Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

KL Rahul remained unbeaten at 84 to anchor his side to a 6-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals

By: Sports Desk | Indore | Updated: May 6, 2018 11:54:14 pm
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IPL 2018 KXIP vs RR: Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets. KL Rahul anchored his team to the win after he struck an unbeaten 84. Rahul after the match said, “For me personally I think this is the first knock I am really satisfied with because I won the game for the team and stayed till the end. I have been hitting the ball really well so can’t complain about that. I always try to back my cricketing shots and don’t try to slog much. Playing in this way is what will make me consistent. I trust myself and trust my instincts to finish the game. I knew if I stay till the end I’ll finish the game today. Karun played well and supported me. Stoinis played well and ran well too. I got lucky and that’s what happens in this format.” KXIP had a few hiccups when they lost some quick wickets but Rahul held his nerves and took them over the line. Earlier, KXIP were restricted to 152/9 in 20 overs.

Indian Premier League, 2018Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore 14 August 2018

Kings XI Punjab 155/4 (18.4)

vs

Rajasthan Royals 152/9 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 38 ) Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

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IPL 2018 KXIP vs RR Match 38 Highlights: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League from Indore

23:31 (IST) 06 May 2018
KXIP win by 6 wickets

KL Rahul remained unbeaten at 84 to anchor his side to a 6-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals. KL Rahul who remained unbeaten at 84 said, ""For me personally I think this is the first knock I am really satisfied with because I won the game for the team and stayed till the end. I have been hitting the ball really well so can't complain about that. I always try to back my cricketing shots and don't try to slog much. Playing in this way is what will make me consistent. I trust myself and trust my instincts to finish the game. I knew if I stay till the end I'll finish the game today. Karun played well and supported me. Stoinis played well and ran well too. I got lucky and that's what happens in this format."

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23:23 (IST) 06 May 2018
KL Rahul takes charge

A six followed by a boundary by Rahul against the most expensive bowler in the IPL 2018. KL Rahul has anchored the team well so far in this match and they would etch the win easily as far as the equation is concerned

23:17 (IST) 06 May 2018
KL Rahul brings up 50

KL Rahul brings up his 50 as he dispatches a short delivery from Archer over third man boundary for a six. KXIP are in control with Rahul, Stoinis at the crease. RR are looking for wickets in the middle now

23:05 (IST) 06 May 2018
KL Rahul survives

It was a brilliant effort from Sanju Samson but KL Rahul has survived. He cut an outside off stump delivery from Jaydev Unadkat that Samson tried to pluck from the ground but the ball just fell short of him. But nevertheless, it'a s great effort

22:56 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET!

Axar Patel tried to hit it hard over mid wicket boundary but D Arcy Short held on to a brilliant catch in the deep to dismiss him. Punjab have lost wickets in quick succession but KL Rahul is still there at the crease

22:42 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET!

Karun Nair plays a delivery on to his stumps and he is gone for 32. KXIP are 79/3. Nair tried to pull a short delivery but it hit the inside edge of the bat to eventually dismantle the stumps behind. Axar Patel has come in

22:40 (IST) 06 May 2018
SIX!

Karun Nair flicks a length delivery from Anureet Singh who is making his debut for Rajasthan Royals for a maximum on the on side. The partnership is now 48 off 35 and this has been a avital one for KXIP especially after losing Gayle early in the chase

22:38 (IST) 06 May 2018
KXIP 68/2 after 10

10 overs have been bowled and KXIP are 68/2. This has been a good partnership between Karun Nair and KL Rahul. They now need 85 to win from 60 deliveries with 8 wickets in hand.

22:33 (IST) 06 May 2018
KXIP in control

KL Rahul completes the ninth over the of the innings with a boundary. It was a back of the length delivery outside off-stump and Rahul just found the gap with ease through the cover region. KXIP are 58/2 after 9

22:19 (IST) 06 May 2018
End of powerplay

Kings XI are 34 for the loss of two wickets after 6 overs. They would have hopes for a better performance in the powerplay. Royals will be happy with this start but they need more wickets

22:15 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Mayank Agarwal

Mayank with a powerful pull but straight to deep fine-leg. Big wicket for Rajasthana and Stokes. Kings XI are 33 for the loss of two wickets in 5 overs. 

22:06 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Gayle gone

Top catch from Samson! Gayle with a powerful cut shot but straight to short point! Rajasthan have an early wicket. Archer the bowler

21:56 (IST) 06 May 2018
Gayle, KL Rahul open

K Gowtham will bowl the first over to Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Kings XI need 153 runs to win on this ground. Wickets will be key here

21:46 (IST) 06 May 2018
Kings XI need 153

Kings XI bowlers were once again at their best in the game. Brilliant bowling to restrict Rajasthan Royals for 152 for 9 on a small Indore ground. Buttler made a fifty but other did not contribute and Royals lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to make a big score

21:38 (IST) 06 May 2018
Rajasthan Royals finish with 152/9

When they were asked to bat first, Rahane said it is good pitch to bat on but at the end of 20 overs, they manage only 152 runs and lost 9 wickets for them. Kings XI bowlers with a great effort and good fielding as well

21:34 (IST) 06 May 2018
Final over coming up

Shreyas Gopal with some boundaries. Rajasthan Royals have gone to 148 for 8 after 19 overs. Final over coming up in Indore

21:26 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Tripathi gone

Andrew Tye gets his second wicket as Tripath is caught by Ashwin. It is a slower one from Tye and Tripathi is early into the shot. Ashwin at extra cover gets a catch and takes it

21:24 (IST) 06 May 2018
RR 129/7 after 17

Three overs remaining in Indore. Rajasthan need a big score on this small ground. Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tripathi are the two batsmen. Andrew Tye to bowl

21:16 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET!

Gowtham c Marcus Stoinis b Ankit Rajpoot. RR lose their seventh wicket. He is cramped for room there and the pull shot is up in the air and mid-wicket takes the catch

21:13 (IST) 06 May 2018
RR 110/6 after 15

Five overs remaining in the first innings. Rajasthan Royals are 110 for the loss of six wickets. Gowtham and Tripathi at the crease. Strategic timeout

21:06 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Mujeeb on hat-trick

First ball duck for Archer! He is bowled by Mujeeb. Top class googly from the leg-spinner. Jofra Archer has no idea whatsoever. He plays for the leg-spin but through his gate and middle stump!

21:06 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Jos Buttler gone

Mujeeb ends Buttler innings! Straight delivery to Buttler who tries to play it down the slips and gets an outside edge and is caught behind. Brilliant bowling

21:05 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Agarwal, Tiwary relay catch

Mayank Agarwal with a stunning effort to pull of a brilliant relay catch! Stokes hopes of clearning long on but Agarwal leaps and catches it. He is falling over the fence so he lobs the ball to Manoj Tiwary to complete the catch

20:52 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Samson holes out

Samson departs! That is the end of the 49-run partnership with Buttler. Short of a length ball on the middle and leg stump and Samson pulls to clear the square leg fence. But that is flat and finds the fielder in the deep.

20:45 (IST) 06 May 2018
Rajasthan Royals 81/2 after 10

Halfway stage in Indore. Rajasthan Royals have not lost any more wickets but they have been slow. Samson and Buttler take them to 81 for the loss of two wickets after 10 overs.

20:36 (IST) 06 May 2018
Strategic timeout

First timeout in Indore! Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson have carried Rajasthan Royals to 66 for the loss of two wickets. A good bowling performance from Kings XI so far

20:30 (IST) 06 May 2018
Review saves Buttler

Ashwin gets Buttler first ball! That is straight and spinning into Butter who is trying to reverse sweep. Buttler reviews the decision. Not a no-ball and looking to go on and hit the stumps. Impact is a big question here. His front leg is outside off and so is the impact. Not out

20:27 (IST) 06 May 2018
End of powerplay

45 runs for two wickets! That is what Rajasthan Royals scored and lost in the powerplay! Kings XI would be happy with this performance. But Rajasthan need a move on

20:22 (IST) 06 May 2018
Rajasthan Royals 42/2

Five overs gone and Rajasthan are finding it diffuclt to score runs against spin in Indore. They are 42 for the loss of two wickets in five overs. Mujeeb with just five runs in that over

20:18 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane

Gone! Chris Gayle takes a very good low catch to end Ajinkya Rahane's stay. Axar Patel gets a wicket. Rahane wanted to cut it but hits the top edge of the bat goes to third man. It is dipping on Gayle so he dives forward and manages to just pluck it 

20:10 (IST) 06 May 2018
Expensive over from Ankit

After a good first over, Kings XI with 17 runs off the second over. Ankit Rajpoot has been hit for a couple of boundaries from Buttler. Rajasthan Royals are 24 for 1 after 2 overs

20:06 (IST) 06 May 2018
WICKET! D'Arcy Short

Not a good start against for Short! He has holed out. Ashwin gets the first wicket for Kings XI. That is flat and sliding into the batsman. Poor shot from Short off an off-spinner.

19:58 (IST) 06 May 2018
Playing XI for Kings XI

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, R Ashwin (c), Axar Patel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye

19:49 (IST) 06 May 2018
Playing XI for Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals Playing XI: Jos Buttler (wk), D'Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat

19:43 (IST) 06 May 2018
Toss: Kings XI win toss

Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to bowl against Rajasthan Royals in Indore. Kings XI looking to chase down a total on this small ground in Indore.

19:34 (IST) 06 May 2018
Jofra Archer for RR

Working up good pace north of 140 clicks consistently and with a knack of bowling some potent bouncers and yorkers, Jofra Archer has bagged 7 wickets in just 3 matches.

18:30 (IST) 06 May 2018
Andrew Tye carries responsibility

Tye has contributed to KXIP’s cause with returns of 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.90 – incredible numbers for someone bowling at the death regularly.

18:03 (IST) 06 May 2018
Samson's consistency crucial

Sanju Samson has been in good touch for RR with the bat, notching up 282 runs so far. With a strike rate of 145.36, Samson has gotten his runs at a fair clip. If RR is to advance forward in the league, then Samson’s consistency will be crucial to their chances.

17:00 (IST) 06 May 2018
Another Gaylestorm?

That the big-hitting Jamaican has been in red-hot form in this ongoing edition of the league. With his stupendous run of form, Gayle has already silenced his detractors and if his brisk fifty against Mumbai Indians is any indication, he is no mood to relax as yet.

16:49 (IST) 06 May 2018
Return to winning ways

Both the teams Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are coming off two straight defeats in their last IPL encounters. Both the teams will look to return back to winning ways as they face each other today.  While they would regret letting Mumbai Indians off the hook at the Holkar International Stadium last night, Kings XI Punjab have a side capable of making a turnaround.

IPL 2018 Live, KXIP vs RR IPL 2018 Live, KXIP vs RR: Kings XI Punjab will look to tighten control over playoff spot. (Source: PTI)

Kings XI Punjab look good to make the playoffs in IPL 2018 but for that they need to first arrest their two-match losing streak and then put a few wins under their belt to fight away the challenge or late surge by other teams. KXIP are fourth and a win will take them up a place to third. For their opponents Rajasthan Royals, a win would hold bigger meaning who also come into it with two consecutive defeats. A win and they displace themselves from the bottom of the standings to fifth spot. KXIP will once again hope for big runs and plenty of explosive shots from Chris Gayle who has accumulated 302 runs from five games. RR would consider themselves unlucky to have lost in their last encounter against Delhi Daredevils in a rain affected match. In the match that was cut short, RR fell short by just four runs to suffer their fifth defeat this season.