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IPL 2012 – KXIP vs RR: Rajasthan Royals Thrash Kings XI Punjab By 43 Runs

By on May 5, 2012

Rajasthan Royals 177 for 6 (Dravid 46, Harris 4-34) beat Kings XI Punjab 134 for 8 (Tait 2-18, Botha 2-21, Watson 2-22) by 43 runs…

After batsmen, Royals bowlers fired in unison to help Rajasthan register a comfortable 43-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match at the PCA stadium, Mohali on Saturday.

Chasing 178-run target, Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals against Rajasthan.

Johan Botha struck again to dismiss Gurkeerat Singh (23) to reduce Punjab to 112/6 in 16.3 overs.

Stuart Binny dismissed Azhar Mahmood (24) in the fifteenth over to add more misery to hosts Punjab. Mahmood hit a six and two fours in his run-a-ball innings.

Rajasthan bowlers kept the hold over the Punjab batsmen as the hosts lost four top-order wickets inside nine overs.

Johan Botha dismissed Shaun Marsh (34) in the ninth over to reduce Punjab to 59/4 in 8.3 overs. Marsh hit a six and five boundaries in his quick 27-ball innings.

Siddharth Trivedi got rid of Punjab skipper David Hussey (8) in the eighth over soon after Shaun Tait dismissed Nitin Saini (2) in the sixth as Punjab struggled to break free in their run chase.

Punjab lost opener Mandeep Singh (7) in the second over against Rajasthan. Pacer Shane Watson struck early in his first over to reduce to 8/1 in 1.3 overs.

Electing to bat, Royals batsmen fired in unison to help Rajasthan post 177/6 against Kings XI Punjab.

Punjab pacer Ryan Harris struck twice in the final over to stop the visitors from crossing the 180-run mark, which looked possible when Brad Hodge (36) was going ballistic.

Harris dismissed Stuart Binny (0) and Hodge to finish his spell with 4 for 34 runs in four overs. Spinner Piyush Chawla (2-38) was the only other successful bowler for the Kings XI.

Hodge hit couple of huge sixes and two fours in his 23-ball blitzkrieg whereas Johan Botha (14 off 8 balls) remained unbeaten for the Royals.

Rajasthan lost Ashok Maneria (34) and Rahul Dravid (46) in quick succession in the middle overs.

Chawla struck again to get rid of Maneria in the sixteenth over soon after Rajasthan lost their skipper in the 14th. Maneria hit two sixes and a four in his quick-fire 27-ball innings.

Punjab pacer Ryan Harris got better of Dravid in the fourteenth over to reduce Royals to 117/3 in 13.2 overs. Dravid hit eight boundaries in his quick 39 balls innings and put on 41-run for the third wicket with Ashok Menaria.

Dravid also added quick 69-run stand for the second wicket with Shane Watson (36) as the duo resurrected the Royals run charge after early blow.

Chawla spun magic to get rid of Watson in the eighth over to reduce Rajasthan to 76/2. Watson smashed two sixes and four fours in his 17-ball whirlwind knock.

Harris struck in his very first over to give hosts Punjab an early breakthrough when he dismissed in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane (5) and reduced Rajasthan to 7/1 in 1.2 overs.

Earlier, Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and decided to bat against Punjab.

Rajasthan brought in Shaun Tait, Johan Botha and Dishant Yagnik as they left out Owais Shah, Brad Hogg and Shreevats Goswami from the playing XI.

Stand-in skipper David Hussey will lead the Punjab side again as Adam Gilchrist is still not match-fit. “He’s been running around, hitting balls, I don’t think he’s too far away,” Hussey said about Gilchrist fitness.

Just one change for the home side as Gurkeerat Singh made his debut replacing Paras Dogra.

Teams:

Kings XI Punjab: David Hussey (capt), Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Ryan Harris, Nitin Saini (wk), Abhishek Nayar, Mandeep Singh, Praveen Kumar, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Singh.

Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (capt), Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Brad Hodge, Ankeet Chavan, Johan Botha, Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, Ajinkya Rahane.

Source: Times of India

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