Kings XI Punjab won the first game in IPL yesterday by 14 runs by a blistering performance of Chris Gayle though the team lost KL Rahul earlier. The contribution of Gayle added 184 runs for KXIP innings and in a chase of 185 runs, with the dismissal of Jos Buttler, the game of Rajasthan Royals came to downhill.
Here are a few reasons for loss of Rajasthan Royals against KXIP.
- Splendid innings by Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle slammed a sparkling 50 to guide KXIP towards a memorable win. Though the team lost KL Rahul earlier, Chris Gayle managed to stabilize the innings and by his support, the team managed to post a score of 184 runs by losing 4 wickets. Dhawal Kulkarni and Jofra Archer managed to pick crucial wickets but they could not guide the team towards a win.
He slammed 87 runs off 47 balls with eight fours and four sixes. Sarfaraz Khan supported him by slamming 46 runs off 29 balls with six fours and a sixer. Gayle wants to keep on his splendid form in the rest of the series.
- Dismissal of Jos Buttler
The unfortunate dismissal of Jos Buttler cost Rajasthan Royals a disastrous experience in their first home game. Buttler slammed five consecutive fifties in the previous series. The opening stand by the hosts was above fifty and Jos Buttler slammed 69 runs off 43 balls in this game. But Mankading by Ashwin led to the dismissal of Buttler which caused the fatal defeat of Rajasthan Royals on their home ground.
- Quick wickets by Sam Curran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Rajasthan Royals were at the edge of the win during the last four overs when they needed just 39 runs. By 17th over, Sam Curran was very much expensive in the game and all believed that he will leak more runs from the over. But he dismissed Steve Smith and Sanju Samson by conceding just four runs from 17th over. In 18th over, Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi fell for Mujeeb Ur Rahman and this turned the game upside down. These two Punjab bowlers turned to be crucial in the victory of the game apart from the contribution of Chris Gayle.