Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab Highlights:
- Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium
Needing 36 runs from the last 4 overs, Rajasthan lost 7 wickets for 19 runs to end up on 170-9 in pursuit of Punjab’s 184
- The match was marred by an unsavory incident of Ashwin deliberating stepping out of his bowling action to run out an unsuspecting Butler for 69
- With the win, Punjab won their first ever IPL match in Jaipur and with it ended the first set of group stage matches as the fourth side to pick up all 2 points
Cruising towards a comfortable victory at one point of time with Smith (20) and Sampson (30) at the crease, the unthinkable occurred for Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Needing 36 runs to win from 4 overs, the entire match was in the hosts grasps before a humongous batting collapse turned the match on its head to hand the visiting side a 14 run win.
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Losing 7 wickets for just 19 runs in 22 balls, Rajasthan’s defeat was one of their own making. It was a shambolic slump by the home side who managed to dig themselves into a massive hole, losing a match from a situation from which there was no return for Punjab. With the defeat, the Rajasthan Royals were also condemned to their first ever defeat against Punjab in their home stadium.
For Rajasthan who found themselves chasing a healthy 184 after Gayle had made 79 earlier in the day for Punjab to propel their total, the chase couldn’t have started off more perfectly than it did. Rahane (27) and Butler at the top of the order gave the hosts just the start they needed, putting on a 78 run partnership in double quick time as Punjab’s paper thin bowling unit of just 5 frontline bowlers failed to contain the openers.
It wasn’t until an unprecedented act by Ashwin that Rajasthan found themselves slipping away from what was a sure shot victory. An incident which has been revived with huge distaste all over the world, saw Ashwin get Butler out using the mankade mode of dismisal. The spinner in a cringeworthy move, deliberately pulled well out of his action, waiting for Butler(69) to step out of the non-striker’s crease before knocking the wickets out, a decision which in a surprising move was given out by the third umpire.
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Despite losing their set batsman, Rajasthan found themselves continuing well on their way with Curran spraying the ball all over the surface as he failed to adjust to the massive pressure on the night. All set for a win, the Royals in a harsh display, lost all semblances as they decided to hit everything to the fence rather than rotating the strike. Their false shots and soft dismissals saw them lose wickets at regular intervals before Shami’s pinch perfect 19th over put the final nail in RR’s innings.
Giving away just 6 runs, Shami who used an excellent mix up of deliveries to bowl at ominous lines and lengths, caught Royals’ batsmen in a skirmish, seeing Rajasthan slump to an unlikely defeat.
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