Rajasthan Royals 146-2 (Rahane 62no) beat
Kings XI Punjab 145-6 by eight wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Mohali
As away wins become more and more crucial in the Indian Premier League 2013, Rajasthan Royals picked up two points on the road in Mohali by beating Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets.
An unbroken 75-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 62, and Sanju Sansom, who made 43, saw the Royals home after Kings XI had posted 145 for six batting first.
Adam Gilchrist made a tournament best score of 42 and Shaun Marsh hit 77 in 64 balls but they were the only players to break into double figures, as they failed to take advantage of the 102-run partnership shared by the two Australian left-handers.
Rajasthan lost Rahul Dravid (4) early but Rahane, first alongside Shane Watson (31) and then Samson, guided the 2008 champions to victory with an over to spare.
Royals started the game strongly as Ajit Chandila had Mandeep Singh caught and bowled without scoring but with Marsh and Gilchrist batting together, there was every chance for the Kings XI to post a score well in excess of 150.
It didn't materialise as from a position of 102 for one, they slipped to 137 for five, David Hussey (1), David Miller (8) and Manpreet Gony (3) all falling cheaply and they closed on a score that never looked like it would challenge the Royals, for whom Kevon Cooper finished with three for 23.
Left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma bowled Dravid but Rahane and Watson, who made 31 in 25 balls, added 66 for the second wicket before Watson was bowled by a Piyush Chawla quicker ball.
Far from collapsing as Kings XI had done when wickets fell, young chargers Rahane, who faced 50 balls inclusive of three sixes, and Samson, whose 43 came in 32 deliveries, played composed innings to hand Rajasthan their seventh win of the competition to lift them into second place in the table.
© Cricket World 2013
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