Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals 32nd IPL 2019 Match – April 16, 2019
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Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals 32nd IPL 2019 Match
Kings XI Punjab 182 for 6 (Rahul 52, Miller 40, Archer 3-15) beat Rajasthan Royals 170 for 7 (Tripathi 50, Ashwin 2-24, Arshdeep 2-43) by 12 runs. The last time these two teams played, R Ashwin pulled off a Mankad dismissal against Jos Buttler and sparked a controversy that spanned continents and lasted weeks. This time he will be in the headlines again, but perhaps for less incendiary reasons.
c: Agarwal b: Ashwin
c: Pooran b: Singh
c: Shami b: Singh
c: Miller b: Ashwin
c: Rahul b: Shami
c: Agarwal b: Shami
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Although he didn’t make the top score, nor did he return the best figures in the game, Ashwin was central to Kings XI’s victory, with both bat and ball. Coming to bat in the final over, he carved a four behind point off his first ball, took a single off his second, and bludgeoned two sixes to end the innings with a high-impact four-ball 17. With Kings XI having made only 12 runs for the loss of three wickets off the previous two overs, they seemed as if they were squandering a solid platform until Ashwin’s cameo propelled them to an imposing 182 for 6.
Kings XI won by 12 runs
This win puts Kings XI back into the top four on the table – though they have played one more match than most other teams. Royals, meanwhile, continue to languish near the bottom of the table. They have now lost six matches to the two they have won.
Royals’ batsmen were guilty of falling into a tepid scoring period through the middle overs, but one batsman who would not have let that happen was Jos Buttler, whose hyper-aggressive instincts might have saved Royals from their eventual slow death. Buttler wasn’t around to face the Ashwins through the middle overs, however, because debutant Arshdeep Singh had already dismissed him at the start of the fifth over, thanks to an outstanding catch from wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran. Buttler attempted to crash an Arshdeep length ball through the leg side but managed only to get a big top edge to the ball. It swirled high, way towards fine leg, but Pooran tracked it down and dived to complete the catch.
England has not named their World Cup 2019 squad yet, but Archer’s outstanding turn with the ball can’t have done his chances any harm. He took the game’s best figures – by a distance – claiming 3 for 15 from his four overs. The first of his victims was Chris Gayle – caught behind off an off-cutter, but Archer’s best was yet to come. In the 19th over of Kings XI’s innings, he conceded only a staggering three runs, while claiming the wickets of Pooran and Mandeep Singh. He seemed to have swung the game in Royals’ favor until R Ashwin swung it back again.
Kings XI Punjab Players
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Rajasthan Royals Players
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi