IPL 2014: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – As it happened...

By Suyash Srivastava | Updated: May 23, 2014, 19:03 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

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Chandigarh: Kings XI Punjab remained on the top of the points table as they thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs in the 52nd match of the Indian Premier League played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

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Rajasthan Royals innings:

Over 20 || Score 163/8

Hendricks to bowl the final over, 31 needed from 6 balls. Hendricks started off with a slow yorker and Faulkner was clueless on that occasion. Hendricks drifted on the leg side off the second ball, Faulkner smashed it over wide of long-on for a Six! Hendricks fired a yorker next ball, Faulkner hit it towards long-off and refused the single. Fourth ball was a length delivery and Faulkner once again hammered it over the cow corner for a Six! Faulkner hit the fifth ball towards deep fine leg for a single. Malik hit the last ball of the over towards deep square leg for a single. 14 runs from the over and Kings XI Punjab have won the match by 16 runs and they remain on the top of the points table!

James Faulkner 35* (13b) Vikramjeet Malik 1* (2b)

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Over 19 || Score 149/8

Balaji to bowl the fifth over. First ball was a low full-toss and Faulkner smashed it past covers for a boundary! Second ball was a half-volley and Faulkner pummeled it over long-on for a Six! Faulkner hit the third ball towards long-off for a single. Balaji's next ball was a length delivery and Faulkner on this occasion slaughtered it straight down the ground for another Six! Faulkner played the fifth ball towards long-off for a single. Malik hit the last ball towards long-on and they haven't taken a single. 18 runs from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 131/8

Patel to bowl his final over. Faulkner took a single off the first ball. Hodge hit the second ball towards deep midwicket, where a misfield converted in into two runs. Hodge charged down the wicket off the third ball, it was an arm delivery and Saha dislodged the bails, Brad Hodge is OUT! Kevon Cooper is the next man in. Cooper hit the first ball towards deep cover for a couple of runs. Cooper skied the next ball high in the same area and Shaun Marsh took an excellent catch diving to his left, Kevon Cooper is OUT! Faulkner took a single off the last ball to keep the strike.

KK Cooper c Marsh b Patel 2 (2b)

BJ Hodge st Saha b Patel 31 (18b)

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Over 17 || Score 125/6

Hendricks has been brought into the attack, 77 needed from 24. First ball was short and Hodge smashed it over deep midwicket for a Six! Second ball was full and wide and Hodge drilled it past covers for boundary! Third ball was a half-volley again, Hodge hammered it towards long-on, and Marsh misjudged the bounce of the ball which went for a boundary! Hodge charged down the wicket off the fourth ball, got an edge which went towards wide of third man for a couple of runs. Hendricks replied back with a slow bouncer, Hodge didn't pick that at all. Hendricks ended the over with a dot ball and Hodge launched it high over long-on for another Six! 22 runs from the over. Rajasthan need to score at more than 18 runs for the next three overs.

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Over 16 || Score 103/6

Patel to bowl his third over. Third ball was in Tweatia's arc and he slog-swept it over deep midwicket for a Six! Tewatia attempted another big stroke off the next ball, but hit it straight to Karanveer at deep square leg, Rahul Tewatia is OUT! James Faulkner is the new man in. 11 runs from the over. Both these Australians have won some matches single-handedly in the past, Rajasthan need a similar effort from both of them today.

R Tewatia c Karanveer Singh b Patel 16 (13b)

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Over 15 || Score 92/5

Balaji has been brought into the attack. 96 needed from 36. Eight runs from the over. Tewatia is struggling to connect his bat with the ball, Hodge too isn't taking any chances at the moment.

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Over 14 || Score 84/5

Karanveer to bowl his final over. With required run-rate increasing, Samson charged down the wicket off the first ball which was a perfect leg-spinner, missed the line and was stumped, Sanju Samson is OUT! Brad Hodge is the new man in. Just one from the over, Karanveer ends a superb spell!

SV Samson st Saha b Karanveer Singh 30 (29b)

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Over 13 || Score 83/4

Akshar Patel brought back into the attack. Six runs from the over. Rajasthan need some big overs now. 98 required off just 43 balls.

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Over 12 || Score 77/4

Binny charged down the wicket off the first ball and hit it straight to Shaun Marsh at long-off, Stuart Binny is OUT! Rahul Tewatia has been promoted ahead of Brad Hodge and James Faulkner. Seven runs from the over.

STR Binny c Marsh b Karanveer Singh 7 (10b)

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Over 11 || Score 70/3

Dhawan to bowl his final over. Six runs from the over. Excellent spell from Rishi comes to an end.

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Over 10 || Score 64/3

Karanveer to continue. Another good over from him, just six runs off it.

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Over 9 || Score 58/3

Rishi to bowl his third over. Rahane charged down the wicket off a half-volley, missed the line and there was a big gap between the bat and the pad as a result of which he was bowled, Ajinkya Rahane is OUT! Shane Watson is the new man in. Guess what, Rishi welcomed him with a sharp inswinger and the RR skipper is bowled, Shane Watson is OUT! Stuart Binny is the new man in. Dhawan is on a hat-trick. No hat-trick for Rishi as Binny defended the third ball for no run. Two runs from the over and two massive wickets for Rishi Dhawan.

SR Watson b Dhawan 0 (1b)

AM Rahane b Dhawan 23 (26b)

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Over 8 || Score 56/1

Karanveer Singh to bowl his first over. Good start from the spinner, two runs from it.

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Over 7 || Score 54/1

Hendricks to bowl his second over. Fifth ball was short delivery, Samson went for the pull and it sailed high over deep midwicket for a Six! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 44/1

Dhawan to continue. Rahane charged down the wicket off the first ball and cleared mid-on for a boundary! Samson saw some room on offer off the fourth ball and played it late past third man for a boundary! Last ball was aimed at the pads and Samson flicked it past midwicket for another boundary! 13 runs from the over, good one for RR.

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Over 5 || Score 31/1

Akshar Patel brought into the attack. Just three from the spinner's first over.

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Over 4 || Score 28/1

Rishi Dhawan brought into the attack. Five runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 23/1

Balaji to continue. Second delivery had width on offer and Karun cut it past backward point for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

KK Nair c Bailey b Balaji 11 (6b)

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Over 2 || Score 16/0

Beuran Hendricks to bowl from the other end. Last ball had width on offer and Karun cut it for a boundary! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 5/0

Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair to open the innings for RR, Lakshmipathy Balaji will bowl the first over for KXIP. Fourth ball was slightly short and Rahane played it over mid-on for a boundary! Five from the first over.

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Kings XI Punjab innings:

Over 20 || Score 179/4

Cooper to bowl the final over. He began with a slow off-cutter, Miller couldn't connect and they have taken a single. Bailey smashed the second delivery straight to long-off for a single. Third ball was down the leg side, Miller didn't connect but it clipped his pads and went for four byes. Miller hit the fourth ball towards deep square leg for a couple of runs. Cooper bowled another slower one and a bye was scored yet again as Miller once failed to connect. Bailey made room for himself off the last ball, Cooper bowled a big wide, but the umpire hasn't called it a wide and thus a bye was scored off the last ball.

David Miller 29* (20b) George Bailey 26* (18)

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Over 19 || Score 169/4

Faulkner to bowl the penultimate over. Bailey made some room for himself off the first ball and hit it over point for a boundary! Faulkner's second ball was at the leg stump and Bailey launched it high over cow corner for a Six! Third ball was a wide full-toss and Bailey hit it over covers for a couple of runs. Faulkner followed it with a similar delivery and Bailey once again scored a couple off it, and it's also a no-ball which means a free-hit for Bailey! Bailey hit the free-hit delivery straight to the fielder at deep third man and took a single. Faulkner bowled another full-toss, this time to Miller who whacked it over deep midwicket for a Six! Miller took a single off the last ball. 23 runs from the over. Extremely poor bowling from Faulkner!

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Over 18 || Score 146/4

Tambe to bowl his final over. Miller charged down the wicket off the last ball and hammered it straight down the ground for a Six! 13 runs from the over.

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Over 17 || Score 133/4

Cooper to bowl his third over. Seven runs from the over. Two quite overs for RR.

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Over 16 || Score 126/4

Tambe to bowl his third over. Economical over from Tambe, six runs from it.

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Over 15 || Score 120/4

Tewatia to bowl his final over. Saha charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and hit it straight to Rahane at long-on, Wriddhiman Saha is OUT! Bailey is the new man in. Just two from the over.

WP Saha c Rahane b Tewatia 27 (20b)

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Over 14 || Score 118/3

Malik has been brought back into the attack. First ball was a half-volley and Marsh hit it straight to Rahane at long-on, Shaun Marsh is OUT! Five runs from the over.

SE Marsh c Rahane b Malik 40 (35b)

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Over 13 || Score 113/2

Faulkner has been brought back into the attack. Fifth ball was pitched short and Saha cut it past point for a boundary! Faulkner ended the over with a ball down the leg side and Saha guided it past fine leg for another boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 103/2

Cooper to bowl his second over. Third ball was a length delivery and Marsh worked it fine past covers for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 94/2

Tewatia to bowl his third over. Marsh charged down the wicket off the third ball and clobbered it over deep midwicket for a Six! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 83/2

Tambe to bowl his second over. Marsh charged down the wicket off the second ball and smashed it straight down the ground for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 75/2

Tewatia to bowl his second over. Marsh played a late cut off the fourth ball which went past Watson at first slip for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 67/2

Pravin Tambe has been brought into the attack. Third ball was short and Saha pulled it past square leg for a boundary! Fourth ball drifted on the leg side and Saha scooped it past fine leg for another boundary! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 56/2

Rahul Tewatia has been brought into the attack. Vohra hit the second ball towards midwicket and was run-out as a result of some casual approach, Manan Vohra is OUT! Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in. Three from the over.

M Vohra run out 25 (20b)

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Over 6 || Score 53/1

Kevon Cooper has been brought into the attack. Second ball was slightly full and Vohra drove it past cover for a boundary! Seven runs from the over. Excellent start for KXIP so far.

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Over 5 || Score 46/1

Malik has been brought back into the attack. Third ball was overpitched and Marsh pushed it straight down the ground for a boundary! Marsh was offered width off the last ball and he cut it past point for another boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 37/1

Watson to continue. The first ball was bowled at the leg-stump and Vohra flicked it past square leg for a boundary! Second ball was a length delivery and Vohra timed it beautifully over cow corner for a Six! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 26/1

James Faulkner has been brought into the attack. First ball was a short of a length delivery and Sehwag hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! Second ball had some awkward bounce and Sehwag skied it towards mid-on where Malik took a good catch, Virender Sehwag is OUT! Shaun Marsh is the new man in. Six from the over.

V Sehwag c Malik b Faulkner 18 (8b)

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Over 2 || Score 20/0

Shane Watson to bowl from the other end. Second ball was overpitched and Vohra smashed it past covers for a boundary! Five from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 15/0

Vikramjeet Mallik to bowl the first over, Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra to open for KXIP. Fourth delivery had width on offer and Sehwag smashed it over covers for a boundary! Fifth ball had more width on offer and Sehwag got a top edge which went towards third man for a one-bounce boundary! Sehwag went after the last ball as well and it soared high over deep backward point for a Six! Big big start for KXIP!

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After a long gap, Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to register a win and seal their berth for the play-offs. It has been a mixed tournament for Shane Watson-led side and despite promoting the young talent which has been the highlight of this team, RR have delivered some clinical performances right throughout this tournament.

The onus will be on key players like Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner and Sanju Samson to play their best game against Punjab.

Kings XI Punjab on the other hand have undoubtedly been the most impressive team this season. KXIP dropped Miller in the previous game in front of the home crowd and the left-hander is expected to be included in the team for the crucial match against the Royals.

The concern for Punjab would be the recent form of Glenn Maxwell. The Australian all-rounder went all guns blazing during the initial phase of the season, but has had a poor run in the last five matches where he has been dismissed by a leg-spinner.