Rajasthan have registered a comprehensive victory. Samson starts the over with a big six. Rahane and Samson have batted brilliantly here. Samson finishes with an amazing cover drive. The duo added an unbeaten stand of 76 runs off 56 deliveries. The loss virtually dumps Kings XI Punjab out of the tournament. They will go after entertaining with a couple of exciting victories. That is probably the last of Adam Gilchrist we have seen on a cricket field. On the brighter side, the young Samson continues to impress. Rajasthan move to second spot with 18 points.
RR: 135/2 | Overs 18 | Rahane 58*, Samson 36*
Rahane and Samson are dealing in singles here. Only five come off the over but the asking rate is not much. Five runs from the over.
RR: 130/2 | Overs 17 | Rahane 57*, Samson 33*
Talk about confidence! The young Samson shuffles a bit and manages to guide a ball on his middle-stump to the third man boundary. Awana can only offer a wry smile.Rahane brought up his half-century with a pull shot for a single to deep backward point. He is now seems to be in a hurry. He follows it up with a six over long on.Just 16 to win from 18 balls.
RR: 117/2 | Overs 16 | Rahane 49*, Samson 28*
Sloppy bowling from Praveen Kumar. He fires it down the leg side for a wide and Adam GIlchrist fails to collect the ball cleanly, allowing the batsmen to steal a single. These two are doing it smartly here. Samson punishes a full toss delivery for a boundary through mid wicket and follow it up with a quick single. 12 runs from the over.
RR: 105/2 | Overs 15 | Rahane 48*, Samson 20*
Sanju Samson dances down the track and hits a straight shot over the bowlers head for a boundary, a much-needed one. Seven runs come from the over as the teams head to the strategic time out. Rajasthan Royals need 41 runs from 30 delvieries to end Kings XI Punjab’s IPL 2013 campaign.
RR: 98/2 | Overs 14 | Rahane 47*, Samson 14*
Another tight over. Adam Gilchrist will be pleased. Piyush Chawla has given away just three runs. Rahane and Samson need to remember that they donot have Stuart Binny to come and play a quickfire cameo to take them home. They will need to kick on from here. 48 required from the last eight overs.
RR: 95/2 | Overs 13 | Rahane 46*, Samson 12*
A good tight over from Bipul Sharma only three runs from it. Rajasthan Royals need 51 runs to win from the remaining seven overs.
RR: 92/2 | Overs 12 | Rahane 45*, Samson 10*
This is good batting from Rahane and Samson. The asking rate is under control and they are keeping the scoreboard ticking with the singles and twos and slamming a boundary off poor deliveries. 11 runs come from Rajagopal Sathish’s over..
RR: 81/2 | Overs 11 | Rahane 43*, Samson 2*
Gilchrist brings back Awana into the attack. Samson and Rahane collect nine runs from it.
Piyush Chawla stuns Shane Watson with a quicker one! One of the quickest ones, in fact. That was bowled at 117 kmph. Watson tries to pull a short delivery expecting the ball to come at a much slower pace but it goes through to hit the stumps. This comes after Watson had hit Chawla for a six off the first delivery. The wicket opens the game up.
RR: 65/1 | Overs 9 | Rahane 26*, Watson 25*
Rahane ends Manpreet Gony’s over with a six over covers! Rajasthan take 10 runs from the over.
RR: 55/1 | Overs 8 | Rahane 26*, Watson 25*
Ajinkya Rahane punishes Piyush Chawla for a poor delivery. He slams a delivery outside his offstump over the covers for a six. The team total goes past fifty and so does the third wicket partnership between Rahane and Watson.
RR: 47/1 | Overs 7 | Rahane 19*, Watson 24*
Shane Watson continues to lead the charge with a huge six off Vipul Sharma’s first delivery of the over. Vipul Sharma’s comes back well to give away just three runs in the other five balls off the over.
RR: 38/1 | Overs 6 | Rahane 18*, Watson 16*
Shane Watson shows murderous intent with yet another cracking shot through point as he sends Praveen Kumar’s second delivery of the over to the fence. Both the batsmen lead a steady chase minimising the risks.
RR: 31/1 | Overs 5 | Rahane 17*, Watson 10*
Rajasthan start shifting gears. Ajinkya Rahane miscues a pull in the second ball as the ball stays in air for some time, but lands safely. Shane Watson hits a cracking shot just wide of the covers for a superb boundary in the next ball. Rahane hits a more classic punch through covers off the last ball.
RR: 20/1 | Overs 4 | Rahane 12*, Watson 4*
Rajasthan continue at a steady pace scoring four singles in the first five balls and a boundary off the last ball of the over.
RR: 12/1 | Overs 3 | Rahane 6*, Watson 2*
Ajinkya Rahane sends the ball to the fence straight down the ground with a short arm punch. Just six scored off Parvinder Awana’s over
Bipul Sharma cleans up Rahul Dravid off his second delivery. Dravid leans forward, but misses the length. Only two runs from the over.
RR: 4/0 | Overs 1 | Dravid 4*, Rahane 0*
Rahul Dravid starts with a boundary through the offside. Praveen Kumar offers a bit of width and Dravid finds the gap. He goes after another short delivery but misses it. Four runs come in the first over.
James Faulkner ends the innings on a wonderful note. Only eight runs from the last over and the wicket of Manpreet Gony. A disciplined performances from the Rajasthan Royals on a slow wicket in scorching heat is commendable.
Cooper has done very well in taking the pace off the ball. He strikes twice! Excellent stuff this from Cooper. He sends back Shaun Marsh with the latter failing to read a leg cutter. He then bowls another slower delivery to Miller who goes for a big shot but doesn’t connect well and gives a simple catch to Ajinkya Rahane at long on.
KXIP: 134/3 | Overs 18 | Marsh 76*, Miller 7*
Shane Watson finishes with tidy figures of one for 19 . Hard to believe its the same guy who gave up bowling for the Indian tour. He gives just seven off his last over.
KXIP: 127/3 | Overs 17 | Marsh 75*, Miller 2*
DROPPED!Rahul Dravid misses what seemed like a straightfoward catch. Could have been the case of not sighting the ball with the sun right in his eyes. Anyway, Marsh survives. Seven runs come from Cooper’s third over.
KXIP: 120/3 | Overs 16 | Marsh 69* Miller 1*
Marsh slams Faulkner for a six over long-on and a boundary of the penultimate ball to take 13 runs off the over.
David Hussey is cleaned up by Shane Watson! The ball moved slightly into Hussey who was looking to play an expansive stroke, missed it altogether and saw his middle-stump pegged back. The wicket brought out David Miller, the hero from the previous match. Can he repeat the juggernaut?
Cooper strikes to send back Gilchrist! Slower delivery claims another delivery as Gilchrist gives a simple catch to the bowler. One of those 40-plus innings that has been bereft of a six. When was the last time that happened for the Australian? Anyway, he is back in the pavilion now. He did well to construct the Punjab innings alongside Marsh. Cooper bowls a tidy over with varying pace. He gets a wicket and concedes just four runs.
KXIP: 100/1 | Overs 13 | Gilchrist 41*, Marsh 53*
Another good over spoiled by a ball drifting down Shaun Marsh’s pads. He dispatches it for a boundary. It brings up his half-century and the team’s 100. It also brings up the 100-run partnership between the duo. Now is surely a time for either to attack
KXIP: 93/1 | Overs 12 | Gilchrist 40*, Marsh 47*
It is still hard to say ‘Gilchrist is back!’ He has put on a good partnership with Marsh here but nothing Gilchristy about his innings yet. He is swinging his bat but not connected like he would have liked to. Meanwhile, Marsh puts away a delivery on his legs to the fine leg boundary. It went off his pads. A good over ruined by that last delivery. Eight runs from it.
KXIP: 85/1 | Overs 11 | Gilchrist 38*, Marsh 45*
Trivedi starts with a short delivery and Marsh gets behind very well to hit to the square leg boundary. A good over for Punjab, 11 runs from it.
KXIP: 74/1 | Overs 10 | Gilchrist 35*, Marsh 37*
Gilchrist and Marsh and building up for some blitz here. They’ve added 74 in 10 overs. Kevon Cooper goes for nine runs in his first over.
KXIP: 65/1 | Overs 9 | Gilchrist 31*, Marsh 33*
Shaun Marsh puts away a loose delivery from Siddharth Trivedi to the backward point boundary. Another over of seven runs.
KXIP: 58/1 | Overs 8 | Gilchrist 30*, Marsh 28*
Adam Gilchrist scores another boundary but Shane Watson concedes just three runs off the remaining five deliveries.
KXIP: 51/1 | Overs 7 | Gilchrist 25*, Marsh 26*
Shaun Marsh goes after Chandila. He comes down the track and hits lovely six over long on and follows it up with another straight shot for a boundary. Punjab take 14 runs off the over to take the team total past 50. Chandila finishes his quota of four overs with figures of one for 24.
KXIP: 37/1 | Overs 6 | Gilchrist 24*, Marsh 13*
Gilchrist guides the ball past the keeper but only just. On a different day, he would have been walking back to the dug out. He follows it up with a similar shot, this time better placed. James Faulkner starts off with an expensive over. Nine runs from it.
KXIP: 28/1 | Overs 5 | Gilchrist 15*, Marsh 13*
Chandila bowls another miserly over. Gilchrist and Marsh can only take four singles off it.
KXIP: 24/1 | Overs 4 | Gilchrist 13*, Marsh 11*
Adam Gilchrist his channelising his anger from the previous over. He pulls a short delivery from Sreesanth behind point for a boundary and follows it up with a straight back shot for another four. A good over for the home side.
KXIP: 11/1 | Overs 3 | Gilchrist 5*, Marsh 6*
Chandila bowls another tidy over, not without some drama at the end. He angers Gilchrist by dislodging the bails after a throw at the non-strikers’ end hits Gilchrist. Rahul Dravid had to intervene and apologize.
KXIP: 6/1 | Overs 2 | Gilchrist 4*, Marsh 2*
Adam Gilchrist is off to a positive start. He ends a good over from Sreesanth with a boundary through covers.
Horrible start for Punjab! Ajit Chandila strikes off his first over again! He tempts Mandeep to free his arms and the latter ends up hitting it straight to Chandila. A simple caught and bowled. What a start for Rahul Dravid’s side. Will this add more pressure on Adam Gilchrist? Meanwhile, Chandila has finished the first over with just one run off it.
Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat first against Kings XI Punjab on a hot sunny day at Mohali.
The news from the centre is Adam Gilchrist comes back to lead the Punjab side. Very brave move, that, given the situation the team is in. He comes in for Michael Neser. Bipul Sharma earns his IPL debut.
The visitors are weakened by the exclusion of Stuart Binny who is injured. They have brought back Dishant Yagnik, Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth and Kevon Cooper.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, David Miller, Rajagopal Sathish, Praveen Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony, Parwinder Awana
Good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the 55th match of IPL 2013 between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at Mohali. Visuals of David Miller’s blitzkrieg are still fresh in memory as Punjab are back on the field for their 12th match of the season. Rahul Dravid is showing a very interesting side of his game, playing a few shots he never would have played if not for the IPL. We have an interesting match on our hands, with Punjab still pushing for a top for finish.