Kings XI, Punjab(KXIP) 185 runs target was not enough to defend against Ben Stokes 50 runs and two wickets all-round performance in IPL.

Ben Stokes, Man of the Match: I think when you are in a position like we are, you have nothing to lose. We are still hanging in. That is pleasing. The sixes are always pleasing. I went in the same mentality like I did against MI. Wanted to go hard with the new ball. We had a decent break from the last game. It’s that shot you don’t expect to go to the boundary, that sort of a short gives me confidence and gives the feeling it’s going to be a good outing. We normally have a quick turnaround. I cut down on the bowling part in the break to remain fresh.

Ben Stokes 50 runs and two wickets all-round performance Man of the Match(livesportcentre.com)
Ben Stokes 50 runs and two wickets all-round performance Man of the Match(BCCI/IPL)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the toss and chosen to bowl first. Rajasthan Royals (RR) went for the extra pace of Varun Aaron in place of Ankit Rajpoot. Mayank Agarwal yet hasn’t recovered, so Punjab sticking to the winning combination are unchanged.

Jofra Archer sends back Mandeep Singh for A Golden Duck. It was another one of those brilliant first overs from Jofra Archer where he did not offer the batsmen anything to work with.

Jofra Archer sends back Mandeep Singh for A Golden Duck(livesportcentre.com)
Jofra Archer sends back Mandeep Singh for A Golden Duck(BCCI/IPL)

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul Lead Kings XI Punjab’s Charge After Early Wicket of Mandeep Singh. Together, the duo has put on a 120-run partnership.Things could have been different for Royals had they not given Gayle two chances, but Gayle took his chances wisely for most parts.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have been given a target of 186 runs after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) put a total of 185 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets. Chris Gayle was the highest run-scorer, smashing 99 runs off 63 deliveries. Gayle’s innings comprised of six boundaries and eight sixes.

Chris Gayle was the highest run-scorer, smashing 99 runs off 63 deliveries(livesportcentre.com)
Chris Gayle was the highest run-scorer, smashing 99 runs off 63 deliveries(BCCI/IPL)

The Windies cricketer further completed 1000 T20 sixes during his sublime knock. English pace-bowler Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers, who accounted two wickets each.

While Chasing the target of 186 runs Rajasthan Royals (RR) got good start Ben Stoke carried his form and he made 50 runs off 26 deliveries Samson, especially, took the KXIP bowlers by sword scoring 48 off just 25 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes. Uthappa contributed with 30 from 23 balls before falling to Murugan Ashwin.

Skipper Steven Smith 31* runs off 20 deliveries and Jos Buttler 22* runs off 11 deliveries easily chase the target in 17.3 overs.

KL Rahul | losing captain: It was a horrible toss to lose to be honest. It did get very easy to bat later on. There was a lot of dew in the second half and that made it a bit tough for the bowlers to grip the ball. When you’re operating with two leg spinners like we are, it does make things difficult. Don’t think we bowled that badly but need to operate better with the wet ball. The dew has been unpredictable this season. You can’t prepare for it but need to adapt to it. The season has been such that nothing has come easy. We’ve had to work hard for every point.

Steve Smith, RR skipper: Ebbed and flowed (through the tournament). But would have been great to win a few in the middle. But it is about peaking at the right time. We still need to do our bit, We have different plans as to who goes in after who gets out. Gave Buttler a chance to bat at number 5 after he didn’t bat in the previous game. Nice to get over the line comfortably. Helps the NRR. The last two games he (Stokes) has been exceptional. Has good innovation, Hits the ball in weird areas. He is a valuable player. One of the best in the world. You are always talking to players and try to get the best of them. We know if he spends time in the middle, he will come good. Couple of games tomorrow, we will be matching them closely and then good to go day after.

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