Sam Karan misses out on a half-century. (IPL Photo)
Hospice: Punjab Kings, batting first in the match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday, scored 187 runs losing five wickets. Rajasthan had given initial shocks to Punjab and it seemed that this team would not be able to reach even a respectable score. But the game shown by Sam Karan and Shah Rukh Khan in the last two overs helped Punjab reach this score. Punjab got 46 runs in the last two overs.
Sam Karan, however, missed his second half-century this season and returned unbeaten on 49 runs. Karan is the most expensive player of IPL. Punjab bought him for 18.50 crores. Whereas Shahrukh is the most expensive uncapped Indian. Punjab bought him in IPL-2023 for nine crores.
Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson gave the 19th over to Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal got 28 runs in this over. On the first ball of this over, Shah Rukh hit a four and a six on the second ball. After that the next ball was wide. Then Shahrukh took a single. Sam Karan hit a six on the fourth ball and did the same on the fifth ball. Karan again hit a four on the last ball. In this way, 28 runs came in this over.
Bolt came for the last over. Bolt is the best bowler. But Shah Rukh Khan beat him fiercely. In this over, Shahrukh did not allow Karan to play a single ball and that is why he could not make Fifty. Shahrukh hit a four on the first ball. No run came on the second ball. Two runs came on the third ball. A six came on the fourth ball and a four on the fifth. Shahrukh took two runs on the last ball. Total 18 runs in this over.
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Together these two batsmen faced 37 balls and scored 73 runs. Karan had earlier shared a 64-run partnership with Jitesh Sharma. Karan scored an unbeaten 49 off 31 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Shahrukh Khan scored an unbeaten 41 off 23 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Apart from these two, Jitesh Sharma scored 44 runs in 28 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.