Overdependence on KL Rahul hurts Kings XI Punjab as Rajasthan Royals stay alive

 

Kings XI Punjab (143-7) fail to chase down a moderate total to lose against Rajasthan Royals (158-8) by 15 runs as KL Rahul (95*) carries his bat again.

Batting first, it was the same old story for Rajasthan Royals – One batsman contributing and setting the stage for a big total, the others squandering the opportunity and the team ending with a subpar total.

Jos Buttler, who has been promoted to the top of the Rajasthan batting order for the last few matches, rode on his good form, notching up his 3rd consecutive half century.

However, the likes of skipper Ajinkya Rahane (9) and Ben Stokes (14) failed again as RR was not able to captialise on the innings from Buttler (82, SR: 141.37, MoM).

The other contribution worth mentioning came from Sanju Samson who scored an 18 ball 22. KXIP bowlers tightened the screws on the RR batting, with Aussie pacer Andrew Tye (4-34-4) and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (4-21-2) standing out.

In reply, it was more of an action replay from the Punjab batting as KL Rahul was the lone man standing.

The other big guns of the KXIP batting in Chris Gayle and Karun Nair failed to get going as Punjab found themselves in a spot of bother.

Rahul played a good knock but failed to maintain the required tempo. It was only after the match had already slipped out of reach, he showcased a couple of ramp shots to decrease the margin of RR’s victory.

Spinners Ish Sodhi (4-14-1) and Krishnappa Gowtham (3-12-2) bowled exceeding well and choked the run flow to restrict KXIP 15 short of the total.

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