IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab opt to field against Rajasthan Royals

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Rajasthan Royals then fell into more trouble with skipper Ajinkya Rahane dismissed for just 5 runs by Axar Patel.

Surya Kumar Yadav hit three sixes and four fours while scoring his half-century. This is the ninth match for both the teams in this season.

Chris Gayle was expected to give the fiery start to the Kings run chase on the day.

The 22-run last over from Pandya made all the difference with Stoinis smashing him for two sixes and as many fours.

Yuvraj (14 off 14 balls), who was promoted up the batting order, once again failed to fire as the out-of-form batsman was the next to depart in the 13th over with Punjab's scorecard reading 96/3. The Punjab openers have been a major reason behind their success as the duo have handed a flawless start to their side on several occassions in this year's edition. Yuvraj has scored 64 runs in seven games this season, at an average of 12.80.

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- KXIP captain R Ashwin " We're still in the tournament, so we've got to believe in ourselves. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility.

Mujeeb Rahman was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts in the match.

Indore: Mid-table side Kings XI Punjab will look to get their campaign back on track after a couple of defeats when they lock horns with bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals in an IPL XI match here on Sunday. In Indore, Punjab have a win percentage of 60, while Rajasthan have lost just a solitary match, the only game that they have played at Holkar Stadium.

The margin of victory might indicate a very comfortable win for Ravichandran Ashwin's side but they had a few hiccups along the way and a spirited effort by the Rajasthan bowlers meant the match could have gone either way. Rajasthan Royal reins in KXIP. They are closing in on 150 now. Jofra Archer b Mujeeb 0 (1) 21:06 IST: It was a carrom ball from Mujeeb and Jos Buttler produced an edge.21:05 IST: WICKET! But it was always hard to keep a well set Rahul quiet for long. Manoj Tiwary could take his place in the side. Mujeed took two wickets for KXIP. KXIP added 51-3 in their last five overs, while MI managed to score 58-1 between overs 16 & 19.

At 35 for two, Royals needed a steady partnership from opener Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson, the men in form. Gets 4 boundaries in Ankit Rajpoot's over. D Arcy Short's poor run continues, who knows that's his last appearance this season. After the end of 20th over KXIP restricted Rajasthan on 152/9.

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