पंजाब किंग्स vs राजस्थान रॉयल्स

समरी, Match 32, Indian Premier League, 2021, September 21, 2021
राजस्थान 185/10 (20)
राजस्थान रॉयल्स ने पंजाब किंग्स को 2 रनों से हराया
पंजाब 183/4 (20)
Match over
Commentary :
0.0 : Hola, amigos! It is time for yet another cracking encounter in the Indian T20 League and we are slowly, but surely, getting into the groove of watching the games unfold right before us. The resumption has been a smooth one, with 2 games going by, and 4 teams getting to play, and now, we will see two more teams start the second leg of the competition. Match number 32 sees the brushing of shoulders between Rajasthan and Punjab. Both teams did not have the best start to the League in the first phas
Talking about Rajasthan, they too will be without the services of their key players. They were without the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the first leg and now, Jos Buttler and Andrew Tye have made themselves unavailable too. So, to fill the void that these missing names have left, Rajasthan have decided to rope in Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Glenn Phillips. It will be interesting to see if these names make their way into the Playing XI straightaway. 
The birthday boy, Chris Gayle is up for a chat! He says that he was having some coffee and it has been a long morning for him and it has been a good day so far. Says that he went to bed early and has been up since 3 am and he was up ever since. Tells that they practice at 5 pm and they have some time to sleep in the morning. Tells that if he does get a chance to play in this game, he will try his best to make the fans happy. Opines that it is a new start and they want to hit the ground running.
A couple of caps have been handed out and it looks like some new players will be making their debut today. Evin Lewis has been handed his cap and Rajasthan will be hoping that he can start with a bang. For Punjab, Ishan Porel, Aiden Markram, and Adil Rashid have been seen getting their caps. 
... MATCH DAY ...
There's quite a lot of changes to the rosters of both teams as they will be missing some key players and have added some other players, in place, and will be hoping that the new boys click and find their rhythm sooner, rather than later. For Punjab, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Dawid Malan have pulled out of the UAE leg and Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, and Aiden Markram have taken their place in their squad. 
Did you know? Rajasthan have the worst bowling average (107.7) and economy rate (10.4) for spinners in this ongoing season. They have roped in the number one bowler in T20Is to resolve this issue. Can Tabraiz Shamsi make an immediate impact?
Duck Tales! Nicholas Pooran had a forgetful first half of this season where he bagged four ducks in 6 innings. In total, he has five ducks in T20s in 2021 which is the joint-most. Will he find a place in the XI for Punjab?
PITCH REPORT - Ian Bishop is the pitch inspector for the day. He says that the deck looks good. Adds that the weather is pretty hot and humid and jokes that this stadium is not called the 'Ring of Fire' just like that. He is joined by Toby Lumsden, the head curator, who says that they use an infrared camera and the camera takes pictures every 10 minutes and lets him know about the pitch and the outfield. Adds that he uses a pogo stick and clay hammer to find out about the moisture and hardness o
Sixer Kings! Glenn Phillips (87), Liam Livingstone (81), Evin Lewis (68) feature in the top three list for hitting the most number of sixes in T20s in 2021. They're all present in the dressing room of Rajasthan. Who will play, who will miss out?
Toss time! Sanju Samson and KL Rahul are in the middle. The latter flips the coin, Samson calls it incorrectly and PUNJAB ELECT TO FIELD!
Punjab (Playing XI) - KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Ishan Porel, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Adil Rashid, Arshdeep Singh.
Rajasthan (Playing XI) - Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C/WK), Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan, says that the toss doesn't matter much as they are happy to do both, either bat or bowl. Adds that they have really great talent in the team and it's a very positive atmosphere in the dressing room. Talks about Kumar Sangakkara and says that he knows how to communicate and at what point and emphasizes on enjoying the game. Evin Lewis, Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman are Rajasthan's overseas players, informs Samson.
KL Rahul, the Punjab skipper, says that it is a no-brainer to bowl first as it is a fresh wicket and they are not too sure as to how it will play. Shares that he personally prefers to chase. Adds that it is good to play in Dubai and they learnt a lot the last time they came to UAE. Feels that they have done their best to prepare well. Informs that Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Adil Rashid and Fabian Allen are their four overseas players. Informs that Aiden Markram will bat at number 3 and
It's time to play the game! The players are in the middle and it's a great atmosphere out there. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis are the opening pair for Rajasthan. Punjab are beginning with Mohammed Shami, as expected. Here we go... 
0.1 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, Runs straightaway for Lewis and Rajasthan are off the mark too! Shami serves this on a length, on the pads. Lewis whips this one to deep square leg for a single. 
0.2 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Now, Shami serves a length delivery, but wider outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal goes back and looks for the square cut, but he misses.
0.3 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shami comes 'round the wicket and hurls a shortish ball, outside off. Yashasvi Jaiswal again goes back and flashes his blade but fails to connect with his cut. 
0.4 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Around off, on a length, YJ pushes this to the cover region. Three dots.
0.54 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! The first boundary for Rajasthan and also Yashasvi Jaiswal! A loosener from Shami. Short and wide outside off, Jaiswal goes back and slaps this one over backward point. One bounce and four! 
0.64 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries to end the first over and Rajasthan get 9 off the opening over! Around off this time, on a length, Yashasvi Jaiswal swings this one over mid-wicket and gets a four. 
1.1 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, Ishan Porel starts with a length ball, on middle. This is dabbed to the leg side.
0.6 : Who will operate from the opposite end? Ishan Porel to steam in...
1.2 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, WIDE. Porel steams in and slips this down the leg side. Lewis looks to pull but misses. Wide signalled. 
Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, On a length, on the pads, Lewis' flick only finds Adil Rashid at short fine leg. Dot. 
1.3 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, Back of a length, around off, Lewis looks to heave this to the leg side, but the ball takes the lower end of the bat and goes to the right of square leg, for one. 
1.4 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Leg bye. Porel serves this around the hips, on a length, Yashasvi Jaiswal misses his tuck but the ball takes the body and goes to the leg side. A leg bye is taken. 
1.5 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, Around the middle stump line this time, Evin nudges this to the man at mid-wicket. 
2.1 : Mohammed Shami to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Outside off, Jaiswal slices this one away to third man for a single. 
1.66 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, SIX! BANG! The West Indian gets his first biggie! He will be looking to continue with the same intent! Around off this time, on a length too, Evin Lewis gives it the full thwack of the blade and deposits the ball over the long on fence. 9 from the second over as well! 
2.2 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, Good-length ball, on off, this is pushed to the man at point by Lewis. 
2.3 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, Swing and a miss! Good length from Shami. Just around the off pole, slanting away, Evin Lewis swings at this but fails to connect. 
2.4 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, Play and a miss again! Shami bowls this on a length again, closer to the off pole, angling away, Lewis pokes at this tentatively and misses. 
2.54 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, FOUR! He connects this time and gets a boundary! Fine shot from Evin. Slightly behind the good length, just outside off, Evin Lewis bangs this one over the bowler for a one-bounce boundary. 
2.6 : Mohammed Shami to Evin Lewis, Wider outside off, Lewis shoulders arms this time. A good over from Shami, just 5 from it! 
3.1 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Short of a length, around off and middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal pulls this one hurriedly to the right of the deep mid-wicket fielder for one. 
3.24 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, FOUR! Slightly streaky but Lewis will not care. A touch short, slanting away outside off, Evin Lewis looks to pump this through covers, but the ball takes the outer half of the blade and flies to the third man fence. 
3.34 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, EDGY FOUR! It's a similar sort of a boundary as the last ball. On a length, outside off, Evin Lewis looks to whack this across the line, but the ball catches the outside edge and runs away to the third man fence. 
3.4 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, Around off this time, Lewis looks to work this to the leg side but misses and the ball takes the pad and lobs to the left of the mid off fielder. 
3.54 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, FOUR! That was a cleaner hit, compared to the previous two boundaries. Confidence on display by Lewis. Around off on a length, Evin Lewis cracks this one over mid-wicket and beats deep mid-wicket to his right. 
3.64 : Ishan Porel to Evin Lewis, FOUR! WOW! 17 from the over. Lewis gets his fourth boundary of the over and is on the charge. Slower in pace this time, fuller though, outside off, Lewis waits for it and punches this one past extra cover. Boundary. 
Bowling change. Deepak Hooda is into the attack.
4.14 : Deepak Hooda to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! Welcome to the attack, says Yashasvi Jaiswal, to Deepak Hooda! Drops it short, outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal rocks back and punches this one through cover-point. The ball races away to the fence. 
4.2 : Deepak Hooda to Yashasvi Jaiswal, On middle, flicked to the leg side for a run. 
4.3 : Deepak Hooda to Evin Lewis, Fuller, tossed up, on middle and leg, Lewis misses his sweep and gets hit on his pad. 
4.4 : Deepak Hooda to Evin Lewis, A touch short, around off, cut away, but to the fielder at point. 
4.54 : Deepak Hooda to Evin Lewis, FOUR! That is not where you want to bowl to a batter of Evin Lewis' calibre! A juicy full toss, around off, this is smashed over the cover region for a boundary. 
4.64 : Deepak Hooda to Evin Lewis, FOUR! 50 up for Rajasthan! They have started off really well here! This is floated too, fuller, around middle and leg, Lewis gets low and sweeps this in between square leg and short fine leg. Boundary again. 13 from the over! 
Who will bowl the final over of the Powerplay? It is Arshdeep Singh! 
5.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Beaten! Arshdeep begins with a slower delivery, he lands it short and outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal stays back to cut but flashes his bat too early.
5.2 : Arshdeep Singh to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Pitches it up and around off, Jaiswal goes hard at it, doesn't time it too well but still manages to clear the infield at covers. A single is taken. Two was on but Yashasvi Jaiswal had slipped while turning for the second run.
5.3w : Arshdeep Singh to Evin Lewis, OUT! Gone! Arshdeep strikes and has a big smile on his face. He serves it very full and around off, slower in pace and that has deceived the batsman. Lewis mistimes his attempted aerial shot to extra cover where Mayank Agarwal takes a fine low catch with a dive. The 54-run opening stand has been broken.
Skipper Sanju Samson walks in next.
5.4 : Arshdeep Singh to Sanju Samson, Arshdeep goes short to Samson, around middle, the Rajasthan skipper stands tall and pulls it in the gap at deep mid-wicket for two.
5.5 : Arshdeep Singh to Sanju Samson, Angling across the batsman, on a length, Samson stays back and plays it down to point.
5.6 : Arshdeep Singh to Sanju Samson, Slower one, full and around off, Samson bunts it in front of mid off and scampers across to the other end. At the end of the Powerplay, Rajasthan are 57/1.
5.5 : Strategic Time-Out! A cracking start from Rajasthan to this game. They will be without the services of Buttler at the top of the order and Evin Lewis displayed that he can really step up to fill in those big shoes, but, sadly for him, he departed in the last over of the Powerplay. Nevertheless, he and Yashasvi Jaiswal have given them a great start. Punjab were under the pump for most of the Powerplay, but, with one wicket taken, they will look to build on the same and keep taking wickets. Also
6.1 : Adil Rashid to Sanju Samson, Straightaway Samson uses his feet. A tossed up ball, landing around middle and leg, Sanju tries to heave but only manages to drag it off the inner half. A good diving stop at mid-wicket but a single is not prevented.
6.24 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! Yashasvi Jaiswal shows his innovation. Fuller and wide outside off, Jaiswal opts for the reverse batted shot and nails it behind short third man.
6.3 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Googly, short and around off, Yashasvi Jaiswal goes back and mistimes his pull shot back to the bowler.
6.46 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, SIX! The plan is clear, they will attack the leggie. Full and floated, around off, Yashasvi Jaiswal latches onto it and towers it handsomely over long off. When he is on song, he is a privilege to watch.
6.5 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, This one stays a bit low. A flatter and shorter googly, around off and spinning away, Jaiswal tries to pull but it goes below his bat.
6.6 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Fine diving stop! Another short delivery from Adil, outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal cuts it from the back foot but finds a diving Harpreet Brar at point. Two dots to end an expensive over, 11 from it.
6.5 : Change. Ishan Porel (2-0-25-0) comes back on! 
7.1w : Ishan Porel to Sanju Samson, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Ishan Porel has redeemed himself with a wicket. A fantastic bowling change from KL Rahul and it's an excellent catch too by him. Not a wicket-taking delivery, short and wide outside off, Samson tries to slam it over point but there is some extra bounce and it takes the outside edge. The ball flies to the right of KL who times his jump to perfection to pluck it with one hand. Big wicket.
0.0 : The Brit, Liam Livingstone makes his way out into the middle. 
7.2 : Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, Fuller and on middle, Livingstone uses his feet and clips it down to deep square leg for a run. Opens his account.
7.3 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Back of a length, around off, Yashasvi Jaiswal cuts it from the back foot but finds point.
7.4 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sharp delivery, shortish and around leg, Yashasvi Jaiswal is hurried up into his shot and fails to pull. He is hit on the box and the ball deflects to square leg. They cross for a leg bye. Yashasvi Jaiswal is in some pain.
7.2 : Oooohhhhhhh! Not a pretty sight. Not a pretty sight, at all. Yashasvi Jaiswal has been hit just around his box and he is in some pain. The physio rushes out to the middle. Let's hope he is okay to continue. 
7.54 : Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, FOUR! Bang! Liam Livingstone has been on fire of late with the bat and this shot shows his prime form. Although slightly edgy, the Englishman was in full control. Ishan Porel delivers it on a length and outside off, Liam slices it wide of backward point and fetches a boundary.
7.6 : Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, Wide! Slips it down the leg side, on a fuller length, Liam fails to flick and it's called a wide.
Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, Identical to the last delivery, again Liam Livingstone fails to flick and it goes off his pads this time. KL Rahul stretches his left hand out but fails to gather it cleanly. The batsmen cross. 8 from the over, along with a wicket.
8.1 : Adil Rashid to Liam Livingstone, Tossed up ball, landing full around middle, Liam drives it back to the bowler.
8.2 : Adil Rashid to Liam Livingstone, Rashid drags his length short and delivers it close to off, Livingstone cuts it through point for a single.
8.36 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, SIX! Dismissed! Rashid has struggled with his length so far. Serves a long hop on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal picks the length in a flash, immediately drops his weight on the back foot and pulls it massively over mid-wicket.
8.4 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tossed up, full and on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal clips it in front of square leg and rotates the strike. Smart from the young man.
8.5 : Adil Rashid to Liam Livingstone, Quicker, shorter and flatter, around off, it's punched down to long off for a single.
8.6 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Too full in length on middle, Jaiswal flicks it through mid-wicket and collects a run. 10 from the over, 21 from Rashid's two, he is not having a happy debut.
9.1 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Back of a length, on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal stays back and pulls it down to long on for a single. Moves to 35 and this now is Jasiwal's highest score in the League.
9.2 : Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, Fuller and on middle, Liam winds up for a big shot but only manages to drag it off the inner edge through square leg. A single.
9.3 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, A touch short in length, around leg, Jaiswal glances it behind square leg for a run.
9.4 : Ishan Porel to Liam Livingstone, Livingstone tries to be adventurous but fails to middle his shot. On a length around middle and leg, Liam gets down and across for the paddle scoop but it takes the inner half and rolls to the keeper. KL Rahul fails to collect cleanly and the short fine leg fielder attacks the ball. He has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. One run added to the total.
9.54 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! Top shot! Stamping his authority. Ishan Porel serves it on a length and around off, Jaiswal stays back inside the crease and cracks it through extra cover for a boundary.
9.6 : Ishan Porel to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shortish and close to off, Yashasvi Jaiswal taps it down from the back foot to point. End of Ishan Porel's spell, not too impressive. Rajasthan are 94/2 at the halfway mark.
10.2 : Harpreet Brar to Liam Livingstone, Tossed up, around off, Liam skips down and drags it through mid-wicket for a single. 
10.1 : Harpreet Brar to Liam Livingstone, Around off, fuller, this is pushed to the off side. 
9.5 : Harpreet Brar is on! 
10.3 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Flatter this time, around off, knocked through mid-wicket for one. 
10.4 : Harpreet Brar to Liam Livingstone, Darted quicker, shorter too, around leg, LL looks to work this to the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pad. 
10.5 : Harpreet Brar to Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Brar serves this flatter again, around off, Liam Livingstone skips down, looks to tuck this to the leg side, but gets an inside edge, back on the pad and then to the off side. One taken. 
10.64 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, FOUR! Yashasvi Jaiswal ruins a good over from Brar with a boundary on the last ball. This is bowled in the arc, floated and fuller, on off, Yashasvi Jaiswal tonks this one over the bowler for a boundary. 100 up for Rajasthan too! 
11.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, Singh hurls it slower and shorter on the body, Liam Livingstone pulls this one to the left of deep square leg, where Nicholas Pooran runs in, but makes a meal of this, as he goes to throw. The ball slips out and falls. Two taken easily. 
0.0 : Bowling change. Arshdeep Singh is back on. 1/4 in his one over so far.
11.24 : Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, FOUR! Cheeky stuff! Livingstone has started off well! Around middle, on a length, Liam Livingstone shuffles across and just spoons this one over the keeper for a boundary. 
11.3 : Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, Good from Pooran in the deep, saves two for his side. A touch fuller, slower though, on the pads, Liam tucks this to deep backward square leg. Pooran runs to his right, slides, and stops the ball. Two taken.
11.46 : Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, SIX! WHOAAAA! That was BIG! The sound of the bat connecting with the ball let us all know how much of a clean strike that was! Around off, on a length too, Liam Livingstone smokes this one all the way over deep mid-wicket this time. Cracked. 
11.5 : Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, WIDE. Singh serves a full toss way outside off, Liam steps out and swings but misses. Wide signalled. 
Arshdeep Singh to Liam Livingstone, OUT! TAKEN! That is a stunning catch from Fabian Allen and Livingstone's inning has come to a sad end. He was looking very promising, but, a top catch means the end of the road for him in this game, with the blade. Singh bowls another slower ball, this is bowled around off, on a length, Livingstone waits for it and then smacks this to the deep mid-wicket region. Allen, in the deep, runs to his right, keeps his eyes on the ball, and dives to pouch this.
11.6 : Arshdeep Singh to Mahipal Lomror, Around off, pushed to the cover region. End of an eventful over.
12.1 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Flatter, on off, knocked to the on side for a run at deep mid-wicket.
0.0 : Mahipal Lomror walks in next.
12.2 : Harpreet Brar to Mahipal Lomror, Fuller, on middle, easily played through mid on for one more. 
12.3 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Another run as this is flicked through mid-wicket. 
12.4 : Harpreet Brar to Mahipal Lomror, Shortish, outside off, smashed through covers for just a run, though. 
12.5 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, On middle, Jaiswal drops this towards mid-wicket for another run. 
12.6 : Harpreet Brar to Mahipal Lomror, A fine over from Brar, just 6 singles off it! Around off and middle, fuller, milked through mid on for a single. 
13.1 : Adil Rashid to Mahipal Lomror, Just short of Mayank Agarwal in the deep! Fuller, tossed up this time, on middle, Yashasvi Jaiswal gets low and slog-sweeps it towards the deep mid-wicket region. Agarwal runs forward, dives, but the ball lands ahead of him and he collects it on the bounce. One taken. 
0.0 : Bowling change? Yup, Adil Rashid is brought back into the attack. The leggie has leaked 21 runs in his two overs so far. Can he redeem himself?
13.2 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Googly, outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal strides forward and looks to push but misses. KL Rahul takes the ball and whips the bails off but the batter's foot did not leave the crease. 
13.3 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Outside off, cut away to the point fielder this time. 
13.4 : Adil Rashid to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Floated this time, around off, pushed gently to covers for a run. 
13.56 : Adil Rashid to Mahipal Lomror, SIX! Cracking shot. Mahipal Lomror does not take long to get going. Clean strike too. Loopy, fuller on middle, Mahipal Lomror gets low and mows a slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket. 
13.66 : Adil Rashid to Mahipal Lomror, SIX! AGAIN! 14 from the over! Rashid serves this flatter, outside off, Mahipal Lomror uses the depth of the crease, goes back, and pumps this one hard over deep mid-wicket. 
14.1 : Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Around off, shortish, played late to the point fielder. 
0.0 : Will Harpreet Brar continue? Yes, KL Rahul has decided to persist with him.
14.2 : Riyan Parag is the new batsman.
Harpreet Brar to Yashasvi Jaiswal, OUT! CAUGHT! Oh, no! Agonizingly short of his half-century and Jaiswal cannot believe this. You could see that he went into his shell, looking for his fifty and he became conscious of the same, which proved to be his undoing. This is fired across the batsman at 96 kph, landing fuller around off, and skidding away. Yashasvi Jaiswal steps out and looks to flick, but closes the face of the bat early. The leading edge is induced and it goes to the left of
14.3 : Harpreet Brar to Riyan Parag, Riyan Parag gets off the mark by knocking this full ball down towards long off. 
14.4 : Harpreet Brar to Mahipal Lomror, On middle, Mahipal Lomror dances down and works this to long on for a run. 
14.5 : Harpreet Brar to Riyan Parag, Flatter, outside off, punched through mid off. The batters rotate the strike. 
14.6 : Harpreet Brar to Mahipal Lomror, A really good over by Brar! Just 4 from the over. Full toss, on middle, knocked through mid-wicket for one. 
15.26 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, SIX! Hooda is being taken to the cleaners here. He fires it flat and short around off, Mahipal Lomror advances down the track and spanks it over mid-wicket.
15.16 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, SIX! The spinners are under attack. Fuller and outside off, there is ample width for Lomror to free his arms and he dispatches it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
15.34 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, FOUR! Mahipal Lomror is on fire! Unstoppable. Hooda is feeling the pressure. Dishes out a full toss outside off, Mahipal shows no mercy and whacks it over extra cover.
15.4 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, A high full toss outside off, Mahipal Lomror runs down the track and slaps it over covers for a couple of runs. Not given a no ball because the batsman was down the track.
15.5 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, Another two. Too full in length and outside off, Mahipal Lomror drills his drive through extra cover. Smart running between the wickets.
15.64 : Deepak Hooda to Mahipal Lomror, FOUR! Finds the gap and the fence. 24 coming off this over and Rajasthan have stepped into the death overs in style. Very full from Hooda, wide outside off, Mahipal Lomror delays his shot a bit and squeezes it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. Lomror moves to 42 off just 15 balls.
16.1 : Mohammed Shami to Riyan Parag, A dot ball to begin the 17th over. Shami serves it on a length close to off, Riyan defends it from the crease to the off side.
0.0 : Strategic Time-Out! Rajasthan are on the charge here. They know that they can push and get closer to the 200-run mark and if they keep batting in the same way, then 200 should be no trouble. Mahipal Lomror is on fire and Riyan Parag will look to partner him well. Punjab have not had the best time but will look to reconsolidate and choke the batters in the last four overs. Mohammed Shami (2-0-14-0) is back into the attack. 
16.2 : Mohammed Shami to Riyan Parag, That's very wristy from Riyan. Attempts for a helicopter shot to this very full ball but this one rolls all along the ground to long on. Two runs taken.
Out walks Rahul Tewatia! 
16.3w : Mohammed Shami to Riyan Parag, OUT! Parag holes out! Not a bad result for Rajasthan with a few power-hitters waiting in the wings. Fullish and around off, Riyan Parag once again uses his wrists and attempts to whip it across the line. But he ends up mistiming his shot to long on where Aiden Markram takes a good catch over his head. Punjab would look to keep chipping away at the wickets to restrict Rajasthan's charge.
16.4 : Mohammed Shami to Rahul Tewatia, Very full and outside off, it's served from 'round the wicket, Rahul Tewatia drives but finds the cover fielder.
16.5 : Mohammed Shami to Rahul Tewatia, Shami switches to over the wicket and delivers it very full again, around off, Rahul digs it out down to mid off for one.
16.6 : Mohammed Shami to Mahipal Lomror, A yorker around off by Shami, this one is from 'round the wicket, Mahipal squeezes it out towards cover-point. A single is taken. Fantastic over by Shami, just 4 runs and a wicket from it.
16.5 : Bowling change? Yup. Arshdeep Singh is back on now. 2-0-19-2 so far. 
17.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Mahipal Lomror, Wide! That's a tight call from the umpire. Arshdeep begins with a very full ball and stays outside off, it's flirting with the tramline. Lomror allows it through.
Arshdeep Singh to Mahipal Lomror, OUT! Mahipal Lomror holes out and this is a body blow to Rajasthan at this stage. Arshdeep delivers it with full pace, around off at 134 clicks, Lomror tries to hammer it over long on but his shot lacks the desired distance. Yet another catch safely pouched by Aiden Markram in the deep. End of an entertaining knock from Mahipal! 
0.0 : The Saffa, Chris Morris strides out. 
17.2 : Arshdeep Singh to Rahul Tewatia, Wide! Very full and wide outside off, again flirting with the tramline. The batsman leaves it and it's wided.
Arshdeep Singh to Rahul Tewatia, Aims for a yorker but it turns out to be a low full toss outside off, Rahul Tewatia goes hard at it but fails to middle his shot. It comes off the toe end and rolls to mid off.
17.3 : Arshdeep Singh to Rahul Tewatia, Yorker and angling in around off, Rahul bunts it down to mid off and steals a single.
17.4 : Arshdeep Singh to Chris Morris, A fabulous over so far from Singh. Delivers it full and around off, Morris drives it through the line but finds covers.
17.5 : Arshdeep Singh to Chris Morris, Around off and middle, a full toss, Morris swings his bat across the line and sends it down to wide long on for a couple of runs.
17.6 : Arshdeep Singh to Chris Morris, Another brace for Morris. Still, a great over from Arshdeep. Slower one, short and wide outside off, Morris drags his attempted pull down to wide long on. 11 runs from the last two overs, Punjab have pulled things back smartly.
18.1w : Mohammed Shami to Rahul Tewatia, OUT! Stumps shattered! Fuller and straighter, at 138 kph, Rahul Tewatia hangs inside the crease and tries to whip it across the line. But he gets a thick inside edge onto the pads and the ball ricochets onto the stumps. Another big hitter is back in the hut for Rajasthan. They are losing the plot in the end overs.
0.0 : Chetan Sakariya is the new man in. 
18.2 : Mohammed Shami to Chetan Sakariya, Fullish and around leg, Chetan eases it off his pads to deep backward square leg and hands the strike to Morris.
18.3 : Mohammed Shami to Chris Morris, Serves it full and outside off, Morris drives it firmly down to long off, just a run.
18.4 : Mohammed Shami to Chetan Sakariya, Back of a length, around leg, Chetan Sakariya stands back and tucks it down to fine leg for one.
18.5w : Mohammed Shami to Chris Morris, OUT! Morris falls as well. Rajasthan have collapsed at the death. Fuller and around off, angling in, Morris aims to tower it into the stands at long on but gets more height than distance.  Aiden Markram gets underneath it in the deep and takes the skier safely. Anil Kumble is a happy man in the dugout. This is a great comeback from Punjab.
18.4 : Time for Kartik Tyagi to walk out! 
18.6 : Mohammed Shami to Chetan Sakariya, Very full and on middle, Chetan Sakariya drives it back to the bowler. What a spell from Shami, especially at the death! Only 3 runs from the penultimate over along with the big wicket of Chris Morris.
19.1 : Arshdeep Singh to Kartik Tyagi, Arshdeep serves it very full around leg, Kartik Tyagi tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to point and they collect a leg bye.
19.2 : Arshdeep Singh to Chetan Sakariya, A full toss outside off, Arshdeep gets away with it. Chetan Sakariya goes hard at it and manages only to push it off the inner half to long on. A single.
19.3 : Arshdeep Singh to Kartik Tyagi, Fullish and down the leg side, could have been a wide but Kartik clips it down to fine leg for a run.
19.44 : Arshdeep Singh to Chetan Sakariya, FOUR! That will help Rajasthan's total a bit. Fuller and around off, Chetan Sakariya steps back to make room and drills his drive through covers for a boundary. 
Mustafizur Rahman is the last man in! 
19.5w : Arshdeep Singh to Chetan Sakariya, OUT! Caught and bowled! Another wicket for Arshdeep, his fourth of the evening. This is his best bowling effort in the League. Slower one, a touch short and angling in around off, Chetan Sakariya turns inside the crease to heave it over the leg side but only manages a top edge. Arshdeep Singh runs across to his left and completes the catch easily.
19.6w : Arshdeep Singh to Kartik Tyagi, OUT! Arshdeep has five in the match! Top effort from him. A yorker around off at 132.1 kph, Kartik Tyagi has a big swing of his bat at it but he fails to dig it out and the stumps behind are destroyed. Rajasthan are all out on the final ball for 185!
Mahipal Lomror comes up for a quick chat! He starts by expressing his disappointment that he could not finish the job but overall he is happy with his batting. Tells that when he went to bat, their plan was to get to 200 and that was their target. Shares that he was attacking the ball falling in his area. Mentions that he has not changed his batting a lot but the confidence shown by the team management has helped him. Feels that 185 would be enough as they have some good bowlers in their ranks.
The openers of Rajasthan displayed their intent and the other batters followed suit, which is why the team in Pink has been able to post such a strong total. Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal were in an attacking mindset, right from ball one, as they stitched a 54-run stand, well inside the Powerplay, before Lewis departed. Sanju Samson fell for a cheap score but Jaiswal and Livingstone brought things back on track with a quickfire 48-run stand. The Englishman did not hang around for long t
Not the best bowling display by Punjab. They were under the pump for most of the innings but will be slightly happy with how they wrapped things up, as they did not allow the Rajasthan players to let loose and did well at that stage to take regular wickets. Their spinners struggled to strut their stuff, with the exception of Harpreet Brar, as they lacked rhythm and were sent all over the park. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh flexed their muscles as they bowled with authority and shared 8 wic
Right. 186 is what Punjab need to win. They have the tools required in the arsenal to chase this total down, but they will need to start with a bang. Rajasthan will not be too pleased with how they ended, but now, their bowlers have their work cut out for them. An exciting second essay awaits. Stay tuned for the run chase. 
A really good batting display by Rajasthan has seen them end on a total of 185! Though, they will be disappointed that they could not end things on a bright note as they lost the plot slightly towards the end and would feel that they are around 20-25 runs short of what they would have envisioned. Punjab pulled things back really nicely and walk back with a strut in their step. 6 wickets fell in the last 5 overs and that restricted Rajasthan's charge towards 200.
... RUN CHASE ...
The Rajasthan players are in a huddle at the moment.