Kings XI Punjab meet Rajasthan Royals to seal play-off spot

Chris Gayle scored his third fifty of the IPL in the last game

Needing 32 runs to win off the last over, KXIP lost the wicket of Marcus Stoinis off the very first ball to make it an impossible task for even the in-form Rahul to take his team across the finishing line as his team needed 31 of last four balls.

Rahul's gritty innings of 70-ball 95 were laced with some brilliant strokes.

Rajasthan, on the other hand, might consider a couple of changes. Their star Batsman Chris Gayle had to go back in 3rd over scoring just 1 run in 1 ball. Gowtham bowled really well, and then the Ashwin wicket as well.

Jofra Archer then got into the act as he had Karun Nair hitting one high in the air for Jaidev Unadkat to complete a well-judged catch. Sodhi, a leg-spinner, has cricket's greatest ever exponent of the art form in his corner with Shane Warne a mentor at Rajasthan and it showed with his control and accuracy.

The KXIP run chase got off to the worst possible start courtesy of a wonder over by Krishnappa Gowtham.

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With a victory on Tuesday against KXIP, Rajasthan climbed two places from the bottom to go at the sixth place with 8 points while KXIP remained on the third spot with 12 points.

By the end of 18th over, the required rate surged 23.5 an over which was almost impossible. But Buttler continued his onslaught on the Rajasthan bowlers as he picked two consecutive boundaries off Tye. Rajasthan would look to win at their home ground against the opponent which defeated them at their home venue in Indore less than 2 days ago. A win for MI is a must while KKR will look forward to taking revenge against the same team as they lost against MI by 13 runs at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.

For Rajasthan, Rahane needs to start leading from the front with the bat, given his captaincy is starting to come under the microscope. Powered by Jos Buttler, the hosts managed to eke out 63 for the loss of Ajinkya Rahane's wicket after six overs.

Earlier, Mujeeb led an impressive bowling display from Kings XI to restrict struggling Rajasthan to a modest 152 for nine. Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers for Punjab as he returned with the figures of 4-0-34-4. The double strike means the seamer has claimed 14 victims to become the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

STUMPED! Smart bowling by Mujeeb. Buttler scored 82 runs, stumped unsafe Chris Gayle and was instrumental in running out Axar Patel to turn the tide in his team's favour.

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