Kings XI Punjab Trounce Rajasthan Royals in Super Over by 9 Runs

April 22 09:03 2015

kxip vs. rrNew Delhi, Wednesday, April 22 – At Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab grabbed the eyeballs as many cricket lovers turned up to see the contest. Post winning the toss, Kings XI Punjab decided to field first. Most of the teams after winning the toss are settling on to chase the target that was not seen often in the earlier seasons in view of the fact that the Indian Premier League is considered a platform to accumulate humongous runs. Despite not getting the opportunity to make a decision of their own, RR put a challenging total of 191 runs after 20 over, losing six wickets.

KXIP bowlers bowled in absolute discipline and this is proved by 5 extra runs, which are yet a good ratio for the reason that usually bowlers miss their line and length when the batsmen start hitting the ball harder, to send it into the fences or run for ones and twos. If truth be told then Kings XI Punjab strove for wickets in the early overs in view of the fact that Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson, the skipper of Rajasthan Royals, gave a robust start to their team. The opening duo accumulated 95 runs before first wicket was down in the form of 33-year-old all-rounder. His dismissal made Deepak Hooda to come on crease and keep up the same momentum. Despite the fact that he didn’t play a big knock, he pocketed 19 runs, which were scored in just 9 balls and comprised a couple of sixes and a boundary, before succumbing to Shivam Sharma.

Steven Smith, who has improved as a player match after match, was out for a duck. Losing his wicket was a true shock for Rajasthan Royals but the promising bowler Axar Patel gave Kings XI Punjab a big cause to cheer the dismissal. Karun Nair provided support to the opener who was keenly looking forward to a partnership which could take RR at a very strong position. 25 runs were added by them. However, Mitchell Johnson made his teammates heave a sigh of relief, making Rahane go back to the pavilion in 17.4 over. But job was done by Rahane since he hit 6 incredible fours and 2 biggies and run for singles & twos whenever possible to contribute 74 runs in the team’s total. His wonderful knock made him wear orange cap.

The new batsman James Faulkner failed to show his magic with the bat after not understanding a good delivery by Sandeep Sharma. Stuart Binny and the wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson were not out at the scores of 12 runs (4 x 1 & 6 x 1) and 5 runs (4 x 1), respectively.  At an Average of 9.55 runs per over, RR gave KXIP a target of 192 runs and, guess what, they attained 1 run less than required to get a victory in one go by chasing it with same average.

Despite two quick run outs in the form of Kings XI Punjab’s captain Virender Sehwag (1 run of 4 balls) and Murali Vijay (21 runs in 18 balls; 6 x 2), the men in red caps were able to put their best foot forward. Here is to mention that words were less to describe a direct throw from Steven Smith that gave the opposition a quick jolt. Shaun Marsh played the kind of play for he is known across the world and attained 65 runs in just 40 balls, together with 5 boundaries and 3 sixes. Even though the other man on the other end Glenn Maxwell was out at 1, the 31-year-old Marsh kept the calm and eyed another partnership. David Miller came to his team’s rescue as he appeared absolutely dangerous with the bat. Off 30 balls, he pocketed beautiful 54 runs, which included five sixes and a four.

Rahane pouched Marsh in the third bowl of 15th over on a lovely delivery by Pravin Tambe. The Siliguri born boy Wriddhiman Saha caught the eyes for playing 18-run knock in 8 balls (4 x 4). Bowling change did a trick and Chris Morris made Saha go back and Hooda let Miller. But it was intelligent play of Mitchell Johnson (13 runs) and Axar Patel (12 runs) that made KXIP bounce back in the game and even win it in the later stages. It was their understanding to at least hit the shots in the gaps and take as many as runs possible. RR’s poor fielding was a key reason behind KXIP tying the match. Both faced 7 balls each and struck a boundary apiece.

In the super over, KXIP gave target of 16 runs to the rivals regardless of losing Miller on the first ball. Maxwell and Marsh were the heroes when RR did not succeed in getting the runs. Miller was given ‘man of the match’ award. All in all, Kings XI Punjab were in cloud 9 post ending the winning streak of Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Two matches will be played today – first between Sunrisers Hyderabad & Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. Viewers are ready to see the match live as they do not want to miss the real action.

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