Credit: BCCI/IPL

Credit: BCCI/IPL

Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Punjab Kings (PBKS) by four wickets in a thrilling match to keep their playoff hope alive in the IPL 2023. PBKS posted 187/5 in 20 overs with the help of good innings from Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma, and Shahrukh Khan. Among RR bowlers, Navdeep Saini picked key wickets of Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, and Jitesh Sharma to end with figures of 3/40 in four overs.

RR chased down 188 runs in the second innings with the help of fifties from Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Devdutt Padikkal while Shimron Hetmyer played a stellar knock by scoring 46 runs from just 28 balls. Riyan Parag smashed two back-to-back sixes off the final over bowled by Kagiso Rabada and at the end, Dhruv Jurel finished off the proceedings for RR in the 20th over of the game.

Numbers and Stats from PBKS vs RR game: 

3/40 -
Navdeep Saini recorded his best bowling figures (3/40) in the IPL.

Navdeep Saini's bowling figures in IPL:
3/40 vs PBKS in Dharamsala, 2023

2/24 vs DC in Bengaluru, 2019
2/25 vs SRH in Dubai, 2020

3 - PBKS became the third team to get eliminated from the IPL 2023 officially. Overall, PBKS qualified for IPL playoffs only two times (2008, 2014) in 16 seasons. 

5 - Jos Buttler became the first batsman to record five ducks in an IPL season.

Jos Buttler ducks in IPL 2023:
0(5) vs GT in Ahmedabad
0(2) vs RCB in Bengaluru
0(3) vs KKR in Kolkata
0(2) vs RCB in Jaipur
0(4) vs PBKS in Dharamsala

7 -
Trent Boult became the seventh bowler to pick 50 IPL wickets in powerplay overs itself.

Most wickets for a bowler in powerplay overs of the IPL:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 60
Sandeep Sharma - 55
Umesh Yadav - 53
Zaheer Khan - 52
Deepak Chahar - 50
Ishant Sharma - 50 
Trent Boult - 50

28 -
Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 28 runs off an over in the first innings during the penultimate over of the game.

Most runs conceded by Yuzvendra Chahal in an over of the IPL match:
28 vs PBKS in Dharamsala, 2023 

24 vs KKR in Kolkata, 2014
22 vs CSK in Pune, 2018
22 vs MI in Dubai, 2020

73 - Sam Curran and Shahrukh Khan had an unbeaten 73-run partnership for the sixth wicket in this match. 

Highest 6th (or) lower wicket partnership for PBKS in the IPL:
Sam Curran-Shahrukh Khan: 73* vs RR in Dharamsala, 2023

KL Rahul-Harpreet Brar: 61* vs RCB in Ahmedabad, 2021
David Miller-Axar Patel:  59 vs SRH in Hyderabad, 2015 

625 - Yashasvi Jaiswal has recorded 625 runs in the IPL 2023 which is the most for any uncapped player in a single IPL season.

Most runs by an uncapped player in a single IPL season:
Yashasvi Jaiswal - 625 in 2023

Shaun Marsh - 616 in 2008
Ishan Kishan - 516 in 2020