What a Finish! And turned victory from Rajasthan Royals! And it would not be wrong to say that Rajasthan did ‘Mankad’ here. At the same time, his first loss against Punjab in this place. For the home team, Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane provided a fantastic start in the powerplay. The Rajasthan captain fell, but the Englishman continued and all the bowlers of Kings XI Punjab, especially their countryman, Sam Curran.
Sam Curran dismissed Sanju Samson, Steven Smith in the 17th over and Sanju Samson, Steven Smith were in the verge of winning the match.
Rajasthan Royals were cruising in one stage, with 39 runs needed for 24 balls, in which eight wickets were in hand. But after that, they lost seven wickets and were successful in making only 170/9 in 20 overs. Kings XI Punjab won their first match of the season by 14 runs and won their first win in Jaipur in six attempts.
Controversial moment of 13th over in second inning
Now, talk about the controversial moment that completely changed the game on its face. Ravichandran Ashwin made fun of Jos Buttler by Mankading and it was the moment when 77 balls were needed for 43 balls. Sanju Samson and Steven Smith made a partnership to further the hosts, but then came the over number 17.
In a job of the bowler for redemption, Sam Curran made extraordinary bowling, where he removed both Smith and Samson and brought his team back into the competition. After these wickets, the entire match went to Rajasthan’s side because Mujib also took two important wickets. From there, Punjab only capitalized and won a victory.
Did anyone notice? Steve Smith returns to match
Before the match began, everyone’s eyes were on Steve Smith. It was quite ironic that when he finally went to the cricket ground, no one cares.
That is because, Ravichandran Ashwin had given the cricketing world a crisis of conscience by running out the Jos Buttler, who was at the end of non-striker side. Before he had bowled the ball to Samson, In short, he had ‘Mankaded’ him.
Chris Gayle, Man of the Match:
This a big field and it’s really important to score runs in the first match. From England series, I am in a little form and it is good to start the IPL on a positive note. What was more important was that we won. We just keep doing better and better. Sometimes some people will write to you, but there are early days and I am enjoying my cricket.
After all, he got a better wicket to bat but our bowlers worked for us. Sarfaraz got some runs today and it was really good. Our youth have a lot for the team, they want to win the IPL for the Universe Boss.