IPL 2018: Jos Buttler's 82 spurs Rajasthan to victory over Punjab

IPL 2018: Jos Buttler's 82 spurs Rajasthan to victory over Punjab

Rajasthan also failed to perform their fans with their batting except opener Jos Buttler's 51 runs, none of the other batsmen could score 30 runs for the team.

Rahul, who anchored Punjab to victory against the same opponents with an unbeaten 84 on Sunday, didn't get much support as his team was then restricted to 143-7.

Kings XI Punjab are in third spot with 12 points from 10 games and their next game will be in Indore against Kolkata Knight Riders. However RR could manage just 158 for 8 in 20 overs, as the wicket started getting slow and they lost 6 wickets in the last 6 overs.

Chris Gayle was smartly stumped by Buttler down the leg side for one and Ravichandran Ashwin was bowled after the Punjab skipper promoted himself to No 3. A number of Ashwin's changes (bringing in or dropping the likes of Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, David Miller, Yuvraj Singh) have been out of his choice on what works best for the team while Rahane's changes were borne out of necessity. Punjab were further dented with the loss of Karun Nair's wicket, who fell to Jofra Archer. Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers picking up 4 wickets for 34 runs in his quota of four overs. After collecting two boundaries off Marcus Stoinis in the first over, he hit Axar Patel for a fourthrough extra cover and executed an inside-out shot over cover for a six - in the second over. RR's performance in this year's IPL have been very forgettable as their captain Ajinkya Rahane is not performing. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. Opting to bat first, Rajasthan rode on Jos Buttler's (82) quick fire knock to post 158 in their 20 over quota. Rajasthan got off to an excellent start but lost the plot in the middle overs.

With the Ajinkya Rahane-led side at the bottom of the table, the encounter is a must-win for RR, and the side will aim to make the best of the home ground advantage to pull off a win.

Chasing a competitive, yet achievable, the target of 159, Kings XI Punjab batsmen were never allowed to free their hands even as Rahul held guard as the classy Karnataka batsman carried his bat through.

Finally, Buttler's innings came to an end when Mujeeb had him stumped with Royals' score reading 132 for four in the 17th over. He stuck nine fours and a six.

Stuart Binny in action.

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