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PBKS vs RR 65th Match of IPL 2024 Highlights: PBKS Defeat RR by 5 Wickets

PBKS Defeat RR by 5 Wickets

In the 65th match of IPL 2024, Punjab Kings (PBKS) pulled off a thrilling five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR). Chasing a modest 145-run target, PBKS were staring down the barrel at 48-4 after a bright start by Rajasthan. However, a sensational all-round performance by Sam Curran turned the tide in Punjab’s favor.

Electing to bat first, RR’s innings never quite got going. Sanju Samson started brightly with three boundaries, but the introduction of Nathan Ellis in the fifth over proved to be a turning point. The slow pitch and Ellis’s variations stifled the run flow, leading to the dismissals of both Samson and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

Riyan Parag (48) and Ravichandran Ashwin (28) provided some resistance in the middle overs. Parag, the local hero, played some delightful strokes, but wickets kept falling at regular intervals. PBKS bowlers, led by Curran and Rahul Chahar (2/26), did a commendable job restricting the scoring rate and picking up wickets at crucial junctures. Restrict Rajasthan Royals to 145/9 in 20 overs.

Curran Takes Centre Stage

Chasing a 146 total, PBKS lost their top order cheaply, with Trent Boult claiming his IPL-record 28th first-over wicket. However, the arrival of Sam Curran at the crease changed the complexion of the chase. Jitesh Sharma (22) provided valuable support, and the duo steadied the ship with sensible batting.

Sam Curran, playing with a mixture of caution and aggression, found the boundary with regularity. He smashed sixes off Ashwin and Chahar, taking the pressure off PBKS. With the required run rate climbing, Curran and the incoming Ashutosh Sharma (9*) finished things off in style, hammering three sixes in five balls to seal the victory.

Player of the Match – Sam Curran

Sam Curran was rightfully adjudged the Player of the Match for his match-winning all-round performance. His two wickets with the new ball put the brakes on the RR innings, while his unbeaten 63 ensured PBKS chased down the target comfortably.

This win throws the race for the top two in the Indian Premier League (IPL) wide open. This victory will buoy PBKS, while RR must regroup quickly to keep their playoff hopes alive. The upcoming matches promise to be even more exciting as teams fight for a place in the IPL knockouts.

Match Summary

Rajasthan Royals                                                                       144/9 (20)

Riyan Parag
48 (34)

Sam Curran
2/24 (3)

Ravichandran Ashwin
28 (19)

Rahul Chahar
2/26 (4)

Sanju Samson
18 (15)

Harshal Patel
2/28 (4)

Punjab Kings                                                                               145/5 (18.5)

Sam Curran
63* (41)

Avesh Khan
2/28 (3.5)

Rilee Rossouw
22 (13)

Yuzvendra Chahal
2/31 (4)

Jitesh Sharma
22 (20)

Trent Boult
1/27 (3)

Toss: RR won the toss and elected to bat

Stadium: Barsapara Stadium

Result: PBKS won by 5 wickets and 7 balls left

Player of the Match: Sam Curran (PBKS) – 2/24 (3) & 63* (41)

Tags: Indian Premier League, ipl 2024, IPL updates, PBKS vs RR, Riyan Parag, Sam Curran

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