Rajasthan Royals © IANS (File photo)
Rajasthan Royals © IANS (File photo)

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) reached 61 for three from eight overs against Rajasthan Royals (RR), chasing 163 to win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 match three at Pune on Friday. Punjab now need 102 more runs to win from 72 balls with seven wickets in hand. Murali Vijay, batting on 36, will be the key for KXIP in this tricky run-chase.

Along side Vijay is the surprise promotion in the batting order in form of Akshar Patel, who has done well so far to hang in there in the middle and now let the Royals make further inroads.

Glenn Maxwell was dismissed for seven by Rajasthan Royals’ bowler James Faulkner, during their IPL 2015 match at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday. Maxwell fell for seven as he tried to clear the man at mid on, but Tim Southee took a brilliant catch to his left to get rid of the dangerous Kings XI Punjab batsman. Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Live Cricket Score IPL 2015: Match 3 at Pune

Earlier in the innings, Rajasthan Royals (RR) reached 162 for seven in their allotted 20 overs, against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 tournament’s at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground in Pune. It was largely due to James Faulkner‘s late blitz that Rajasthan were able to set a target in excess of 150, especially after they were reduced to 75 for five at one stage.