It was a good day for Kings XI Punjab, who won both the toss as well as the match against Rajasthan Royals. It was the team’s stance to chase, after winning the toss, which latter emerged as the reason of the easy win. Rajasthan Royals was put on the pitch by R Ashwin, while his bowlers strengthened the economy. The attack was intensified by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Andrew Tye to exhaust Royals at 152 runs. In the chase, Kings batsman Lokesh Rahul added 84 runs remaining unbeaten throughout the inning. Karun Nair, on the other hand, scored 31 runs off 23 balls. The team won the match by 6 wickets with 8 balls remaining.
Jos Butler scored 51 runs as the opener. The powerplay overs were slow with spinners boosting their attacks. D’Archy Short and Ajinkya Rahane were removed by the powerplay overs. Royals kept on losing wickets after the partnership of Sanju Samson and Buttler, by the middle order. The duo scored 49 runs in the stretch. The wobble began with Samson picked by Andrew Tye after he scored 28 off 23. The rest of the players down the line fell without good addition. In 9 overs after powerplay, the run rate did not flare up well as the line-up could manage only 65 runs. In the lower order Shreyas Gopal added 24 off 16 as the final impetus to the score.
In the chase, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal were attacked in early overs. Gayle was taken down by Jofra Archer, while Ben Stokes had Agarwal caught. Karun Nair played 23 balls to score 31 runs with Rahul. By the middle over, Axar Patel holed out to Short in a delivery off Gowtham. The primary push in the inning was from Rahul who played impressive boundaries by the final overs. At a point, Kings XI required 43 off 24 balls. It was when he plundered five boundaries to take the chase into the winning mark.
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