Sanju Samson's breathtaking hundred on his captaincy debut went in vain as young pacer Arshdeep Singh held his nerve in the final over to help Punjab Kings pull off a thrilling four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring IPL game in Mumbai on Monday. Samson finished with the highest score by a Royals' batsman, becoming the first in the IPL to score a century on captaincy debut, and his third in the tournament. He was dropped on 12 by KL Rahul off Arshdeep Singh. KL Rahul's calm and composed knock, aided by Deepak Hooda's belligerent hitting, helped Punjab Kings post 221 in the allotted 20 overs.
The major issue that plagued the Royals in the previous edition apart from instability in the XI were top order failures, resulting in excessive pressure on the middle order, and death bowling. Despite the Royals attempting to fix the concern by roping in a slew of all-rounders who provide options aplenty, and signing a highly-skilled death bowler in Mustafizur Rahman, they still conceded 60 runs in the last five overs. Earlier, RR won the toss and elected to field. Rahul top-scored with 91 off 40 balls while Deepak Hooda smashed 64 off 28. IPL debutant Chetan Sakariya was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers with three wickets for 31 runs in four overs.