Sky Sports – Jos Buttler’s third half-century in as many games laid the foundations for a Rajasthan Royals win over Kings XI Punjab that keeps their IPL play-off hopes alive.

Summary

  • Jos Buttler’s third half-century in as many games laid the foundations for a Rajasthan Royals win over Kings XI Punjab that keeps their IPL play-off hopes alive.
  • Kings XI lost Chris Gayle early and despite another fifty from KL Rahul (95no off 70), Rajasthan took wickets at regular intervals and the bowlers held their nerve to round off a 15-run win.
  • Both he and Rajasthan slowed through the middle overs as the Kings XI spinners made the most of a turning surface and when Buttler, who had been dropped in the previous over, decided it was time to accelerate, he was deceived by Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s (2-21) beautifully disguised wrong ‘un and was stumped.
  • Kings XI were under pressure early in their chase and Buttler was involved again, this time with a smart legside stumping to remove Gayle in the third over.
  • Ish Sodhi (1-14) bowled a very economical four overs, Ben Stokes claimed his third wicket of the tournament and although Rahul boosted the Kings XI total and moved to his highest T20 score with some inventive shots late on, Rajasthan completed a comfortable win.


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