Kings XI Punjab v Royals, IPL 2014, Mohali

Kings XI confirm pole position with tenth win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

May 23, 2014

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Guha: Hodge, Faulkner came in too late

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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

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Posted by   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

Posted by baghels.a 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...

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey 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?

Posted by baghels.a 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.

Posted by baghels.a 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Ravs1504 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

Posted by hpc1 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.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 24, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Regardless of Kings XI enviable position and extraordinary consistency, I feel they have peaked too early. In all likelihood they will not make it to the final.

Its likely to be following in play offs:

A)Punjab Vs Kolkatta : Kolkatta wins

B) Rajasthan Vs Mumbai : Either Team Can Win

C) Punjab vs Winner of B : Punjab loses

Being a Bangalorean, I love this scenario. Its poetic justice that Royal Challengers (no B!) have be thrown out of competition for a final in Bangalore.

So the final in Bangalore will see teams that have minimum of 3-4 Karnataka players in action! Go Kolkatta, Rajasthan, Mumbai - may the best team with Karnataka representation WIN!!!

Posted by   on (May 24, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

MI should bt RR 32 runs or more 2 qualify.. Margin SRH needs to win depends on MI vs SRH game..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

MI should beat RR by 32 runs or more.. Margin SRH wants to win depends on MI vs RR result..

Posted by   on (May 24, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

Can cricinfo or any1 post what should be the exact margin for Mumbai to win against Rajasthan tomorrow to qualify? Hyderabad's NRR is very low and it seems they have to beat KKR by some 70-80 runs. Isnt it?

Posted by   on (May 24, 2014, 2:05 GMT)

Smith in place of Cooper, Bhatia instead of Malik, Ankit Sharma to replace Binny (he is bowling well too). That is the tested combination. RR need to stop experimenting. Watto should start opening with Nair. Rahane has to adjust to 1st down. Give Hodge & Faulkner more time. RR will still reach unless they lose to Mumbai by more than 85 runs. There's still time to regain control.

Posted by lian_14 on (May 24, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

I'm glad that Bailey has been able to score some runs and show people what he's really capable of. I think the commentators summed it up nicely, he is somewhat of a silent killer, not only for KXIP, but also Aus and Tasmania. He's not often talked of in the same vein as the likes of the more flamboyant players in the teams he plays for, such as Maxi and Miller in KXIP or Warner and Finch in the Australian team, but what he does do well is the play his role in the team really well and has shown great versatility. In KXIP he plays the 'finisher' role, while for e.g. at the Hurricanes, he bats at no.4.

And sure, he can look somewhat ugly as a player when accumulating runs, especially at the beginning of his innings, but when he shifts into gear, he is seriously a treat to watch. He can really strike the ball so cleanly and makes hitting sixes seem effortless. And on top of that, he seems like a genuinely good guy, good for the team morale, as evident from his ever-present smile.

Posted by moscowman on (May 23, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

Too much experimentation and undeserved players finding places is the cause of the fall of RR. Binny has to be sent out. He has never performed. Sending Binny and Tewatia ahead of Faulkner is the worst strategy. Encouraging locals is not at the cost of losing the spot on play off. Wake up Dravid and Upton and other Team management. Stop this nonsense of not sticking to a basic team with only a change or two when needed. There was no necessity to rest Rahane in last match.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

Steve Smith needs to replace Watson, and they could benefit from replacing either Faulkner or Cooper with Cutting. If they have no intention of promoting Faulkner up the order, then they should replace him since his bowling is below par (13 and over last game) and he is coming in to bat when the game is pretty much a lost cause for RR. If they persist with Faulkner then he'll need to bat at 3 or 4, if Cutting plays he should occupy the same positions.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

Well after that last match with Banglore (and even that one too an extent) RR is playing like they have achieved what they want. I mean the effort is missing. Last two games they would have lost by 50 runs atleast if only heroics of Hodge and Faulkner. I hope things are not decided prior to match- IPL cannot afford 2 of the least popular teams in playoff (RR & Kings 11)

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

SRH will never progress.. only MI or RR can go..whereas RR has higher chances of qualifying as they only need to win or lose by a small margin whereas MI has a tough task ahead. Let's analyze the same.

A. Scenario for MI if they bat second: They need to restrict RR to 165 (20 ovs) and then chase down the target in 14.1 ovs.

B. Scenario for MI if they bat first: They need to score 200 (20 ovs) and restrict RR to 157 in 20 ovs.

I would give a higher if they chase the target, otherwise RR would qualify easily as MI don't have a bowling attack to skittle any opposition.

Still, in any case I would be routing for MI. Love MI. Go MI. Cheers...!!!

Posted by lian_14 on (May 23, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

Not sure how Marsh got MOM when he got 40 runs off 35 balls. There were touches of elegance in the innings, but most of the times it was quite slow going and he didn't really turn the strike around. If it wasn't for the 46 runs in 3 overs by Miller and Bailey at the end, KXIP would have lost. On that note, Patel got three wickets and bowled beautifully. Got the wicket of Hodge who was getting dangerous, so I think he should of gotten the MOM.

Posted by GoAvengers on (May 23, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

Agree with Ajmal Raju and SGTM1993 completely :First of all i need to understand Why talent like steve smith is warming the bench. Watson is a waste of space in that team. He is not a good leader and it is proven and everyone knows that. Smithy is a far better captain than him. Secondly I would love to sit with Dravid and coaches to understand the love for Mr. Binny. Failed in nearly every game and have been poor. A. Nayar didn't play good but didn't play bad as well and he was dropped and not a second chance. Faulkner and Hodge so late in the game , I dont know i just feel there is something going on to make things interesting.Get rid of Watson,Binny and even Samson. He might be good to eye and all but is he doing justice , No. Bring back your ace player and go for the win.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 23, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

It is frustrating and mind-blowingly confusing to see Hodge and Faulkner being sent in at 7 and 8 when Binny keeps coming up the order and keeps making contact with thin air time and again. Rahane hovers around 90 to 105 strike-rate even after facing almost 35 balls. He always seems to have only 3 boundaries to his name after facing 24 deliveries (4 overs) which is ridiculous. It's not as though he is taking twos and threes for the remaining 21 deliveries on a regular basis. He keeps playing dot ball after dot ball with an occasional single. RR's batting order is utterly ridiculous. I'm tempted to say that at least two matches this year involving RR have 'please investigate me' written all over them.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

So if Mumbai beat ROyals and SRH beat KKR then three teams would end up with 14 points with equal wins. Then who will go through??? If NRR would be the decider most likely RR have a better NRR, then why is the RR vs MI match tagged as a Knockout??

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Faulker gets 13 deliveries to bat hodge gets 16 they score 66 runs and great in form batsmen ahead of them in binny tewatia eat up 23 deliveries for 23 runs what is rahul dravid doing by sending binny at 5 in all games guess its time to bye bye to playoffs for rr for this season

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Rahul and Upton have it dead wrong with Binny's selection. What's worse is the feckless captaincy from Watson. Samson should really come in at 6 or 7. he does not seem to have the consistency or temperament to carry on with a big innings. they did well to hold on to the NRR. It would take a big big win from MI and SRH to make it to the top 4.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

i dont know what happened to RR startgies, why they are not playing with their best Team, leaving player like Smith on bench where southee, Beard man Richardson Gone,i think it will cost them their playoff spot,Really upset by RR performance today.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Poor management by Dravid and Upton,they were almost in semis nw they face dire situation to win against mumbai. Why useless indian talent up the order when you have Hodge and Faulkner,last match was same against mumbai indians. Watson should open he is not comfartable in middle order plus it will boost their starts with Watson opening and also bring Smith in place of Cooper.

Posted by Sgtm1993 on (May 23, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

RR management is a joke. Dravid couldn't win a game with his ridiculous batting order in the first IPl and today proves exactly why. I am sorry to say but you cannot promote useless and worthless so called "indian talents" ahead of proven international players. Brad hodge and faulkner at 7 and 8 just shows that they have got this completely wrong. And watson, well he is a joke as well. Always gets out with the same delivery..cutting the ball too close to the body. and why they haven't played steve smith is beyond my understanding. If they do play watson then the batting line up should be like this:Watson,Nair,Sampson,Nair,Hodge,Faulkner,bhattia and the rest. And wow the commentators can really hype up useless indian talents and make them superstars don't example:binny. Rahane can't find boundaries and even if he does, he wastes to many deliveries so he's good at 4 where he can come and rotate strikes after the power play.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

very bad captaincy and bad mgt by Rahul. how could u send out of form binny and inexperienced rahul to ahead of hodge. oh saaaaaaad. big introduction of new leg spin talent karanveer. u got a good future. Watson should b dropped for next match

Posted by Cric_fan1000 on (May 23, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

If hodge had faced the same number of balls binny and tewatia, at his strike rate of 172.22, RR would have scored exactly 180 runs of 20 overs. If Faulkner had faced some of the 23 balls, RR would have been over the line very comfortably with few balls to spare. Watson not only failed in his batting but in his captaincy too. Layman would know Faulkner should have been sent in ahead of binny considering the asking rate.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

What is rahul dravid doing,too much experimenting,he is costing rr again ,sad to say but this is the truth,who can u send useless binny ahead of hodge and tewetia in a crucial match ahead of both faulkner and hodge... Stop experimenting ,watson is best at opening the innings ,tats wer he scored a century against csk,play karun nair down the order. Play hodge at 4 and steven smith at 5 and karun nair at 6. EVEN RAJAT bhatia is better than binny ,atleast he can bowl four tight overs and picking a couple of wickets and now u know y dhoni doesnt like binny. He is inconsistent ,has a list A batting average of 22 and bowling average close to 40... Next match this should be RR team with their batting order 1.Watson 2.Rahane 3.Sanju samson 4.Hodge 5.Steven smith 6.karun nair 7.Faulkner 8.Rajat bhatia 9.dhawal kulkarni 10.Rahul tewetia 11.Pravin tambe

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 23, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

kings 11 punjab are real kings in ipl 7 . all the rest teams are left far behind.

Posted by Jivraj on (May 23, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Agree with Ajmal Raju. Binny is out of form and should be dropped.

Posted by Sgtm1993 on (May 23, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Promoting new talent is good! But sending them up the batting order ahead again and again is ridiculous management from Dravid and Upton. How can you send binny and those sort of guys ahead of faulkner? James faulkner you take a bow man! I'm so proud of you as you were the lone fighter and really showed. Please remove watson from the team, his glory days seem to be over and hand the captaincy to smithy. Their reason to not play smith is beyond my understanding. Ridiculous management. Hodge and faulkner at 7 and 8? seriously? rahane and samson ate too many balls and so did binny. Faulkner and hodge tried their best but there was only so much that they could do with that pathetic batting order. I'm just happy as an australian cricket fan that faulkner is hitting them so clean. Please remove watson. His dismissals are really annoying. He always tries to cut seamers and spinners close to the body and gets out in similar fashion. Doesn't he ever learn?

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

Most teams are not utilizing their resources well by promoting useless Indian players in place of quality overseas ones. RR losing today was an example.

Posted by cricspartas on (May 23, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Congrats to KingsXI shers on making to the top of the table. Feeling so proud of the boyzzz!!!!!

Posted by King900 on (May 23, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

BEURAN HENDRICKS - PLEASE PUNJAB don't pick this guy for the semis and finals. He is one of the worst bowlers in IPL7. I have not seen a guy coming from South Africa that is so clueless about his bowling.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

What happend to RR,they were reched alomost to the rope,they are making again and again mistakes,why dravid and coach padi apton make this dicssion,I dont understand,today they can easly win.why again binny he is useless in this 2014 IPL, he is eating many balls and love to hit the ball to the fielder.nobody try to hit the ball until hodge did some.only RR means rahane?.they shuld drop kooper and bring smith also they have to throw binny out,please dont make any changes in bating order the order like Rahane,Nair,Samson,Watson,Smith,Faulkner,Hodge and etc.. bring kulkarni or some one for binny.I was expecting RR on top two,there they will get chance more.but they loose eveything.very bad RR so sorry to say

Posted by rajcan on (May 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Best thing happened to Mumbai was Marsh's wicket. He played 7 hours, played too many dot balls and only scored at the rate of 100 while Saha is denied strike.

Posted by saithesailor on (May 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

good team choice for RR although I would have liked to have Steve Smith in lieu of kevon cooper. Halla Boll RR

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