the RR’s momentum.
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Shimron Hetmyer and Jaiswal advanced with multiple caps as the Royals’ response, which raised the run rate considerably, accelerated. RR now needs 47 runs from the last five overs after Jaiswal’s excellent 50-run innings was cut short. Hetmyer and Riyan Parag strategically played the next overs, hitting the target as the PBKS bowlers kept the score in check.
Hetmyer was left out after a heroic 46-run effort, with RR still needing 19 runs before the final over. They required five runs off the last three balls with RR’s preferred batsman Jurel striking. Jurel’s thunderous six up the middle gave the Royals a four-wicket victory in a euphoric finish.
RR vs PBKS, PBKS got off to a terrible start in the first half of the game, losing their lead batsman in the first over. Shikhar Dhawan, the captain, and Atharva Taide tried a counter-attack and scored quickly. Sam Curran and Jitesh Sharma were able to keep PBKS’ innings steady despite losing Dhawan and other top hitters.
Jitesh’s turf was taken over by Saini, who also ended a crucial partnership. When the game was in the final overs, Shahrukh Khan and Curran combined to punish the RR bowlers. RR vs PBKS, in this match, Khan hit two straight sixes and Curran bowled a bounds flurry, giving PBKS a commanding 28 runs in the final over. With PBKS finishing at 187/5, a similar attack in the final set the stage for an entertaining second half.
The game showcased the tenacity of the Royals and the explosive potential of the T20 format. The IPL, with its extravaganza, thrilling finale and outstanding performances, continues to live up to its reputation.
Summary of RR vs. PBKS scores:
20 Overseas, Punjab Kings 187/5
19.4 Overs: Rajasthan Royals 189/6
RR won by four wickets.
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IPL RR vs PBKS Match 66 Points Table Update
In today’s game, Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab Kings by 4 wickets and remained competitive in terms of points and NRR. With the win, they have climbed to position 5 (with 14 points from 14 games), ahead of KKR and Mumbai Indians in terms of NRR and points respectively. Punjab Kings, with a total of 12 points from their 14 games, is the third team eliminated from the IPL playoffs.
RR vs PBKS IPL 2023 Match 66 Award Winners
- Devdutt Padikkal won the man of the match award.
- Shah Rukh Khan (SR of 178.26) was the electric striker of the match according to TIAGO.ev.
- Sam Curran (90 fantasy points) was Dream11’s game changer for the contest.
- Sam Curran (29.5 MVA points) was UPSTOX’s MVP of the game.
- Yashasvi Jaiswal (8 fours) on RuPay On-The-Go
- The longest 6 in Saudi Arabia Beyond the Boundaries is Riyan Parag (93 meters).
- Trent Boult (Prabhsimran Singh’s catch at his bowling alley) won the active catch of the Herbalife game.