KXIP vs RR, Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 12 runs

RR - 170/7 (20 Ovs)
KXIP - 182/6 (20 Ovs)

Well, that's that for tonight. Unfortunately both the Royal teams seem to be settling for, I dare say, the bottom four. There's still a slim chance to clinch a spot in the top-half though, but with a lot of World Cup player-exodus lurking around, things are only going to get tougher. For now, Rajasthan Roayls' focus will be to get better at pressure situations as the IPL caravan rolls along to make a halt in Hyderabad where SRH take on MSD's CSK tomorrow. Do join us for that @ 19:00 local sharp. Until then, this is Raju Peethala wishing you good night on behalf of Sagar Chawla, Sriram As, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Nikhil Jadhav and our scoring master Sulthan.

Ravi Ashwin, Man of the Match and the winning skipper: Very important to get that 10-point mark and I guess it's the right time in the tournament to do that. Its very tough to defend here, the wicket generally gets better in the second half. We probably thought we were 10-15 runs short on this pitch and I thought Arshdeep bowled really well in the first few overs. We had some plans for Jos and he really executed well. Mujeeb also I thought was brilliant, he went for a few runs but we got the wicket up front. He (Arshdeep) can actually swing the ball both ways and for a left-hander to swing both ways is a massive advantage in the first six as we have seen with Deepak Chahar in the CSK. We are looking forward to Arshdeep doing some great things in the tournament. For me, it's about getting various lengths with different speeds and trying to get the batsman with under cutter and reverse carrom. I worked on a lot of things despite people actually calling me for trying too many things, I kept on going. Most of the changes are actually forced, we got Moises into the eleven today. He was actually handed the cap but unfortunately he got injured in the last minute. Miller wasn't playing but he came in and played a vital hand for us, he took a couple of catches as well. We are waiting on Mujeeb's status (injury) and Moises (Henriques) seems okay.

Murugan Ashwin: Really happy. We wanted to bowl well in tandem - the spinners. We wanted to use the longer boundaries and we wanted them to hit there, so that was our plan. It was coming onto the bat well, there wasn't much dew. I have played a lot of cricket with him (Ravichandran Ashwin) and he has been helping me a lot. We were really disappointed that we couldn't defend in the last game but happy to be back to winning ways.

Rahane: 182 on that wicket was quite chaseable. We started well. Just a matter of two sixes. A game like this, you can't criticise too much. Our bowlers bowled well. In a chase like this, you can't lose too many wickets in a bunch. Discussion between me and Stuart was take it deep. Tripathi started really well. Should learn from our mistakes. These things happen in T20 cricket. Our two legspinners in the middle overs were brilliant. Jofra's four overs were critical.

23:39 local: If there was an award for the most unluckiest team this season, RR would definitely stand a huge chance to seal that accolade. They just can't seem to crack the code to overcome pressure situations. The chase got off smoothly, but Tripathi - who opened alongside Buttler - struggled big time during middle overs and that created a huge dent in keeping up with the required run rate. To make matters worse, Rahane too had a poor outing with the bat and unfortunately it coincided with that of Tripathi's struggling phase which took the game away from them. Stuart Binny nailed a few off the middle and played a blinder towards the end, but he was left with too much to do with absolutely no support from the other end.

19.6 Shami to Binny, FOUR, KXIP - 2, RR - 0 this season! A comfortable victory for the home team, win by 12 runs. Binny sliced the full ball one-handed and managed to get it over extra cover, Mayank Agarwal chases the ball to his left but he couldn't arrest him momentum and ended up sliding over the ball

19.5 Shami to Binny, 2 runs, makes room and drills the full delivery to the left of long-off, Agarwal again with a brilliant dive and he prevents the boundary with a superb dive

19.4 Shami to Binny, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, Binny chips this to the left of long-on and nabs another couple of runs

19.3 Shami to Binny, 2 runs, gets back and across and clubs the full ball straight down the ground, Mayank from long-off gets there quickly and keeps it down to two

19.2 Shami to Binny, no run, full on the stumps, Binny slices the drive to the left of backward point where Gayle mocks a misfield to force the duo to pinch a run, wasn't to be

Jaydev Unadkat, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.1 Shami to Shreyas Gopal, out Caught by Agarwal!! Pacy full ball from Shami, followed the batsman and fired it around the pads, Gopal had made room outside off but the extra pace from Shami skid onto the bat and hit the toe-end on the loft, a simple chance for Mayank at long-off. Shreyas Gopal c Agarwal b Shami 0(1)

Shami to Shreyas Gopal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

23 from 6 - That's not just Binny's score but also what is required off the final over. Shami to bowl

18.6 Arshdeep Singh to Binny, SIX, no missing this time around. Watches the ball like a hawk, sets himself deep inside the crease and smokes the full ball straight back over the bowler's head

18.5 Arshdeep Singh to Binny, no run, full and angling away outside off, a swing and a miss from Binny

18.4 Arshdeep Singh to Binny, SIX, length ball in the slot for Binny, he stands rooted to the crease and powers it into the cow corner orbit with tremendous timing

Shreyas Gopal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.3 Arshdeep Singh to Rahane, out Caught by Shami!! Rahane's ordeal comes to an end and the 20-year old is absolutely pumped. Couldn't have asked for a better debut. Rolled his fingers over this full delivery and asked Rahane to fetched it from outside off, the aimless slog loops up high in the air where Shami runs around to take a fine catch from short third. Rahane c Shami b Arshdeep Singh 26(21) [4s-1]

Arshdeep Singh to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

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