Rajasthan Royals defeat Kings XI Punjab

Rajasthan Royals defeat Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab, who has already secured third place in the table, will meet Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, to claim a place in the playoffs.

Overall, Rajasthan will be hoping for a win against Punjab at home as two of the three victories have come here. Kings XI never recovered from that over as they continued to leak wickets after that. Jofra Archer bowled at an excess of 145 on more than one ocassion and troubled Chris Gayle.

Stokes gained a modicum of revenge when Agarwal thudded his short ball to deep backward square leg in the fifth over of Kings XI's reply, shortly after Archer had Chris Gayle (eight) pouched at point by Samson.

KXIP will be happy to play RR again as in the last match they won beautifully and Rajasthan, on the other hand looked way too weak. He scored his 50 and then switched gears towards the end.

Opener KL Rahul is pretty much carrying Kings XI's batting on his shoulders.

"We need to learn from this, it's our ninth game, the bowlers are doing well but the batsmen, including me, haven't performed well enough".

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Skipper Ajinkya Rahane would himself look to score some quick runs and inspire his success-starved players. In addition to Krunal's unbeaten 31, Hardik Pandya chipped in for the Indians with 23 from 13 deliveries.

During the 2015 ODI World Cup, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was praised for using his strike bowlers through the middle overs to pick up wickets, instead of holding them back for the later stages of the innings. And he justified that with a half-century. None of them could found a way to dismiss the swashbuckling opener as he clobbered seven fours and three sixes during his 54-ball innings. The Rajasthan skipper was way too early into his flick shot and ended up ballooning an edge to Nath at extra cover. Ajinkya Rahan followed soon and Royals were in a bit of a trouble. On a wicket that was gripping and turning, the pair could only manage 35 runs in the space of six overs (8th to 13th).

Apart from Butler, Sanju Samson played an important 22-run knock.

For Rajasthan Royals, the equation can not get any simpler now. Samson caught the ball close to the turf, and claimed it instantly.

It was another poor day in the office with the bat for Ben Stokes, putting even more pressure on Buttler to deliver. Buttler came dancing down the track to send the second delivery into orbit, but the wily Mujeeb sent in the googly and Rahul was quick to take off the bails as all Buttler could connect with was air.

With all their recognised batsmen back in the hut, Royals could not get a big finish.

The Royals later lost Stuart Binny but as the Royals looked like making a comeback into the game, Tye bounced back with three wickets in the final over to restrict the opposition. The tailenders could only take them past 150.