Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant fifty as Rajsthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in Mohali.
Live updates from match number 55 between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at Mohali.
Rajasthan Royals innings:
End of over 19, Rajasthan Royals for 1: Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets! Sanju Samson hit Manpreet Gony for a boundary towards extra cover to clinch Rajasthan's victory in Mohali.
End of over 18, Rajasthan Royals 135 for 1: Praveen Kumar tried to put some pressure on Rajasthan Royals as he conceded just six off his over. Rahane and Samson rotated the strike to gather quick singles in their chase of 146 runs.
End of over 17, Rajasthan Royals 130 for 1: Fifty! Ajinkya Rahane struck Awana for 2 runs towards backward square leg to bring up his fifty. It is 10th Indian T20 fifty for Rahane. He smashed Rahane for a huge six over deep midwicket region in his last ball of the over. Rajasthan need 15 runs in 17 balls.
End of over 16, Rajasthan Royals 117 for 1: Praveen Kumar lost his contro as he bowled three wide deliveries. Sanju Samson smashed Praveen for a wonderful boundary over mid-wicket region.
End of over 15, Rajasthan Royals 105 for 2: Biupl tried to bowl another economical over but Samson, after two dot balls, smashed him for a beautiful four towards long off. Rajasthan need 41 off 30 balls.
End of over 14, Rajasthan Royals 98 for 2: Sanju Samson played both the spinners- Piyush Chawla and Bipul sharma- cautiously. After Bipul's tight over, Chawla conceded just three runs off the over. Excellent stuff by him.
End of over 13, Rajasthan Royals 95 for 2: Bipul Sharma bowled his third over superbly, conceding just three runs. Sanju played him cautiously after a small discussion with Ajinkya Rahane. Rajasthan need 51 runs from 42 balls.
End of over 12, Rajasthan Royals 92 for 2: Rajagopal Sathish conceded 10 runs off his first over on the innings. Sanju Samson smashed Sathish for a boundary towards backward points.
End of over 11, Rajasthan Royals 82 for 2: Parvinder Awana bowled two wides to start his over. But conceded just 7 runs off the remaining balls of the over. Just 9 runs off it. Rajasthan need 64 runs off 54 balls to win.
End of over 10, Rajasthan Royals 73 for 2: Wicket! Piyush Chawla got the much needed breakthrough as he dismissed Shane Watson for 31 runs. He bowled the Australian at a speed of 117 km/hr. Watson looked surprised.
Shane Watson b Chawla 31(25)
End of over 9, Rajasthan Royals 65 for 1: Rahane was releasing the pressure off Rajasthan's shoulder. Manpreet Gony was off to a good start with bowl, giving just 4 runs off the five balls of the over, but Rahane once again cleared the long-off area with ease for a beautiful six off the last ball.
End of over 8, Rajasthan Royals 55 for 1: Piyush Chawla started his over with two consecutive dot balls but was punished by Rahane with a beautiful six over covers. This also brought up the 50-run stand as well between Watseon and Rahane. Things seemed under control after their captain Dravid's departure.
End of over 7, Rajasthan Royals 47 for 1: Shane Watson gave a warm welcome to Bipul Sharma with a huge six towards long off in his first ball of the over. Just 9 runs off the over. Rajasthan still required 99 runs from 13 over.
End of over 6, Rajasthan Royals 38 for 1: Praveen Kumar was bowling his second over of the spell. Watson welcomed him with a dot ball and then punished him for a boundary between cover and point. Watson, also survived a close leg-before call on the third delivery of his over. Just 7 runs off the over.
End of over 5, Rajasthan Royals 31 for 1: Ajinkya Rahane looked in a great touch. He struck to boundaries off Parvinder Awana's over. First one was towards cover and the second one between cover and cover points.
End of over 4, Rajasthan Royals 20 for 1: Piyush Chawla came into the attack. He bowled beautifully, conceding just 4 runs off his first 5 deliveries but Rahane hit him for a boundary towards deep extra cover region.
End of over 3, Rajasthan Royals 12 for 1: Parvinder Awana bowled a tight over and didn't give a chance to the batsmen to attack. Rahane smashed him for a lovely four towards covers.
End of over 2, Rajasthan Royals 6 for 1: Wicket! The left-arm orthodox Bipul sharma got major breakthrough for Kings XI Punjab as he dismissed Rahul Dravid for 4 runs. Playing in his first match of the IPL 6, Bipul bowled the Indian veteran in a superb fashion.
Rahul Dravid b Bipul Sharma 4(7)
End of over 1, Rajasthan Royals 4 for 0: Rahul Dravid and Ajinjya Rahane opened the batting for Rajasthan Royals. Dravid welcomed Praveen Kumar with a four between cover and point. Making a comeback, Praveen Kumar didn't give a single run off the remaining five balls. A great comeback by the bowler.
Kings XI Punjab innings: 145 for 6 in 20 overs.
End of over 20, Kings XI Punjab 145 for : What a finish by Rajasthan Royals. A superb bowling show by Raajsthan bowlers restricted Kings XI Punjab at 145 for 6 at Mohali. Faulker too a wicket in the last over too as he dismissed Manpreet Gony for paltry 3. Just 38 runs came off the last 5 overs. Raajthan need 146 runs to win. Stay tuned for the second innings updates.
Gony c Samson b Faulkner 3(3)
End of over 19, Kings XI Punjab 137 for : Wicket! A great stuff by Kevon Cooper. Two wickets for him in an over. Firstly Shaun Marsh and then David Miller. He bowled the well-settled Marsh for 77 runs and then got Miller caought by Rahane at deep midwicket area. Marsh seemed struggling in the last over too. A magnificent show by Rajasthan Royals' bowlers at death. So, no Miller show today.
Shaun Marsh b Kevon Cooper 77(64)
David Miller c Rahane b Kevon Cooper 8(11)
End of over 18, Kings XI Punjab 134 for 3: Shane Watson was at his best in the death overs. He didn't give a single chance to both devastating batsmen to go over the ropes. Just 7 runs off the over. Shaun Marsh was playing on 76 off 62.
End of over 17, Kings XI Punjab 127 for 3: Rajasthan brought back Kevon Cooper into the attack. Cooper gave just two runs off the first three deliveries of the over. Marsh got a lifeline when he was dropped by Rahul Dravid at covers. Just 7 runs off Coopper's over.
End of over 16, Kings XI Punjab 120 for 3: Shaun Marsh welcomed James Faulkner with a dot and then smashed him for a gigantic six towards long on. With Miller on the other, Marsh looked confident and drove an overpitched delivery for a boundary towards deep extra cover.
End of over 15, Kings XI Punjab 107 for 3: Wicket! A big wicket for Rajasthan Royals. Shane Watson bowled David Hussey for paltry one. It was a full delivery with a bit of in-swing from Watson, but Hussey missed it completely and the ball ripped through the stumps.
David Hussey b Shane Watson 1(3)
End of over 14, Kings XI Punjab 104 for 2: Wicket! Kevon Cooper got the much needed breakthrough as he sclped Adam Gilchrist for 42 runs. Gilchrist shared a magnificent 102-run stand with Shaun Marsh for the second wicket. The Australian veteran smashed six fours in his innings.
Adam Gilchrist c and b Kevon Cooper 42(32)
End of over 13, Kings XI Punjab 100 for 1: Half-century for Shaun Marsh! 100 up for Punjab as well!! Marsh hit Faulkner for a boundary towards fine leg to bring up his fifty. His fifty came off 43 balls. A brilliant innings by Marsh after KXIP suffered an early jolt.
End of over 12, Kings XI Punjab 93 for 1: A magnificent over by the allrounder Shane Watson. Four singles and a dot off the first five deliveries but Shaun Marsh hit him for a boundary towards fine leg.
End of over 11, Kings XI Punjab 85 for 1: Shaun Marsh welcomed Siddharth Trivedi with a boundary towards deep square leg. Marsh tried to go over the ropes but couldn't connect it properly. A double to end the over, 11 runs off it.
End of over 10, Kings XI Punjab 74 for 1: Another bowling change for Rajasthan Royals as they brought Kevon Cooper into the attack. Starting with a wide ball, Cooper didn't give a single chance to the both well-settled batsmen to go over the fence. Two wides by Cooper and 9 runs off the over.
End of over 9, Kings XI Punjab 65 for 1: Siddharth Trivedi began the over with two dot balls. Shaun Marsh smashed him for a four towards deep backward point. A good over by Trivedi, just 7 runs off it.
End of over 8, Kings XI Punjab 58 for 1: Shane Watson came into the attack now. Watson began the over with superb line and length with a single and then two dot balls. Gilchrist hit him for boundary on the fourth delivery towards sweeper cover region. 7 runs off it.
End of over 7, Kings XI Punjab 51 for 1: 50 up for Punjab! Shaun Marsh didn't give any chance to Chandila this time. The Australian smashed a six towards long-on and the a magnificent four straight down the ground. 14 runs off it and that ends Chandila's spell 4-0-24-1.
End of over 6, Kings XI Punjab 37 for 1: James Faulkner came into the attack. Gilchrist welcomed him with two consecutive boundaries towards third man area. 9 runs off the over.
End of over 5, Kings XI Punjab 28 for 1: Another superb one by Chandila. Just 4 runs off it. Chandila didn't give room to both the batsmen to hit him towards the fence.
End of over 4, Kings XI Punjab 24 for 1: A good over for KXIP after Madeep's wicket. Sreesanth begun the over with a dot ball but Shaun Marsh hit him hard on the second delivery for a scintillating boundary towards
mid off. Joining the party, Gilchrist hit the bowler for back-to-back fours. 13 runs off the over for Punjab.
End of over 3, Kings XI Punjab 11 for 1: Ajit Chandila has again done a fabulous job as he gave just 5 runs off his second over. Shaun Marsh tried to smash him hard towards deep midwicket area on the third delivery but had to satisfy with double.
End of over 2, Kings XI Punjab 6 for 1: Sreesanth started the over with three dot ball but KXIP skipper Adam Gilchrist smashed him for a boundary between extra cover and mid off.
End of over 1, Kings XI Punjab 1 for 1: Wicket! Ajit Chandila gave Rajasthan their first breakthough in the first over of the innings as he dismissed Mandeep Singh for a duck. Mandeep Singh tried to play a flighted delivery off Chandila, but gave a simple catch to the bowler.
Mandeep Singh c and b Chandila 0(3)
TOSS: Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
Rajasthan Royals have made four changes in the team - Dishant Yagnik, Kevon Cooper, Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth are in. For Punjab, Adam Gilchrist will be leading the side once again and Bipul Sharma will play his first game of the IPL 6.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist(wk/capt), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, David Miller, Bipul Sharma, Rajagopal Sathish, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Parvinder Awana
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid(capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson, Dishant Yagnik(wk), Kevon Cooper, James Faulkner, Siddharth Trivedi, Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth