Punjab win to dash Rajasthan play-off hopes in IPL

The last time RR emerged victorious was on April 22, against Mumbai Indians, and they would be eager to get back to winning ways.

Earlier, Gayle collected just one run off the first eight balls he faced before racing to his half century, his fourth fifty plus score in five innings of the IPL so far.

Yadav scored the majority of his runs through the leg-side; the three sixes were hits over the sight-screen, one over midwicket, and one backward of square.

Mumbai's hitters, including captain Rohit Sharma, have flopped pitiably in the current year's group.

When you lose it, things go awfully wrong.

KXIP's decision-making didn't help their cause either. (LIVE SCORECARD)(Play Fantasy Cricket & Win Lakhs everyday!) IPL 2018 Live updates of Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals match, straight from Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore23:13 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 43 runs in 24 balls23:00 IST: KXIP cross the 100-run mark & need 53 runs in 34 ballsAfter 14 overs, KXIP are 95/422:53 IST: Axar tried to play the length ball but it was grabbed inside the boundary22:52 IST: WICKET! After the end of 20th over KXIP restricted Rajasthan on 152/9. Although he started off gingerly, he picked up the pace.

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It is well reported that the last few balls of an innings, or game, have cost Mumbai.

When MI came out to bat, they were cautious at the start.

After R Ashwin's economical first over got rid of D'Arcy Short, Buttler made use of Ankit Rajpoot's pace and shorter lengths by taking 12 off five balls in the second over. In 7 games, he has scored 268 runs with an average of 38 and a strike-rate of 171. Three of their bowlers were among the top six wicket-takers before Saturday evening, their middle order has begun to shine, and their frontline batsmen have been scoring runs, barring the seven ducks Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis have collected together. In the 17th and 18th overs, we gave away 16 and 15 runs in those overs, which was very crucial. While Rohit's knock was about elegance, Krunal plundered the KXIP bowlers. The 55 runs that were remaining, disappeared in 3.3 overs. Mumbai will once again depend on Mayank Markande for bowling.

Conceding only six runs in a brilliant final over, the new leading wicket-taker (14) in the tournament finished with excellent figures of 2-19 from his four overs to close the doors on Kolkata. Gayle and Rahul were exceptional in Punjab's previous match against MI and it was after Rahul's departure that the Punjab team never quite got going.

While captain and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for Short - who was caught by Andrew Tye at midwicket - Rahane's cut off a delivery from left-arm spinner Axar Patel saw Chris Gayle dive forward to pull off a stunning catch.

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