Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have both one match each and will be trying it make it 2 out of 2 as they come to battle it out in at Sharjah on Sunday. Kings XI Punjab pulled off an exciting win against Chennai Super Kings in a high scoring match while Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad later the same day.
When it comes to looking at the performance and combined team dynamics and their past performances, Kings XI Punjab emerges as the favourable team to win the contest but that doesn’t mean that Rajasthan Royals are out of. The likes of Shane Watson and Glen Maxwell can certainly take the match away from an upset and turn it in their favour.
Punjab has a new team as compared to the Rajasthan side with minimal overhauling. The Punjab team has the edge in batting while Rajasthan has the better bowling so it should be a good contest.
OVER 19: KXIP 193/3
Cheteshwar Pujara takes a single to give Miller the strike. Miller picks up two more runs even though his swing is mistimed. David Miller hits his 6th 6 and brings up his 50 runs and the winning runs for Kings XI Punjab.
OVER 18: KXIP 182/3
Dhawal Kulkarni needs to get a wicket or bowl a maiden to slow the scoring for Punjab. David Miller is on strike now and gets a huge 6. Great running by Pujara and Miller to get a couple of runs and get Miller back on strike. David Miller gets another 6. Again Miller goes big and the slow ball gets hit out of the park. The 50 runs partnership comes up thanks to Miller’s hitting.
OVER 17: KXIP 155/3
James Faulkner comes back into the attack. Pujara gets a shot fine and the ball runs away for a 4. Pujara slams the ball but it doesn’t have enough power on it but he still runs for 3 runs and the 150 runs up for Kings XI Punjab.
OVER 16: KXIP 143/3
Pravin Tambe is back into the attack. Pujara gets another single for a slow scoring rate this innings. David Miller waited for the ball and slammed it over the ropes for a 6.
OVER 15: KXIP 132/3
David Miller comes out to bat. AN inside edge and it hits the pads for no run. Well fielded by Rajat Bhatia who saved a certain 4.
OVER 14: KXIP 127/3
Richardson comes into the attack to try and get a wicket. Pujara gets an inside edge and he gets his second 4. Pujara flicks the ball away and gives Maxwell the strike. Maxwell gets the ball high into the air and he gets caught out for 89 scoring at a strike rate of over 200.
OVER 13: KXIP 120/2
Brilliant start to the over by Rahane’s amazing save at the ropes to save a 4. Pujara hits a good shot but gets just 1. Maxwell gives himself room and hits the ball high and it sails over the ropes for a 6. The 100 runs partnership up and Maxwell hits another 6. Bhatia is facing the flak for Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant batting. Good running by Pujara to motivate Maxwell to get back on strike.
OVER 12: KXIP 102/2
Maxwell gets another cheeky shot to get a 4 off of Dhawal Kulkarni. A flick shot by Glenn Maxwell dissects the field and it runs away for a 4. Another magnificent drive to punish the bowler for a loose ball and he gets a 4. Another good shot and Maxwell bags another 4.
OVER 11: KXIP 85/2
A reverse sweep and it beats the fielder to go for 4. Another reverse sweep and Maxwell gets another 4 off of Rajat Bhatia to get his 50 runs from just 28 balls. A good drive by Maxwell and they run a couple, good running by Pujara. Another reverse sweep from Maxwell and the ball races away for 4.
OVER 10: KXIP 69/2
Tambe comes into the attack and he is troubling Pujara who is swinging to get a good hit. A good ball by Tambe almost comes onto the stumps but misses.
OVER 9: KXIP 65/2
Bhatia comes into the attack and he will look for the breakthrough that Rajasthan want. A decent hit but the ball falls short or Maxwell would have had to go back.
OVER 8: KXIP 60/2
Pravin Tambe comes back into the attack to get the scoring down. An excellent stop by Tambe off his bowling. The 50 runs partnership comes up for Pujara and Maxwell. Strategic time out called for by the umpire.
OVER 7: KXIP 56/2
James Faulkner comes into the attack and a full toss is slammed into the crowds for a 6. The 6 gives Maxwell the Orange Cap with 123 runs now ahead of JP Duminy with 119 runs. An upper cut shot and the ball goes over the ropes for a 6.
OVER 6: KXIP 39/2
Pravin Tambe comes into the attack and he gets a chance to redeem himself after the dropped catch but he gets slammed for a 6 by Maxwell. Maxwell is looking to use the spin of the ball and hit it over the leg side.
OVER 5: KXIP 30/2
Richardson comes into the attack and almost gets Maxwell caught and bowled on the first ball. Pravin Tambe drops a simple catch. Maxwell slams a 6 for a massive hit. Another huge hit and it drops once before going past the ropes for a 4.
OVER 4: KXIP 17/2
Dhawal Kulkarni comes back into the attack. Maxwell gets off the mark with a simple shot followed by a risky shot. Cheteshwar Pujara gets a cracking shot and the ball races to the ropes for a 4.
OVER 3: KXIP 12/2
James Faulkner comes into the attack. Statistics show that Rajasthan Royals have never lost a match when they have set a target of 190 or more runs. Saha Pulls the ball and Dhawal Kulkarni gets a hold of a brilliant catch as Wriddhiman Saha goes for 2 runs. Glen Maxwell comes out to bat.
OVER 2: KXIP 5/1
Dhawal Kulkarni comes into the attack to attack Sehwag. A good short ball by Kulkarni. Sehwag slams the ball and straight to the fielder and Sehwag departs for 2 runs. Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat.
OVER 1: KXIP 5/0
Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara open the batting for Kings XI Pinjab and Richardson starts the bowling attack for Roajasthan Royals.
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OVER 20: RR 191/5
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes to bowl the last over for Punjab. A good start to the over by Balaji with just a couple of runs till now. Smith gets a cheeky shot but only gets 1 run for it.Good bowling from Balaji and the 4 balls have given just 4 runs to Rajasthan. A loose ball from Balaji after a failed attempt at a wide yorker and Smith slams a 4.
OVER 19: RR 183/5
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack. A massive swing of the bat and Faulkner gets a 6. A short ball from Johnson and a nasty blow to Faulkner.
OVER 18: RR 174/5
Balaji comes back into the attack and starts off with a wide ball flicked away for 2 runs. Smith hits the ball straight back between the bowlers feet and it races away for a 4. Another ball just short of being called a wide gets smacked for 4.
OVER 17: RR 159/4
Awana comes into the attack and the ball drifting off the pads has gone off to the ropes for a 4. 150 runs up for Rajasthan Royals and the projected score at the current scoring rate is 185 runs. Sanju Samson gets a massive 6 to gets his 50 runs from 32 balls. Samson gives himself too much room and a textbook ball gets Awana the wicket that Kings XI Punjab was waiting for.
OVER 16: RR 146/4
Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack. Stuart Binny connects and it carries all the way to David Miller and he loses it but the ball gets caught between his legs as the umpire asks for the Third Umpire’s advice on the. The ball is secured by Miller and Binny has to walk back. Smith comes out to bat and gets off the mark with a single.
OVER 15: RR 143/3
Murali Kartik comes into the attack. Stuart Binny hits a massive 6 and that brings a huge grin on Shane Watson’s face.
OVER 14: RR 131/3
Shane Watson bowled out by A Patel in the first ball of the 14th over and Stuart Binny walks out to bat. A good over by A Patel with just 2 runs and a wicket so far. Strategic time out has been called for.
OVER 13: RR 128/2
Awana comes back into the attack to try something different and break this partnership between Samson and Watson. Samson is also rotating the strike to Shane Watson who is on a hitting spree. At the current rate of scoring, Rajasthan will make a score of 191 runs. Watson gets a huge hit and the ball goes in the back stands. Shane Watson gets his 50 runs.
OVER 12: RR 119/2
Sanju Samson gets a good hit away for a 4. Murali Kartik comes back into the attack to get a breakthrough for Punjab. Watson goes big but gets just 2 and brings up the 50 runs partnership between Sanju Samson and Shane Watson.
OVER 11: RR 98/2
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes back into the attack to try and get a wicket. Shane Watson is rotating the strike to give as much strike as possible to the in form Sanju Samson. Shane Watson goes ballistic off the middle of the bat and gets a 4. A straight shot back over the bowlers head goes for a 6.
OVER 10: RR 85/2
Shane Watson trying to join the attack and gets an inside edge that runs away for a 4. David Miller drops a simple catch and the ball goes for 4 as Shane Watson gets a lifeline.
OVER 9: RR 77/2
Murali Kartik comes back into the attack. Samson hits one straight back over the bowlers head for a 6 and the Strategic time out has been called.
OVER 8: RR 67/2
Shane Watson starts the fireworks with a nice shot for a 4. Patel has been able to slow the scoring a bit here.
OVER 7: RR 62/2
Murali Kartik comes into the attack and he strikes right away as he gets Nayar LBW and Nayar has to walk back. Shane Watson comes out to bat.
OVER 6: RR 54/1
Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack. Samson and Nayar are attacking the Punjab bowling as Nayar gets another straight batted shot that goes for 4 and it has been called a no ball so they will get a free hit. A slow ball and pull away for another 4 by Nayar. 50 runs up for Rajasthan Royals. A good swinging ball by Mitchell Johnson, risky but courageous from the Aussie.
OVER 5: RR 41/1
Awana comes back into the attack to try and curb the imminent massive innings from Samson. Nayar goes big this time but it falls short of the boundary and Nayar gets 2 for it. Samson stamps his bat in another massive shot for a one drop 4. Sanju Samson is scoring at a strike rate of 175 at the moment.
OVER 4: RR 32/1
Lakshmipathy Balaji comes into the attack. Samson’s blitz produces a massive 6 off the last ball.
OVER 3: RR 22/1
Awana comes into the attack. Great fielding by Bailey and Ajinkya Rahane run out.
OVER 2: RR 13/0
Mitchell Johnson comes into the attack. Ajinkya Rahane smacks a good shot and it is well timed as it runs away for a 4.
OVER 1: RR 6/0
Patel comes into the attack as Ajinkya Rahane and AM Nayar open the batting attack for Rajasthan Royals.
Kings XI Punjab win the toss and elect to bowl first, Rajasthan Royals will set the target.