Twitter Reactions: Rahul’s 95 goes in vain as Royals stay alive with a crucial win

Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs.

Ish Sodhi
Rajasthan Royals’ Ish Sodhi celebrates fall of Akshdeep Nath’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Rajasthan Royals have managed to stay afloat in the 2018 edition of the IPL with a crucial win over the Kings XI Punjab. Playing in Jaipur, the hosts managed to successfully defend 158 to win the game. Coming in to the game, they were desperate to win in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the finals. Despite scoring an underpar total, their bowlers ensured they ended up with a 15 run win.

Earlier in the game, the Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane had won the toss and opted to bat first. The move did not quite work well for them as Rahane perished for 9 in the fourth over. Pinch hitter K Gowtham got a promotion at number three but only to score 8. While the first two wickets fell cheaply, the man at the other end, Jos Buttler, looked like batting on a different track altogether.

Buttler took the counter attack and made run scoring look very easy. He found some support from Sanju Samson (22) as he rallied past his third consecutive fifty in the tournament. He was eventually dismissed by Mujeeb Rahman in the 17th over on 82 that came off 58 balls with 9 fours and a six to his name. After his dismissal, the innings crashed big time as Andrew Tye ran through the lower middle order.

Tye’s four-fer restricted Rajasthan to 158/8 in their stipulated 20 overs. The run chase for the Kings XI Punjab was only about one man – KL Rahul. K Gowtham struck twice in the third over to dismissed Chris Gayle and R Ashwin in space of two deliveries. While KL Rahul continued batting with his good form, he found absolutely no support from the other end.

Marcus Stoinis and KL Rahul were the only KXIP batsmen who got in to the double digits in the game. Also, it is worth noting that Stoinis was the second highest scorer of the innings with 11 runs to his name. Rahul remained unbeaten on 95 off 70 deliveries  as the Kings fell short by 15 runs.

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