KXIP vs RR : KL Rahul DaY

KXIP vs RR : KL Rahul DaY

The victory was only Mumbai's third in nine outings and they lie sixth on six points while Kings XI's defeat was their third, leaving them fourth on 10 points. The unsafe Buttler was dismissed off the very first delivery as he edged the darted one outside off in an attempt to run it down to the third man.

However, the real architect of the Punjab victory was Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Samson provided some stability as he and Buttler put on a 49-run stand for the third wicket, but he too was caught in the 11 over.

Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman make up a strong spin-bowling line-up, while Andrew Tye provides the team with experience in the seam bowling department, making them a formidable bowling line-up to contend with. That Ajinkya Rahane's men were still able to reach 152 was largely to do with Shreyas Gopal's effort with the bat towards the end (26 not out off 16 balls). Barring Buttler, none of the Rajasthan batsmen settled in and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

KL Rahul celebrates after scoring a half-century. Hardik Pandya's all-round performance in the last game, while Bumrah is an excellent choice with the ball.

New batsman Axar Patel (4) also went back cheaply but Marcus Stoinis (23 not out) supported Rahul and rotated the strike.

For Rajasthan, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Anureet Singh scalped one wicket each.

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Krunal- Can easily give you a wicket or two and can also be useful with the bat down the order. Gayle played a 50-run innings for Punjab.

It was a poor batting display from the Kings XI, Aaron Finch once again did not feature in the runs and may face the axe after a poor tournament by his high standards so players such as David Miller and Marcus Stoinis have only played two matches between them and could be given a reprieve. The bowling is definitely a concern for RR and with big-hitters like Gayle, Rahul, Yuvraj, Mayank Agarwal in the opposition, RR will be in massive trouble if their bowlers continue to bowl the way they have bowled so far in the tournament.

Both teams come into the match on the back of losses - Mumbai suffered a 14-run defeat in Bengaluru while Punjab lost by 13 runs in Hyderabad.

The turning point of the game was when Rahul and Stoinis chose to tear into Archer and then Unadkat in the 17 and 18 over respectively. Rahul got lifeline on the 12th over as the keeper dropped Rahul, the batsmen went on with singles and doubles.

Kings XI Punjab captain R. Ashwin praised his counterpart.

What first appeared like an easy target to chase soon turned out to be tricky affair as Kings XI found themselves two wickets down within the first five overs.

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