It took them 12 long years, but Punjab managed to breach the fortress of the Sawai Mansingh stadium after Rajasthan imploded in their chase. Jos Buttler’s belligerent big-hitting seemed to trump Chris Gayle’s sparkling half-century to help Rajasthan gun down a target of 185. But Punjab s strong comeback, triggered by their captain Ravichandran Ashwin‘s controversial dismissal of Buttler, kept Rajasthan 14 short of the target with the home team losing nine wickets for 56 runs. (ALSO READ: ‘It s too late to say sorry Mr. Ashwin, you will be remembered for that low act’)

The mood of the evening was set up by Gayle, who for the second time in two years, began the season in scintillating fashion with a half-century, muscling Punjab to a strong total, but what unfolded in the second innings was nothing short of a pure exhibition of clean hitting as Buttler used his bag of tricks to knock off the first 64 runs inside the Powerplay. The breakthrough finally arrived when Ashwin cleaned up his counterpart Ajinkya Rahane for 27, 14 off which were scored off in the first over itself. (READ: Gayle quickest to 5000 runs)