Kings XI Punjab v Royals, IPL 2014, Mohali May 23, 2014

Kings XI confirm pole position with tenth win


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Kings XI Punjab 179 for 4 (Marsh 40) beat Rajasthan Royals 163 for 8 (Faulkner 35*, Karanveer 2-16, Dhawan 2-25) by 16 runs
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Kings XI Punjab ensured they would finish top of the table with their tenth win of the season, handing a comprehensive defeat to Rajasthan Royals. The result kept the final playoff spot open, with Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad's hopes alive, along with Royals', going into the final round of matches.

All of the Kings XI top six, without the rested Glenn Maxwell, contributed to push them to 179 for 4 after they were asked to bat. Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra provided the initial boost, Shaun Marsh and Wriddhiman Saha kept them going in the middle stages, and David Miller and George Bailey powered away to a big finish.

Barring a shortlived starting surge from Karun Nair, Royals were never allowed to get ahead in the chase. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson were tied down, before Rishi Dhawan broke through with the wickets of Rahane and Shane Watson off successive deliveries. Legspinner Karanveer Singh, on IPL debut, struck twice in successive overs as Royals slid to 83 for 5 at the start of the 14th over, a position from which there was no coming back.

Kings XI pulled ahead early when Sehwag started with three successive boundaries in the first over off seamer Vikramjeet Malik, who was playing his first match of the season. Sehwag fell soon for 18 off 8, and Manan Vohra took over. Vohra was in superb touch again, a smooth pick-up off Watson ending up way over the deep midwicket boundary. But Vohra ran himself out in careless fashion after Kings XI had built a solid base of 53 for 1 in six overs.

There was little let-up in the scoring though as Wriddhiman Saha pulled and paddled Pravin Tambe for consecutive fours. Saha and Marsh kept finding at least a boundary an over against the legspinners Tambe and Tewatia. Even as Kings XI motored past 100, Marsh fell against the run of play, lofting Malik to long-on, before there was a short delay due to a drizzle.

Only 20 runs came in four overs after the break, and Kings XI also lost Saha to a well-judged take on the straight boundary from Rahane off Tewatia. At 133 for 4 after 17 overs, Kings XI were still in need of a final assault, and Miller and Bailey provided it. James Faulkner was taken for 23 in the penultimate over as 46 came off the last three.

Rahane struggled to score freely and though Samson began with a couple of boundaries, the partnership was always facing a climbing asking-rate. Dhawan's double-strike in the ninth over hurt Royals, and Karanveer slowed them down further with aggressive, accurate legspin.

Again, Brad Hodge and Faulkner came in with too much to do and too little time available. They tried their best, hitting frenetic thirties. It was credit to them that they brought down the margin of defeat significantly when 77 were needed off the last four. Faulkner kept slamming sixes till the very end, and it was a pity he could face only 13 deliveries.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @Baghelsa I am glad you are on the same page as me on Binny Faulkner was promoted up the order he failed no denying that but my point was simple in the little time they got in last two matches they got the match close from hopeless scenario.Had they had those 23 balls they could have rotated their strike and won the game of the ten deliveries Binny faced one was a boundary and a few singles those deliveries are crucial that is my point.After seeing what KKR did today and how RR has been fidling with line up I wont take the risk of saying the team is thro fingers crossed

  • jayaesh on May 24, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    @Facebook user, i agree that Binny is woefully out of form and it is high time that he is dropped and they can replace him with anyone like Nayar,Kulkarni,Ankit Sharma ,Bains ,Chand,Huda , take your pick , i never defended Binny or Rahane's slow batting at the top but i objected to some of the blanket and sweeping statements like Indian uncapped players are useless and they are blocking the overseas batters... Hodge once famously said during an IPL match that i am here to take on the faster bowlers and Indian guys go after the spinners , same is true for Faulkner , anyways it is too simplistic to assume that guys like Faulkner who has always batted at number 7 or lower can come in top 5 and blow away the attack , Dravid thrice promoted Faulkner at no.3 last season and it was total disaster... my grouse with Samson is his not getting out in 30's but his struggle against spin bowling which is quite rare for an Indian batter, don't worry our NRR is just too high for MI to overcome...

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Being a RR fan from start of IPL only thing that hurts me is having talent and capacity to win games they loose coz they prefer a proven failure over a potential match winner.RR have given chances to its bench strength dropped a few after non performance why not Binny is the prime question what has he done to warrant a position in the team and to bat at where he does.Talented players and hard performers suffer to one person/one bad decision do you want that is winning more important or giving chance after chance to someone hoping he will deliver someday.All your thoughts of promoting indian talent has taken back seat now its about money and winning games

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Baghel i agree that this is indian premier league a platfprm to promote indian talent but you gotta understand that a game is played to win and in the name of promoting talent you cant say my aim to promote indian talent so I wont send big hitters even if it costs me the match thats ridiculous.Now coming to your point of Hodge struggling against Karanveer yes he did but Hodge is a different player if he gets the feel of the pitch a bit earlier both tewatia binny ate up 23 deliveries had hodge faulker gotten to play them it would have been a different scenario.As regards Binny anyone who has sane cricketing knowledge would tell you be it indian or otherwise that he has been useless and woefully out of form and giving him the chance to bat at no 5 all games doesnt make cricketing sense he doesnt bowl nor a great fielder a simple liability to be precise.Promoting talent is good but persisting someone when he fails continuously is not called for atleast in the position.

  • Cricket on May 24, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @Kashi0127 I would agree with you except they are still peaking. And if now is not the time to peak, I don't know when is. They have never lost more than one match in a row, so they don't get bogged down. That is the mark of a consistent team throughout the tournament. I am not saying that this means that KXIP will definitely win the IPL, but the have a very good chance. They have tested a lot of their bench strength, their players are rested and they have the momentum. Your scenario with Rajasthan anf Mumbai in the playoffs is not possible anymore. KKR is going great guns but again, they depend on Uthappa and Narine to fire every time. How long do you think thats going to last? Isn't that peaking too early?

  • jayaesh on May 24, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Taking from where i left i get hugely bugged by some of the foreign commentators covering the IPL, some like Craig Mcmillan are always suggesting that x y z foreign players should come up in the batting order, i am fine with Duminy coming up in the batting order but i never hear them say that Kedar Jadhav who has been equally effective also come up in the batting order, i also heard them say that out of form of Pollard and Corey Anderson should come ahead of in form Rohit Sharma and Rayudu ... just unbelievable....they even adjudicated Shaun Marsh as Man of the match for making 40 odd runs of 35 balls ahead of Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel , i mean really ?? i see a trend where all IPL teams which are led by foreign support staff give easy job of coming in top 3 batting order to overseas players where uncapped Indian batters are given tough jobs lower down the order, i am rooting for RR and Punjab because they put Indian players first and make them feel important.

  • jayaesh on May 24, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    First of all to the guy who commenting that IPL is promoting useless Indian players ahead of quality overseas players let me remind you this is Indian premier league and it's primary aim is to promote Indian players , IPL is not like English premier league where some clubs field all 11 foreign players. Indian players might be useless to outsiders like you but to us Indians they are very useful, secondly if all overseas players are such quality why do the countries they represent have such poor records when touring India ?? in any case stop making them look like some kind of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo who have been asked to play with Indian Football all those saying Hodge and Faulkner should have been promoted in batting order, have you seen how much they struggle against spin , Hodge was unable to lay a bat to the ball when young Karanveer Singh was bowling... how could Marsh get MOM ahead of Karanveer or Akshar Patel

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    i think if MI bats first they have to win with a margin of 25-30 runs and if MI bats second then they have to win in 17-18 overs.Remember if MI wins not only their runrate increases but also RR's runrate decreases.

  • Ravi on May 24, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    i don't know why RR seem to follow the same tactic every time. They leave too much for Faulkner/Hodge/Smith to do in too little time. They seem to following the mumbai indian strategy of keeping their impact player for the last. i don't feel too positive about RR chances now simply because they are now defeating themselves. RR is my Fav team btw

  • Harsh on May 24, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Mumbai needs to win by 43 or more runs to win if batting first, by batting second they have to chase in 14.3 overs.

    This is approx. figures, can be changed in case of too big or too small target.

    By achieving this, Mumbai can pass Rajasthan's Run Rate. But, Hyderabad wins big margin, It will affect this scenario.

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