What Happened Last Time When RR Faced PBKS In IPL 2024?

RR defeated PBKS last time [iplt20]
RR defeated PBKS last time [iplt20]

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 comes to the Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati as Rajasthan Royals (RR) hosts the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in match 65 of the season on Wednesday, May 15.

The Royals confirmed their playoff spot on Tuesday night after Delhi Capitals' (DC) victory over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). However, they have all to play for to reserve the top 2 spots.

On the other hand, The Kings would want to end their season on a high after being knocked out of the competition for the playoff spot following their 60-run defeat against RCB.

In the two teams' head-to-heads, RR has had the upper hand in the 27 matches played with 16 wins to PBKS' 11. The two sides last met in match 27 of the ongoing season at Mullanpur on April 13.

When RR Met PBKS In IPL 2024

In a relatively low-scoring encounter, after winning the toss, Sanju Samson put PBKS to bat first on a slightly green wicket. Punjab couldn't start well as they only managed to score 38/1 in the powerplay.

They kept losing wickets and found themselves 70/5 before Jitesh Sharma with 29(24) tried to calm things down. He failed to capitalize on the good start. However, Liam Livingstone and Ashutosh Sharma came to the rescue, adding 21(14) and 31(16) respectively as PBKS finished with 147/8.

All the RR bowlers chipped in with wickets. Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with 2/22 in his four overs. Avesh Khan scalped a couple for 34 runs as well.

Hetmyer steals the show for RR

While chasing the score, RR started slow as well, with Jos Buttler out, Tanush Kotian, the Mumbai off-spinner opened with Yashasvi Jaiswal. They only managed 43 in the powerplay without losing a wicket.

Rajasthan kept building little partnerships, being unfazed in the run chase. However, taking the match to the second-last ball. Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell stitched a partnership of match-winning cameos, adding 21(7) as a duo. Powell fell for 11(5).

Hetmyer finished the game with a ball to spare as he scored 27*(10) which resulted in him being awarded the Player of The Match after a 3-wicket win for RR.

Kagiso Rabada was PBKS' pick of the bowlers, picking 2 wickets for 18 runs in his 4 overs. Captain Sam Curran ended his spell with 2/25.