Punjab Kings (PBKS) wicket-keeper KL Rahul took a fabulous one-handed catch to send the opposition skipper, Sanju Samson, back to the pavilion in Match 32 between PBKS and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The wicket was also 23-year-old Ishan Porel’s first wicket in the IPL.
Samson had just walked in after the dismissal of a rampaging Evin Lewis. The platform was set by the openers for the RR skipper to cash in. However, he fell to a rejuvenated Porel, who was taken to the cleaners in his first two overs.
Porel dished out a wide short delivery that Samson went chasing after. It bounced a little more than what Samson expected and thereby he only managed to get a thick edge. The ball was traveling at the rate of knots towards Rahul’s right side.
He stuck out his hand and held on to the ball with just one hand, thereby ending the dangerous Samson’s innings. The wicket also brought PBKS back into the game after a quick start earlier from West Indian opener, Lewis.
Lewis was playing his first match of IPL 2021 but he looked right at home. After taking a few balls to settle in, Lewis targeted Porel’s second over, where he smashes four boundaries. The much-needed momentum was injected into the innings.
RR soon brought up their fifty by the end of the fifth over. Skipper Rahul made a change in the attack and brought in Arshdeep Singh who immediately delivered for the side. He outfoxed Lewis with a slower delivery and ended his 36-run knock.
As for the team, birthday boy Chris Gayle was surprisingly left out of the PBKS playing XI. South African opener, Aiden Markram, was handed his debut in the IPL in Gayle’s stead. For RR, Liam Livingstone was brought in on the basis of his brilliant form of late.