PBKS set a 198 runs target for RR in IPL 2023 match

In the 8th game of IPL 2023, Punjab Kings (PBKS) were playing against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Barsapara Stadium. RR won the toss and decided to bowl first. PBKS started their innings with Prabhsimran Singh and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting. Trent Boult was the bowler for RR to start the proceedings. PBKS set a 198 runs target for RR losing 4 wickets in the match of RR vs PBKS.

PBKS set a 198 runs target for RR
PBKS set a 198 runs target for RR

At the end of the first over, PBKS scored seven runs with no loss of wickets. PBKS continued their good start and finished the power play with 63 runs without losing any wickets. Prabhsimran was the main aggressor, scoring 45 runs in 23 balls, while Dhawan scored 14 runs in 13 balls.

Fall of First Wicket: Prabhsimran Singh departs

In the ninth over of the innings, Jason Holder took the wicket of Prabhsimran Singh for 60 runs in 34 balls. Bhanuka Rajapaksa came in to bat at number three but was forced to retire hurt in the 10th over due to an injury sustained from a ball hit by Dhawan.

Jitesh Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan continue the innings

Jitesh Sharma came in for batting, and PBKS managed to score 92 runs at the end of the 10th over, losing only one wicket. Dhawan was still at the crease, batting at 27 runs off 25 balls, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa had scored just one run in his brief stay at the crease.

Shikhar Dhawan's Unbeaten 86
Shikhar Dhawan’s Unbeaten 86

In the 16th over, Jitesh Sharma was caught out by Yuzvendra Chahal for 27 runs in 16 balls, and Sikandar Raza was out for just one run in two balls to Ashwin. Sam Curran came in for batting and scored one run in two balls. At the end of the innings, Dhawan remained not out on 86 runs off 56 balls.

RR needs 198 runs to win

PBKS finished their innings with a total score of 197 runs for the loss of four wickets, giving RR a target of 198 runs to win. Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for RR, taking two wickets, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin took one wicket each.

Conclusion: PBKS set a 198 runs target for RR

PBKS managed to score a challenging total of 197 runs for the loss of four wickets. Shikhar Dhawan was the top scorer for PBKS, scoring an unbeaten 86 runs. RR will have to chase a target of 198 runs to win the match, and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the strong PBKS bowling attack.

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