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IPL 2024: Punjab kings smash Rajasthan Royals with a thrilling 5 wicket victory

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Guwahati, May 15: In a pulsating encounter at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Punjab Kings (PBKS) clinched a thrilling five-wicket victory against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 65th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, propelled by a gritty half-century from their captain, Sam Curran.

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The match witnessed an intense battle between bat and ball, with PBKS seizing control early on by restricting RR to a modest total of 144/9, courtesy of stellar performances from Sam Curran and Rahul Chahar.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, RR faced a challenging start as PBKS’ bowlers applied consistent pressure, stifling their scoring opportunities and claiming crucial wickets at regular intervals.

Despite the early setbacks, Riyan Parag emerged as a beacon of resistance for RR, showcasing his batting prowess with a commendable innings, standing out as the top scorer among his teammates.

The opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tom Kohler-Cadmore sought to provide a solid foundation for RR’s innings, with Jaiswal displaying glimpses of his talent by dispatching a boundary off Sam Curran’s bowling. However, Curran swiftly responded by dismissing Jaiswal, conceding only nine runs in his initial over and setting the tone for PBKS’ disciplined bowling display.

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Subsequent partnerships between Kohler-Cadmore and Sanju Samson aimed to stabilize RR’s innings, but Samson’s dismissal in the 7th over, courtesy of Nathan Ellis, dealt a blow to RR’s aspirations of building a substantial total.

Overall, PBKS’ disciplined bowling effort and Curran’s resilient batting display proved decisive in securing a hard-fought victory, highlighting the competitive spirit and excitement synonymous with IPL cricket.

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