IPL 2020 KXIP vs RR: Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab by 7 wickets, Gayle century and Samson missed half-century
IPL 2020 KXIP vs RR: The 50th match of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League was played between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi. In this match, Rajasthan captain Steve Smith decided to bowl first after winning the toss. The Punjab team, batting first, scored 185 runs, losing 4 wickets in 20 overs on Chris Gayle’s innings of 99 runs. Punjab had put on 186 runs to win in front of Rajasthan and this goal was achieved by Steve Smith’s team losing 3 wickets in 17.3 overs.
In this way Rajasthan won by 7 wickets and this team has maintained their playoff hopes. After this win, Rajasthan’s team has come at number five with 12 points, while Punjab is at number four with 12 points. Chris Gayle missed a century by just 1 run, but with the help of his explosive innings, Kings XI Punjab scored a huge score in front of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020. Kings XI Punjab scored 185 for 4 wickets. Chris Gayle achieved a special place during his innings of 99 runs. He became the first batsman in the world to score 1000 sixes in T20 cricket. He has hit 1001 sixes in 410 T20 matches.
Batting first after losing the toss, Kings XI Punjab did not start well when Mandeep Singh was dismissed in the first over. Ben Stokes caught a great catch by Mandeep on Joffra Archer’s bouncer. Punjab’s condition would have deteriorated if Ryan Parag would not have missed Chris Gayle off Varun Aaron, who was playing for 10 at the time. Gayle took advantage of this gift and played strokes freely. He reached half-century with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes in 33 balls. He also got life on the score of 50. KL Rahul remained unfortunate and could not complete the half-century. He scored 46 runs and was caught by Rahul Stovia at deep midwicket off Ben Stokes. He shared 120 runs for the second wicket with Gayle.
Nicholas Puran was dismissed after playing a small but aggressive innings. He was caught on the boundary line by Rahul Teotia off Ben Stokes after scoring 22 runs with the help of 3 sixes in 10 balls. Gayle hit the seventh six of the innings off Karthik Tyagi to complete 1000 sixes in the T20 cricket. He was bowled by Joffra Archer for 99 runs. He hit 6 fours and 8 sixes in 63 balls.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rajasthan made a change in the playing eleven to include Varun Aaron in the playing eleven in place of Ankit Rajput. There has been no change in the Punjab team. The Rajasthan Royals, who are struggling with lack of consistency in their performances, will have to win against the heavily performing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to maintain their playoff hopes. The Punjab team, which has registered five consecutive wins, would like to win the match and move on to the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals are in seventh place with 10 points from 12 matches. If he wins both his matches, he will get 14 points and then he can remain in the playoff race, but for that also he will have to depend on the results of other teams. If Rajasthan loses this match then it will also be out of the playoff race. Right now the three-time winner Chennai is the only team that has been eliminated from the title race. Rajasthan will be expecting a blistering performance from their star players Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Jose Butler in this match. Rahut Tewatia will also want to bat explosively at the end of the innings.
Kings XI Punjab have come into the rhythm in a bang style after a poor start in this season of IPL. The team won only 1 match in the first 7 matches, but after that it has won the next five matches. Punjab is fourth in the points table with 12 points from 12 matches. KL Rahul’s team would like to enter the playoffs with 16 points and win the next two matches while maintaining the same rhythm.
Rahul Tewatiya did a miraculous performance:
In the last match played between these two teams, Rajasthan registered a thrilling win over Punjab. Mayank Agarwal (106) and KL Rahul (69) shared an 183-run partnership for the first wicket. With this, Punjab had scored 223 for 2 wickets. In response, Sanju Samson scored 85 runs from 42 balls and Steve Smith scored 50 runs off 27 balls. Even after this, Punjab looked to be in a strong position but Tewatia had scored a memorable victory for Sheldon Cottrell by hitting 5 sixes in his over. Punjab had achieved the biggest target in the IPL.
Teams – Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, M Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadip Singh, Mohammed Shami.
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (Captain), Sanju Samson, Jose Butler, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Karthik Tyagi.