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IPL 2015 KXIP vs RR: Kings XI Punjab Rule In Super Over Against Rajasthan Royals

By on April 22, 2015

Rajasthan Royals 191 for 6 (Rahane 74, Watson 45) tied with Kings XI Punjab 191 for 6 (Marsh 65, Miller 54).

Super Over Kings XI Punjab 15 for 2 beat Rajasthan Royals 6 for 2…

Having dominated the match for a large part, Rajasthan Royals fell woefully short in the first Super Over of the IPL 8 to hand Kings XI Punjab a hard-fought win.

In a high-scoring game, both sides finished on 191/6 but Shaun Marsh’s twin boundaries in the Super Over when Punjab batted, and Mitchell Johnson’s searing yorker to cut through Shane Watson’s defences when Punjab bowled, made all the difference.

Rajasthan lasted only three balls in Johnson’s over, which included a no-ball, as Faulkner lost his presence of mind and was run out.

Ajinkya Rahane’s superb innings of 74 (54 balls; 6×4, 2×6) earlier in the day wasn’t enough to maintain Royals’ win streak while Shaun Marsh (65 off 40b; 5×4, 3×6) and David Miller’s 54 off 30 helped Punjab equalize the scores.

IPL 2015 KXIP vs RR: Shaun Marsh

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

Earlier, Rahane started from where he had left off in the last match against Chennai Super Kings, giving his team a flying start along with skipper Shane Watson to lay the foundation for the healthy total.

Kings XI Punjab’s stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag’s decision to bowl first seemed to have backfired when both RR openers Rahane and Watson made a mockery of the visitors’ bowling, scoring almost nine runs an over in the 95-run first-wicket partnership.

It was Rahane who was off the blocks early, making good use of the powerplay which yielded 43 runs, off which the Indian scored 29 from 17 balls and Watson just 10 from 19. But the Aussie too started opening up and took young Shivam Sharma for some special treatment, scoring 19 runs off his first over.

Sehwag turned to local boy Axar Patel and he soon put the brakes on the Royals’ run-scoring by foxing the Aussie with a quicker one and setting up an easy stumping for Wriddhiman Saha. But by then, the damage was more or less done as the explosive opening duo had added 95 runs off just 69 balls before Watson departed for 45.

With the Royals reaching the 100-run mark in 12.1 overs, Rahane reaching his second successive fifty this season and Deepak Hooda going berserk, the hosts were looking good for their first 200-plus score this season. Hooda scored 19 but it came off nine balls. He hit one four and two mighty sixes.

However, the KXIP bowlers pulled things back a bit between the 14th and the 19th over.

Source: Times of India

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