Rajasthan Royals made a bounce back in IPL 2018 by winning against Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in the 40th game played at Jaipur. They kept their hopes for playoffs alive by this win. Jos Buttler scored 82 runs and by the teamwork of bowlers, the hosts managed to keep their dominance in the game though KL Rahul managed to score 95 runs without support.
The KXIP scored 143/7 and in the beginning, RR scored 158 runs off 20 overs by losing 8 wickets. As an answer, the KXIP made a poor start as Chris Gayle fell stumped in the spell of K Gautam. On the other hand, Karun Nair failed to make the stand with the skipper Ashwin and Ashwin fell to K Gautam. Ashwin entered in No.3 but could not make his mark.
The debutant player Akshdeep Nath, Karun Nair, and Manoj Tiwary failed to make a double-digit score by bowling attack of the hosts. Axar Patel also failed to make his mark. The KXIP lost their batsmen at regular intervals. Ish Sodhi’s spell changed the picture of the game and he picked the wicket of Akshdeep Nath.
Manoj Tiwary was caught by Rahane and Stoinis was expected to support KL Rahul. Rahul managed to make his fifty by the time Stoinis entered the crease. He kept the flow of runs and registered his highest IPL score.
But his contribution could not make any impact on the result of the game and Jayadev Unadkat and Jofra Archer managed to restrict the score during death overs.
The Rajasthan Royals managed to climb up two positions in the points table. They were in the sixth position now and their hopes for playoffs were at the heights again if they win all the upcoming games. Jos Buttler was named the man of the match.
Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs
Rajasthan Royals 158/8 in 20 overs, Jos Buttler 82, Sanju Samson 22, Ben Stokes 14, Andrew Tye 4/34, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/21
Kings XI Punjab 143/7 IN 20 overs, KL Rahul 95*, Marcus Stoinis 11, K Gautam 2/12, Ish Sodhi 1/12, Jofra Archer 1/32, Jayadev Unadkat 1/36