KXIP vs RR: Smith-Butler lead Rajasthan to Victory, Punjab Beat by 7 Wickets


KXIP vs RR: In the 50th match of the 13th season of IPL, Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 7 wickets. With this defeat, the road to Punjab has become difficult for the play-offs. At the same time, Rajasthan still remains in the race. Both teams have 12–12 points. Punjab is at number four and Rajasthan at number 5 in the points table.

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In the match played in Abu Dhabi, Punjab lost the toss and gave a target of 186 runs while batting first. In response, Rajasthan lost the match by losing 3 wickets in 17.3 overs to win 186 runs.

Gayle missed a century by 1 run for the second time

Chris Gayle was bowled by Joffra Archer for 99 off 63 balls. This was his 31st FIFTY in IPL. Gayle missed a century by 1 run for the second time in the league. Earlier in 2019, he was not out after scoring 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. This time Gayle had a chance to score his 7th century in the league, but Archer bowled him. KXIP vs RR.

2-2 wickets to Stokes and Archer

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer took 2–2 wickets each for Rajasthan. Stokes catches both Rahul and Puran caught by Rahul Tewatia. At the same time, Archer catches Mandeep at the hands of Archer. Then finally Gayle was bowled clean.

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Gayle’s 1001 sixes in T20 cricket

Gayle has completed his 1000 sixes in T20 cricket. He achieved this feat as soon as he hit 7th six in this innings. Gayle has 1001 sixes in 402 innings of 410 matches. He has scored 13 thousand 572 runs in T20 format. During this time he has an average of 38.20 and a strike rate of 146.82. He has scored 22 centuries and 85 fifty in T20 cricket.

The last match of both the teams is on 1 November

Both teams now have 1–1 matches remaining in the season, which will be played on 1 November. Rajasthan will play against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai. While Punjab will clash with Chennai Super Kings captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Stokes and Uthappa gave a great start

Rajasthan had a great start to chase the target. Opener Ben Stokes hit a quickfire 50 off 26 balls, while Robin Uthappa scored 30 off 23 balls. There was a 60-run opening partnership between the two. Stokes placed his second fifty in the league. After this Sanju Samson scored 48, Steve Smith scored 31 runs.

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Murugan Ashwin and Chris Jordan took 1-1 wickets for Punjab. Ashwin had Uthappa caught out by Puran, while Deepak Hooda took the catch of Stokes at Jordan’s ball. Samson was runout by Jagdish Suchit.

Kings XI Punjab playing XI

KL Rahul (captain and wicketkeeper), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Puran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadip Singh and Mohammed Shami.

Rajasthan Royals playing XI

Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Jose Butler, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajput and Karthik Tyagi.

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