TATA IPL 2023: Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report. In yesterday’s 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by four wickets. This victory kept RR in the playoff race, while PBKS were officially eliminated.
IPL 2023: Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report
According to Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Rajasthan won the toss and chose to bowl first, allowing Punjab to recover from 50/4 and post a competitive 187/5. However, RR’s Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 off 36), Devdutt Padikkal (51 off 30), and Shimron Hetmyer (46 off 28) all hit half-centuries, leading RR to a much-needed victory in 19.4 overs. They now await the results of other matches to determine if they can finish in the top four.
While chasing 188, Jaiswal gave Rajasthan a confident start by hitting three consecutive fours off Sam Curran in the first over. However, Kagiso Rabada caught Jos Buttler (0) leg-before at the other end. This was Buttler’s third successive duck and fifth of the season, which is the most in a single edition of the IPL.
Jaiswal and Padikkal formed a crucial partnership for the second wicket, adding 73 runs to the scoreboard. As per the Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Padikkal showed his prowess by hitting a six and a four off Rabada’s bowling in the sixth over, helping Rajasthan reach 57/1 at the end of the powerplay. Padikkal continued his impressive form and reached his fifty in just 29 balls, but unfortunately got out to Arshdeep Singh, who took a catch at backward point.
The Rajasthan Royals captain, Sanju Samson, failed to impress once again as he played a poor shot and was caught at deep square leg off Rahul Chahar’s bowling, scoring just 2 runs. As per the Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Shimron Hetmyer then came to the crease and eased the pressure on Jaiswal by hitting a six each off Arshdeep and Nathan Ellis. The two batsmen then joined forces to smash Sam Curran for 18 runs in the 14th over.
In Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s impressive innings came to an end when he attempted a switch-hit off Nathan Ellis’ delivery and was caught at backward point. Shimron Hetmyer and Riyan Parag then formed a crucial partnership for the fifth wicket, adding 32 runs to the total. In the 18th over, Parag hit two maximums off Rabada’s bowling before getting out to the Punjab Kings pacer.
Shimron Hetmyer continued his impressive form by hitting two fours off Sam Curran’s bowling in the penultimate over. However, his innings came to an end when Shikhar Dhawan took a stunning catch at cover. With nine runs needed off the last over, Rajasthan Royals turned to their “Impact Player” Dhruv Jurel (10*), who smashed the fourth ball over Rahul Chahar’s head for a maximum to secure the victory for his team.
PBKS Reaches 187/5 With a Late Surge
Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Punjab batted first after losing the toss and despite a slow start, they managed to post a competitive total of 187/5. The team finished with an absolute flourish, scoring 46 runs off the last two overs.
In the first over, Punjab’s Prabhsimran Singh (2) chipped a return catch to Trent Boult, resulting in a poor start for the team. Atharva Taide and Dhawan showed some promise, but Taide miscued a pull off Navdeep Saini to midwicket and was caught after scoring 19 off 12. As per the Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Dhawan (17) attempted a sweep but missed, resulting in him being trapped leg-before by Adam Zampa.
In the seventh over, PBKS lost their fourth wicket when Liam Livingstone (9 off 13) was bowled by Saini while attempting to break the shackles with a heave. However, Curran (49 off 31), Jitesh Sharma (44 off 28), and Shahrukh Khan (41 off 23) then put up a great rescue act for Punjab.
In the penultimate over, Shahrukh and Curran combined to score 28 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal. In the last over, Shahrukh took on Boult, resulting in Rajasthan conceding 18 runs.
Player of The Match in Yesterday’s IPL 2023 PBKS vs RR Game
According to Match 66 PBKS vs RR Highlights and Match Report, Rajasthan’s Saini was the standout bowler, claiming 3/40. During the chase, Padikkal and Jaiswal scored impressive fifties, while Hetmyer also contributed a crucial 46 runs.
Curran, Jitesh, and Shahrukh made blazing contributions of 40s for Punjab, while Rabada picked up two wickets with the ball.
For his fantastic knock in the chase, Padikkal was awarded the Player of the Match.
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