Mitchell Johnson was elated after getting the wicket of a set Steven Smith for 32 runs © IANS
Mitchell Johnson was elated after getting the wicket of a set Steven Smith for 32 runs © IANS

Mitchell Johnson has struck big-time for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by dismissing Steven Smith for 32 in the 3rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. Smith was the fourth wicket to fall for the Rajasthan Royals (RR), leaving them in a troublesome situation at 75 for four. Johnson soon after dismissed Stuart Binny in the same over for 13 runs. Live Cricket Updates: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2015

The scorecard now reads 75 for five. Smith holed out to third man, while Binny offered a tame edge to the away swinging ball which was caught by the keeper. It is not likely that RR will stage much of a comeback with the bat from this stage. The bowlers have made merry on the green, swinging track. Earlier Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh took wickets as well. RR will hope that James Faulkner comes in handy with the bat. Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Live Cricket Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary IPL 2015: Match 3 at Pune

KXIP had won the toss and George Bailey decided to take the decision to bowl first without any hesitation. The match is being played in Pune, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) ground and the track had plenty of grass cover. Bowlers were always going to be advantageous under such conditions.