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Cricket

Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets
PTI
Jaipur, April 14, 2013
First Published: 19:40 IST(14/4/2013)
Last Updated: 23:42 IST(14/4/2013)

Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab comfortably by six wickets to register their third win in the ongoing Twenty 20 League at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.

Opting to bowl, Rajasthan bowlers put up a disciplined performance and picked up wickets at regular intervals to bowl out Kings XI for a paltry 124.

Rajasthan then rode on Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 34 off 42 balls, Shane Watson's 19-ball 32 and debutant Sanju Samson's unbeaten 27 to chase down the target with four balls to spare.

Earlier, S Sreesanth (2/20), Siddharth Trivedi (2/21), James Faulkner (2/30) and Kevon Cooper (2/33) utilised the seam friendly pitch of the Sawai Man Singh Stadium to perfection and shared eight wickets between them to bowl out Kings XI in 18.5 overs.

David Hussey top-scored for the Punjab outfit with a 31-ball 41, while Azhar Mahmood made 23 off 20 balls.

Praveen Kumar (15 off 7) played a short cameo towards the end to take Kings XI past the 120-run mark.

Chasing the modest target, Shane Watson got Rajasthan off to a blazing start.

The big shouldered Australian was severe on anything that was pitched up to him and took Ryan Harris and Parvinder Awana for special treatment before departing in search of one too many.

Watson muscled his way to 32 off just 19 balls with the help of seven boundaries before he was caught by Mandeep Singh of a short delivery off Awana but not before powering Rajasthan to 43 in 4.4 overs.

But the combination of Praveen Kumar (2/10) and skipper Adam Gilchrist brought Kings XI back into the match with some brilliant bowling and sharp catching behind the stumps.


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