Ajikya Rahane © IANS (File Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane © IANS (File Photo)

 

May 23, 2014

 

It was Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair who opened the batting for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. They are chasing a target of 180 runs. It was Rahane who started the boundary count for Rajasthan with a shot over long on region for a boundary. Lakshmipathy Balaji, the medium pacer opened the bowling for Punjab. It was Beuran Hendricks who bowled the second over for Punjab. Nair then was dismissed off Balaji’s bowling caught by George Bailey.

 

Earlier, despite losing wickets at regular intervals against Punjab‘s batsmen played with fearless courage during the early part of their innings. Rjasthan bowlers did make a fine comeback in the middle overs, but George Bailey and David Miller with their pyrotechnics in the end overs helped them to a score of 179 runs for the loss of four wickets on the board.

 

It was Virender Sehwag, who gave them a flying start by smashing Vikramjeet Malik’s medium pace bowling all over the park. He finally got out to the all-rounder James Faulkner‘s bowling caught by Malik. Manan Vohra took over from him by playing sparkling shots himself. The way he stood tall at the crease to smash Shane Watson with a flick shot between wide long on and deep mid-wicket region just gave a glimpse of his talent. He though was run out just when it seemed like he was about to get a big score. He was run out with him not even grounding the bat.

 

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