Prime News, National Sport, Cricket, Jaipur (Rajasthan), March 26:- Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in IPL Twenty20 Cricket at Jaipur.
After setting a target of 185 runs for Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab restricted them to 170 for 9 in 20 overs.
Kings XI Punjab made 184 for 4 in 20 overs.
For Kings XI Punjab, Chris Gayle was the highest scorer with 79 off 47 balls and hit eight boundaries and four sixes. Young Sarfaraz Khan (46 not out) also played a good hand late in the innings to help Kings XI post 184/4 after being sent in to bat.
Chasing the stiff target, Jos Buttler (69) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27) got Rajasthan off to a brisk start, dealing in boundaries and sixes to pile up 64 runs in the first six overs. Buttler struck eight boundaries and two hits over the fence to notch up his fifty in just 29 balls. Buttler and Rahane shared 78 runs for the opening stand before the Rajasthan skipper was cleaned up by his Kings XI counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin.
Buttler was going strong in the company of Sanju Samson (30) as the duo batted sensibly to keep Rajasthan in the hunt. But just when it seemed Kings XI were running out of ideas, skipper Ashwin did the unthinkable as Buttler became the first victim of ‘Mankading’ in the history of IPL. In the 13th over, with Rajasthan at 108/1, Ashwin ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end just before delivering the ball. At that stage, Buttler was going strong at 69 off 43 balls.That dismissal completely changed the complexion of the match as Steve Smith, Samson, Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi departed in quick succession in search of quick runs.
From there on, it proved to be an uphill task for Rajasthan as they needed 27 off the last two overs with six wickets down. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)