Shane Watson (left) scored a half-century in his first IPL 2015 match against Chennai Super Kings © IANS
Shane Watson (left) scored a half-century in his first IPL 2015 match against Chennai Super Kings © IANS

Catch live score and ball-by-ball commentary of IPL 2015 Match 18 between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

(KINGS XI PUNJAB have ended RAJASTHAN ROYALS’ winning streak in 2015, with a thrilling Super Over victory! Catch the live updates here)

Mitchell Johnson and Wriddhiman Saha have played a very cool and calm role from both the ends. Brilliant show by Kings XI Punjab. Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha and Akshar Patel first did it for KXIP and later on Marsh returned to put 15 in the Super Over. Put in to chase 16 in the super over, Mitchell Johnson bowls Shane Watson in the first ball and Wriddhiman Saha runs out Faulkner to help KXIP register their second IPL 2015 win! It has been one thrilling match! David Miller gets the award for most sixes and Rahul Tewatia got the Hotstar award. Shaun Marsh is the Man of the Match for his blistering innings. And that is all from us!

If you missed the action, you can read Nikhil Popat‘s match report here: Shaun Marsh, David Miller star as Kings XI Punjab win thrilling Super Over against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2015


Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 6 all out | Super Over

BATSMEN: Steve Smith 5

So Mitchell Johnson will bowl for KXIP. And Shane Watson and James Faulkner will bat for RR. A lot of discussions going on. RR need 16 to win. BOWLED! Shane Watson’s off stump knocked out! What a beginning! Steve Smith the next batsman. No ball and four! This is turning out to be the same innings as KXIP’s! Single taken. Missed and Wriddhiman Saha runs out! Who has been ran out? Faulkner or Steve Smith? Faulkner is out by a margin! KXIP win by Super Over!

OUT! Shane Watson b Mitchell Johnson 0

OUT! James Faulkner run out Wriddhiman Saha 0

Who will be the bowler for Kings XI Punjab? And who will come out to bat for Rajasthan Royals?


Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 15 all out | Super Over

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 8, Glenn Maxwell 1

First ball to David Miller and leg before wicket! Miller is dismissed off the first delivery! Glenn Maxwell walks out to bat. And the ball goes high and it falls short of the fielder. KXIP is safe. If they lose one more wicket, then RR comes out to bat. Full toss and, no-ball, and Shaun Marsh smashes it for four! What a match it is turning out to be! Another classic four by Marsh! Two consecutive fours by Marsh and this is his first IPL 2015 match! And another four! Three consecutive fours! Around the wicket and good ball! Dot ball. Yorker and they take single and he returns for two but is run out.

OUT! David Miller lbw Chris Morris 0(1)


Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 191/6 | Overs 20

BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 12(7), Mitchell Johnson 13(7)

James Faulkner will bowl the final over. Remember, KXIP need 14 from six balls. Mitchell Johnson is on strike. Misfield by Steve Smith and two runs. Two runs and this time Smith is on money, Sanju Samson picks it up and throws it but looks like Johnson is safe. Single and Akshar is on strike. KXIP need 9 from 3 balls. KXIP need boundaries now. Two runs and Smith has throw it wide and what an opportunity of run out missed. KXIP need 7 from 2 balls. And Akshar takes another two runs. He runs and stretches and makes it ground finally. KXIP need 5 from 1 ball. SCORES tied! Four off the last ball!

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 178/6 | Overs 19

BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 4(4), Mitchell Johnson 8(4)

Chris Morris will be the penultimate over and great first ball to start. Mitchell Johnson goes for Morris and the ball goes up in the air. Ajinkya Rahane runs towards the ball but he is unable to take the catch. It was always difficult but good try. Morris bowls another one on line and runs coming in singles. WIDE signaled. And cheeky shot by Johnson and boundary. Final delivery of the over and single to end the over.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 167/6 | Overs 18

BATSMEN: Akshar Patel 2(2), Mitchell Johnson 0(0)

Akshar Patel is the new batsman and Deepak Hooda to bowl the 18th over. Miller goes after him and a huge SIX! A lot of fielding changes for David Miller. Smashes it hard but single. Akshar takes a single and Miller back on strike. Miller goes after Hooda once again and a huge six to bring his fifty! He has taken 29 balls to reach his half-century. Two more balls left in the over. Miller moves and smashes it on the off side but Hooda bowls it on the off side. Stuart Binny takes the catch on the off side. The danger man goes. Mitchell Johnson is the new batsman. But Akshar is on strike and he takes a single.

OUT! David Miller c Stuart Binny b Deepak Hooda 54 (30)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 152/5 | Overs 17

BATSMEN: David Miller 41(26)

Required run rate is now 13.50. David Miller is 10 runs short of 50 and Wriddhiman Saha waits no time to start his powerplay. He finds the gap and smashes one for four. Chris Morris is the bowler. And another one. He finds the gap again and two consecutive fours. KXIP need 46 from 22 balls. Fielding change and he picks up a single. Miller on strike. RR were 149 for the loss of three wickets at this stage. The match is evenly poised. What will it be? Morris to Miller. Oh! Single. Saha back on strike. Full toss and Saha picks it up and smashes it through the gap. Four more. BOWLED HIM! Saha tries to scoop but is bowled by Morris.

OUT! Wriddhiman Saha b Chris Morris 19(8)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 138/4 | Overs 16

BATSMEN: David Miller 40(25), Wriddhiman Saha 6(3)

Faulkner to bowl and leg bye to start off with. Wriddhiman Saha picks it up and slams it on leg side for four runs. Stuart Binny unable to reach there on time, as he manages stretch the hand but could not control it. Single. Slower ball and Miller misses it again. And Miller finally connects and huge six over cow corner. That has gone 82 metres away. ANOTHER HUGE SIX! TWO CONSECUTIVE SIXES by David Miller.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 120/4 | Overs 15

BATSMEN: David Miller 28(21), Wriddhiman Saha 1(1)

Tambe returns and Miller goes after him. Two runs taken. Single and Marsh on strike. KXIP need 75 from 34 balls. Tambe strikes as Marsh lofts one as the ball goes high up and Rahane takes a clean catch. Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman. Saha is off the mark. Single to end the over.

OUT! Shaun Marsh c Ajinkya Rahane b Pravin Tambe 65(40)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 114/3 | Overs 14

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 65(39), David Miller 23(17)

Deepak Hooda returns and Marsh stretches as he hits the first ball for a huge six over extra cover. Follows it up with a single. This is smart cricket by Marsh. Not playing too many risky shots. Good comeback by Hooda. But Miller smacks Hooda for two runs and 50 runs partnership comes up for the duo. Miller slams straight on down the track for four. Marsh ducks it on time. Little smiles in between the two.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 100/3 | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 58(37), David Miller 16(13)

Shane Watson, the skipper, will be bowling now. Can he remove Marsh? Single from the first ball. More singles. KXIP 102 from 45 balls. Miller goes after Watson and two runs. Rahane reaches the boundary on time to save two runs. More two runs. And Miller smashes a huge six as KXIP cross 100 run-mark.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 87/3 | Overs 12

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 56(35), David Miller 5(9)

James Faulkner returns. He will be bowling to Marsh. Singles being taken. Good controlled bowling from Faulkner. Leg byes signaled. More singles. Dot ball, as Miller pulls it. Slower delivery and Miller unable to pick it. Dot balls. Another slower ball.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 84/3 | Overs 11

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 54(33), David Miller 5(5)

Tewatia contines and Marsh hits a huge one towards long on for six! Marsh is doing it for KXIP. Misfield and single turns into two runs. Marsh cuts and the ball runs for four. Again, fabulous fielding by Morris, stops the first time and ball slips out but he gets up on time to stop it. But, there is no stopping Marsh. He brings up his fifty with a six! Single.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 67/3 | Overs 10

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 37(27), David Miller 5(5)

Deepak Hooda is the new bowler. He bowls to Miller and he takes a single. Marsh on strike. And more singles. Misunderstanding between the batsmen and good fielding and throw. That would have been a run out had it directly hit the stumps. Miller is safe. Two more singles.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 61/3 | Overs 9

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 35(25), David Miller 1(1)

Marsh smashes one for four. Marsh is looking good. Followed by single. Maxwell back on strike. And reverse sweep but dot ball. Maxwell goes for the big shot and Smith completes a clean catch. After Maxwell took the catch of Smith in RR’s innings, Smith comes back to Maxwell’s wicket. David Miller is the new batsman. And he is off the mark with a single.

OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Steve Smith b Tewatia 1 (5)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 54/2 | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 29(22), Glenn Maxwell 1(4)

Tameb to Marsh. Tambe’s second over and single. Tambe to bowl to Maxwell. Maxwell has his eyes around the field and single taken. Marsh hits straight down and Maxwell has to duck on time. 2,000 IPL runs for Marsh. Run out chance and followed by a big appeal by Tambe but KXIP batsmen survive.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 47/2 | Overs 7

BATSMEN: Shaun Marsh 24(19), Glenn Maxwell 0(1)

Rahul Tewatia is the new bowler. 21-year-old leg-spinner. Oh it was a direct hit but looks like Vijay was safely in. Not out. Marsh hits the second ball straight and Tewatia holds it and throws it on time. Vijay is run out! Good presence of mind. Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman. Cut by Marsh and the ball runs towards the boundary. Morris reaches on time and pushes the ball but the ball touches the boundary in the end. Tewatia to Maxell and dot ball.

OUT! Murali Vijay run out Rahul Tewatia 21(18)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 40/1 | Overs 6

BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 21(18), Shaun Marsh 17(14)

Morris is back. He bowled five dot balls in his first over. Hit hard by Marsh but good stop by Nair. More dot balls. Morris is turning out to the on the money for Watson. And finally a run. And another huge six by Vijay. Good ending by KXIP.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 33/1 | Overs 5

BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 15(17), Shaun Marsh 16(9)

Pravin Tambe has been introduced into the attack. Vijay takes single and Marsh on strike. Tambe to Marsh. Dot ball and single. In the meantime, Aaron Finch tweets about live streaming IPL match from the hospital in Melbourne. Vijay stretches and smashes it over cow corner. Karun Nair runs and dives forward but drops it. Marsh on strike and pierces one towards off side but the ball slows down. More misfield.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 25/1 | Overs 4

BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 11(14), Shaun Marsh 12(6)

Binny returns and Vijay goes down the track and beautifully hits it straight for a six. Dot ball. Slip in place and single taken. Leg byes signaled. KXIP need 173 from 88 balls. KXIP still have Miller, Maxwell to come in. More dot balls. And pulled it away for four. Lovely shot by Marsh. And two runs to end the over.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 12/1 | Overs 3

BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 5(11), Shaun Marsh 6(3)

Murali Vijay tries to take a run and then goes back. Dot ball. Two runs. James Faulkner is the bowler. More dot balls. And Marsh is off the mark with a lovely four. And same shot and two runs. Good batting by Shaun Marsh.

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 3/1 | Overs 2

BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 2(8), Shaun Marsh 0(0)

Stuart Binny to bowl the second over. Binny to Virender Sehwag and well defended. More dot balls. And finally Sehwag gets off the mark. And the ball shapes away and Vijay misses it. Dot ball. Confusion and direct hit. That might be out. Sehwag was the victim and Steve Smith is often on money. And Sehwag is out! Big wicket for Rajasthan.

OUT! Virender Sehwag run out Steve Smith 1 (4)

Live cricket score Kings XI Punjab: 2/0 | Over 1

BATSMEN: Virender Sehwag 0(0), Murali Vijay 2(6)

Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag is out to open the innings for KXIP. Chris Morris will start the proceedings for RR. Dot balls. Swings in and Vijay swings his bat but misses. Vijay, lofts the fourth ball in the air, and takes two runs. Dot balls and good first over by Morris.


Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 191/6 | Overs 20

BATSMEN: Stuart Binny 12(4), Sansju Samson 5(2)

Final over will be bowled by Anureet Singh. Karun Nair on strike. And goes up in the air and caught by Akshar Patel. Nair goes for 25 from 13 balls. Sanju Samson is the new batsman. And single taken. Good bowling by Anureet. Good strike by Sanju Samson and the ball runs for four. Well struck. Single and Binny on strike. And cut by Binny for four on off side. RR batsmen are back in the game. Two fours in the over despite a wicket. Six on leg side and good over for RR. Rajasthan set target of 192 for Punjab. Good start by Rahane and Watson. Hooda played a quickfire knock. 55 runs came from the last five overs.

OUT! Karun Nair c Akshar Patel b Anureet Singh 25(13)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 175/5 | Overs 19

BATSMEN: Karun Nair 25(12), Stuart Binny 1(1)

Sandeep Sharma to bowl the 19th over. Four fielder on the off side. Sandeep to bowl around the wicket and wide. Faulkner goes big and good catch by Glenn Maxwell at the boundary. Stuart Binny is the new batsman. Nair moves to the right smashes one for six on the leg side. That goes way back in the crowd. Good bowling by Sandeep. Inside and gone from the back of the bat. Single and Binny on strike. Good yorker by Sandeep. Well bowled and single taken.

OUT! James Faulkner c Glenn Maxwell b Sandeep Sharma 1 (3)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 166/4 | Overs 18

BATSMEN: Karun Nair 18(8), James Faulkner 1(2)

Ajinkya Rahane has scored now 300 runs in IPL 2015. Mitchell Johnson is back and first ball wide. This is Johnson’s last over. Full toss and hit from the middle of the bat. Two runs. Single and Rahane is on strike. Delicately chipped and four more. Rahane moves towards the right and pauses and flicks it to the leg side. Edged and good catch from Wriddhiman Saha. Ajinkya Rahane goes for 74 from 54 balls. James Faulkner is the new batsman. Wide ball. Oh! Wait, singaled no-ball and warned. Over the waist. Lofted by Karun Nair and two runs.

OUT! Ajnikya Rahane c Wriddhiman Saha b Mitchell Johnson 74(54)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 154/3 | Overs 17

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 70(52), Karun Nair 13(5)

Single and Karun Nair on strike. Reverse sweep and two runs taken by Nair. Murali Vijay chases the ball. And another reverse sweep. Four runs, as Vijay fails to chase the second one. 150 runs up for RR. Single and Rahane on strike. Two more runs.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 142/3 | Overs 16

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 67(50), Karun Nair 4(1)

Dot ball and single and Steve Smith has been caught. First ball duck for Smith. Caught by Maxwell at long on. Karun Nair is the new batsman but Rahane is on strike. Dot ball. Single taken. Karun Nair is on strike. Nair moves and slams the ball for four on off side.

OUT! Steve Smith c Glenn Maxwell b Akshar Patel 0(1)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 136/2 | Overs 15

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 65(46)

Shivam Sharma is back. Two runs. Rahane stretches and moves down the track and smashes it over extra cover for six. And single taken. Hooda on strike. Big worry for Virender Sehwag. How will he use his remaining bowler. Hooda slams a four. He is 19 now. And Shivam Sharma bowls Deepak Hooda. He exposes the leg stump while playing a sweep and the ball misses the bat and goes and hits the stump. He goes for 19.

OUT! Deepak Hooda b Shivam Sharma 19(9)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 123/1 | Overs 14

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 56(43), Deepak Dooda 15(6)

Anureet Singh back on. Deepak Hooda has hit 11 sixes in this season’s IPL, joins Brendon McCullum and Kieron Pollard for most sixes in IPL 8. And Rahane slams a six and that almost falls on the fielders hand but crosses the boundary on time for six. That brings Rahane’s third fifty in IPL 2015. And single. Rahane back on strike. Dot ball. Single and strategic time out.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 114/1 | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 48(38), Deepak Dooda 14(5)

100 up for Rajasthan Royals and Glenn Maxwell is the bowler for KXIP. Hooda smashes Maxwell for a huge six! He joins the party. And single taken. Another single and Hooda back on strike. Hooda slams another six and he may create a record for hitting the most sixes!

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 99/1 | Overs 12

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 46(36), Deepak Dooda 1(1)

Akshar Patel continues. Rahane on strike. He is on 42 not out and take a single. Watson is on 45 not out. Dot ball. And Akshar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha complete a wonderful stumping. Watson goes down the track and miss the ball. Saha collects it on time on the leg and Watson is stumped. Fiery Deepak Hooda is the new batsman in for RR. Ajinkya Rahane sweeps and single.

OUT! Shane Watson st Wriddhiman Saha b Akshar Patel 45(35)

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 94/0 | Overs 11

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 42(33), Shane Watson 45(33)

Mitchell Johnson returns and bowls to Australian teammate. He takes a single and Rahane comes on strike. Bowls a slower delivery on the off and Rahane is unavailable to reach. Dot ball. Single and Watson on strike. Another single. Quick run and S Ravi goes upstair to check whether that was run out. But Watson looks safely in. Johnson to bowl round the wicket and dot ball to end the over.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 90/0 | Overs 10

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 40(30), Shane Watson 43(30)

Akshar Patel comes to bowl his second over and two quick runs taken. Followed by a dot ball and single. Watson on strike. Another huge six as the ball goes right up and crossed the boundary just in time. Akshar follows it up with a good delivery on the leg side. Two quick runs taken again. 12 runs from the over. Watson has now hit 100 sixes in IPL.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 78/0 | Overs 9

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 35(26), Shane Watson 36(28)

Shivam Sharma is the new bowler after strategic time out. Starts with a dot ball. Rahane takes a single. Watson on strike. Watson smashes the delivery straight down the line and it runs away for four. That was a powerful shot. Follows it with a six. Stretches and hits it a powerful on towards cow corner. Full toss and misfield by Anureet Singh and it runs away for four. 14 runs from three balls. And ends it with a four. 19 runs from the over.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 59/0 | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 34(24), Shane Watson 18(24)

Anureet Singh replaces Mitchell Johnson, who went for 18 runs from two overs. Rahane takes a single and Watson is on strike. He takes another single and rotates the strike. Rahane moves in front and takes a quick run. Chance of run out but everyone looks safe. Another single by Watson as he smashes one very hard. Runs are coming singles. Good over by Anureet. Good ball but ends in a four and time for strategic time out.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 50/0 | Overs 7

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 32(21), Shane Watson 12(21)

Akshar Patel replaces Sandeep Sharma and single taken by Watson. Rahane on strike. He is on 29 not out. He takes another single and Watson comes back. Wide ball by Akshar. Another single. Runs are coming in singles in this over. The powerplay overs are done. Fifty runs for Rajasthan Royals.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 43/0 | Overs 6

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 29(17), Shane Watson 10(19)

Johnson returns and dot ball once again to start with. He started off well last over but was smashed for two fours in the end. Watson defends the second and tries to take a single, but backs out on time. Three dot balls. Finally puts it towards third man and rotates the strike to Rahane. And Rahane flicks it for a four towards mid-wicket. Johnson bowls slightly on the leg side and Rahane finds his way. And another four to end the over. Again, nine off the over.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 34/0 | Overs 5

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 21(15), Shane Watson 9(15)

Sandeep Sharma is going to bowl his third over and Rahane takes a single and rotates the strike to Watson. Leg bye signaled by the umpire. Watson is taking his time. Wide. And more dot balls. Good field strategy by Sehwag. Places himself at short fine leg and picks up the ball. Dot ball. Good third over by Sandeep Sharma. Single from the last ball and Watson retains strike.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 31/0 | Overs 4

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 21(14), Shane Watson 8(10)

Mitchell Johnson is the new bowler. He replaces Anureet Singh. Starts with a dot ball. Second ball goes and hits the pads, appeal by Johnson and umpire is not interested. Looks like outside leg stump. Johnson is on the mark. Rahane looks unsettled. Inside edge and on to the pads. Fourth ball is short and Rahane pulls it. The ball top edges and lands safely near deep fine leg. Four runs for Rahane.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 22/0 | Overs 3

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 12(8), Shane Watson 8(10)

Sandeep Sharma returns and the ball swings in. Big appeal for LBW but looks like a small inside edge. The second ball Rahane flicks the wrist towards left but the ball goes opposite and lands safely. Third ball is bowled wide and Rahane connects well for four runs. Good quick single. Fifth ball, swing and missed by Watson. Great delivery by Sandeep. Out-swinger. Wide ball and Sandeep has to bowl another ball to finish the over. Rahane follows it with a lovely shot towards off side. Length ball and Rahane smacked it for four. Single taken off the last ball. Nine runs from Johnson’s first over.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 14/0 | Overs 2

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 5(4), Shane Watson 8(8)

Anureet Singh to bowl the second over and dot ball to start with. Anureet bowl the second ball little wide of off stump and Watson smashes it for a four. After two dot balls and over pitched delivery. Watson hits it towards extra cover and three runs taken. Rahane on strike and single to end the over.

Live cricket score Rajasthan Royals: 6/0 | Over 1

BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 4(3), Shane Watson 1(3)

Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson will open the batting for Rajasthan Royals. Virender Sehwag is looking animated. Sandeep Sharma will bowl the first over. He has picked up 33 wickets from 20 IPL matches so far. He picked up four wickets against KKR in the last match. First ball swings in and Rahane flicks it away. Single and Watson is on strike. Second ball swings in again and another single. Third ball goes away towards fine leg and two runs taken by Rahane. Out swing after three in-swingers. Single and Watson is on strike again. Dot ball. And Watson takes a single to end the over.

TOSS – Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) win the toss and have elected to bowl first. Virender Sehwag will captain Kings XI Punjab. Bailey is not playing today as he suffered from a shoulder injury during the game against KKR.

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson (c), Steve Smith, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson (wk), Stuart Binny, Deepak Hooda, James Faulkner, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Pravin Tambe.

Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Akshar Patel, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.

Virender Sehwag: I scored my last hundred here against England and that is why they are cheering for me. It is the responsibility and not the pressure. We lost three games and won against Mumbai, but we have to play well against Rajasthan. We will bowl first. It looks damp here and Rajasthan chased twice. Last year we were scoring 180-200 consistently, but we haven’t done that this year. I am hitting them pretty well.

Shane Watson: It’s been a great start so far. We have played some good cricket and have to be at our best against KXIP. We keep it fairly simple and build from last year. There is no room for complacency in the tournament. Happy with batting first. They have got some high quality bowlers and we have to be at our best.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the 18th Match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad on Tuesday. I am Sudatta Mukherjee and I will bring you live over-by-over updates of the match. Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2015, Match 18 at Ahmedabad: Preview

With just one win under their belt from four matches, a struggling KXIP side will seek a much-needed victory when they face-off against an unbeaten RR. The Royals have won all their five matches played so far to claim the top spot in the standings having successfully beaten all challengers that have come their way. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

Their eight-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday showed how confident the team was in its abilities. The team welcomed back skipper Shane Watson into the team against CSK and he responded with a superb 73-run knock to put on a 144-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (76) to seal a comprehensive eight-wicket victory. It was Royals’ fourth win while chasing that shows the team’s formidable batting strength. Rahane is the current leading run-scorer in the tournament with 231 runs and Royals will hope the India batsman continues the good form. READ: Rajasthan Royals summed up the conditions quickly, says Shane Watson

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Pravin Tambe, Tim Southee, James Faulkner, Karun Nair, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Morris, Vikramjeet Malik, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Ben Cutting, Ankit Sharma, Brainder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Nayar, Dinesh Salunkhe, Rahul Tewatia, Dishant Yagnik, Sagar Trivedi, Juan Theron, Pradeep Sahu.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Vijay, Shaun Marsh, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manan Vohra, Thisara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Nikhil Naik, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Yogesh Golwalkar, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur.

Catch live score and ball-by-ball commentary of IPL 2015 Match 18 between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)