Rajasthan Royals Hopes Still Alive | RR vs KXIP | IPL 2018 | Points Table | Latest Updates
The 4oth match of the IPL 2018 played at the RR team’s home ground in Jaipur between RR vs KXIP. With the victory over Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs Rajasthan Royals Hopes Still Alive for the playoffs. After winning the toss Rajasthan Royals decided to bat first. And they made a score of 158 at the loss of 8 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. However, what ensured their victory over KXIP was in their bowling effort that restricted an explosive batting line-up of KXIP to just 143 runs at the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.
It was a do or die game for Rajasthan Royals. This was evident in their bowling effort when they dismissed 6 KXIP batsmen in single digit score. Only KL Rahul was the batsman, a hope for KXIP who played a majestic inning of not out 95 runs in 70 balls scoring 70 percent for the team. But, his efforts neither scored him a century nor a win for the team. Nonetheless, he won the hearts of Indian selectors as he is selected for the Indian team going to England. Punjab lost the game by 15 runs.
KL Rahul is the one with orange cap currently. Punjab lost quick wickets early and throughout. Ish Sodhi and Krishnappa Gowtham destroyed the KXIP batting attack with their economical bowling spell. Krishnappa Gowtham took 2 wickets giving away just 12 runs in his 3 overs. Whereas, Ish Sodhi bowled fantastic 4 overs taking 1 wicket and giving just 14 runs. Ben Stokes, Jaydev and Jofra took 1 wicket each.
Rajasthan Royals Jos Butler made 82 runs in 58 balls hitting 9 fours and a six. And a short contribution of 22 runs by Sanju Samson helped them post a target of 159 runs. Rest of the RR batsmen were not as effective with their bat as KXIP bowlers overpowered them. Furthermore, Andrew Tye of KXIP took 4 wickets in his 4 overs giving 34 runs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the most economical bowler for Punjab taking 2 wickets and giving just 22 runs in his 4 overs.
As of now, Rajasthan Royals Hopes Still Alive but they still have a long way to go to make it to the playoffs. SRH is at the top of the points table followed by CSK and KXIP. RR is at the sixth position.