Punjab Kings advanced to the final of the Indian Premier League in 2014, but it has been nine successive years ever since that the northern franchise has made an exit at the league stage. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals managed to uphold their prospects of qualifying to the playoffs with a tight win, getting home with a Dhruv Jurel six and finishing their league stage with 14 points.
The pitch at Dharamsala has been friendly to batters. So, Rajasthan Royals fancied their chances of overhauling the total. While the early departure of Jos Buttler doesn’t help their cause, Devdutt Padikkal led the initial charge, hitting two sixes and a four off Kagiso Rabada inside the PowerPlay. Yashasvi Jaiswal too notched up a 36-ball fifty as Rajasthan Royals inched closer to the target.
Hetmyer’s crisp ball-striking through the offside stood out as RR applied the finishing touches to their pursuit, with Dhruv Jurel quashing the jitters in the camp with a six.
The @rajasthanroyals stay alive in the season courtesy of a remarkable chase 🙌#RR clinch a 4-wicket victory in Dharamsala 👏🏻👏🏻
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/3cqivbD81R #TATAIPL | #PBKSvRR pic.twitter.com/rXvH1o0uf1
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2023