Punjab down Rajasthan in IPL thriller

Afp, Mumbai

14 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Debutant captain Sanju Samson hit the first century of the Indian Premier League season but his side Rajasthan Royals lost by four runs to Punjab Kings on Monday.

Samson smashed 119 off 63 deliveries with 12 fours and seven sixes before getting out on the last ball of the match to left-arm quick Arshdeep Singh as Rajasthan finished on 217-7 while chasing a target of 222 in Mumbai.

Rahul smashed 91 in Punjab's 221-6 and then Singh claimed three wickets while senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two. Rahul built partnerships with Chris Gayle, who hit 40, and Deepak Hooda, who made 64 off 28 balls, after being put into bat first.

Pace bowler Chetan Sakariya returned figures of 3-31 on IPL debut.