In a thrilling match, Rajasthan Royals managed to secure a victory against Punjab Kings, but fell short of winning the match in 18.3 overs. Despite the loss, Sanju Samson’s team kept their hopes of reaching the playoffs alive. However, Punjab Kings’ dreams were shattered as they became the third team to be eliminated from the IPL after Rajasthan’s win. Earlier, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad also faced the same fate, while Shikhar Dhawan’s team bid farewell to the tournament.
Chasing a target of 188 runs, Rajasthan’s Yasaswi Jaiswal displayed an impressive performance from the beginning. Unfortunately, Jos Buttler was dismissed without scoring a run. Jaiswal, on the other hand, scored a well-deserved half-century, contributing 50 runs off 36 balls. Devdutt Padikkal also played a crucial role, scoring 51 runs off 30 balls, while Shimron Hetmayer contributed with 46 runs off 28 balls. Ryan Parag and Dhruv Jurel played valuable innings towards the end, ensuring a thrilling victory for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain, Sanju Samson, won the toss and elected to field first in Dharamsala. This match held immense importance for both teams. Punjab lost an early wicket when Trent Boult dismissed Pravsimron caught and bowled in the first over. Orthav Tide and Shikhar Dhawan tried to stabilize the team’s innings, but Atharva Tide and Dhawan were dismissed by Saini. Sam Karan and Jitesh Sharma then contributed with significant runs, while Shahrukh Khan showcased his batting prowess towards the end.
It was an intense battle, and Rajasthan emerged victorious, keeping their hopes of advancing to the playoffs alive, while Punjab’s journey in the tournament came to an end.