Skipper Sanju Samson, who scored 119 off 63 balls, took the sport deep, however could not assist RR attain the goal of 222 set by PBKS, who claimed a slim 4-run win in a high-scoring recreation on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday (April 12).
Apart from the skipper, youngsters Parag and Sakariya additionally had good outings, and Sangakkara was stuffed with reward for the duo beginning with the batting knock from the previous.
“Riyan is a special player, as you would have seen. He has got amazing hand speed, great composure and (Mohammed) Shami with his experience took a risk bowling a bumper at that time, and Riyan just didn’t get enough bat on it.
“That is the character of the sport, that’s threat and reward, and I really like watching Riyan play with that freedom and whenever you play with freedom typically wickets do fall.
“Riyan and Sanju were both having a wonderful partnership and got us into the game, with batters to come to try and finish it. I am really encouraged by the passion and commitment showed by all the younger players.”
Parag added 52 runs with skipper Sanju Samson on option to his 11-ball 25, which was studded with three sixes, whereas Sakariya, making his debut, claimed three wickets and additionally took an excellent catch.
“He (Sakariya) was just brilliant, his skill was on display but it was really wonderful to watch a bowler in such a high-scoring match, always smiling, always in the game, he took an amazing catch at short-fine leg.
“He managed to come back again and bowl with the brand new ball and then he bowled on the depth when everybody was taking punishment, so it speaks rather a lot about his talent, his perspective and it’s nice to have him within the facet.”
It has been a tough phase for Sakariya whose younger brother committed suicide in January while he was playing at the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Son of a tempo driver, Sakariya was among the wickets in the tournament and was picked up by Rajasthan for Rs 1.2 crore in the mini auction.
“He is an easy man, and he is had ups and downs in life and he is right here to get pleasure from his cricket and our job is to assist that and it is actually good to see the management that he had and the change-ups and picked the moments to bowl them,” Sangakkara said.
“He’ll get higher and issues will get more durable when batsmen get used to him and analysing a bit extra, however I believe Chetan is a younger man who I believe could have a really, excellent future.”
Royals will subsequent face Delhi Capitals within the IPL 2021 on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday (April 15).
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