KXIP vs RR: Rajasthan Royals climate Gayle storm, maintain play-off hopes alive | Cricket Information

Rajasthan Royals stopped the dream run of Kings XI Punjab as they registered an emphatic seven-wicket win of their Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi on Friday. This victory put Rajasthan Royals again within the hunt for the play-offs.
Chasing the aggressive whole of 186, Rajasthan Royals have been off to a flying begin. Ben Stokes and Robin Uthappa added 60 runs for the primary wicket. Ben Stokes, who was coming to the match on the again of a superb century, picked up the place he has left towards Mumbai Indians.
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Stokes continued his menacing kind and accomplished his half-century in simply 24 balls with a six over long-off. Chris Jordan halted the blistering innings of Stokes (50 off 26b; 6×4 3×6).
Stokes’ departure did not choke the scoring fee as Sanju Samson (48 off 25b; 4×4, 3×6) , and Robin Uthappa stored tempo.
Steve Smith (31 off 20b; 5×4, 0x6) and Jos Butler (22 off 11b; 1×4, 2×6) steered their workforce residence comfortably.

Earlier, it was a Chris Gayle (99 off 63b; 6×4, 8×6) present, who made the many of the dropped catches and scored his third half-century in six matches he has performed up to now.
The West Indian was on track towards the Rajasthan Royals and have become the primary cricketer to hit 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket within the course of. Solely a terrific supply from Archer stops him from attending to his century.
After being put to bat by Steve Smith, Kings XI Punjab had a dramatic begin. Jofra Archer eliminated Mandeep Singh on a golden duck with a brute of a bouncer within the first over. Mandeep took his eyes away from the ball, and Ben Stokes ran in from the purpose, dives full size, and takes a superb catch.

Gayle and captain KL Rahul (46 off 41b; 3×4, 2×6) took the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to the cleaners.
In quest of the wicket, Smith introduced again Archer within the 14th over, however each he conceded 11 runs. Nonetheless, within the subsequent over, Stokes received Rajasthan Royals, the Prized wicket of KL Rahul, and broke the 120-runs partnership for the second wicket.
Subsequent in, Nicholas Pooran (22 off 10b; 0x4, 3×6) does not take lengthy to get going. He smacked two sixes off Aaron’s bowling within the 16th over. Pooran and Gayle placed on 41 runs in simply 20 balls.
For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer (2/26) and Ben Stokes (2/32) bagged two wickets.

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