Punjab Kings batsmen KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda produced a fine exhibition of power-hitting; however, Rajasthan Royals’ players Rahul Tewatia and Chetan Sakariya also came up with brilliant fielding efforts to stop the juggernauts. After Chetan Sakariya dismissed Nicholas Pooran by pulling off a blinder, Rahul Tewatia snapped a relay catch on the boundary to get rid of KL Rahul for 91.
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul looked on course for a hundred when on 91, he pulled Chetan Sakariya to deep mid-wicket. It seemed like the ball would travel the distance; however, Rahul Tewatia first grabbed the ball with both hands, but realizing it will push him to the boundary, he released the ball and jumped back in to catch it before hitting the turf.
It certainly relieved the Rajasthan Royals from 10-15 runs more, which would have been if the right-handed batsman had reached his hundred. Nevertheless, Punjab Kings set the Rajasthan Royals a target of 222, following half-centuries from KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. Sakariya, who was on debut, ended with figures of 4-0-31-3. As per the current scenario, Rajasthan Royals are 48-2 after five overs, having lost Manan Vohra and Ben Stokes. The onus lies on captain Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler to take down the daunting total set by the opposition.