KXIP vs RR, IPL 2019 Highlights: Ravichandran Ashwin and KL Rahul were heroes of the day as Kings XI Punjab condemned Rajasthan Royals to a 12-run defeat. Batting first, KXIP set up a target of 52 off 47 balls while Ashwin scored 17 of four balls before taking two wickets in the RR innings. Jos Buttler was dismissed early but Rahul Tripathi, who opened the innings today, kept the chase on track alongwith Sanju Samson. Both were dismissed by Ashwin and after that, KXIP took control.
Australian Ashton Turner’s IPL debut ended with a first-ball naught, while Jofra Archer was sent back by Shami as RR slumped to 133 for five in 17.1 overs. Stuart Binny scored a quickfire 11-ball 33 but it was not enough as Rahane too was dismissed in pursuit of quick runs.
Indian Premier League, 2019Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 25 April 2019
Kings XI Punjab 182/6 (20.0)
Rajasthan Royals 170/7 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 32 ) Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs
KXIP vs RR, IPL 2019 Highlights: Follow in Bengali
An excellent final over from Shami
A wicket and 8 runs from it and KXIP have won the match by 12 runs, which is exactly how much Ashwin had scored off the last two balls of their innings.
First two balls
Shreyas Gopal holes out at long on off the first ball but Binny gets on strike. The second ball is a yorker angled on leg stump that Binny digs out. Dot ball.
KXIP need 23 to win off 6
And Binny has scored 23 off 6 so far. He has gone ballistic and RR must be thinking why he wasn't sent out earlier. But Binny is off strike, Shami is bowling the last over.
WICKET! AND RAHANE FALLS
That has to be the game. An offcutter from Arshdeep, third man runs all the way to the boundary to complete the catch. That is good work from Shami on the field.
18 overs gone
It is all down to captain Rahane now. He has Stuart Binny at the other end to give him company, who does know how to swing a bat. He has 10 First Class hundreds to his name, but if RR have to win this game, Rahane has to take the lead.
OUT! AND NOW ARCHER GOES
They are doing it again, RR are a-tumblin'. Archer goes after a short delivery with a lot of bowler but cannot get the timing quit on. It goes straight down the throat of long-on.
Golden duck on debut for Ashton Turner. He did face a wide delivery before this. Murugan Ashwin baits him with a slow tossed up legbreak and Turner bites. Hit hits the ball straight to long off.
WICKET! And Tripathi falls
He holes out at long off and Ashwin punches the air. This is an inspired performance from the KXIP captain.
50 for Tripathi
He almost got stumped on 49. Tripathi charged down the track and Ashwin slid the ball wide. Tripathi could not reach it and Pooran took the bails off, Tripathi dove back managed to make his ground.
13 overs gone
RR need 66 to win from 36 balls. Rahane and Tripathi are in the middle. The opening position suits Tripathi well, he is now four runs off his half century.
OUT! And Ashwin does strike!
Sanju Samson absolutely bamboozled there. Ashwin puts it on the off side, Samson goes for the sweep but the ball skids past him and hits the off stump.
The run rate has slowed down in the 9th and 10th overs with the introduction of spin and with that, the required rate climbs. This is exactly the time of the match when Ashwin normally strikes.
9 overs gone
Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi keepings things floating for the Royals. They need 98 to win from 66 balls.
OUT! Buttler goes
Arshdeep Singh's first wicket is none other than Jos Buttler but credit for this wicket goes entirely to Nicholas Pooran. Buttler gets a leading edge that balloons high up in the air, Pooran runs back and dives to pouch it.
Four overs gone
A good start for the Royals and Buttler has powered it. He has scored 23 off 18 balls and Tripathi is on 8 off 8.
The players are back
Rahul Tripathi is Jos Buttler's opening partner today, not Ajinkya Rahane. 20-year-old Arshdeep Singh, who looks like he bunked school to play this match, is bowling the first over.
A big finish by skipper Ashwin
RR's good work in the death overs have been undone somewhat by Ashwin's belligerence. He lets the penultimate ball fly over midwicket an then scoops the last and KXIP set up a total of 182/6.
What an over from Archer
Archer's 19th over has been devastating for KXIP. Two wickets and three runs from it. The first wicket is off the second ball as Pooran holes out at covers. The second comes off the last as Mandeep Singh chops a short delivery on.
WICKET! Rahul falls
Unadkar roars in delight. He has been taken to all corners of the park by the batsmen today so this is a welcome wicket indeed. A yorker outside off that Rahul squirts fine and it travels striaght to short third man. Stunned silence around the ground as a very good innings comes to an end.
KL Rahul smashes a short delivery from Sodhi about 20 rows into the stands. KXIP have moved into three figures and this is a good partnership building between Rahul and David Miller.
10 overs gone
We hare halfway through the innings and KL Rahul has scored 13 off 23 balls. It is a good foundation that has been built but Rahul performance will be judged by whether he can get going after this or not. If he succumbs, his innings would turn out to a colossal waste of deliveries.
WICKET! AND AGARWAL LEAVES
He gets down on one knee to Ish Sodhi, looks for a slog sweep and ends up getting the all high up in the air. But there is not enough distance on the shot. The ball goes really high though and Joffra Archer does well to keep an eye on it all the way despite all the lights and hold on to it. You just can't keep him out of the game, can you?
Agarwal arrives, sees and conquers
KL Rahul has faced 17 balls and scored 6 runs while Mayank Agarwal has raced to 23 off 9. The third ball he faced was lofted straight over the bowler's head and he has since since hit one more maximum and a four.
OUT! Archer gets Gayle
It's that man Joffra Archer again with the big wicket. Length delivery that squares up Gayle, takes an outside edge and flies straight into the keeper's hands.
Four overs gone
Archer finished off a scorcher of an over off which only two runs came. KXIP are 21/0 and Ashwin will be more worried with each passing over that Gayle or Rahul survive.
Chris Gayle is up and running. The first shot came off the fourth ball of the second over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat, Gayle was caught inside the crease and his pull wasn't timed well. The ball balloons up in the air and just beats Joffra Archer at deep square. The second one required no such good fortune though, it was dismissively thumped into the stands behind long on.
The players are out
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul open the batting for KXIP, Dhawal Kulkarni has the ball in his hand. Here we go!
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, R Ashwin (capt), Mohammed Shami, M Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh
Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi
Indian fans watching this game won't remember him too fondly. A month ago, on this very ground, Turner had launched a stunning assault on the Indian bowling attack and no one, not even Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Jasprit Bumrah, could lay a hand on him as he led Australia to a 4-wicket win over India. READ MORE
RR win the toss, choose to field...
...as teams winning the toss in this tournament always do. Ashton Turner is making his IPL debut, says Ajinkya Rahane. Stuart Binny is also back and Ish Sodhi will be playing. No Steve Smith.
Hello and welcome!
Stopping Jos Buttler. This has been something that teams in the IPL have pondered over for two seasons now. Ravichandran Ashwin found a way of doing it last season and that led to David Warner craning his back to ensure that he remains within the crease before Ashwin bowls a delivery. Buttler's form has decided how RR perform for two seasons because without him, and Joffra Archer to a certain extent, what RR have got is a team of underperforming players who can be pretty good and who have shown flashes of brilliance here and there, but never got into full flow playing for the franchise.