Rajasthan Royals (RR) suffered a heartbreaking loss yesterday as they almost pulled off a stunning 222-run chase before falling short by 4 runs. Earlier, Punjab Kings (PBKS) had scored 221 runs thanks to two stunning half-centuries from skipper KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. Both the batters had made merry by taking apart the RR bowling that looked clueless apart from an impressive spell by debutant Chetan Sakariya.
In the chase, RR lost their openers quickly and Jos Buttler did not last long as well. It was left on skipper Sanju Samson to deliver and deliver he did. He came up with a knock for the ages as he scored a century and almost single-handedly took his side home. He had good support from Riyan Parag in a quick-fire partnership that seemed to turn the tide in RR’s favour before Arshdeep Singh‘s last over rescued it for PBKS.
Riyan Parag criticizes himself; deletes tweet
Riyan Parag had a good day on the field yesterday as he shone with both bat and ball. With the ball, he dismissed the dangerous Chris Gayle by having him heave one to long-on where Ben Stokes took the catch. Later, with the bat, he looked to be on song as he kept finding the boundaries at will in a lively 11-ball stay where he scored 25 runs. He was however, dismissed by Mohammed Shami who had him caught off a bouncer by the wicket-keeper.
After the match, Parag came up with a tweet saying, “Im shit (sic)“. This tweet went viral very soon and the youngster realized that it was probably not the right thing to say and therefore, deleted it soon after.
The young Parag received plenty of consolatory messages after the tweet with many applauding him for his efforts. At just 19 years of age, it is evident that Parag has a long way to go and yesterday was just a small proof of how bright a future he has.