After being put to bat first, Punjab Kings posted a big total of 221/6 with the help of KL Rahul's 91 and Deepak Hooda's quickfire 50. RR while chasing, lost early wickets but Samson's outstanding knock kept the Punjab bowlers at bay. However, despite a herculean effort from Samson in his captaincy debut, RR ended up losing the game by a margin of just 4 runs. Youngster Arshdeep Singh kept his calm and defended 13 runs in the last over. Here are some of the important stats after the game.
3 - Sanju Samson has recorded 3 centuries in IPL which is the second most for an Indian player. Only Virat Kohli is ahead of him with 5 centuries in IPL among Indian players.
2017 - 102 for DC vs RPS
2019 - 102* for RR vs SRH
2021 - 119 for RR vs PBKS*
20 - Deepak Hooda scored 50 runs from just 20 balls, which is the 4th fastest fifty for Punjab Kings in IPL.
Fastest 50 for Punjab Kings in IPL
KL Rahul - 14 balls vs DC in 2018
N.Pooran - 17 balls vs SRH in 2020
KL Rahul - 19 balls vs CSK in 2019
D.Miller - 19 balls vs RR in 2014
D.Hooda - 20 balls vs RR in 2021*
2000 - KL Rahul became only the 2nd player to score 2000 runs for Punjab Kings in IPL and Sanju Samson became only the 3rd player to score 2000 runs for Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
119 - Sanju Samson's 119 is the highest score for a captain on his IPL debut.
Highest score in IPL on captaincy debut
Sanju Samson - 119 vs PBKS, 2021*
Shreyas Iyer - 93* vs DC, 2018
Kieron Pollard - 83 vs PBKS, 2019
500 - Chris Gayle became only the 5th player to smash 500+ runs against RR in IPL.
Most runs vs RR in IPL
AB de Villiers - 648
Suresh Raina - 609
Shikhar Dhawan - 547
Chris Gayle - 539*
Dinesh Karthik - 519
7 - Sanju Samson became only the 7th captain to score a hundred in IPL.
Captains scoring hundred in IPL
Sachin Tendulkar (2011)
Virender Sehwag (2011)
Adam Gilchrist (2011)
Virat Kohli (2016 & 2019)
David Warner (2017)
KL Rahul (2020)
Sanju Samson (2021)*
2 - This is only the 2nd instance where an IPL hundred ended up in a losing cause.
Hundreds in losing cause while chasing in IPL
Y.Pathan - 100(37) vs MI, 2010
S.Samson - 119(63) vs PBKS, 2021*