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That is it from this game! KL Rahul's Punjab get off to a winning start albeit in a nail-biting manner. Sanju Samson's captaincy career starts with a heartbreaking loss but they will take a lot of heart from this game and look to bounce back in their next game. On Tuesday, 13th April, 2-time champions, Kolkata take on 5-time champions and defending champions Mumbai. That promises to be a great game. That match begins at 1930 local (1400 GMT). Make sure you join us for that one. Till then, goodbye and take care!
For his brilliant century, Sanju Samson is named the Player of the Match. Samson says that he was struggling in the first half to get going. Tells he accepted they were bowling well and slowly got into their rhythm. Sanju says he really enjoyed his shot but came back to reality soon. Tells when he is in the zone, things naturally happen for him and he is very happy to play in that manner. Samson says it is about trusting oneself and he just believed in himself. Samson says his mind was playing not his body.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul, says that the heart rate was high but says he never stopped believing as they knew a couple of wickets would get them back in the game. Tells the game went so deep as they dropped a few sitters. Tells he was happy with the bowlers. Rahul says they are used to this and feels a game like this brings the team together. Admits they made some mistake. Feels they bowled well in patches but is hopeful that they learn from their mistake as this is a young team and they need to give chances. Tells Hooda's innings was amazing and says that is the kind of batting they want to see this season. Tells it is important for them to go and play fearlessly. Adds Gayle looked good. Rahul says he has always gone to Arshdeep fpr crucial overs and he does not mind bowling those overs as he has delivered in the past for them. Rahul says he is happy with Arshdeep's performance.
Earlier in the evening, Punjab were asked to bat and bat they did. KL Rahul led from the front and his 91 along with 40 from Gayle put Punjab in a strong position. But Hooda's 64 off just 28 balls proved to be the main difference as Punjab finished with a massive total of 221. A score that was massive and just about enough to win the game for Punjab. It was a tough evening for the Rajasthan bowlers but debutant, Chetan Sakariya showed his skills and talent and his final over in the first innings and overall display denied Punjab from crossing 225!
Punjab's hero of the final over, Arshdeep Singh is now caught for a chatl. Arshdeep says that his heart was beating a bit. Adds that he tried to execute his plans and it paid off. Mentions that the captain has been supportive and the staff have also supported him well. Further says that his form was good in the 20-over format and that helped him. Arshdeep also says that it is good to get the 2 points.
Rajasthan skipper, Sanju Samson is up for a chat. Sanju Samson, says he is disappointed with the loss as it was a close one. Adds that he could not time the last ball properly and that is why he got out. Mentions that they played well and gave a good fight. Further says that it is all about timing and if you get that you can hit the ball properly.
Take a bow, Arshdeep Singh! In only his second season, the youngster showed nerves of steel, calmness of a veteran, and execution of a superstar! His superb final over has seen Punjab start the season with a fantastic win. Shami and Arshdeep were the star with the ball picking up 2 and 3 wickets respectively and also going for just 68 from their 8 overs. Murugan Ashwin bowled well but his final over spoilt his figures. The Australian duo of Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson had a tough outing especially Richardson who went for 55 in his 4. But the Punjab boys have managed to hold their nerves and get the win.
Chasing a massive total of 222, Rajasthan got off to a terrible start as they lost Stokes in the very first over and Manan Vohra not too long after. Buttler and Samson though kept things going with a 45-run stand before Buttler departed. Samson, the skipper, held one end like glue. His blistering century along with vital contributions from Dube and Parag kept the Rajasthan side in the game. Samson's 119 though was not good enough as they fell just short, right in front of the finishing line.
What a fantastic game! Wow! What a fantastic chase! This game promised to beat the Monday blues and hasn't it lived up to the expectation! A majestic ton from the new Rajasthan skipper, Sanju Samson cannot see his side over the line as Arshdeep Singh has bowled a fabulous final over and won the game for Punjab! New name, new players, and the Punjab franchise have started the campaign with a thrilling win.
OUT! CAUGHT! Arshdeep Singh gets his third wicket! Full delivery on off, Samson lofts it over covers but does not get the distance on it. It goes towards the fielder where Deepak Hooda takes a good catch. PUNJAB WIN BY 4 RUNS! 217/7
What has Sanju Samson done here? He has refused to take the run and now Rajasthan need a biggie to win the game while a boundary will take it to a Super Over! Full around off, Samson hits it to long off. Morris comes for a run but he is sent back.
SIX! That is clobbered! Full and outside off, Samson lofts it over covers for a biggie.
Full toss outside off, Morris drives it towards covers for a single.
Full delivery outside off, Samson lofts it over point for a single.
PLAY AND A MISS! Full and outside off, Samson looks to swing at it but misses it.
Who will bowl the final over? It will be Arshdeep Singh!
PLAY AND A MISS! Full and outside off, Morris looks to go big but misses it. Rajasthan need 13 runs in 6 balls! 209/6
Back of a length on off, Samson punches it through covers for a run.
SIX! That is hammered! Short delivery on middle, Samson pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
Short delivery outside off, Morris punches it through point for a single.
Length delivery on off, Morris looks to punch but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
The most expensive buy in the history of the league, Chris Morris is out to bat.
OUT! CAUGHT! Meredith gets his first wicket! Full and outside off, Tewatia looks to go big but gets an outside edge. It goes towards the keeper where Rahul takes a comfortable catch.
Crucial over. The penultimate over of the innings and it is going to be Riley Meredith who will bowl it.
Very full outside leg. Follows Tewatia as he shuffles outside his stumps. Rahul places it to the on side and keeps the strike. 19 off the over and Rajasthan need 21 off the final 2 overs to win this game. 201/5
Yorker! Much better. It is on middle. Samson manages to nudge it to long on for one. Brings up the 200 for Rajasthan.
WIDE! Jhye's tough night continues. He misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Samson looks to flick but misses.
Better. Yorker on middle, Samson flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
FOUR! HUNDRED FOR SANJU SAMSON! His first as skipper, third overall and he becomes the first man to score a ton this season. What a phenomenal knock this has been from the Kerala lad adopted with love by the Rajasthan franchise. The skipper has led from the front and kept this game alive. Full and wide outside off, Samson places it past short third man to reach his ton. A huge applause from his teammates as they know this gem of a guy has played a gem of an innings.
SIX! SMOKED! Moves to 98 and becomes the highest scorer by a captain on his captaincy debut. Full on off, a half-tracker, Samson smokes it over long off for a biggie.
Jhye Richardson is back on.
FOUR! Beautifully played! The skipper is setting an example in his very first game. Slower ball outside off, Samson frees his arms and slices it over extra cover for a boundary.
Mistimed but safe! Excellent over especially in the context of this game. Not just 8 runs off it but also the big wicket of Parag. The last ball is on a length. Samson slices his pull towards mid-wicket for a single. 182/5
FOUR! Samson did not even move. Shami misses his yorker by a bit and he ends up bowling a juicy half-volley. Samson smashes it away from long on and gets a boundary.
Just a single now. Full on middle, Tewatia punches it straight down the ground for one.
WIDE! Misses his line this time. He bowls it full but down the leg side.
Yorker on off. Tewatia cannot do much but just jam it back to the left of the bowler.
Rahul Tewatia is the new batsman in.
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Shami was brought in to take a wicket and the experienced man has delivered. Another short ball but this one is skiddier, pacy, and also bang on the money. Too close to Parag's body. He looks to hook but gets a glove on it which goes straight to the keeper. Rahul takes the catch and is this the over that changes the fate of this game? End of a fantastic knock from Parag but is it good enough?
Better from Shami! Back of a length delivery again from the pacer but this is on middle and leg. Parag comes inside and looks to lift it over fine leg but misses.
WIDE! Faulty start for Shami! He bangs it slightly shorter but misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Parag swings but gets nothing.
STRATEGIC TIME-OUT! Rajasthan have been going strong. Samson and Parag have been going strong. Riyan Parag is on fire here. On the other hand, Punjab need to break this partnership to make a comeback into the match. They need wickets in clusters to win this match.
Single to end the over. 20 from it and Punjab are under pressure now. Back-to-back 20-run overs changed the game for Punjab. Is this the one that turns the game in Rajasthan's favor. Flatter on middle, Parag whips it to the leg side and keeps the strike. 48 needed in 24 balls now. 174/4
SIX! This is right out of the screws! Flighted around off, Parag gets down on his knee and this time hits it where he wants. He wanted to smash it over long off and he smashes it over long off for a biggie.
MISTIMED BUT SIX! This is insane! Floated delivery outside off, Parag swings and looks to smack it over long on. It takes the outer half of his bat. It looks like Hooda at long off has a chance but no he does not. It has enough on it to sail over him and over the ropes.
NOT OUT! Riyan Parag's back leg has gone nowhere. Short in length. It is a googly. Parag swings hard at it but misses. Rahul whips the bails. The square leg umpire goes upstairs but finds nothing.
An appeal for stumping! Riyan Parag is the man in question. Replays show that his back leg is inside the crease.
Very nice says KL Rahul from behind the stumps. He bowls it slower and in the good length area. Samson whips it against the turn to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Murugan Ashwin is back on.
SIX! SMASHED! Perfect start to the over. A leggie at this stage is a gamble. Flighted full, in the arc for Samson. He slaughters it straight down the ground for a biggie.
Dot to finish the over. Every dot is like a diamond here for Punjab. Slower ball once again and it is once again very full wide outside off. Parag swings hard but connects with nothing. 154/4
Much better from Jhye Richardson! Yorker wide outside off, it is a slower ball too. Sanju chops it to the off side and takes a single.
SIX! BEAUTIFUL FROM SANJU! Low full toss on middle. Jhye misses the yorker by a fraction and Samson punishes it perfectly. Low full toss on middle, Samson picks it up and lifts it over square leg for a biggie.
FOUR! Samson does not time it well but places it brilliantly. Slower delivery outside off, it is the back of the hand slower ball. Samson slices it over covers and away from the man in the deep for a boundary.
Excellent ball. Very full, almost a yorker on off. Parag cannot get under it and can just milk it to long off for one.
Full around off, Samson plays it to long on and gets a single. Need to start firing more regularly do Rajasthan.
Jhye Richardson is back on. 2-0-23-1 are his figures so far.
Full toss. This one seems to have slipped out of Shami's hand. It is close to the waist height. Samson milks it to long on and trudges to the other end. He looks at the square leg umpire but he is happy with the ball. 81 needed off 36 balls. 141/4
Typical pace bowler's response from Shami! He bangs it short on off. Parag hops and taps it to the off side for a single.
SIX! WOW! This man is a supreme talent! Incredible from Riyan Parag! Full on middle, not a very bad ball, but Riyan Parag just picks it up and lifts his flick over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Excellent from Shami! Almost a yorker on middle and leg. Sanju can just place it to long on for one.
FOUR! Lucky one for Samson but Rajasthan need more of these does not matter how it comes. Full on the pads, Samson looks to flick but gets an inside edge, it clips his pads and goes fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Mohammed Shami is back on.
Excellent ball! Yorker outside off, Samson looks to jam it out but misses.
FOUR! Exquisite from Parag! This young man is a special talent. First ball and he has played a shot that will definitely go in the highlight reels. Full on off, Parag gets on his front foot ad drives it through extra cover for a majestic boundary. 128/4
Riyan Parag is the new batsman in.
On the pads, Samson flicks it to the on side for a single.
OUT! CAUGHT! Hooda is in the action once again. What a game he is having. Arshdeep's reintroduction into the attack does the trick for Punjab. He has got Shivam Dube. This was his time. He had set himself and should have made it count but Dube fails to grab the opportunity like Hooda grabbed. Fullish ball on off, Dube looks to smack it over long off. He gets a lot of height on it but not the distance. Hooda at long off, runs to his right and takes a good catch. We have seen around half a dozen catches been dropped tonight but not this time.
Very good ball! Dipping low full toss on off. Samson can just whip it to the on side for one.
Bouncer! Very well-directed. Dube mistimes his pull but at no man's land at mid-wicket. Single taken.
Arshdeep Singh is back on.
FOUR! Easy for Samson! Low full toss but at a good height. It is on off, Dube hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. Brings up the 50-run stand as well.
Short delivery on off, Dube punches it through point for a run. 117/3
Short delivery on off, Samson cuts it towards point where the fielder misfields and concedes a single.
Floated delivery on off, Dube taps it towards point for a single.
FOUR! That is powered! Flighted delivery on middle, Dube plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Full delivery outside off, Dube drives it to covers.
Tossed up delivery on off, Samson drives it through mid off for a single.
On the pads, Sanju whips it to the on side and keeps the strike. 109/3
Review time! An appeal for lbw! Sanju Samson is the man in question. Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that it is missing the stumps.
NOT OUT! It looked high to the naked eye and replays show that it was indeed too high. Meredith hits the deck hard and makes the ball come in from off. Samson hops and looks to flick. He misses and gets hit high on the pad. There is an appeal from the Punjab players but it is not the most convincing of appeals. Samson strolls to the other end but in the middle of the run the umpire raises his finger. Samson cannot believe it and opts to review it. Replay rolls in and Ultra Edge shows no involvement of bat. Ball Tracker then rolls in and it shows that the ball is going well over the stumps.
FOUR! FIFTY FOR SAMSON! This is a brilliant start for the captaincy with the bat for Samson but he needs to carry on. The longer he bats, the greater the chance for Rajasthan to win it. Outrageous shot from Samson! Meredith bangs it short, Samson jumps and places it over the keeper's head for a boundary.
Length ball on middle, Samson whips it away from short mid-wicket and gets a brace.
SIX! Sanju Samson is continuing to score but Dube will need to support him. Short ball on the body, Samson hooks it over fine leg for a boundary.
Length ball on middle, Dube knocks it to long off and rotates the strike.
Loopy delivery on off, Samson pushes it through mid off. Two runs taken. 95/3
Tossed up ball on middle, Samson comes down the track and looks to go big but gets an inside edge onto this pads.
Floated delivery on middle, Dube pushes it through mid on for a run.
Short delivery on middle, Samson punches it over mid on for a single.
WIDE! Ashwin bowls it down the leg side, Samson does not bother to play at that.
WIDE! Down the leg side, Samson leaves it alone.
Full on middle, Dube pushes it through mid on for a single.
Murugan Ashwin is back on.
Tossed up delivery on middle, Samson pushes it through mid on for a single.
Length ball on off, Samson guides it towards third man for a run. 87/3
Back of a length outside off, Dube guides it towards third man for a single.
Good length delivery on middle, Dube flicks it to mid-wicket.
Short delivery on middle, Samson looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards long off where Mayank Agarwal tries to go for the catch but spills it. The batsmen get a single.
Length delivery on middle, Samson flicks it to mid-wicket.
Riley Meredith is back on.
SIX! That is dispatched! Full delivery on off, Samson lofts it over long off for a maximum.
Short ball outside off, Dube punches it through covers for a couple. 78/3
Back of a length on off, Dube punches it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
FOUR! Cracking shot! Short delivery on off, Dube cuts it through point. Shami in the deep tries to stop it with his foot but fails to do so. It races away to the fence.
Shivam Dube is the new batsman in.
OUT! BOWLED! Richardson gets his first wicket! Yorker on middle, Buttler looks to dig it out but misses it and gets bowled. He missed it completely.
Short delivery on off, Samson punches it through mid on for a single.
Jhye Richardson is back on.
Full delivery on off, Buttler drives it through mid off for a single.
Flighted delivery on middle, Buttler looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a leg bye. 68/2
Googly on middle, Samson looks to pull but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire denies it. Punjab think for a review but decide against it. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a leg bye.
Yorker on middle, Samson does well to keep it out.
Full on off, Samson pushes it to covers.
Floated delivery on middle, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
FOUR! Buttler makes good use of the Free Hit! Tossed up delivery on middle, Buttler comes down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
Short delivery on middle, Samson pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. The third umpire calls it a no ball as Ashwin oversteps. Free Hit coming up!
STRATEGIC TIME-OUT! Rajasthan have lost two wickets but Samson and Buttler are going strong. They need this partnership to continue for a longer time. On the other hand, Punjab have dropped some catches and will look to improve on it. They have got the big wicket of Ben Stokes but will look to take wickets after the break to put pressure on Rajasthan. Murugan Ashwin is into the attack.
Short delivery outside off, Samson cuts it through point for a single. End of the Powerplay. RAJASTHAN ARE 59/2 AFTER 6 OVERS! 59/2
FOUR! Too easy for Samson! Full toss outside off, Samson drives it through point for a boundary.
Full toss on off, Buttler pushes it towards mid off for a single.
BEATEN! Slower delivery outside off, Buttler looks to slash at it but misses it.
Full delivery on off, Samson drives it through point for a single.
FOUR! That is dispatched! Short delivery on middle, Samson pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Full on middle, Samson flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 18 runs from the over! 48/2
Good length delivery on off, Buttler pushes it towards point for a single.
FOUR! Fourth consecutive boundary for Jos Buttler! Full and outside off, Buttler drives it uppishly towards covers for a boundary.
FOUR! Nice improvisation! Length ball on middle, Buttler plays a paddle scoop towards fine leg for a boundary.
Riley Meredith is into the attack.
FOUR! That is smashed! Length delivery on off, Buttler smashes it through point for a boundary.
FOUR! Good shot! Full delivery on off, Buttler drives it through mid off for a boundary.
FOUR! Nicely played! Length delivery on off, Samson guides it past short third man for a boundary. 30/2
Back of a length on off, Samson pushes it to point.
DROPPED! KL Rahul is the culprit! Good length ball outside off, Samson looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards the keeper where Rahul dives and tries to take the catch but spills it. Will this prove costly for Punjab?
Length delivery on off, Buttler punches it through covers for a single.
Jos Buttler is the new man in. A lot will depend on this pair now as Rajasthan are off to a tumultuous start. If they are to get anywhere close to this target this pair will need to bat a long way.
OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Good return catch from Arshdeep Singh! Full on middle, Vohra smashes it uppishly towards the bowler where Arshdeep Singh takes an excellent return catch.
Good length delivery on off, Vohra keeps it out.
FOUR! Gets enough on it. Good length delivery on middle and leg, Samson pulls it but the ball is actually not there for that shot. The Rajasthan skipper manages to get enough wood on it and get it past mid-wicket for a boundary. 25/1
Better from Shami! Shami pulls his length back around off. Samson punches it awkwardly to mid off.
FOUR! Beautiful! What a shot! This is the reason why Samson is so highly rated. Full outside off, Sanju gets on his front foot and drives it elegantly through covers for a boundary.
The physio is out now to have a look at Sanju Samson!
Ouch that must have hurt! Shami hits the deck hard around leg. Samson looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the inside of his pad on his knee. That surely must have stung the Rajasthan skipper.
Full on middle, Samson plays it to mid on.
Good length delivery on off, Samson keeps it out.
IN THE AIR AND DROPPED! Murugan Ashwin is the culprit! Fullish ball outside off, Manan Vohra swings at it but does not time it. He gets it off the outer half of his bat and it goes high in the air. It flies to the right of third man. Murugan Ashwin there moves to that side. The ball pops in and out of his hands. He juggles but fails to hold onto it. Two taken. A lifeline for Vohra and just like Rajasthan, Punjab have dropped a catch too. 17/1
Much better! Good length ball around off, Manan looks to play it to mid on but closes the face of the bat a fraction early. Luckily for Vohra, it falls well short of mid on.
FOUR! Excellent shot but a delivery asking to be punished! Richardson strays on the pads. It is an easy ball for any Indian batter. He once again uses his wrists and flicks it behind square leg for a boundary.
Good length ball coming in to the right-hander. Vohra keeps it out.
Length ball on off, Vohra defends it.
SIX! Manan Vohra gets off the mark for Rajasthan with a glorious biggie. He warmed the bench the whole of last season but now he has been given a chance to impress and he has started with a bang. On the pads and full, Manan uses his wrists and elegantly lofts his flick over fine leg for a biggie.
WIDE! False start for Jhye Richardson! He misses his line and bowls one down the leg side. Manan looks to flick but misses. Wided by the umpire.
Who will share the new ball? It will be Jhye Richardson.
Excellent first over from Shami. Just a boundary off the first over. Good length ball on off, Samson defends it to see off the first. 4/1
FOUR! Rajasthan get their first runs of the season! Skipper Sanju Samson is off the mark in style. On the pads, Samson flicks it uppishly but well over short mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
Length ball on off, Samson starts with a solid block.
Skipper, Sanju Samson walks out at 3.
OUT! CAUGHT! A collision but Shami has managed to take the catch and the dangerous Ben Stokes has departed without troubling the scorers. A massive blow for Rajasthan and a big wicket for Punjab. Kumble would have told them to get rid of Stokes as soon as possible and Shami, the man returning from injury has sent big Ben back in the very first over. Length ball on middle. Stokes looks to pull but the ball is not short enough for that. It takes the leading edge and goes high in the air. Hooda comes from point. Shami wants the catch himself. Rahul has the gloves and he calls for it. Shami and Rahul collide but Shami manages to take it in his mitts.
Good length delivery on the pads, Stokes tucks it to the on side.
Ohh! Almost a boundary to begin but Stokes has hit it too straight. Shami starts with a full ball around off. Stokes drives it straight down the ground but it hits the stumps at the other end.