Indian Premier League 2019 has kick started from March 23rd. Rajasthan Royals took on the Kings XI Punjab at their home ground, Jaipur. Well, the atmosphere and crowd were absolutely brilliant at Jaipur. Ajinkya Rahane, the captain of Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bowl first. Kings XI was asked to put on the target for the RR’s.
Big Man! Christopher Henry Gayle gave a brilliant start to this team. The Veteran kept on eyeing for those biggies in the middle. He was absolutely brutal for the wrist spinners. On the other hand, young Sarfraz Khan was fabulous with his innovative shots at the death overs. Punjab managed to score 184 runs with 4 wickets down. Well Ravichandran Ashwin, the skipper of Kings XI Punjab was satisfied with his batting department.
Royals were asked to chase 184 runs in 120 balls. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler opened the innings for the Royals. Jinx started off well with his bat. They took 12 runs off the very first over. Buttler was going great guns in pursuit of Kings XI’s 184. He had left the Punjab bowlers clueless as he smoked ten boundaries and a couple of sixes. Royals were 108 for 1 after 12.4 overs when Punjab Skipper Ashwin saw Buttler backing up a little too far at the non-striker’s end and dislodged the bails. Well, twitter slammed Ashwin’s gesture! Buttler’s dismissal was the first time a batsman has been Mankaded in the history of IPL. Match referee declared it as OUT, which actually depressed Buttler as it was against the spirit of the game.
Post the incident, middle order department collapsed and didn’t deliver to their potential when it was actually needed. Stokes got out cheaply. It was the end to Rajasthan Royals. Kings XI won the match by 14 runs. Universe Boss was awarded as the Man of the Match for his outstanding knock of 79 runs in 47 balls.