IPL 2021: Sanju Samson's magical 119 went in vain as Rajasthan lost the almost won match against Punjab in their opening fixture at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. Rajasthan not only lost their star player Ben Stokes for a duck but Manan Vohra (12) and Jos Buttler (25) too went back to the pavilion by the eighth over. Read Also: Nagpur Live: जिवंत असलेले महिलेचे दिले मृत्यु प्रमाणपत्र व मृतदेह दुसऱ्याचा दिला
However, Samson kept the hopes alive for his team and scored a ton in his first appearance as the captain of the franchise. He was supported by all-rounders Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag for a while.
It seemed easy for Rajasthan as they needed 13 runs off the last over. However, Arshdeep Singh bowled brilliantly in the last over for Punjab. Trying hard to send the ball to the boundary, Samson got out when Rajasthan needed five runs to win. Read Also: Maharashtra Board Exams 2021: महाराष्ट्र बोर्डाने दहावी आणि बारावी 2021 ची परीक्षा पुढे ढकलली
"I don't have words to tell, very close game, came close but unfortunately... I don't think I could have done anything more, timed it well, but unfortunately couldn't clear the man in the deep," said a disappointed Rajasthan skipper after the match.
Earlier, Rajasthan won the toss and asked Punjab to bat first. KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda did the maximum job for their team and ripped apart the Rajasthan bowling line-up mercilessly.
Rahul smashed seven fours and five sixes in his 50-ball 91 but could not reach the hundred mark. Hooda hammered six sixes and a four to end up scoring 64 off 27 deliveries.
"I was just reacting to the ball and showing aggressive intent in my batting. I got this role at No. 4 and I am happy to get this role, as I bat at this position in domestic cricket," said Hooda on Punjab pushing him ahead of West Indies' Nicholas Pooran. Read Also: सिंदेवाही तालुक्यात पाण्याचे 19 एटीएम लागणार....
Here are the scores:
Punjab Kings 221/6 in 20 overs (K.L. Rahul 91, C Gayle 40, D Hooda 64, C Sakariya 3/31, C Morris 2/40) vs Rajasthan Royals 217/7 in 20 overs (S Samson 119, R Parag 25, J Buttler 25, S Dube 23, Arshdeep 3/35).