Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs in the fifth match of IPL 2021. Batting first after losing the toss, the Punjab team scored 221 runs after losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. In response, Rajasthan team could only score 217 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. As captain, Samson scored a century in his very first match. He became the first player of the IPL to do so. It was Samson’s third century in the IPL. He also equaled AB de Villiers in terms of century.
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However, Samson’s century went in vain. In the last over, Rajasthan needed 13 runs to win. Arshadip Singh bowled in the 20th over for Punjab. Only 2 runs came off the first 3 balls. After that Samson hit a six on the fourth ball. No run scored on the fifth ball. On the final ball, Rajasthan needed 5 runs to win. Samson shot, but she went into the hands of Deepak Hooda standing on the boundary line. Samson was dismissed for 119 off 63 balls.
Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings X11 Punjab in both matches in last season. There have been a total of 22 matches between the two so far. RR won 12 matches and Punjab 10 matches. Last season, Punjab’s team finished sixth and Rajasthan 8th.