Rajasthan Royals (RR) clashed with Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 4th match of the IPL 2021 season. And RR debutant Chetan Sakariya had an eventful debut for the pink team, not only with the ball but also on the field, as he pulled off a beauty of a diving catch to get rid of the dangerous Nicholas Pooran.
Sanju Samson won the toss and chose to bowl first on his debut as the Rajasthan Royals captain. RR gave IPL debut to Chetan Sakariya, while Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, and Mustafizur Rahman made their RR debuts. For Punjab Kings, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith made their IPL debuts as well.
It was Chetan Sakariya who made the first strike by removing Mayank Agarwal for 14 runs. But then two huge partnerships put PBKS on the path of a big score. First Chris Gayle (40) and KL Rahul added 67 runs in 7 overs before Riyan Parag dismissed Gayle.
But the partnership of the match came from Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul, as they added 105 runs in 7 odd overs. Hooda came out and started smashing RR bowlers to all parts of the Wankhede, hitting 6 sixes and 4 fours. KL Rahul continued to slam RR bowlers after Hooda was dismissed and made 91 runs in 50 balls with 5 sixes and 7 fours in his knock.
Chetan Sakariya’s Diving Beauty Of A Catch Sends Back Nicholas Pooran For A Duck
Chetan Sakariya was the best bowler for Rajasthan Royals, along with Chris Morris. However, Morris gave away 41 runs for his 3 wickets, while Sakariya picked 3/31 in his 4 overs. This included two wickets in his final over, that of KL Rahul and Jhye Richardson.
Sakariya was only brilliant with the ball, he also contributed in the field, taking an amazing catch to send back Nicholas Pooran for a first-ball duck.
Chris Morris bowled a long hop down the leg side, a slower ball, which Pooran tried to pull over the fine leg fielder. However, due to the lack of speed on the ball, Pooran only managed to hit it to the left of Sakariya at fine leg. Sakariya dived and took the catch using both hands, completing an amazing catch to boot for.
Still, PBKS finished on 221/6 in 20 overs, an intimidating score to chase down.
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