Kings XI Punjab defeats Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

Kings XI Punjab defeats Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

Punjab's situation worsened further as Jofra Archer dismissed an in-form Karun Nair (3) to leave the visitors reeling at 17/4.

During the 2015 ODI World Cup, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was praised for using his strike bowlers through the middle overs to pick up wickets, instead of holding them back for the later stages of the innings. However, just when the combination was settling, Ish Sodhi struck to make the damage bigger after sending back Akshdeep in the ninth over. By the end of the 12th over, Nath and Manoj Tiwary were both gone and the score was 66.

Meanwhile, Rahul bought up his fourth fifty of the season in the same over. Despite a bad start, Robin Uthappa (54), Nitish Rana (31) and Dinesh Karthik (36*) took the game deep but left it too late to win. Samson's catch seemed legit from front-on camera angles, but the side angle indicated the ball might have kissed the turf before falling into his hands.

Toss: Ajinkya Rahane, captain of Rajasthan Royals, has won the toss and opted to bat first. But unlike Jos Buttler, and unlike Ajinkya Rahane earlier in the tournament, Rahul smashed 42 off his last 15 balls, taking his side home with an over to spare. If Rajasthan has to keep up the expectations, then all three will have to raise their level of play and score some runs for his team.

The urge to cash in on the PowerPlay overs forced Karun Nair to tread a risky path and his mistimed slog ended in Unadkat's hands.

KXIP barely put a foot wrong as their spinners along with Andrew Tye did well to strangle the Royals batsmen to a below par total. Earlier, Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman led an impressive bowling display from Punjab to restrict Rajasthan to 152/9.

Pandya stole the show in Mumbai's 13-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday with an unbeaten 35 off 20 balls and then dented the opposition's seemingly comfortable chase with figures of two for 19.

But that was it as RR again went without a boundary for 14 deliveries before Samson produced a flat-batted six off Ravichandran Ashiwn, sending the ball over long-off.

After his fall, no other Rajasthan batsman could offer any sort of resistance as the hosts lost their next four wickets of Stokes, Stuart Binny (11), Archer (0) and Unadkat (0) with the addition of just 26 runs.

Other than Tye, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb bagged a couple of wickets conceding 21 runs in four overs while Stoinis chipped in with one wicket.

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