RR vs PBKS Highlights, IPL 2023: Punjab Kings (197/4) beat Rajasthan Royals (192/7) by 5 runs in Guwahati
IPL 2023 RR vs PBKS Highlights: Shikhar Dhawan-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) maintained their winning run as they defeated by Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash in Guwahati on Wednesday. Leading the side from front, Dhawan scored an unbeaten on 86 off 56 balls to help Punjab pile 197/4 in 20 overs after they were invited to bat first. Apart from Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh too played his part. He provided Punjab with an explosive start alongside Dhawan as the pair added 90 runs for the opening wicket. Prabhsimran was dismissed for 64(34), following which Dhawan added another 50-plus partnership with Jitesh Sharma (27 off 16). Rajasthan in response sent R Ashwin to open alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal, however, the experiment failed miserably. Rajasthan lost Yashasvi, Ashwin and Jos Buttler in powerplay, before Sanju Samson steadied the ship. Nathan Ellis scalped four wickets and kept things under control for Punjab. However, lusty blows by Shimron Hetmyer and impact player Dhruv Jurel kept Rajasthan in hunt, before Sam Curran bowled an exceptional final over to secure two vital points for his side
Rajsthan Royals and Punjab Kings will lock horns in their second match of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Both teams have started their campaign on high-note. RR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening game by 72 runs, PBKS registered a win against Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs. The Sanju Samson-led team and Shikhar Dhawan-led team will want to continue their momentum.
The first match between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings will be held at 7:30 pm on April 5. The second match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals will take place on April 8 at 3:30 pm.
Notably, Guwahati got the chance to host an IPL match for the very first time which was confirmed when the schedule was released for the ongoing season on February 17.
It may be noted that IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals has an agreement with the Assam Cricket Association and also promotes the youth game here in Guwahati.
Speaking about it ACA President Taranga Gogoi had said, “Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, there were talks of organizing an IPL match in Guwahati. However, the plans were shelved during the pandemic as the IPL had to shifted to Dubai and was only played at selected venues.”
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