IPL 2023: Nerveless Raza gives Punjab last-ball win in ‘Battle of the Kings’

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Sikandar Raza’s last-ball heroics helped Punjab Kings beat Chennai Super Kings by four wickets in an Indian Premier League thriller at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

Needing three runs off the final ball, the Zimbabwe batter pulled to the vacant square leg area and ran three with Shahrukh Khan to reach 201-6 as Punjab won the “Battle of the Kings” for their fifth win of the season.

Choosing to bat first, Chennai had scored 200-4 thanks to Conway’s 92 not out off 52 balls. Punjab’s chase was propelled by 42 from opener Prabhsimran Singh and Liam Livingstone’s 40 off 24 balls.

Afterwards Raza said that they won the game against Chennai Super Kings by running like hell.

Speaking after the game, Raza said coming from a Zimbabwean culture, he puts more emphasis on winning rather than individual performances.

Raza scored 13 runs off 7 deliveries and ran three runs on the last ball of the innings to win the match for his side.

“Everytime you win a match for your team it’s a good feeling. Coming from the Zimbabwe culture, we put more emphasis on winning rather than individual performances,” said Raza.

He also touched upon the discussion that took place in the Punjab Kings  camp ahead of the final delivery when they needed three runs to win, saying maybe the dugout was looking to retire one of the batters for the last ball, to get in a better runner.

“I was just looking at a lot of arms being raised in the dressing room. No idea. Maybe it was about retiring one of the guys. I don’t know. We said we were one boundary away from run a ball (in the final over), and if we can’t get that, we’ll run well,” Raza added.

Raza said his side won the match by running like hell, while adding that Liam Livingstone changed the game for them in the 16th over. Livingstone hit Tushar Deshpande for three sixes to turn the tide of the game.

“We won by running like hell. I think that over Livingstone changed the game for us and we could never look back. Jitesh did his bit. I also did my bit and targeted the bigger boundary. Tried to hit 4 and 6 but was not succeeding at all,” said Raza.

After defeating Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings will turn their attention towards Mumbai Indians, with the two sides set to lock horns at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on May 3.

 

 

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