Indian Premier League (IPL 2019)
| On May 8, 2018 11:50 PM IST

RR vs KXIP Match Report: Rahul’s 95 in vain as Rajasthan Royals defend 158


RR vs KXIP Match 40, IPL 2018

Score summary:

RR: 158/8; Buttler 82, Tye 4/34

KXIP: 143/7; Rahul 39, Gowtham 2/12

Match Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 15 runs

Jaipur – It was another bowler-friendly fest at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur that produced a thrilling contest on Tuesday’s IPL showdown. In the end, Kings XI Punjab fell short of their target despite KL Rahul’s unbeaten 95.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat, RR got off to a flier with Buttler carrying on his rich vein of form. The swashbuckling opener smashed 82 runs off 58 balls to lift his side to a fighting total. For the visiting side, speedster Andrew Tye returned with a brilliant 4/34 bowling figures.

In reply, KXIP did not get off to the best of starts with dismissals of Gayle and Ashwin (on promotion to no.3) in the third over. KL Rahul carried his bat but did not get any support from the other end to stay on course of the asking rate.

The win has pushed Royals’ to sixth on the points table.

Himanshu Sharma

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