Mohali: Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) produced a great all-spherical performance to script a cozy 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a second leg IPL clash to carry their campaign returned heading in the right direction.

Opener Rahul hit a forty seven-ball 52, even as Ashwin (2/24) smashed 17 off four balls in the remaining over and then took vital wickets as KXIP bounced lower back after successive losses within the ultimate fits to report their fifth win on this IPL.

Invited to bat, Rahul, who became named in India's world Cup squad on Monday, and David Miller (forty off 27) shared a 85-run stand to put the inspiration.


Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the final two balls to put KXIP in a strong position.

The hosts then back to limit Rajasthan to 168 for seven, courtesy some super bowling with the aid of Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin (1/24) in the middle overs after Arshdeep Singh's maiden two IPL wickets. Mohammed Shami was expensive however got here proper inside the very last overs, scalping two wickets.

After this win, KXIP grabbed the fourth spot inside the factors table with 10 factors to keep playoff hopes alive.

however, it turned into Rajasthan's sixth loss and they'll want to pull up their socks in the event that they must salvage any hopes of making it to the knockout stage.

protecting the total, KXIP brushed off the large-hitting Jos Buttler (23) early as Rajasthan reached 55 inside the first six overs.

After blasting sixes and one 4, Buttler changed into caught by keeper Pooran as younger pacer Arshdeep scalped his maiden IPL wicket.

Opener Rahul Tripathi (50) and Sanju Samson (27 off 21) brought fifty nine runs to take Rajasthan near the one hundred-run mark.

however, after tight overs, Ashwin produced the leap forward with a carrom ball in the 12th over when he wiped clean up Samson, who regarded to play a sweep shot.

Shami then back only to concede eleven runs with Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane sending him throughout the rope.

desiring 66 off remaining six overs, Tripathi completed his fifty in 44 balls before being caught at lengthy-off boundary by means of Agarwal off Ashwin.

Australian Ashton Turner's IPL debut ended with a primary-ball naught, while Jofra Archer changed into sent returned by Shami as RR slumped to 133 for 5 in 17.1 overs.

Stuart Binny scored a quickfire eleven-ball 33 however it was not sufficient as Rahane too changed into dismissed in pursuit of short runs.

in advance in-form Rahul performed a controlled innings after he misplaced his commencing associate Chris Gayle (30) earlier than powerplay.

Gayle hit three sixes and two barriers before being despatched lower back by way of Archer as KXIP have been 39-1 at the give up of powerplay.

The dashing opener dispatched Unadkat for two sixes in his first over, then hit Dhawal Kulkarni for a six and a 4 earlier than edging one off Archer into the palms of wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.

Mayank Agarwal, who walked in after Gayle's fall, looked dangerous but did not final lengthy. He made 26 of 12 balls and become claimed by means of RR's New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi as Punjab slipped to sixty seven for 2.

Rahul then attempted to regular the ship with Miller, who came into the side because of the ultimate-minute ankle harm of Australian allrounder Moises Henriques.

in the 14th over, Rahul and Miller exploded after mentioning the hundred for KXIP. The duo gathered 19 runs off Sodhi's over with Rahul smoking a massive six over deep rectangular leg and Miller thumping one over long-off.

the 2 batsmen piled up 20 runs in the subsequent over with Rahul clearing the quilt with an interior-out shot for a six off Unadkat, and Miller depositing a full-toss over deep midwicket.

Rahul turned into then picked up with the aid of medium-pacer Jaydev Unadkat within the 18th over with the opener hitting directly to Archer at point.

Punjab then misplaced Nicholas Pooran (five) and Mandeep Singh (0) — both claimed by using Archer in his final over, whilst Miller too passed a trap to Buttler off Kulkarni inside the twentieth over as Punjab slipped to 164 for six.

Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes inside the remaining balls to position KXIP in a robust position.

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