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RR's top-two hopes dashed yet again, Punjab Kings seal victory

RR's top-two hopes dashed yet again, Punjab Kings seal victory

Guwahati, May 15 (UNI) The Rajasthan Royals (RR) faced yet another setback in their pursuit of securing a top-two spot in the ongoing cricket extravaganza, suffering their fourth consecutive defeat today. Despite already securing a playoff berth, RR's recent string of losses has raised concerns about their form and momentum.
In a match marked by fluctuating fortunes, the Punjab Kings emerged victorious, continuing their impressive streak on the road.
RR's struggles were evident from the outset as they struggled to build momentum, eventually setting a modest target of 144 runs, courtesy of disciplined bowling from the Punjab Kings on a sluggish pitch. Despite a promising start in the bowling innings, with Punjab Kings at 48/4, Captain Sam Curran's resilient innings, unbeaten at 63, supported by Ashutosh Sharma (17 not out), steered the Punjab Kings to victory.
Punjab Kings' ability to perform under pressure, especially away from home, has been instrumental in their success this season. Meanwhile, RR finds themselves in a challenging position, needing to regain their winning form swiftly.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, RR's innings got off to a shaky start with opener Yashasvi Jaiswal's early departure, setting the tone for a challenging batting display. Despite efforts from Sanju Samson and Kohler-Cadmore to stabilize the innings, RR struggled to boost the run rate significantly.
While Riyan Parag and Ravichandran Ashwin provided some resistance, with Parag's notable 48 off 34 balls, including six boundaries, RR faced another collapse after Ashwin's dismissal.
Ultimately, RR fell short of expectations, managing to cross the 140-run mark, with Punjab Kings' bowlers, including Curran, Harshal Patel, and Rahul Chahar, claiming crucial wickets to restrict RR's scoring opportunities.
With this defeat, RR faces an uphill battle in their quest for a top-two finish, while Punjab Kings' victory strengthens their position in the league, showcasing their prowess under pressure. UNI BDN AKS

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