Rajasthan Royals elect to bat and leave out D'Arcy Short

Here is a look at the scoring areas during the first wicket stand between KL Rahul and Chris Gayle

Rajasthan Royals' combative bowlers covered up for misfiring batsmen with the exception of classy opener Jos Buttler (82 off 58 balls) in their home match against Kings XI Punjab.

Stokes gained a modicum of revenge when Agarwal thudded his short ball to deep backward square leg in the fifth over of Kings XI's reply, shortly after Archer had Chris Gayle (eight) pouched at point by Samson.

How to watch IPL 2018 match between Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps? Kings XI then scored 155-4 in 18.4 overs. Andrew Tye starts the last over with a wicket, stokes, Caught by Ashwin.

On the other hand, Punjab have great batsmen like Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and Marcus Stoinis.

Earlier, Buttler led the way with a 82-run knock before Kings XI Punjab bowlers fought back. Rahul, who had a fine start to the season, was back to his powerful best as he hit a quickfire 54 ball 84 runs to guide the visitors home.

Rajasthan have just six points with three wins from nine games while Punjab are placed third after six wins from nine games and 12 points in their kitty. Both teams will know each other's strengths and weaknesses.


Ajinkya Rahane: We are going to bat first.

The massive breakthrough spurred Royals and they soon had more reason to cheer as Gowtham removed KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who promoted himself up the order, two balls later. An awesome 82 off 58 balls Jos Buttler gave the host a heady start, but as soon as he left thing went into a downward spiral. a catastrophic bowling by Andrew Tye knocked 4 wickets, 3 in the last over and limited RR - 158/8. Kolkata slipped to fourth with 10 points after winning five of its 10 games.

Rahul is also among the contenders for the "Orange Cap" with 376 runs in 9 matches and is now placed at number 4 in a list which has the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson and AB De Villiers. He stuck nine fours and a six.

Sunil Narine & Andre Russell scalped two wickets each.

Suryakumar Yadav's successive half century and an all-round performance from Hardik Pandya powered Mumbai Indians (MI) to a 13-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), keeping them in play-offs contention in the IPL. Despite Rahul fetched 32 runs from the last 12 deliveries, Rajasthan were still 15 runs short. That stage was crucial, getting 2-3 initial wickets.

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