Match Over - Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Kings XI Punjab, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
  • Referee: M Nayyar
  • When: 06 May 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Kings XI Punjab
  • Man of the Match: Mujeeb Ur Rahman


  • Umpire1: S Ravi
  • Umpire2: C Shamshuddin
  • Third Umpire: AY Dandekar



Overs: 18.4 / 20.0

Kings XI Punjab



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals

Mujeeb-ur-Rahman win the Man of the Match for his 3 for 27. Right, that's all we have for you from the double-header. Thanks for your company. We'll see you again when RCB take on Sunrisers tomorrow. If you need even more sporting action, in just a few moments, we'll have football's most heated fixture - Barcelona v Real Madrid - coming your way. Click here to watch El Clasico live and exclusive.

"We didn't play for some time, we didn't get points over the last two weeks and we were nervous. But thankfully we have a couple of points now," R Ashwin says. "We have some chinks in our armour. This win, we were tested. One of our batters stayed through to the end so pretty happy with that. Most of our wins have been set up by the bowlers and that's been pleasing. We know one department is firing on all cylinders. We can play Indian seamers and we can get a foreign batter. The thing is many of our Indian batsmen are inexperienced and they'll get better. I came in with an open mind as captain, I just wanted to gauge the team and get the best of them. Mostly a captain's job is setting the field and shuffling the bowlers and planning the right batting order. Bowlers will keep getting hit in T20s. The ones who get hit this game will help me win the next"

11.30 pm Rahul was 18 off 15 at the Powerplay. Then he plodded along in the middle overs, scoring only 24 off 24 balls. In the death, he walloped 42 off only 15 balls. And here he is speaking about the innings: "For me, this is the first knock that I would be really satisfied with because I won the game for the team. The way I started the IPL gave me a lot of confidence and I knew taking it to the next level is by wining the game for the team. So I just wanted to bat deep and win the game. I always try to back my shots, never try to slog. I've learned that doesn't suit me and I know if I can keep my shape, I can succeed even in T20s. I trust my game that I can bat at a fair clip. I knew if I stayed till the end I can win the game. I just needed someone to stay with me. Karun did that. Stoinis did that, and ran well too. Very happy to see the batting group is helping. With the way I was batting, I thought that should have gone for four, but I did get lucky [about the catch that was not given]"

Rahul was on 41 when he cut the ball to backward point and Samson dived forward to take what most thought was a one-handed screamer. But the on-field officials took it to the third umpire with the soft signal not out and replays suggested the ball might possibly have grazed the turf before Samson plucked it up. Warne thought it was out. Rahane thought it was out. If Rahul had fallen then, Kings XI might not have made it

"It wasn't easy to bat on here, but we needed 170-175. We need to learn from this, it's our ninth game, the bowlers are doing well but the batsmen, including me, haven't performed well enough," says Ajinkya Rahane. "We are all professional cricketers. Most of the guys have gone through these situations and know how to comeback. Most of the guys, I think, have been unsure about going for the big shots. But if you have conviction, you will succeed. From our point of view, we thought the Rahul catch was clean. But the umpires thought it wasn't And that's the way it goes. We're still in the game, we need to win five out of five"

keptn: "I think this was a perfect example of the fact that converting 1s into 2s continuously makes a lot of difference" ---- 13 in the Kings XI innings, nine of them to Rahul. And all this on a tiny tiny ground!

Nanda: "After a dismal effort in fielding in the last few games costing them the matches, this one tried to turn the table around from Gayle pulling off a stunner, fielders working in pair at the boundary line to Samson almost completing an impossible catch. "

Woden: "RR vs KXIP again so soon: day after tomorrow. Archer vs Gayle battle again???"

Kamran : "Losing team captain nowadays "we need to win next 5." Seems like a sarcastic joke."

Ritvik: "Punjab may celebrate the win for now but they need to fix their batting issues. No one other than Gayle and Rahul have left any impact. Karun Nair has contributed little in almost all inning but that little won't help considering this league turning very competitive now. Only CSK is the team in which every batsmen have contributed big some time or the other. "

Piyush Jaiswal: "Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson: What an IPL this is turning out to be for the Indian batsmen. The selectors would be licking their lips! Gone are the days of dependence on foreign imports to win games for the franchisees. "

18.4JC Archer to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's the win! Low full toss and he smashes it through to the extra cover boundary and celebrates with a fist-pump! The Holkar Stadium is roaring. They've been chanting his name all through the death overs but now it's an incoherent scream of joy. The home team has won, and it's on the back of a sensational innings..

Arunabh : "This might be the 'coming of age' inning for Rahul. The amount of talent he possess he should be almost as good as Kohli for India. The only man after Kohli who can play all three formats with ease. "

18.3JC Archer to KL Rahul, 2 runs, another two! Rahul expects the slower ball, he holds his shape, nudges it to the left of deep square leg and catches the fielder dozing.
18.2JC Archer to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, what a strike! He stares down a 147 kph length ball and smacks it straight down the ground. Absolute class!.
18.1JC Archer to KL Rahul, 2 runs, targets the blockhole again, but Rahul clears his front leg and smears it to long-off. The crowd is going bonkers. They scream "Ra-hul! Ra-hul! Ra-hul!.
End of over 18. 15 runs this over. 141/4 after 108 balls.
MP Stoinis 23 (16b 2x4 1x6 ) JD Unadkat 4-0-26-0
KL Rahul 70 (50b 6x4 2x6 ) more

Unadkat leaks 15, following on Archer leaking 16 and Kings XI now only need 12 off 12

Night Fury: "This was about to happen.. Today Unadkat has been brilliant with giving away just 11 runs so Archer was the one to be the target. Two bowlers can't be great in the same match.. Yesterday same thing happened to SRH.. Bhuvi was good but Sandeep was not so great!"

End of over 17. 16 runs this over. 126/4 after 102 balls.
MP Stoinis 23 (15b 2x4 1x6 ) JC Archer 3-0-29-1
KL Rahul 55 (45b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Sixteen runs off the Archer over and Kings XI now only need 27 off 18

End of over 16. 8 runs this over. 110/4 after 96 balls.
MP Stoinis 14 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 3-0-22-1
KL Rahul 48 (43b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Only eight off the over, and now Kings XI need 43 off 24

Rohan: "Short memory Yash, just the other day KKR bulldozed the target in 18th over. Not to mention Dhoni taking it deep has lost too many matches for Ind that people conveniently forget. @Vaibhav, while the angst is understandable, cameras are not yet as good as human eye. Whether its depth perception, frame rate or bit rate. very hard to beat an eye"

End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 101/4 after 89 balls.
KL Rahul 41 (38b 5x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 3-0-10-0
MP Stoinis 12 (9b 1x4 1x6 ) more

That's the time out. Royals are working to get the required rate up as high as possible so that their gun bowler, Archer, can steal this game. He has an economy rate of 6.58 and has taken seven wickets between overs 15 and 20. And he has two overs left in this game to improve those numbers.

Vaibhav: "Can someone explain to me this stupidity of soft signal? You don't know, so you don't know field umpire. Period. #RRfan"

Yash: "Did any team chase down a target within 18 overs this season? I don't recall a comfortable chase at all, every chase seems to go down to the wire irrespective of the target!"

Piyush Jaiswal: "That's a great soft signal by the on field ump! To be able to judge if the ball hit the ground first in a split second in such a crucial stage of the match shows how tough it can get. Well done to the umps!"

Srinath: "Excellent weekend for Mumbai overall. RCB lost, Delhi lost, they beat KKR and now looks like RR will win. Stars moving in the right direction and things seem to be falling into place for them. " --- Kings XI still need 52 off 31 balls.

End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 95/4 after 84 balls.
MP Stoinis 7 (5b 0x4 1x6 ) S Gopal 3-0-26-0
KL Rahul 41 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) more

That's it from me. Al will take you through to the end.

Thanks, Akshay. Now, you lot, break out the popcorn. This is getting good.

End of over 13. 4 runs this over. 87/4 after 78 balls.
MP Stoinis 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 3-0-18-1
KL Rahul 40 (35b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 83/3 after 72 balls.
KL Rahul 37 (32b 5x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-4-0
AR Patel 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 12 runs this over. 80/3 after 66 balls.
AR Patel 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Anureet Singh 2-0-20-1
KL Rahul 36 (28b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 68/2 after 60 balls.
KK Nair 21 (19b 2x4 1x6 ) S Gopal 2-0-18-0
KL Rahul 35 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 58/2 after 54 balls.
KL Rahul 33 (25b 5x4 0x6 ) Anureet Singh 1-0-8-0
KK Nair 13 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 8 runs this over. 50/2 after 48 balls.
KL Rahul 26 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) S Gopal 1-0-8-0
KK Nair 12 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

That's the time out. And here's Akshay

Kundan: "I have just realised, KXIP don't even have 6 established batsman in their team. Why the heck are they being considered as great batting side again? Just because of Rahul and Gayle?"

Mohan: "Ritvik is right about King's XI's brittle middle order. Stoinis, for example, has not done much this IPL; notwithstanding that stunning 146 not out against New Zealand where he announced his arrival with eleven hammered sixes."

End of over 7. 8 runs this over. 42/2 after 42 balls.
KK Nair 10 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-14-1
KL Rahul 20 (17b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 34/2 after 36 balls.
KK Nair 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-1-0
KL Rahul 18 (15b 3x4 0x6 ) more

harry: "Can Unadkat deliver on gigantic auction money paid to him? RR counts on him."

Ritvik: "KL Rahul should try to stay in the middle till the end and make sure kings XI wim this. He has got good scores this IPL but he hasn't stayed in the middle for long. Punjab's middle order is brittle and break away in pressure. This will boost his confidence. Without him, it'll be very difficult for Punjab."

Pradeep D: "Re-Archer, for him to qualify for playing for England at 27,, he needs to spend 6 months minimum per year in England, 2 months, in IPL, 2 months in BBL, then he need to choose btw CPL, BPL and PSL for 2 more months." --- My colleague Srinath says "Archer needs to spend 210 days a year in England, which he's just about managing for now."

End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 33/2 after 30 balls.
KK Nair 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-6-1
KL Rahul 17 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Will we see an IPL team actually defending a total in Indore? It's never been done before in six matches...

Taran: "Loved Gayle's child's reaction, clapping as papa gets out !"

End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 27/1 after 23 balls.
KL Rahul 16 (11b 3x4 0x6 ) JC Archer 2-0-13-1
MA Agarwal 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Aditya: "Re: Archer - correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it, he can't play for West Indies unless he goes back and plays domestic cricket there for a while, and won't qualify for England until he's 27? Which just goes to show how ridiculous both boards' rules are. " ---- Franchise T20 teams, are you listening?

End of over 3. 13 runs this over. 19/0 after 17 balls.
KL Rahul 14 (8b 3x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 2-0-14-0
CH Gayle 4 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Abhiram: "Considering it will not be long before Jofra Archer makes his international debut, will it be for England or West Indies? What is his nationality?" ---- Born in Barbados, but is working to qualify for England

End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 6/0 after 12 balls.
CH Gayle 4 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) JC Archer 1-0-5-0
KL Rahul 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
CH Gayle 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 1-0-1-0
KL Rahul 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
KL Rahulnot out 845473155.56
CH GayleC SV Samson B JC Archer8112072.73
MA AgarwalC RA Tripathi B BA Stokes230066.67
KK NairB Anureet Singh312322134.78
AR PatelC DJM Short B K Gowtham450080
MP Stoinisnot out 231621143.75
MK Tiwary -
R Ashwin -
Mujeeb Ur Rahman -
AS Rajpoot -
AJ Tye -
Total 155/4
K Gowtham3.001816
JC Archer3.4043111.73
BA Stokes3.002217.33
JD Unadkat4.002606.5
S Gopal3.002608.67
Anureet Singh2.0020110