IPL 2018, KXIP vs RR: 5 reasons why Rajasthan lost

Arturo Kim
May 7, 2018

After winning toss and electing to bowl against Rajasthan Royals, there was rarely a thing that Kings XI did wrong.

Indore: Mumbai Indians (MI ) skipper Rohit Sharma had an extra reason to celebrate his team's six-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday. While Kings XI Punjab are placed fourth in the Vivo IPL points table with five wins and three losses from eight appearances, inaugural edition winners Rajasthan Royals are at last spot with three victories and five defeats. Ashwin bowled the first over and took the wicket of D Arcy Short.

Buttler and Stokes were at the crease together for 12 balls, with that alliance ended when the latter launched Mujeeb down the ground and long-off fielder Agarwal caught the ball and threw it to Tiwary at long-on before he fell over the boundary rope in front of the Kings XI dugout.

Kings XI's last match was a low scoring affair against Sunrisers Hyderabad as they produced a fine bowling display to hold the Sunrisers to 132 but as has happened so often during this tournament, SRH well and truly choked the Kings XI into submission and were eventually bowled out for just 119.

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On the batting front, except Sanju Samson (282 runs), who played a brilliant 92-run innings against Bangalore, no other batsman has lived up to the expectations. And he justified that with a half-century. But when all seemed to be going good, Samson pulled medium pacer Tye straight into the hands of Karun Nair in the fifth ball of the 11th over.

New batsman Axar Patel (4) also went back cheaply but Marcus Stoinis (23 not out) supported Rahul and rotated the strike. Then samson, Stokes, Buttler, Archer and Gowtham lost their wickets frequently and RR gt in deep trouble. Even though they managed to keep Punjab under control for most part of their bowling innings, their death bowling remains a concern. However, the partnership of 38 runs was shattered as Evin Lewis got out in the 6th over.

Rahul brought up his fifty in the 17th over with an upper cut six off Jofra Archer to bring down the equation to 27 runs off 18 balls. Rahul got lifeline on the 12th over as the keeper dropped Rahul, the batsmen went on with singles and doubles.

Nearly all their departments came together against Kings XI Punjab on Friday night. Kings XI Punjab needed another 51 runs with 6 wickets and 30 balls remaining with the required rate of 10.2 rpo.

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