Dhruv Jurel becomes the new Impact Player and Shahrukh’s dismissal stands out in the RR vs PBKS IPL 2023 match on April 5. Thummalapalli Nithya brings to you the match highlights
The eighth match in IPL 2023, between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), was played in Barsapara Stadium in Assam. RR won the toss and has elected to field. PBKS’s opening batsmen kickstarted with an appreciable run rate. The team managed a total of 197 runs in 20 overs. Prabhsimran Singh scored 60 runs from 34. Shikhar Dhawan clocked a massive 86 from just 56 balls and remained not out. Srilankan player Bhanuka Rajapaksha had to return to the stands with a forearm injury. Jitesh Sharma and Shahrukh Khan did a cameo, scoring 26 and 11 runs. RR fielding, on the other hand, is something to talk about. The combination of Jason Holder and Jos Buttler worked out well for RR. This duo has dismissed in-form youngsters Prabhsimran and Shahrukh. The dismissal Catch of Shahrukh Khan stood out to be the ‘active catch of the match’.
Rajasthan Royals, In the second innings, started the chase on not a very good note. The team lost three wickets in the power play. Sanju Samson has missed a half-century and scored only 42 runs. Openers and middle-order batsmen struggled to stay on the pitch with few boundaries here and there. Shimron Hetmeyer came to the rescue and helped the team to give a decent fight. Impact player Dhruv Jurel showered the stadium with boundaries in the nineteenth over. Both the players build a partnership of 50 runs just before the run out of Hetmeyer.
Punjab did a great job last night in both scoring and defending. PBKS bagged their second victory by five runs and got their two points. Rajasthan had given a decent chase by scoring 192 runs in 20 overs. Special appreciation to the young batsman Dhruv Jurel for fighting until the last ball.