KXIP are currently third in the points table © IANS
KXIP are currently third in the points table © IANS

Match 38 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 saw Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 6 wickets. The KXIP bowlers rose to the challenge collectively yet again, overwhelming RR’s underperforming batting lineup. Mujeeb Zadran shined with the ball, picking 3 for 27. Then the in-form KL Rahul went to score an unbeaten 84, putting RR’s bowling under the pump during KXIP chase of 153. With this defeat, Rajasthan have made their chances of reaching the Playoffs bleak. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin-led KXIP have nearly qualified. Here are the marks out of 10 for Match 36:

Players  Performance Rating
Ajinkya Rahane 5 (7) 1
Jos Buttler 51 (39) 6
Sanju Samson 28 (23) 4
Jofra Archer 3.4-0-43-1 3
Ben Stokes 12 (9), 3-0-22-1 3
Rahul Tripathi 11 (13) 2
Jaydev Unadkat 6 (7), 4-0-26-0 5
Krishnappa Gowtham 5 (3), 3-0-18-1 5
Shreyas Gopal 24 (16), 3-0-26-0 4
D Arcy Short 2 (2) 1
Anureet Singh 2-0-20-1 3

 

Player Performance Rating
KL Rahul 84* (54) 8
Chris Gayle 8 (11) 2
Mayank Agarwal 2 (3) 1
Karun Nair 31(23) 3
Marcus Stonis 23 (16) 4
Manoj Tiwary DNB
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-30-1 5
Andrew Tye 4-0-24-2 7
Akshar Patel 4-0-21-1 6
Ankit Rajpoot 3-0-27-1 5
Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-27-3 8

 

Brief score:

Rajasthan Royals 152 for 9 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 51, Sanju Samson 28, Shreyas Gopal 24; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3 for 27, Andrew Tye 2 for 24) lost to Kings XI Punjab 153 for 4 in 18.4 overs (KL Rahul 84*, Karun Nair 31, Marcus Stoinis 23*; Krishnappa Gowtham 1 for 18, Ben Stokes 1 for 22) by 6 wickets with 8 balls to spare.