Highlights, IPL 2019, Rajasthan vs Punjab Match 4: What a turnaround from Punjab! And it won’t be wrong to say that Rajasthan have been ‘Mankaded’ here. Also, their first loss against Punjab at this venue. The chase was going very well for the home team as Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane provided an excellent start in the Powerplay. The Rajasthan skipper fell but the Englishman continued and was very severe on all the bowlers, especially his countryman, Sam Curran. Now, let’s talk about the controversial moment which completely turned this game on its face. Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler and that was the moment when 77 was needed off 43 balls. (LIVE SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, RR vs KXIP MATCH 4 in JAIPUR
23.37 IST: A single from the last ball and that is it, PUNJAB WIN BY 14 RUNS. Length and on middle, this is hit down to long on for a run. Kings XI Punjab (184/4) beat Rajasthan Royals (170/9) by 14 runs at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Buttler 69, Mujeeb 2/31, Rajpoot 2/33
23.32 IST: OUT! There goes Rajasthan’s last hope! Another top delivery, a yorker, Gowtham looks to get under it but fails to do so. It goes off the bottom towards mid off where the fielder, Shami, runs in and takes it on the second attempt. Two-in-two for Rajpoot. He is on a hat-trick.
23.30 IST: OUT! A collision but the catch has been taken! Pooran though has come out worse there as he is down on the ground. A bumper, too quick for Unadkat. He looks to pull but gets a top edge onto his helmet. The ball lobs beside the pitch. Both the keeper and the bowler go for it. No one calls for it. In the end, it is Rajpoot who takes it but then dashes with the keeper. RR 164/8 in 19.1 overs, need 21 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
23.27 IST: OUT! Jofra Archer run-out for 2, this is sensational over from Shami under pressure. Another top nut, a yorker and Archer fails to jam it out. He though is off for a single but Gowtham is not interested. The keeper has a shy at this end but misses. Shami though collects and since both the batters are stranded in the middle of the wicket, Shami has ample of time to jog towards the stumps at the keeper’s end and whip the bails off. JA is the one who has to walk back though as they batters never crossed. Into the tail now are Punjab. Rajasthan 163/7 in 18.5 overs, need 22 runs to win vs Punjab
23.23 IST: OUT! Rajasthan have lost the plot completely! A full toss from Mujeeb, on middle, Tripathi this time tries to attempt what Stokes failed to do – clear long on. Fails miserably and is caught by Rahul in the deep. 12 runs and four wickets in the last two overs have made Punjab the favourites now. RR 158/6 in 18 overs, need 27 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
23.21 IST: OUT! Mujeeb gets the revenge, Ben Stokes departs for 6. The wheels are coming off for Rajasthan. The Afghan keeps his composure and delivers it in the line of the stumps. Ben Stokes hops back to make space and tries to clear long on this time. He gets more height than distance behind his shot and Nair (sub) takes the skier safely. Rajasthan need 28 off 15 balls. We’re heading to a thrilling finish!
23.19 IST: SIX! This one goes rocketing over the cow corner. Flatter and fuller on off, Stokes kneels and launches it over the fence for a biggie.
23.17 IST: OUT! Curran removes Sanju Samson for 30, his second of the over. Another one bites the dust! Two in the over and now Rajasthan have two new batsmen at the crease. Just what the visitors wanted and not what the hosts would have wanted. Another slower ball which is outside off. Samson looks to loft it over covers but the timing is not there. Like Smith he too gets a lot of height on it. Ashwin at overs backtracks and takes a very good catch. RR 142/4 in 15.3 overs, need 43 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
23.14 IST: OUT! Sam Curran removes Steve Smith for 20. What a catch from KL Rahul. In the air… taken! What a catch that is. They say catches win you matches and will this win it for Punjab? Smith who was really hitting the ball well is walking back. Curran who has not been at his best today is bowling a game-changing over here. The slower ball does the trick for him. It is full and outside off. Smith lofts it over covers. He though gets a lot of height on this one. However, it is tailing away from Rahul. He makes a lot of ground to his right and with a dive takes it. The Punjab players are pumped up. Rajasthan 150/3 in 17 overs, need 35 runs to win vs Punjab
23.07 IST: SIX! Effortless! How easy was that? Extremely elegant. Makes room and Shami bowls it full. Samson just lofts it with ease over mid off and it goes all the way. A boundary early in the over, pressure now on Shami. RR 142/2 in 15.3 overs, need 43 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
23.04 IST: SIX! What a shot that is! Right off the middle this one! On the pads, Smith is uses the depth of the crease and then flicks it over the square leg fence. 17 from the over now. Rajasthan 135/2 in 15 overs, need 50 runs to win vs Punjab
23.02 IST: FOUR! Much, much-needed boundary this! Excellent shot. Smith goes down on one knee and then sweeps it over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep tries to stop it with a dive but his effort goes in vain.
22.51 IST: OUT! Jos Buttler run-out for 69. What happened there? An attempt to run the non-striker out? Mankading? Controversy here. Ashwin and Buttler are involved in some war of words. It has been referred upstairs… Given out! Buttler has to go. The replays show that while Ashwin was in his delivery stride, Buttler has left the crease. The Punjab skipper clips the bails and Jos is well short. This is a massive moment in this match. RR 110/2 in 13 overs, need 75 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
22.48 IST: There’s an appeal for Mankading here. Jos Buttler is the man in question. Ashwin is having a heated argument with Buttler and on replays he’s clearly out of the crease and guess what! He’s been given out.
22.40 IST: Another very productive over for Rajasthan, two boundaries from Buttler’s bat. Too easy this for Buttler. Just the one man out on the off side so he targets that area. Makes room and then lofts it over cover for consecutive boundaries. Toying with the bowler is the opener. Rajasthan 96/1 in 10 overs, need 89 runs to win vs Punjab (184/4)
22.32 IST: OUT! R Ashwin removes Ajinkya Rahane 29. Ashwin hunts down Rahane! It’s a well-disguised carrom ball from Ash. He lands it around off and Ajinkya tries to play it from the back foot. His attempt to play at it late and run it probably down to third man fails and the off stump takes a beating. Punjab finally have a breakthrough but they need a few more in quick time. RR 78/1 in 8.1 overs, need 107 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
22.30 IST: FOUR! Jos Buttler smashes a quickfire half-century off just 29 balls. Spoils the over, still a good one though as only 7 comes off it. Another top knock from the Englishman. He has taken the attack to the bowlers right from the word go. The job is yet not done though. The slower ball and it is fuller in length. Buttler hits it over mid-off and a boundary results. Rajasthan 78/0 in 8 overs, need 107 runs to win vs Punjab (184/4)
22.21 IST: FOUR! Boundary to end! 19 from the 6th and Rajasthan have bossed the Powerplay. It is a length ball on off, Buttler stands tall and slaps it through covers. The ball races away to the fence. RR 64/0 in 6 overs, need 121 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
22.19 IST: SIX! That is power, a brute of a shot that. Short and on the body, Buttler just flat-bats it straight down the ground and it just about carries over the fence. Rajasthan 56/0 in 5.4 overs, need 133 runs to win vs Punjab (184/4)
22.17 IST: FOUR! 50 up, the perfect start for the hosts chasing a big total. Poor bowling this, width on offer outside off, Buttler throws his bat at it, clears the point fielder and a boundary.
22.10 IST: SIX! Effortless! Buttler was struggling to find the gap in the cover region so he decides to go the aerial route. A flatter and shorter ball on off, quicker through the air, Jos keeps his weight on the back leg and rockets it over wide mid off for a biggie. 11 from the over! RR 38/0 in 4 overs, need 147 runs to win vs KXIP (184/4)
22.04 IST: FOUR! UPPISH BUT FOUR! Slightly fuller and on off, Buttler leans into it and drives it. It is uppish but wide of mid off. Races away. The wicket seems to have gotten slightly better to bat on. Rajasthan 23/0 in 2.3 overs, need 162 runs to win vs Punjab (184/4)
21.59 IST: FOUR! Third boundary of the over by Royals skipper. What a start for the hosts. Another exquisite shot from Rahane’s bat. This is just behind a fuller length. Rahane leans into it and times it past the diving mid off fielder. RR 12/0 in 1 over vs KXIP (184/4)
21.57 IST: FOUR! Beautiful! A top shot to get off the mark by Ajinkya Rahane. Slightly fuller this time and on off, Rahane just takes a few steps ahead and then creams it through mid off. Rajasthan are underway in style. Rajasthan 4/0 in 0.3 overs vs Punjab (184/4)
21.55 IST: We are back for the chase! It is the dynamic Jos Buttler and the skipper, Ajinkya Rahane who walk out as the openers for Rajasthan. They will need to provide a good start here. For Punjab, the debutant, Sam Curran will start off the proceedings. Here we go…
21.41 IST: SIX! Ends the innings with the bang! 17 from the last over. The slower ball and it is on middle, Sarfaraz this time waits for it and then tonks it over the mid-wicket fence. Kings XI Punjab 184/4 in 20 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
21.37 IST: FOUR! How good was that? Brilliant innovation! Goes down on one knee and Stokes bowls it short. Sarfaraz ramps it over the keeper for a one bounce boundary in the third man region. KXIP 172/4 in 19.3 overs vs RR
21.35 IST: OUT! Ben Stokes removes Nicholas Pooran for 12. The slower one and it is outside off, Pooran reaches out for it and looks to hit it downtown. It is off the bottom part and Rahane at long off runs in and takes it. Ideal start to the last over for the hosts. Kings XI Punjab 167/4 in 19.1 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
21.32 IST: FOUR! A second boundary in the over, a fortunate one. Full and outside off, Sarfaraz swings but it goes off the outside edge, over point and into the fence. KXIP 165/3 in 18.4 overs vs RR
21.29 IST: FOUR! This time Pooran connects well, he hits this at deep extra cover for a boundary. Unadkat misses the yorker by just and pays the price. Full and outside off, Pooran lofts it over covers and a boundary results. Punjab 159/3 in 18.2 overs vs Rajasthan
21.17 IST: Time out! Rajasthan will be relieved to see the back of Chris Gayle and would like to build on that. They would hope to bowl well at the death. Punjab still have a few power-hitters in their ranks and still will be aiming for something close to 200. Nicholas Pooran has joined Sarfaraz in the middle.
21.15 IST: OUT! Stokes had the last laugh, Gayle departs for 79. Credit goes to Rahul Tripathi, what a catch at the boundary. He can’t believe it as he had absolutely smoked that. Another excellent catch there. Stokes changes his length and bangs it short. Gayle though smashes it right off the middle but it is flat towards deep mid-wicket. Rahul there keeps an eye on the rope behind and then takes it a reverse cup. A really good catch as the ball was traveling, he does well not to lose his balance. Rajasthan will heave a huge sigh of relief. Gayle walks back to a standing ovation. He has laid an excellent foundation here. Can Punjab capitalize or will Rajasthan now manage to pull things back? KXIP 144/3 in 15.5 overs vs RR
21.13 IST: FOUR! Another slower one from Stokes and another boundary! He is now eyeing it like a football. On a length and around the middle, Gayle smashes it back past the bowler and into the fence. Punjab 144/2 in 15.4 overs vs Rajasthan
21.10 IST: SIX! High and handsome! Welcome back into the attack Stokes. Full and on off, Gayle clears the front leg and lofts it over the long off fielder. Ideal start to the over this!
21.06 IST: SIX! That is why you should not do something fancy when Gayle is at the other end and just give the strike over to him. Especially when he is hitting them so well. The slower ball and Gayle latches onto it quickly. He hits it over the long on fence. KXIP 115/2 in 14 overs vs RR
21.00 IST: FOUR! Another over in which consecutive boundaries are scored. This is surely easing the pressure off Gayle too. Excellent sweep shot. It is in the gap in the mid-wicket region.
20.56 IST: SIX! 4,4,4,6! 18 from the first 4 balls and Gayle brings up his 50 in style. A top innings on a low and slow wicket. Needs to stay there though. Once again this is right in the arc. Full and on middle, Gayle just lofts it over the bowler’s head and it carries all the way. Punjab 93/2 in 11.4 overs vs Rajasthan
20.55 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Poor bowling to be honest. You bring your third man up and then bowl it short and wide outside off. Easy pickings. Gayle waits for it and then cuts it through point for a boundary.
20.52 IST: FOUR! Almost a stunner! Stokes switches to ’round the wicket and slants in a shortish ball on leg, Gayle turns and pulls it in front of square leg. Samson in the deep puts in a valiant diving effort but fails to reach it. That would have been a ripper. A boundary in the end. KXIP 75/2 in 11 overs vs RR
20.42 IST: OUT! A well-judged catch by Dhawal Kulkarni. Terrific effort! Gowtham strikes this time. He continues to fire it in and bowls it full around off at 94.5 kph. Mayank tries to go downtown and clear long off but fails to get enough distance. Kulkarni at the edge of the rope in the deep does well to grab it. He maintains his balance quite well there. The third umpire checks for the front foot no ball first and then the cleanliness of the catch, all well in the replays and the 56-run stand is over. KXIP 60/2 in 8.5 overs vs RR
20.37 IST: SIX! Gayle getting into the act now! A flatter delivery, landing full and skidding into the left-hander, Gayle kneels and smokes it deep into the stand at mid-wicket. 50-run stand comes up!
20.35 IST: SIX! Mayank produces an audacious hit, 50 up for the visiting side. Second maximum of the game and both have come off the bat of Agarwal. Length and around off, Agarwal spots that mid off is in the ring. He lofts it over that fielder. The timing is sucmid-offit carries all the way. Punjab 50/1 in 7.4 overs vs Rajasthan
20.32 IST: FOUR! Finesse from Universe Boss! Unadkat starts off with a seam-up delivery and it is outside off. Gayle plays it late and guides it fine on the off side. Not sure he wanted to get it that fine but he won’t care as it races to the fence. Much-needed.
20.30 IST: Another dot to end the over! So again just a single from Archer’s over. He has gone for just 2 in his 2 overs. Length and this one jags back in. Mayank looks to defend but ends up chopping it behind the stumps. Punjab 37/1 in 7 overs vs Rajasthan
20.21 IST: FOUR! Stokes is greeted with a boundary! He provides width to the batsman and Agarwal smashes it square of the wicket on the off side for a cracking boundary. He is a quality batsman and has been in amazing form. KXIP 26/1 in 4.1 overs vs RR
20.15 IST: 4000 Indian T20 League runs for Gayle, the fastest to reach this landmark! Slower one, full and on off, Gayle bunts it to mid off and rushes across to the other end.
20.13 IST: FOUR! First boundary from Gayle’s bat! He once again reaches out for a length ball outside off and this time crunches his drive through the gap at cover-point. KXIP 19/1 in 2.4 overs vs RR
20.07 IST: SIX! All the way! First maximum of the game! Gowtham this time is guilty of bowling it too full. Agarwal reaches out for it and just lofts it over the long off fence. Punjab 13/1 in 1.3 overs vs Rajasthan
20.03 IST: OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni removes KL Rahul for 4. EDGED AND TAKEN! What a catch that from Buttler and this is a body blow for the visitors. Kulkarni sticks to the line outside off, it is once again on a length. Rahul this time is drawn into the stroke. However, it is only a tentative poke. The ball takes the outside edge and goes low towards the right of Buttler who dives and takes it with one hand. That just about sticks in the webbing. Rajasthan are pumped up, just the start they would have wanted. Kings XI Punjab 4/1 in 0.4 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.01 IST: FOUR! Rahul gets off the mark in style, what a shot from the KXIP opener. Not a bad delivery that. Full and around off, Rahul leans into the stroke and just pushes it through covers. It is in the gap and you need not run for those. Punjab 4/0 in 0.2 overs vs Rajasthan
19.57 IST: We are all set to get underway! Rajasthan players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Punjab openers, the powerful Chris Gayle and the classy Kl Rahul. Dhawal Kulkarni will start the proceedings for Royals.
19.41 IST: Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI) – Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
19.38 IST: Ravi Ashwin, Punjab captain says – New recruits in the side, lots of young talent. New season, new hopes. Don’t think the wicket will change much, but we were also looking to bowl first. Hopefully with our bowling attack we can defend the score. As far as this bunch goes, they are very keen, and there is no baggage from the past (given that Kings XI haven’t won a game at this stadium), so we don’t care about the old records. Our overseas players – Pooran, Gayle, Mujeeb and Sam Curran.
19.35 IST: Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan captain – “It’s important to start well, and the preparation that we have had has been fantastic. We need to start well, get some momentum, and stay in the moment. We’ll bowl first. Looks like a good wicket. We have had some practice matches. Won’t change much, this pitch. It’s all about staying in the moment and following the process. Jos Buttler, Archer, Smith, Stokes – our overseas players.”
19.30 IST: TOSS – Rajasthan Royals call it correct at the toss, elect to bowl vs Kings XI Punjab
19.15 IST: Pitch Report – “Could be a little two-paced. Some dry areas, and some grassy areas, but don’t be fooled – in sultry weather like in Jaipur, pitches play better than they are look like. It’s going to be pretty good for batting. The key for RR will be Jofra Archer. He can be extremely effective at the death. He’s got an extra 10ks compared to every other fast bowler and that’ll make things tough at the death for the Kings XI.” – A fairly comprehensive, and Jofra-obsessed pitch report by Michael Clarke.
19.00 IST: KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are always going to be talking points, as are Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, but it is the return of Steven Smith into the Indian Premier League that might hog the limelight today.
18.51 IST: After the two years in limbo owing to the team’s suspension, a grand return was expected from Rajasthan Royals in 2018. But, again, they flattered to deceive. Will 2019 be the start of a new narrative?
18.45 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 4 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab from Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Brief Preview: Australian batsman Steve Smith will embark on a redemption journey when Rajasthan Royals open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. Smith was handed a one-year ban along with his then-deputy David Warner exactly a year ago for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith was last seen in action in a couple of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches late last year before an elbow injury ruled him out of the tournament. The ban was limited to state and international fixtures only and not domestic or club cricket. The IPL will be the actual start of his long road to redemption and Smith would be looking to make the most of it ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. (Read Full Preview – Match 4 IPL)
Kings XI Punjab (From): Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Varun Chakravarthy, Murugan Ashwin, Simran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steven Smith, Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra