Sanju Samson does an MS Dhoni in a sensational run out to end Liam Livingstone's knock in PBKS vs RR IPL match | Crickit
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Sanju Samson does an MS Dhoni in a sensational run out to end Liam Livingstone's knock in PBKS vs RR IPL match

Apr 13, 2024 11:58 PM IST

PBKS vs RR, IPL 2024: Sanju Samson pulled off a brilliant run out in MS Dhoni-style to send back Liam Livingstone.

Sanju Samson had an interesting day behind the wickets. Twice, he bumped into a teammate trying to take a catch which was never his. He succeeded in the first attempt that sent back Atharva Taide but missed the catch of Punjab Kings batter Ashutosh Sharma, which cost Rajasthan Royals 19 runs. But in the previous ball, he had pulled off an MS Dhoni-style run out to put an end to Liam Livingstone's innings.

Sanju Samson running out Liam Livingstone
Sanju Samson running out Liam Livingstone

It was not exactly a no-look runout as Samson briefly glanced at the stumps while flicking it back but it was a sensational one nonetheless. It transpired in the 18th over of the PBKS innings. RR leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal fired one full and straight, Ashutosh clipped it towards the on-side and started running. Livingstone, the non-striker, was haring down and wanted to come back for the second run but was sent back by Ashutosh.

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Debutant Tanush Kotiyan collected the ball quickly and fired the throw towards the striker's end. It was not exactly an accurate one but that's where Samson came into the picture. He grabbed the throw and flicked it back onto the stumps. Replays found Livingstone short of his crease.

Pacer Avesh (2/34) and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (2/23) did not allow any breathing space to Kings’ batters after Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson opted to field first.

Ashutosh Sharma (31, 16b), Jitesh Sharma (29, 24b) and Liam Livingstone (21, 14b) tried to force the pace but Punjab needed more than those pretty little cameos.

But the Kings had a rather quick start to their innings with 26 runs coming in the first three overs as Atharva Taide, who came in for injured skipper Shikhar Dhawan, hammered a couple of fours off pacer Kuldeep Sen.

However, the brakes were soon applied as Taide’s mistimed pull off pacer Avesh Khan ended in the hands of Sen inside the circle.

Thereafter the Punjab batters struggled to muster any sort of momentum on a pitch that gripped a bit, especially for left-arm spinner Maharaj and leg-spinner Chahal.

However, a slice of credit should also go to veteran pacer Trent Boult who conceded just 15 runs in his three power play overs, a stage when the pitch was still fine for batting.

The last three power play overs could only fetch 10 runs for Kings as they ended that passage with a modest 38 for one.

In the next five overs, the hosts struggled to hit even one boundary as they laboured to 53 for four in 10 overs, losing Jonny Bairstow, stand-in-skipper Sam Curran and Prabhsimran Singh, all consumed by the combination of a slow deck and accurate spinners.

Curran’s dismissal was the most telltale example of that.

The left-hander failed to impart power or timing to his pull off Maharaj as the ball got even slower after pitching. Dhruv Jurel latched on to a tumbling catch while running in from deep mid-wicket.

Their biggest hope on the day could have been the range-hitting ability of in-form Shahshank Singh but a feeble pull off Sen could not progress beyond Jurel at mid-wicket.

With the cream of top-order back in the hut without any significant contribution, the PBKS required some hefty hand from Livingstone and Jitesh to get to even a par score.

Sharma showed some intent too, clobbering Chahal for a gorgeously timed six over extra over, and later sent Sen for a six to the straight fence before getting out to Avesh.

Livingstone, who creamed Sen for a six and four off successive balls through mid-wicket, and Ashutosh, who smoked Avesh for two sixes in the 19th over, helped PBKS add 61 runs in the last five overs, but their effort came a wee bit late.

(With PTI inputs)

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