Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical all-round display to register a convincing 16-run win over Rajasthan Royals and consolidate its position at the top of the table in the IPL-7, here on Friday night.
Sent into bat, table-topper Kings XI Punjab plundered 46 runs in the last three overs of its innings to finish with a competitive 179 for four. Its bowlers then came to the party, with Akshar Patel leading the way with impressive figures of three for 24, to restrict RR to 163 for eight.
Needing 31 off the last over, James Faulkner (35 off 13) smashed two sixes to make it a little interesting, but the asking rate proved to be too much for RR in the end. Faulkner blasted four sixes during his breezy, unbeaten knock at the PCA Stadium.
The hosts’ 10th win kept the door open for Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Asked to bat first, the Punjab outfit upped the ante towards the end after being 133 for four at the end of 17th over, with the in-form David Miller and skipper George Bailey remaining unbeaten on 29 and 26 respectively.
Shaun Marsh top-scored with 40, which included five hits to the fence. Marsh was involved in a 59-run partnership ensued with Wriddhiman Saha.
Marsh played some good shots during his 35-ball knock and completed 4000 runs in all forms of T20 cricket. The Australian struck five fours and one six, before he was done in by a slower ball from Vikramjeet Malik.
Kings XI Punjab: Virender Sehwag c Malik b Faulkner 18 (8b, 3×4, 1×6), Manan Vohra run out 25 (20b, 3×4, 1×6), Shaun Marsh c Rahane b Malik 40 (35b, 5×4, 1×6), Wriddhiman Saha c Rahane b Tewatia 27 (20b, 4×4), David Miller (not out) 29 (20b, 2×6), George Bailey (not out) 26 (18b, 1×4, 1×6); Extras (b-3, lb-7, w-3, nb-1) 14; Total (for four wkts. in 20 overs): 179.
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Sehwag), 2-54 (Vohra), 3-113 (Marsh), 4-119 (Saha).
Rajasthan Royals bowling: Vikramjeet Malik 3-0-29-1, Shane Watson 2-0-16-0, James Faulkner 3-0-39-1, Kevon Cooper 4-0-25-0, Rahul Tewatia 4-0-24-1, Pravin Tambe 4-0-36-0.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane b Dhawan 23 (26b, 2×4), Karun Nair c Bailey b Balaji 11 (6b, 2×4), Sanju Vishwanadh st Saha b Karanveer 30 (29b, 2×4, 1×6), Shane Watson b Dhawan 0 (1b), Stuart Binny c Marsh b Karanveer 7 (10b), Rahul Tewatia c Karanveer b Akshar 16 (13b, 1×6), Brad Hodge st Saha b Akshar 31 (18b, 2×4, 2×6), James Faulkner (not out) 35 (13b, 1×4, 4×6), Kevon Cooper c Marsh b Akshar 2 (2b), Vikramjeet Malik (not out) 1 (2b); Extras (lb-4, w-3): 7; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs): 163.
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Nair), 2-56 (Rahane), 3-56 (Watson), 4-70 (Binny), 5-83 (Vishwanadh), 6-101 (Tewatia), 7-128 (Hodge), 8-130 (Cooper).
bowling: L. Balaji 4-0-37-1, Beuran Hendricks 4-0-57-0, Rishi Dhawan 4-0-25-2, Akshar Patel 4-0-24-3, Karanveer Singh 4-0-16-2.
Man of the match: S. Marsh.
Kings XI Punjab won by 16 runs.