IPL 2018, KXIP vs RR: Rahul strengthens claim to make Kings XI Punjab knockout placeMujib Ur Rahman and Andrew Ti’s excellent bowling also played a key role in defeating Rajasthan Royals by six wickets. KL Rahul performed spectacular batting at Indore on Sunday. The opener continued to maintain himself on the crease despite falling wickets and ended up the match. Thanks to his half century, Kings XI Punjab strengthened their claim of making the Knockout place by defeating Rajasthan Royals by six wickets in the Indian Premier League.
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With this victory, Punjab’s team has reached the third position with 12 points from six games in nine games. This is the sixth defeat in the Royals’ nine games and the team is running at number six with six points and its knockout is becoming increasingly difficult.
Chasing Rajasthan Royals’ target of 153 runs, Punjab scored an easy victory in Rahul’s 54 balls with three sixes and seven fours, and 84 not out, the best IPL innings of 184 over, in 15.4 runs in four wickets. Rahul also made an unbroken partnership of 68 runs for the fifth wicket with 50 and Marcus Steinis (23 not out from 16 balls, two fours, one six) for the third wicket with Karun Nair (31).
Earlier, the team of Rajasthan Royals could score only 152 runs on nine wickets in front of Mujib ur Rahim (three wickets for 27 runs) and Andrew Ti (two wickets for 24 runs). Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel (one wicket away 21) and off-spinner and captain Ravichandran Ashwin (one wicket for 30 runs) also bowled effectively. Opener Joyce Butler top scored with 51 runs from Royals. Apart from them, Sanju Samson (28) and Shreyas Gopal (24) are able to cross the 20-run mark.
Punjab did not start well
The Punjab team’s start to chase the target was poor and the team could only manage 34 runs for two wickets in Power Play. Opener Lokesh Rahul scored three fours in the over to Krishnappa Gautam But Joe Fraser caught Chris Gayle (08) at Samson’s hands at point. In the next over of Ben Stokes, Mayank Agarwal (02) also caught Rahul Tripathi at long leg, which helped the team score 29 runs on two wickets. Rahul and Nair then reached the score of 50 in the eighth over.
Nayar hit the first six of the innings on Shreyas Gopal Nayar also hit a six off the last over, but he got bowled in the same over of this fast bowler. He faced 23 balls and hit two sixes and two fours.
Rahul reached the target
Gautam then removed Akshar Patel (04) and Punjab scored 87 runs for the loss of four wickets. Stoney’s hit sixes in Gopal and then on the Jaydev Unadkat, the team scored 100 runs in the 15th over.
Punjab needed 51 runs in the last five overs to win. Rahul completed half-century in 44 balls with a six off the extra cover on Archer. Stonis also chaired this over. Rahul hit sixes in consecutive balls in the 18th over of Unadkat and reduced the gap between the ball and the ball with the fours. Rahul, in the next over, brought a six off the arch and then chaos and brought the team to the goal.
Royals innings faltering at the start
Earlier, Punjab captain Ashwin invited the Royals to bat first. Darcy Short (2) failed and caught by Ashwin in the first ball of the first over, caught by Ti on mid-wicket. Butler put three boundaries on Ankit Rajput (one wicket for 37 runs) but left-handed spinner Akhtar caught Rohit’s captain Ajinkya Rahane (05) caught by Gayle for 35 runs in two wickets. Royals scored 45 runs for two wickets in Power Play.
Sanju Samson scored 28 runs
In the seventh over of the Ashwin innings, the umpire paused Butler, but on receiving the DRS, the third umpire overturned the decision of the field umpire, as the ball was not bouncing on the wickets. Sanju Samson hit six and fours in this over of Ashwin. Butler and Samson brought the team’s score to 81 runs in two overs in 10 overs. Tie Samson, caught by Karun Nair in deep square leg, ended his 49-run partnership with Butler. Samson scored 28 runs in 23 balls.
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Ben Stokes failed once more and after scoring just 12 runs, Mujib’s ball returned to the pavilion. Stokes tried to play a big shot, but Mayank Agarwal caught on the long off, but due to the deterioration of the balance, he was going out of the boundary and he bowled the ball towards Manoj Tiwary, who converted it into a catch. Butler completed the half-century in 37 balls with a four-over Mujib but the off-spinner sent Butler and Jopra Archer (00) to the pavilion in consecutive balls in the next over.
Butler faced 39 balls and hit seven fours. Gautam (05) became the victim of Ankit Rajput, while Ty ended the trio of Rahul Tripathi (11). Gopal finally scored 24 runs in 16 balls and reached the team’s score of 150 runs.
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