Rajasthan Royals 126 for 4 (Rahane 34*, Praveen 2-10) beat Kings XI Punjab 124 (Hussey 41, Sreesanth 2-20, Trivedi 2-21) by 6 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals beats Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in the 18th match played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to field.
Batting of Kings XI Punjab was the sole reason of their defeat. They could not face lethal bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals. Kings XI Punjab’s top three batsmen could score only 5 runs.Even Captain Adam Gilchrist could not score a single run.
Kings XI Punjab kept loosing wickets with regular interval. At one time their score was 3 for 10 and half of the team was back to pavilion at 67 runs.
Only DH Hussey (41 off 31 balls) posed some threat for a brief time till Trivedi sent him back to pavilion.Azhar Mahmood (23 off 20 balls) was the second highest scorer from Kings XI Punjab.
Sreesanth of Rajasthan Royals bowled very well.
Rajasthan Royals chased the target of 125 very easily. Openers SR Watson (34) and AM Rahane (32) paved the way for an easy victory.
Captain Gilchrist of Kings XI blamed failure of top order for the defeat.
Adam Gilchrist said “We let 7-8 deliveries slip in the innings. We have been bowled out twice now, and it isn’t acceptable. It starts at the top, with me. Then in the first 3-4 overs, we gave Shane Watson enough to hit, but we can’t blame the bowlers because we didn’t give them a good total to defend. But they fought hard.”
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid praised Faulkner ,Rahane and Sanju Samson for the victory.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid said “It was pretty nervous in the end there. Heart rate around 150-155, but Rahane and the young kind Sanju Samson played really well, showed a lot of composure. We should have got there before the last over. It is a good cricket wicket, not all wickets should be 180-190, these ones make for good exciting cricket. So I am happy with the wicket. Faulkner has been exceptional for us, be brings in a lot of energy in the group. We are happy with the start we had, but we’ll learn with the challenges.”
Player of the match JP Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals)