PBKS Vs RR– IPL 2021 Match #4 Quick Review! The Rajasthan Royals falls meters short of an improbable victory against the Punjab Kings.
Match Details, Scorecard, & Video Highlights
Toss: RR won the toss and chose to field first.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary & Sundaram Ravi
What Actually Happened
- Winner: RR won by 4runs
- Scores: RR 221/6 Vs PBKS 217/7
- Player of the Match: Sanju Samson
- Best Figures
- Chetan Sakariya – 3/31
- Arshdeep Singh – 3/35
- Most Runs
- KL Rahul – 91 (50)
- Sanju Samson – 119 (63)
Moments of The Day: Sakariya, Arshdeep Win Hearts
The IPL is full of surprises and memorable moments. Here are my moments of today:
- Chetan Sakariya & Arshdeep Singh – In a match aggregate of 438 runs, the highest wicket takers (and almost most economical) were 22-year old Arshdeep & 23-year old Sakariya. They were both smart with their variations and were given death bowling responsibilities—an area where even international level bowlers fail, they excelled. Oh and Sakariya took a blinder to dismiss Pooran while Arshdeep’s caught and bowled off Manan Vohra received much deserved praise from coach Jonty Rhodes.
- KL Rahul Keeps On Going – Probably India’s best batsman of this generation, KL Rahul’s consistency in the IPL has been stellar. Last 3 seasons – 659, 593, & 670 runs. Today he struck it nicely with a wonderful 91, batting until the final over. Hope his that strike rate picks up from last year.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Gayle’s 40, Buttler’s counterattack
T20 World Cup Watch: India’s Power Hitters
Given that the T20I World Cup is around the corner, and pandemic induced rules has changed the rules to 23-player squad, we will be analyzing the impact of each match on the T20I World Cup squad.
- Despite India having Hardik Pandya, India are missing power hitters down the order. Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, & Dinesh Karthik might be smart, impactful finishers, but out-and-out hitters are missing. Think Yusuf Pathan or Andre Russell type players. Yesterday Abdul Samad impressed hitting 2 sixes against Pat Cummins, and today Deepak Hooda 64 (28) – 6 sixes & Riyan Parag 25 (11) – 3 sixes thrilled with their clean striking.
Wildcard entry for one of them?
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Samson So Close Yet So Far
- Sanju Samson was the highlight of the day, even in a losing cause. After Stokes was dismissed for a duck and 2 down pretty, not many would have given RR a chase, but Buttler, Parag, Dube, & Samson took the game really slow. 5 needed off 2, Samson took responsibility on his own shoulder. Should he have run or not? What do you say? But as it turned out, Samson swatted away the last ball and what initially looked like a last-ball six turned out to be meters short. Broken Cricket Dream of the Day. Well played, lad.
- Catches Lose Matches….or at least that is what the last 4 days (and IPL 2020) have showed us. Today, it was even worse. Stokes, Tewatia, Buttler dropped catches from the Royals, while Murugan Ashwin, KL Rahul, & Mayank Agarwal took turns for the Kings. Take out the dropped catches, and this is no longer a high scoring game.
I am not saying all fielding standards are bad, but it seems to be all or nothing these days. Blinders from Sakariya, Arshdeep, and Tewatia, and comical drops all around. Even Shami’s caught & bowled had miscommunication written all over it.
IPL 2021 Points Table
No need to go elsewhere for the Points Table. We will keep updating it in every article!
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. Delhi Capitals||1||1||0||0||2||+0.779|
|2. Kolkata Knight Riders||1||1||0||0||2||+ 0.5|
|3. Punjab Kings||1||1||0||0||2||+ 0.2|
|4. Royal Challengers Bangalore||1||1||0||0||2||+0.05|
|5. Mumbai Indians||1||0||1||0||0||-0.05|
|6. Rajasthan Royals||1||0||1||0||0||-0.2|
|7. Sunrisers Hyderabad||1||0||1||0||0||-0.5|
|8.. Chennai Super Kings||1||0||1||0||0||-0.779|
The Mumbai Indians take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai. Who do you think will win this one?
Also, if you have not yet read our IPL Previews, here is a list of all of them! Check them out and share ahead:
- Chennai Super Kings – CSK Preview
- Delhi Capitals – DC Preview
- Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR Preview
- Mumbai Indians – MI Preview
- Punjab Kings – PBKS Preview
- Rajasthan Royals – RR Preview
- Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Preview
- Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH Preview
Copyright (2021: 4/12/2021)– @Nitesh Mathur, aka Nit-X – firstname.lastname@example.org