Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five wickets in the 65th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Barsapara Stadium, here on Wednesday. PBKS chased down the modest total of 145 on the back of their captain Sam Curran, who excelled in pretty much all three departments on the field. RR vs PBKS Memes Go Viral After Rajasthan Royals' IPL 2024 Top-Two Chances Dented After Five-Wicket Loss Against Punjab Kings.

Avesh Khan’s over saw some life bounce back into the Sanju Samson led side as the ex-Delhi fast bowler took the wickets of Rilee Rossouw and Shashank Singh in the sixth over of the second innings to drag the side back into the game.

Just when it seemed that Punjab were on the verge of a collapse, in came captain Sam Curran who scored a valiant half century and went on to win the game for his side. Curran and Jitesh Sharma’s 63 run partnership added stability to their innings and put them in a favourable condition to win the game.

The Punjab Kings’ bowling attack was on point today from the very first over when Sam Curran bowled young Yashasvi Jaiswal out. What followed was an excellent display of bowling as the Royals were unable to find their footing in the game.

It was once again Riyan Parag whose attempts to rescue his side went in vain as the breakout star of this edition of the IPL’s 48 running innings went in vain.

On a night where none of the batsmen made a mark in the game, it was an unlikely ally in Ravichandran Ashwin who along with Parag stitched up a 50 run partnership to take the side to a respectable total.

RR vs PBKS Stat Highlights

# For the first time ever, KKR will finish first on the points table

# Sam Curran is the fifth cricketer to have 50-plus score & 2 wickets in an IPL match as captain

# RR has suffered joint-second most consecutive defeats in an IPL season (4*)

# PBKS has now lost the fourth-most wickets in the Powerplay in IPL 2024 (28)

# RR has the second most wickets in the powerplay this season (24)

#The lowest score defended this season (full 20-over game) is 163/5 by LSG against GT in Lucknow (KKR had defended 157/7 against MI in a rain-shortened game at the Eden Gardens)

# Harshal Patel now has the most wickets in death overs (16)

# Riyan Parag is the fourth cricketer to have 500-plus runs from No.4 or below in an IPL season

# Riyan Parag has now crossed 500 runs in IPL 2024. This is the first instance of two RR batters aggregating 500 or more in a single IPL season (Samson being the other with 504)

#RR has the joint-fourth lowest score at the 10-over mark in IPL 2024 (58/3)

# RR has hit the second lowest sixes hit in powerplay in IPL 2024 (17*).  Viral Moments From RR vs PBKS IPL 2024 Match: Rilee Rossouw's Boundary Line Catch, Trent Boult's Reaction to Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Ashwin's Cameo and Other Highlights From Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Match.

The Royals are in a bit of a pickle as Wednesday’s result was their fourth consecutive defeat and anything but a win against league leaders, KKR could see them lose out on a second-place finish with both SRH and CSK possessing a superior run rate.

(With Inputs From IANS)

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