Rajasthan Royals' IPL Records and Stats against Punjab Kings

Sanju Samson and Co. suffered a heartbreaking defeat by three wickets in a last-ball thriller - their first of the season.

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) were soaring high in the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but Gujarat Titans (GT) halted their momentum in the last game. Sanju Samson and Co. suffered a heartbreaking defeat by three wickets in a last-ball thriller - their first of the season. However, they still top the points table with four wins and look like a strong contender for the title.

RR's next match is against Punjab Kings (PBKS), who are currently eighth in the points table. The inaugural champions will aim to get back on track when they clash at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur, Chandigarh on April 13. But the home team has put up some serious fights with the bat in their last two matches – winning one of them - and RR will be aware of the threat. 

Both teams have been part of the league since its inception in 2008 and have shared some intense rivalry since then. They faced each other in 26 matches, with Royals winning 15 matches compared to PBKS's 11. The two met twice last year and shared a win each. 

Let’s take a look at RR IPL Stats and Records against PBKS:

Total Matches Played 26
Rajasthan Royals Won 15
Punjab Kings Won 11

Top Run Scorers for RR against PBKS

Looking at their head-to-head stats, Sanju Samson has scored the most runs for RR in this rivalry. In 17 matches against PBKS, the RR captain accumulated 596 runs including a century and two fifties. Former RR player Ajinkya Rahane is second on the list with 373 runs, followed by opening batter Jos Buttler with 325 runs.

Also Check: Most Runs in IPL 2024 

Top Wicket-Takers for RR against PBKS

It is quite fascinating that none of the current RR bowlers are in the top five in the list of highest wicket-takers against PBKS. Right-arm pacer Siddharth Trivedi tops the list with 11 scalps. Former West Indies all-rounder Kevon Cooper is second with nine wickets and Australia’s James Faulkner follows him with eight wickets.

RR's highest total against PBKS in IPL history

Royals recorded their highest-ever total against PBKS in Match 9 of the 2020 season in Sharjah. Chasing a massive total of 224, Sanju Samson’s match-winning 42-ball 85 helped them cross the finish line with three balls to spare. Tom Curran finished the match with a boundary and the scoreboard read 226/6.

RR’s lowest total against PBKS in IPL history

Royals’ lowest total against Punjab was in the 2009 season in Newlands, Cape Town. They were restricted to 112/7 while chasing a mere target of 140. RR were 42-6 in 8.4 overs but Ravindra Jadeja (37) and Shane Warne (34) pulled them out of embarrassment.

Also Check: Most Wickets in IPL 2024 

RR’s IPL Records and Milestones against PBKS

3. Highest successful run chase in IPL history

The 224 runs that RR chased down in Sharjah in 2020 to record their highest-ever total against PBKS is the highest successful chase in IPL history. Royals scored 86 runs in the last five overs of their innings, which is the highest in a successful chase and second highest in all chases.

2. 5th highest individual score with 0 fours

In the above-mentioned historic match, former RR finisher Rahul Tewatia scored 53 runs without a single four. This is the 5th highest individual score in the IPL with 0 fours. The southpaw hit a total of seven sixes, the second-highest in IPL history. He hit five sixes in an over, which is the most sixes in an over in an IPL innings.

1. Highest individual score against PBKS

Sanju Samson almost pulled off a thrilling win for Royals against PBKS in the 4th match of IPL 2021. He scored 119 runs off 63 balls but failed to clear the boundary off the last ball, resulting in their loss by four runs. It is the highest individual score against PBKS and the joint third-highest individual score as captain in IPL history. It is the joint-highest individual score as captain in a chase and the joint-second-highest individual score in all chases in IPL. It is also the third-highest individual score in a losing cause. 

 

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