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Even after Rahul’s 95, Punjab lost to Rajasthan

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09 May :-

When a player completes a big knock, his team wins most of the times. In the match against Rajasthan Royals, Lokesh Rahul won an Orange Cap, scored an unbeaten 95, but Kings XI Punjab could not win. Rajasthan batting first, Jos Buttler scored 158 runs with the help of fifty. Chasing this challenge, Rahul scored an unbeaten 95 off 70 balls with 11 fours and two sixes, but failed to win the team. The Rajasthan Royals won the match by 15 runs.

After the aggressive openers Jos Buttler (82), the sparkling stroke of the bowlers, Rajasthan Royals won a spectacular victory. With this, Rajasthan earned 8 points and grabbed the top spot from sixth place to bottom in the points table. At the same time Punjab has remained third place.

Hosts Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bat first in the match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. At the stroke of the aggressive opener Jos Buttler’s tense half-century, Rajasthan reached 158 for 8 in 20 overs. The challenge for Punjab batsmen in the last few matches was not difficult for them. However, with the exception of Lokesh Rahul, none of the batsmen could survive. Rahul scored an unbeaten 95 in 70 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. He gave an aggressive start to the team, but his batting failed. Punjab’s main medal was on the chase-free Chris Gayle. However, Gayle got a bit cleared when Krishnappa Gaushal hit the wide ball. After that, Gautam had made captain on the interval of one ball to captain Ravichandran Ashwin.

Punjab’s team went on to the backfoot and could not come back till the end. After this, the other batsmen looked like a whistle. However, Rahul alone, with an unbeaten half-century, attempted a team till the end. The eighth-ranked all-rounder, Mark Stonis (11), reached the double-digit mark. Gautam got 12 wickets in 12 overs in 3 overs.
Earlier, aggressive Jos Butler smashed 82 runs off 58 balls with nine fours and a six. Apart from that, Sanju Samson scored 22 runs off 18 balls. Once captain Ajinkya Rahane failed again, there was a doubt about his ability.

Rahane got only 9 runs in 10 balls. Rajasthan Royals could not show any brightness in the run chase due to Rahane’s dismissal. But Butler, standing firmly on one side without any interference, retained the one-handed team. Sanju Samson gave Butler good support at this time. Both of them made an important partnership of 53 runs for the third wicket. Andrew Tie (4/34), Mujib ur Rahaman (2/21) prevented Rajasthan from being reduced to a limited run.

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