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Overs 20: The come back is complete! Punjab have beaten Rajasthan by 14 runs to start their campaign on a winning note. Rajasthan were 148/2 at one stage in the chase of 185 before they imploded in the space of two overs. They finally finished at 164/9. This is the first time Punjab have managed to beat Rajasthan in six attempts in Jaipur.

Overs 19.2: OUT! Ankit Rajpoot is on a hat-trick now. Krishnappa Gowtham has been caught at mid-off for 3. Rajasthan 164/9

Overs 19.1: OUT! That’s a nasty collision between the bowler and the wicketkeeper. Ankit Rajpoot bowled one short and Jaydev Unadkat goes for a pull but ends up top-edging it high in the air. Rajpoot rushes forward for the catch and takes it but ends up colliding with Nicholas Pooran who is down now. Unadkat scored 1. Rajasthan 164/8

Overs 18.5: OUT! Another one bites the dust! A yorker from Mohammed Shami and Jofra Archer was looking to get a single but is easily run out by Shami at the non-striker’s end on 2. Rajasthan 163/7

Overs 17.6: OUT! Rajasthan are undergoing a massive collapse here now! Rahul Tripathi gifts an easy catch to KL Rahul to walk back for 1. Rajasthan 158/6

Overs 17.3: OUT! Mujeeb-ur-Rahman gets his man after being smoked for a six off the previous delivery. Ben Stokes opened his account with a six off the first-ball faced. He went for another big hit but this time was caught by Nair in the deep. Rajasthan 157/5

Overs 16.6: OUT! Sam Curran has struck twice in three deliveries! This time it’s Sanju Samson who holes out to R Ashwin for 30. Rajasthan 150/4

Overs 16.4: OUT! That’s an outstanding catch from KL Rahul as he gets rid of Steve Smith on 19. Smith takes the aerial route and Rahul, running in from long-off, dived full length to complete the catch. Rajasthan 148/3

Overs 16: Mohammed Shami back for another spell. A delicious shot from Sanju Samson as he lifts the second delivery over long-off for a six. 11 runs from the over. Rajasthan 146/2

Overs 15: Sam Curran has had a forgettable debut so far. Ashwin gives him another go but Steve Smith wades into him for a four and a six. 17 runs from the over. Rajasthan 135/2

Overs 14: Ankit Rajpoot is back. A wayward over from the right-arm pacer as he bowls back-to-back no-balls. He’s fortunate that Steven Smith fails to capitalise on the free-hits. And to lighten the heavy mood, Rajpoot ends up appealing for an lbw off a free-hit!. He realises his mistake and can only smile. Eight runs from the over. Rajasthan 118/2

Overs 13: OUT! THIS IS GOING TO CREATE A BIG DEBATE. Ravichandran Ashwin appealed for mankading against Jos Buttler without seemingly having warned him for backing up too far before. Buttler doesn’t look happy. The decision has been referred to the third umpire. And he’s been given out! Buttler is livid. He scored 69 and this is a big dent to Rajasthan’s chances. Rajasthan 108/2

Overs 12: Mujeeb-ur-Rahman back into the attack. Spinners are controlling the game now it seems. After an expensive start, Mujeeb comes back strongly to allow six runs in his third over. Rajasthan 105/1

Overs 11: Ashwin bowls another good over – just three singles in t. Rajasthan 99/1

Overs 10: There’s no stopping Buttler tonight as he belts back to back fours off Ankit Rajpoot. 10 runs from the over. Buttler moves to 64 off 35. Rajasthan 96/1

Overs 8.1: WICKET! The captain gets captain. Ravichandran Ashwin gets Punjab the much needed breakthrough as he slips in a carrom ball and Ajinkya Rahane is bowled for 27. Rajasthan 78/1

Overs 8: Another bowling change – Ankit Rajpoot into the attack now. Buttler spoiled an otherwise good over hitting his final delivery for a four to reach his half-century off 29 deliveries. Punjab 78/0

Overs 7: Captain into the attack now – Ravichandran Ashwin takes the matters into his own hands. Seven runs from his first over. Punjab 71/0

Overs 6: A BIG FINISH to the Powerplay overs from Jos Buttler as he thrashes countrymate Sam Curran  for three fours and a six. 19 runs from the over take Rajasthan to 64/0

Overs 5: Shami continues. Rahane sends one to fine leg region for his fourth four. Seven runs from the over. Rajasthan 45/0

Overs 4: Mujeeb continues. He was decent in his first over but Buttler doesn’t spare him this time. He mistimes a shot but manages to send the ball past mid-off for a four. He ends the over with a six over long-off. 11 runs from the over. Rajasthan 38/0

Overs 3: Mohammed Shami replaces Sam Curran. And Jos Buttler strikes two fours off him – one through mid-off and the second over short fine leg. Nine runs from the over. Rajasthan 27/0

Overs 2: Spin in Mujeeb-ur-Rahman introduced. Buttler welcomes him with a four off the first delivery. The Afghan spinner does well to keep them to two more in the over. Six from it. Rajasthan 18/0

Over 1: Ajinkya Rahane has started in a blazing fashion! He has dispatched debutant Sam Curran for three fours to take Rajasthan to 12/0

We’re back with the Rajasthan chase. Punjab have never won at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium before. Can they change the history tonight? Sam Curran with the new ball. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler are the two Rajasthan openers.

Overs 20: A lovely finish to Punjab’s innings as Sarfaraz hits a six off the final delivery to make it 17 from Ben Stokes over. Punjab post 184/4. Sarfaraz remains unbeaten on 46 off 29 with six fours and a six.

Overs 19.1: WICKET! Ben Stokes gets his second wicket of the night as Nicholas Pooran holes out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-off. He scored 12 off 14. Punjab 167/4

Overs 19: It hasn’t been a good start to the league for Unadkat as he has leaked 44 runs in three overs tonight. Nicholas Pooran and Sarfaraz Khan scored a four each off him. 12 runs from the over. Punjab 167/3

Overs 18: Boundaries have suddenly dried up for Punjab batsmen. Another tight over from Rajasthan bowlers – Archer finishes his quota allowing just five in his final over of the night. His figures – 4-0-17-0. Punjab 155/3

Overs 17: Gayle’s wicket has brought much needed relief to Rajasthan bowlers. Spin in Shreyas Gopal returns and he does well in his first over to keep Punjab batsmen to five runs. Punjab 150/3

Overs 15.5:  OUT! Rajasthan have got the wicket they were desperately after. Chris Gayle was in his element, smacking every bowler all around the park after making a slow start. Ben Stokes had been clattered for three fours and a six off the first four deliveries. The Jamaican went for another big hit and nearly cleared the boundary again but for Rahul Tripathi who takes a blinder to end his assault. Gayle scored 79 off 47 with eight fours and four sixes. Punjab 144/3 

Overs 15: Dhawal Kulkarni back for his fourth and final over of the night. Six runs from the first five deliveries before Sarfaraz Khan hits him for a four. 10 runs from the over. Punjab 125/2

Overs 14: Ajinkya Rahane summons Jofra Archer to halt the momentum. However, Gayle is in the flow now. And even Archer, whose first 12 deliveries resulted in just two runs, isn’t spared either. Gayle blasts one into the sightscreen for his third six of the innings. 10 runs from the over. Punjab 115/2

Overs 13: Now Sarfaraz Khan joins the fun as he clatters back-to-back fours off Krishnappa Gowtham, the second of which also took the team score past the 100-run mark. 11 runs from it. Punjab 105/2

Overs 12: Oh yes! The big man is finally firing on all cylinders. And it’s Jaydev Unadkat who has received a royal thrashing from him. Gayle clatters three straight fours off his first three deliveries before lofting him into the sightscreen for a six which also brings up his half-century. 19 runs from the over. Punjab 94/2

Overs 11: Ben Stokes is back. Gayle smacks one to deep midwicket and Sanju Samson makes a valiant attempt, diving full stretch but the ball is quite far as it rolls past the boundary. Seven runs from the over. Punjab 75/2

Overs 10: Dhawal Kulkarni returns. Punjab manage three runs off his first five deliveries before Sarfaraz Khan manages to score a four off the final delivery. Seven runs from it. Punjab 67/2

Overs 8.5: WICKET! Punjab have lost their second wicket and it’s Mayank Agarwal who has to walk back to the dug-out. In his bid to up the scoring rate, Agarwal takes the aerial route off Krishnappa Gowtham. However, Dhawal Kulkarni does well near the boundary to keep his foot away from touching it. Third umpire is called to confirm whether it was clear or not. And he rules it in the favour of the fielding side. He scored 22 off 24. Punjab 60/2

Overs 8: A productive over for Punjab. Jaydev Unadkat starts with an expensive over in which Chris Gayle smokes him for his first six of the night. This was after he had began the over with a four to third man. 13 runs from it take Punjab to 50/1

Overs 7: Spin returns in Krishnappa Gowtham after the Powerplay. Will Punjab push step up the scoring rate in this over? Nope. They seem content with singles and doubles. Five runs from Gowtham’s second over. Punjab 37/1

Overs 6: Another tight over from Jofra Archer – just a single from it. Punjab make 32/1 in Powerplay overs. Archer has allowed just two runs from his two overs so far.

Overs 5: Another bowling change from Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane as he brings in Ben Stokes who gets a cold reception from Mayank Agarwal  – a four through covers. He then keeps them to five more runs to make it 9 from the over. Punjab 31/1

Overs 4: An excellent first over from Jofra Archer who delivers five dot balls before conceding a single off his final delivery. Punjab 22/1

 

Overs 3: Chris Gayle becomes the quickest batsman in IPL history to 4000 runs (112th innings). He reached the landmark with a single off Dhawal Kulkarni after earlier hitting the pacer for his first four of the innings. Seven runs in the over. Punjab 21/1

Overs 2: Rajasthan introduce spin in Krishnappa Gowtham. And Mayank Agarwal greets him with a six over long-off. Gowtham does well to allow the Punjab pair score just two more runs in the over. 8 runs from the over take the score to 14/1

Over 1: An excellent start for Rajasthan who have struck in the first over with the scalp of Punjab opener KL Rahul. Dhawal Kulkarni was struck for a four by Rahul in the over and then the right-arm pacer came back strongly to induce an edge from his bat and have him out caught behind for 4. The ball was outside off and Rahul needlessly prodded at it and was unsure of whether to leave or play. In the confusion, he ended up losing his wicket. He scored 4. Punjab 6/1

Dhawal Kulkarni with the new ball for Rajasthan. KL Rahul will take the strike for Punjab and he’s joined by Chis Gayle at the non-striker’s end. Here we go…

Playing XIs

Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot

Rajasthan: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Quotes

Ajinkya Rahane: It’s important to start well, and the preparation that we have had has been fantastic. We need to start well, get some momentum, and stay in the moment. We’ll bowl first. Looks like a good wicket.

R Ashwin: New season, new hopes. I don’t think the wicket will change much, but we were also looking to bowl first. Hopefully with our bowling attack we can defend the score. As far as this bunch goes, they are very keen, and there is no baggage from the past so we don’t care about the old records.

Rajasthan’s overseas players: Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer

Punjab’s overseas picks: Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Sam Curran and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman

7:31 pm: Rajasthan have won the toss and opted to field against Punjab in their season opener.

7:20 pm: Toss coming up in 10 minutes! The pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is expected to be two-paced.

Boosted by the return of Steve Smith, who was suspended in the wake of the ball-tampering saga at Newlands, Rajasthan will look to kick off their Indian T20 League 2019 campaign with a win as they take on R Ashwin-led Punjab in the fourth match of the season at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.

While Rajasthan have won the inaugural edition of the tournament, Punjab-based franchise is yet to win the title. Punjab will like to avoid a repeat of their eventual returns in the previous season. However, they will not mind a repeat of the result of the opening game from the last season and get off to a winning start. Click here read more