IPL 2018 | Match Recap: Royals Alive in IPL After Defeating Punjab

IPL 2018: Highlights from Rajasthan Royals’ 15-run victory over Kings XI Punjab.

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Collective brilliance from Jos Buttler and the entire Rajasthan bowling unit kept Rajasthan Royals’ play-off hopes alive after they managed to defeat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs on Tuesday.

Rajasthan now have jumped two spots in the standings and are now placed 6th. Punjab remain at the third spot despite the defeat.

It was the host's bowlers who helped their side defend a moderate 158 run total against an in-form Punjab.

Despite hunting a chase-able total, seven of the Punjab batsman didn't even reach double digits and it was only their opener KL Rahul, who single handedly fought till the last ball of the match, slamming an unbeaten 95 off 70, laced with 11 fours and couple of sixes.

Chasing the target, Punjab were off to a poor start as off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham struck twice in the third over to pack off the dangerous Chris Gayle (1) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (0).

Punjab's situation worsened as Jofra Archer dismissed an in-form Karun Nair (3) to leave the visitors reeling at 17/4.

Akshdeep Nath (9) then joined Rahul to add 26 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Punjab to 45 runs. However, just when the combination was settling down, Ish Sodhi struck to send back Akshdeep in the ninth over.

Manoj Tiwary and Rahul then tried to repair the damage but once again their effort went in vain as Tiwary gave an easy catch to Ajinkya Rahane off a Ben Stokes delivery in the 12th over.

Despite wickets falling at regular intervals, Rahul continued his assault from one end and reached his half century in the 14th over.

Punjab eventually needed 32 runs from the final over and Rahul tried his best, smashing 14 runs. However, it was not good enough as the visitors could only manage to reach 143 runs losing seven wickets.

For the hosts, Gowtham emerged with impressive figures of 2/12 off his three overs while Archer, Unadkat, Stokes and Sodhi bagged a wicket each.

(With inputs from IANS)

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