The 4th match of the IPL 2021 saw the Punjab Kings (PBKS) taking on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sanju Samson, the new RR skipper won the toss and put PBKS into bat first.
Mayank Agarwal fell for 14 runs but KL Rahul anchored one end till the end, while runs flooded from the other end. Chris Gayle slammed a 28-ball 40 with 2 sixes and completed his 350 sixes in IPL history. The duo added 67 runs in 7 overs for PBKS, setting a good platform for the hitters to do their job.
And they did, especially Deepak Hooda. The Baroda batsman came in and smashed the RR bowler to all corners of the Wankhede Stadium, including an amazing no-look six off Chris Morris. He completed his half-century in just 20 balls, and by the time, he was dismissed, Hooda had made 64 runs in 28 balls with 6 sixes and 4 fours.
He and Rahul added a further 105 runs for the 3rd wicket in just over 7 overs. It was a fast and furious period of play where every ball was going for a four or six from either end. Hooda fell to Chris Morris, who then dismissed Nicholas Pooran off the next ball.
KL Rahul continued on hitting 91 in 50 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes and was caught brilliantly by Rahul Tewatia on the boundary.
PBKS finished the 20 overs on 221/6. For RR, Chetan Sakariya had an amazing debut, picking 3/31, while Morris got 2/41 and Parag got the scalp of Gayle.
The cricket fraternity was all praises for Deepak Hooda, whose innings gave PBKS the momentum it needed to put such a huge total on the board.
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