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Here we go! In the slot and Gayle smacks it over the bowler’s head for a boundary!
Mustafizur replaces Sakariya.
PBKS 31/1 in 4 overs: Rahul gets a thick edge behind the slip and short third man for a boundary. Good comeback by Morris after the first ball boundary to keep a check on the run-rate.
Morris replaces Mustafizur.
PBKS 22/1 in 3 overs: WICKET! Sakariya gets his maiden wicket! Mayank makes room and looks to loft him over the covers but ends up getting a thick edge behind to Samson. Mayank departs for 14. Punjab had gotten off to a good start without having to take much risk before Mayank went searching there. Chris Gayle is in at No. 3..
PBKS 20/0 in 2 overs: The Fiz gets it to drift in and stike the pad of Mayank but the umpire turns down the appeals. Ball tracker shows three reds… Royals didn’t use up their review. Mustafizur, too, drifts onto the pads of the last ball and Mayank times it between mid-on and short midwicket for a boundary.
Mustafizur to share the new ball.
PBKS 10/0 in 1 over: Short and wide first up to Mayank which allows him to free his arms. The opener slices past the point fielder for a boundary. Mayank goes for a single after nudging it to mid-off, and would have been caught short with a direct hit from Morris. Sakariya drifts on to the pads and Rahul clips the ball behind for another boundary.
Chetan Sakariya has the new ball for Royals.
KL Rahul walks out to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal. The pair had plenty of success together at the top last season: 671 runs in 11 innings.
1) Jos Buttler (wk), 2) Ben Stokes, 3) Sanju Samson (c), 4) Manan Vohra, 5) Riyan Parag, 6) Shivam Dube, 7) Rahul Tewatia, 8) Chris Morris, 9) Mustafizur Rahman, 10) Shreyas Gopal, 11) Chetan Sakariya
1) KL Rahul (C/WK), 2) Mayank Agarwal, 3) Chris Gayle, 4) Nicholas Pooran, 5) Shahrukh Khan, 6) Deepak Hooda, 7) Jhye Richardson, 8) Riley Meredith, 9) Murugan Ashwin, 10) Arshdeep Singh, 11) Mohammed Shami
TOSS UPDATE: New skipper Sanju Samson wins the toss and Rajasthan Royals will bowl first.
UPDATE: Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Shahrukh Khan to make debuts for Punjab Kings. Shivam Dube and Mustafizur Rahman to debut for Royals.
1) Jos Buttler (wk), 2) Ben Stokes, 3) Sanju Samson (c), 4) Riyan Parag, 5) Shivam Dube, 6) Rahul Tewatia, 7) Chris Morris, 8) Liam Livingstone, 9) Shreyas Gopal, 10) Jaydev Unadkat, 11) Kartik Tyagi
1) KL Rahul (C/WK), 2) Mayank Agarwal, 3) Chris Gayle, 4) Prabhsimran Singh, 5) Nicholas Pooran, 6) Shahrukh Khan, 7) Deepak Hooda, 8) Jhye Richardson, 9) Riley Meredith, 10) Mohammed Shami, 11) Ravi Bishnoi
– Match Preview –
One team finished at the bottom. The other, just two slots above. Both Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings, however, had chances to make it to the playoffs even at the business end of the last IPL. Neither eventually did because too much had been left to be done too late. Read the full preview here – PBKS vs RR
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH – RR vs PBKS LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.