Shaun Marsh scored 40 off 35 balls © IANS (File Photo)
Shaun Marsh scored 40 off 35 balls © IANS (File Photo)

 

May 23, 2014

 

Rain has halted the first innings of the Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals match in Mohali. It started off as a light drizzle, but from what one can see, it’s getting heavier by the minute. Punjab have looked very good so far and will be looking to get out there again soon. In the last ball bowled in this innings so far, Punjab lost the valuable wicket of Shaun Marsh, who fell to Vikramjeet Singh Malik in the 14th over. Punjab are currently placed at 113 for three after 13.1 overs.

 

Marsh and Saha looked in control during their partnership 50-plus partnership. Both the batsmen found the boundaries, and also rotated the strike well. Marsh looked in fine form.  He hit a few fours and a six as well. With David Miller in next, Punjab will be again eyeing a huge total tonight, if play resumes soon.

 

Earlier, Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bowl in their crucial game against table toppers, Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014. Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra opened the batting for Punjab. It was Vikramjeet Malik who opened the bowling for Rajasthan. Sehwag though, showed his class clouting Malik through the off-side for a boundary.

 

Sehwag continued on his merry way by clouting again through backward point for a boundary. He ended the over with another six off Malik’s bowling. A fine start by Punjab  for sure. Skipper Shane Watson bowled the second over of the game. Manan Vohra joined the fun by smashing a boundary as well, off Watson’s bowling.

 

It made Watson think, and he bowled a fine bouncer to keep the batsmen at bay. He also took a heavy toll on James Faulkner’s bowling by smashing him for a boundary.  But Faulkner came back to take Sehwag’s wicket, caught by Malik. A much needed wicket for Rajasthan.

 

After Sehwag’s departure, Vohra took the attacking initiative, letting Shaun Marsh to settle in. Vohra hit Watson for a four and a six in the fifth over of the innings. But his blitz didn’t last long as he gave his wicket away in the seventh over. Some lazy running saw him lose his wicket.

 

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