Rajasthan Royals thrash Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets

NEW DELHI: Michael Lumb’s 43-ball 83, Naman Ojha’s 37-ball 44 and Yusuf Pathan’s 13-ball 21 enabled Rajasthan Royals to thrash Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Propelled by these three fiery knocks, Rajasthan chased down the 154-run victory target in 15 overs.

Lumb hit 2 sixes and 16 fours in his swashbuckling knock and his was the only wicket to fall.

Rajasthan Royals registered the highest team total after 5 overs in IPL 3 and in the next over Lumb brought up his 50 off 28 balls.

Earlier, Aditya Dole and Siddharth Trivedi took 2 wickets each and Punjab hit no boundaries in the last five overs as they were restricted to 153/6 by Rajasthan.

Ravi Bopara was run out after a misunderstanding with Irfan Pathan as Rajasthan gained upper hand over Punjab.

Bopara’s dismissal came after Aditya Dole dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardene in one over to reduce Punjab to 109/4.

Yuvraj hit 3 sixes and a four in his 16-ball 28 before edging a Dole delivery onto his stumps. Two deliveries later, Dole induced an edge off Jayawardene’s bat that was snapped up by Rajasthan captain Shane Warne at wide slip. To have a slip in the 12th over when Punjab were going at a run rate of ten says a lot about Warne’s captaincy.

Jayawardene hit a six and 6 fours in his 33-ball 44 and added 56 runs with Yuvraj for the third wicket.

Jayawardene and Yuvraj put up a 50-run stand off 29 balls to take Kings XI Punjab to 103/2 in 11 overs.

The Jayawardene-Yuvraj stand came after Siddharth Trivedi had Kumar Sangakkara (9) caught by Yusuf Pathan in the covers to reduce Kings XI Punjab to 52/2.

Sangakkara’s dismissal came after Shane Watson had Manvinder Bisla caught by Faiz Fazal at square leg to give Rajasthan Royals the first breakthrough.

This was after Punjab captain Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat.

Punjab dropped Shalabh Srivastava and brought in S Sreesanth and Rajasthan replaced Morne Morkel with Adam Voges.



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