KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings and Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals are playing their IPL 2021 season opener on 12th of April at Wankhede’s stadium. Rajasthan Royals had released Steven Smith and Sanju Samson named as their captain while Kings Xi Punjab renamed to Punjab Kings.
“We will bowl first. We have challenges to face while picking the XI. But I am happy with players that we have. Morris, Stokes, Buttler and Mustafizur Rahman are our overseas players. Very excited about the role.” Sanju Samson told
“We all know the history of Wankhede Stadium. Everyone wants to bowl first here. But we would want to play good cricket. We can’t really point out anything particular. It is about the batting group helping the bowling group and vice versa. We were really happy with the auction. Meredith, Richardson, Gayle and Nicholas Pooran are our four foreign players.” KL Rahul added
Toss Update :
7:57 pm : Chetan Sakariya git the dream debut as he removed Mayank Agarwal in second over of his place. Dreams comes true for him and his family.
8:45 pm : KL Rahul smashed his 22nd fifty of IPL. While Deepak Hooda is turning the game towards Punjab Kings.
9:02 pm : Deepak Hooda brought his fifty in just 20 balls and continue to dominate Rajasthan Royal’s bowlers. Deepak Hooda hit second consecutive fifty, last time he smashed against Chennai in Dubai.
9:13 pm : finally, Chris Morris got the rid of Deepak Hooda. But KL Rahul still smashing the bowlers. Punjab is on 201 and still two overs remaining.
End of the Punjab’s inning :
Punjab Kings posted a mammoth total of 221 for Rajasthan. KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda’s partnership helped Kings to post a huge total. In Last season Rajasthan chased down 223 runs in Sharjah against Punjab. Score of 221 is also chaseable on the pitch like wankhede.
10:06 pm : Rajasthan hadn’t got the good start as Mohammad Shami removed Ben Stokes on duck. Arshdeep Singh also got the rid of Manan Vohra who is looking solid. KL dropped the chance of Sanju Samson while Jos Buttler showed his form with four consecutive fours to welcome Riley Meredith in IPL.
Punjab Kings Chris Gayle passed 350 sixes in history of IPL, he’s the first batsman to achieve this milestone. Ab de Villiers is behind him with gap of 100 sixes. Universe boss for a reason.
11:23 pm : Sanju Samson smashed a hundred. He is first IPL captain to score hundred in on debut match.
‘He is exciting talent to watch out for’ Gautam Gambhir told.
11:45 pm : Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami pulled a thrilling win towards Punjab Kings. Sanju Samson’s brilliant Inning gone in vain. Arshdeep Singh was a hero of the match. He was brilliant throughout the whole inning, just conceded 34 runs on ground like that.
Man of the Match : Sanju Samson