IPL 2018: Jos Buttler's 82 spurs Rajasthan to victory over Punjab

Posted May 10, 2018

The home team, however, staged a strong fightback with the ball as it restricted Kings XI Punjab to 143 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.

Rahul's gritty innings of 70-ball 95 were laced with some brilliant strokes.

On the other hand, Rajasthan could make some hard changes. Rajasthan's main concern will be the form of their spinners - Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham - who have so far failed to hunt as a pair. In his first over, he accounted for the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane with a knuckle ball, and then finished off on a high picking up three wickets - two of them with the knuckle ball - bowling the 20th over of the innings. Nair's dismissal at an individual score of 3 - when the scoreboard read 19/3 - meant Kings were in a spot of bother and the hosts smelled an opportunity.

Talking about his new role as an opener and if it had something to do with team mentor Shane Warne, Butler said that it was nice to have around a cricketer like him in the dugout. While Gowtham picked up the prized scalp of Chris Gayle (1) and followed it up by castling R Ashwin for a blob, Sodhi bowled immaculate lines to stifle Punjab's edgy middle order.

By the end of 18th over, the required rate surged 23.5 an over which was almost impossible. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. On a surface that looked dry and was expected to offer turn as the match progressed, Jos Buttler set the tone for his team, but there was little else of note from the rest of the batsmen.

To keep its hope alive, Rajasthan needs to win the remaining matches at any cost, so that it can manage to secure a place in the playoffs. Ajinkya Rahane was the first casualty, having been caught for 9 runs. Moreover, opening Jos Buttler has paid off as the wicketkeeper scored consecutive fifties in the last two matches.

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Match 40 of IPL 2018 was an encounter between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab. Andrew Tye was brilliant ending his spell with 34 for 4 in four overs.

Tye then struck three times in the last over to remove Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat.

STUMPED! Smart bowling by Mujeeb.

Mujeebur dismissed Buttler, who was stumped by Rahul, and Sanju Samson (22).

Rest of Punjab bowlers did well and prevented the hosts from scoring big. Playing at their fortress in Jaipur, Rajasthan kept their unbeaten run against Punjab at home intact.