Match Over - Rajasthan Royals won by 15 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 08 May 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Rajasthan Royals
  • Man of the Match: JC Buttler


  • Umpire1: M Erasmus
  • Umpire2: Nitin Menon
  • Third Umpire: YC Barde



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Kings XI Punjab

11.45pmTime for the presentation. First up, the winning captain. And then the Man of the Match.

Jos Buttler, the Man of the Match. Says: "Opening is a nice change for me. Working wonders. It's hard to work out what a good score is batting first. After six overs we thought It'll be 180-200, but thinks slowed down. With KL Rahul batting well, there's no safe score. You're never quiet sure. With the field up, you have a lot of options to clear the infield, which is different to batting near the end, where you have to clear the outfield. We're still fighting, still in the tournament. Winning breeds confidence."

Ajinkya Rahane: "Really happy, the way we played. I thought 160 was good, but wicket was difficult. Thanks to Jos that we got a good start. Chasing 157, credit to our bowlers, especially in the powerplay. That stage was crucial, getting 2-3 initial wickets. And Ish Sodhi, fantastic. Our intention was to pick wickets, and keeping an attacking field will help us. Gowtham bowled really well, and then the Ashwin wicket as well. Overall, bowling unit was fantastic. It was important that we enjoy this victory and move forward. Unadkat is important, good to have a left-arm pacer. His cutters are useful in slower surfaces. Sometimes you may go four overs for 40, but good thing is he always thinks about wickets. Frankly speaking, I was confused at the toss, but I thought setting a score was important, because it was a do-or-die."

Gorango : "Losing team has both current purple & orange holders. Proves that winning is a team effort."

AJ: "Sodhi should be the MoM for his impressive figures. Never underrating Butler's innings though."

Bharat Anne: "@Divakar, Rahul surely wouldnt accept 3cr offer from RCB. Equation comes down to ABd or Rahul. Who would you choose?"

RAYAN: "Apart from Rahul, kings XI hit two boundaries only"

Sri: "@Divakar Shantha, It is not as simple as that and you know it. RCB had to manage the retaining budget and Kohli, AB were and are the better choices."

Anupam Raj: "Royals need to stop behaving like a child and learn to win by a bigger margin considering their nrr is worst. I have seen them taking things easy once their victory is almost confirmed. Don't want their coach to throw the cap on the ground in frustration."

11.33pm A clearly unsatisfied KL Rahul shakes hands with AJ Tye before meeting his opponents. Royals' win takes them to sixth. Rahul, meanwhile, scored 66.4% of his team's runs, the fourth-highest percentage in IPL history. The second-highest scorer for Kings XI was Stoinis (11), which shows exactly where the visitors lost the game. Each of Royals' bowlers chipped in: Gowtham, Archer, Unadkat, Stokes and Sodhi all playing their part. Don't forget Jos Buttler's innings of 82 though. How underrated was that knock? Reactions from the players now.

R Ashwin, the losing captain: "Maybe eight runs more than the par, but I thought it was a 160 wicket. We lost too many wickets earlier, but we could've bowled better in the Powerplay. As the ball was getting older, it got tougher to bat on. We were contemplating myself coming to bat at No. 3, just an experiment. We do have limitations, but we're trying to counter it with different combinations. Hopefully, it'll all settle through. Not worried, six wins in ten games, we'll take it."

K Gowtham: "The pressure is there bowling first over. But I've been doing it for my team, so the management is backing me. They believe in me. I love the pressure. The belief what the team is putting in me, I want to stand up. As a pro cricketer, you're expected to take the pressure. And then enjoy it. The Chris Gayle wicket wasn't planned, but the plan was to bowl wicket to wicket. The Ashwin wicket was my favourite."

Divakar Shantha: "RCB let go Rahul and kept Sarfaraz. Amazing."

Dikshit Chhabra: "I think kxip is just somewhat improved version of RR. Strong top order no middle order, good spinners, poor death bowlers. Most importantly, unpredictable!! "

Shilajit: "Rahul himself: Almost a century. Rest of KXIP: Almost a half century. Applause! :P"

19.6JD Unadkat to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Rahul ends on 95! An unbeaten, but valiant knock. It was short on off, and Rahul once again reverse paddles this over short third man. Ends the game with a 16-run over, but it was all too late. Rajasthan Royals win by 15 runs!.
19.5JD Unadkat to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full outside off, and he shuffles across to the off side before reverse sweeping over short third man! Settles down on one knee, and sent over the infield.
19.4JD Unadkat to KL Rahul, No run, dropped by Unadkat! That's hurt his arm. It was the slower ball, on a good length, that he tried to muscle towards leg side. Took the toe end of the bat and came to Unadkat rather slowly, but he was expecting it to come quicker. Hits his wrist.

vignesh: ""Puts his ball in the pocket and folds both arms in the deep." cricinfo for a reason . u took me to visualize that and i could feel how good is that catch. way to go guys!!!!"

19.3JD Unadkat to KL Rahul, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, full outside off, and Rahul backs away before thumping it over deep extra cover! His highest score in the IPL!.
19.3JD Unadkat to KL Rahul, NO BALL, 1 run, waist-high full toss way outside off, and the ball hits Rahul's shoulder. Tried to paddle it over his shoulder once again, but this time it didn't come off the bat. Ouch. Free hit as well.

Vijay: "So the game of pulling the legs has begun.. bottom placed teams pulling the legs of top four, while they are trying to climb up."

19.2JD Unadkat to AJ Tye, 1 run, slower ball, full on off stump. Driven down the ground to long on.

Nishant: ""Rahul does a Marrilier"- Wow man you took me to a nostalgia trip.. Douglas Marrilier hitting Zaheer over fine leg for 4s and 6s and winning it all for Zimbabwe.. circa 2001" -- if you remember it first came in a losing cause actually. Against Australia in an epic ODI. Sigh, wish Zimbabwe were still that good.

19.1JD Unadkat to MP Stoinis, OUT, No run, full toss outside off, and slapped over cover point. Gowtham's at deep point, and his jumping effort is good enough! The ball sticks in his hand, and that's quite an extravagant celebration. Puts his ball in the pocket and folds both arms in the deep..
End of over 19. 16 runs this over. 127/6 after 114 balls.
KL Rahul 81 (65b 9x4 1x6 ) JC Archer 4-0-32-1
MP Stoinis 11 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Paramdev: "So KL Rahul stays 84+ not out against RR in winning as well as losing cause, just shows the inefficiency of KXI batting"

End of over 18. 9 runs this over. 111/6 after 108 balls.
MP Stoinis 10 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 3-0-20-0
KL Rahul 66 (60b 6x4 1x6 ) more

AJ: "@Dhanoop -Team selections based on IPL performances have always been baffling to me. So many times, we have seen IPL stars coming cropper in the international cricket. I would pick Rahane anyday in the ODI team just because the stability he provides in the fragile middle order."

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 102/6 after 102 balls.
MP Stoinis 7 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) JC Archer 3-0-16-1
KL Rahul 60 (57b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Pankaj Dixit: "C'mon can some one compare Rahul with Rahane...rahane can score run but can't win a match all alone...Rahul has the same abilities as Rohit and Shikhar..."

Dhanoop Chandro: "@vinayak, same feeling here. Rahane and Rahul both did everything right a batsmen in every format but still unable to find a permanent place in the team"

End of over 16. 6 runs this over. 98/6 after 96 balls.
MP Stoinis 5 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 2-0-11-0
KL Rahul 58 (55b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Kings XI need 61 off 24 balls

End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 92/6 after 90 balls.
KL Rahul 54 (52b 5x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-14-1
MP Stoinis 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Srinivas: "New Orange cap hoder KL Rahul"

End of over 14. 12 runs this over. 86/6 after 84 balls.
KL Rahul 50 (48b 5x4 1x6 ) Anureet Singh 1-0-12-0
MP Stoinis 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more


End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 74/5 after 78 balls.
AR Patel 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 3-0-12-2
KL Rahul 46 (47b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Jo: "Is rahul playing a dhoni here?????"

End of over 12. 5 runs this over. 66/5 after 72 balls.
MK Tiwary 7 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-13-1
KL Rahul 44 (43b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Tj: "@James and Syed Don't forget Plunkett he can be a handy bowler on his day. "

SK: "Now that Lomror and Stokes have proved expensive, will Binny get to bowl?"

James: "Syed, as an Englishman, that's good to hear, especially with the World Cup next year. However, Archer isn't yet qualified to play for England."

End of over 11. 6 runs this over. 61/4 after 66 balls.
KL Rahul 40 (40b 4x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-8-1
MK Tiwary 6 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Durgesh Kulkarn: "What happened to Anureet Singh? Wasn't he one of the best death bowlers, couple of seasons back, along with Sandeep Sharma for KXIP???"

End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 55/4 after 60 balls.
MK Tiwary 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) MK Lomror 2-0-19-0
KL Rahul 39 (37b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Syed Azharuddin: "Seems like the English have finally arrived in IPL. Seeing so many of them for the first time this season, and some of them performing really well, like Butler, Hales, Archer, Woakes, Wiley, Stokes, Roy(1 match though)."

End of over 9. 1 runs this over. 45/4 after 54 balls.
AD Nath 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-3-1
KL Rahul 31 (33b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Time-out. Kings XI sinking around Rahul

End of over 8. 9 runs this over. 44/3 after 48 balls.
KL Rahul 30 (29b 3x4 1x6 ) MK Lomror 1-0-9-0
AD Nath 9 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Deiva's back for a bit.

End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 35/3 after 42 balls.
AD Nath 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-2-0
KL Rahul 28 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 8 runs this over. 33/3 after 36 balls.
KL Rahul 27 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-8-0
AD Nath 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

poor start from Stokes

End of over 5. 5 runs this over. 25/3 after 30 balls.
AD Nath 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JD Unadkat 1-0-5-0
KL Rahul 19 (19b 1x4 1x6 ) more

SunnyD: "I think Shane Warne told the players that who ever gets the MOM will get something special...Everyone is trying their darn best"

End of over 4. 3 runs this over. 20/3 after 24 balls.
AD Nath 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JC Archer 2-0-12-1
KL Rahul 15 (15b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Amber: "Young DD and RR ... Overrated Kings XI and RCB ... Unbalanced and unpredictable KKR and MI ... Strong Sunrisers ... forget all ... This IPL is for Thala Dhoni !!"

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 17/2 after 17 balls.
KK Nair 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 2-0-8-2
KL Rahul 13 (12b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Sudhindra Krish: "This over looks like Karnataka Ranji Practice session "

Sumit: "same platform for Rahul again like last match!! Eager to watch him bat through!! Must be really excited getting a place in team India ODIs!!"

Swadeep : "i don't know why every one is counting rr out of this match. this pitch is slow and low once bowl gets older it will be difficult to score. plus KXIP batting order is also brittle once their opener get out tell me who has scored for them."

End of over 2. 9 runs this over. 13/0 after 12 balls.
KL Rahul 12 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) JC Archer 1-0-9-0
CH Gayle 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

ParvezBd: "This IPL shows us that bosses are bosses forever. Before the tournament, most of the people thought that the day of MS Dhoni, Gayle, Watson, Yousif Pathan have finished. I love them and there way to comeback. "

Sumit: "I agree with Paramdev, DD might have had more motivation by now! It would really interesting to see young guys going that far!!"

End of over 1. 4 runs this over. 4/0 after 6 balls.
KL Rahul 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) K Gowtham 1-0-4-0
CH Gayle 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Paramdev: "I am a big RR fan, but now i feel that the rain affected match they won against DD, they should have lost it, would have given a chance to better team, the real young and learning team, i.e. DD"

KL Rahulnot out 9570112135.71
CH GayleSt. JC Buttler K Gowtham1100100
R AshwinB K Gowtham0200-
KK NairC JD Unadkat B JC Archer350060
AD NathC K Gowtham B IS Sodhi9131069.23
MK TiwaryC AM Rahane B BA Stokes780087.5
AR PatelRun out STR Binny,JC Buttler 9510180
MP StoinisC K Gowtham B JD Unadkat11160068.75
AJ Tyenot out 1100100
MM Sharma -
Mujeeb Ur Rahman -
Total 143/7
K Gowtham3.001224
JC Archer4.003218
JD Unadkat4.003619
BA Stokes2.001316.5
IS Sodhi4.001413.5
MK Lomror2.001909.5
Anureet Singh1.0012012