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IPL 2019: Match 32, Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – Lesser Known Stats

Here are the lesser known stats from KXIP’s 2nd win of this season over the Rajasthan Royals.

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The Rajasthan Royals came up with a proper example of a poorly managed run-chase in the Twenty20 format against the Kings XI Punjab. Chasing 183 to win, the visiting team put themselves at 85/1 after nine overs. Sanju Samson got out for a 21-ball 27 while Rahul Tripathi found it tough to find the boundaries. At this point, Ajinkya Rahane brought himself at No.4 and made things even tougher for his team. The debutant Ashton Turner walked in with 56 needed from 24 balls and holed out on the very first ball in process of achieving the high required rate.

Here are the lesser known stats from KXIP’s 2nd win of this season over the Rajasthan Royals:

End of a 9-year wait for Ashwin:

Ravichandran Ashwin has featured in as many as 134 matches in the IPL and claimed 121 wickets thus far. Despite a long career in the league, the off-spinner has collected only two player of the match awards including one in this game. Ashwin scored 17 from 4 balls by finishing the KXIP innings with two sixes in two balls. He was the pick of his team’s bowlers taking 2/24 from the four overs he bowled.

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Ashwin collected his first and only other player of the match award way back in the 2010 season while representing the Chennai Super Kings. Opening the bowling for CSK, Ashwin recorded figures of 3/16 from his four overs against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The game that was played in Chepauk was comfortably won by the home team with nine wickets in hand.

Buttler’s streak comes to an end:

Coming into the game, Jos Buttler scored fifties in each of his previous four meetings with the Kings XI Punjab. During the 2017 season, he struck a quick-fire 77 for the Mumbai Indians. He followed it with scores of 51 and 82 in 2018 season and a 69-run knock earlier this season for the Rajasthan Royals. His streak finally came to end as he scored only 23 in this game. David Warner is the only player in the IPL history who scored more than four 50+ scores in succession against an opponent which he did against two teams – RCB and KXIP.

A duck on debut for Turner:

Ashton Turner made his much awaited IPL debut against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali; the venue that brought him to limelight at the International arena. During the ODI series against India in March, Turner helped Australia to register their big ODI chase ever at this very venue. However, the Australian failed to replicate his magic as he holed out on the very first ball.

Turner now has bagged three ducks in each of his previous Twenty20 innings; all three spread across three different series/tournaments. The streak began in the BBL 2018/19 while representing Perth Scorchers against Adelaide Strikers where he bagged a golden duck. In the first of the two-match T20I series in India, Turner bagged a 5-ball duck in the game played in Vizag.

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