END OF OVER:
20 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | RR: 170/7 (13 runs required, RR: 8.50)

  • Stuart Binny33 (11b)
  • Jaydev Unadkat0 (0b)
  • Mohammed Shami4-0-46-2
  • Arshdeep Singh4-0-43-2

That's a wrap here. Thanks for your company tonight. See ya again tomorrow.

R Ashwin is indeed the Man of the Match, only his second such award through 11 years of the IPL! "Very important for us ot get into the 10 point category. The race is heating up. Everyone is on eight points. It's important to catch the momentum right now. Its incredibly tough to defend here. You get some sheen on the outfield nad the pitch in the night with the dew. But I thought we bowled really well, with Arshdeep executing his plans perfectly against Buttler. Mujeeb too. Arshdeep gets shape, swings the ball both ways. In Mohali, it doesn't do much, but we are hoping for him to do more elsewhere. You've seen how swing helps with Chahar in CSK. It's a process. A spinner is someone who reinvents the wheel all the time. For me it's about hitting various lengths at different speeds. The undercutter, the reverse carrom. I live by the sword and die by it, plenty of people say I try too much, but it's good that I'm keeping on experimenting. Most of our changes were forced. Moises was supposed to play but he injured his ankle before the toss, Miller came in and did well. [Injury updates] We're waiting on Mujeeb [who hurt his left shoulder while fielding]. Moises seems to be okay, not much swelling at all."

Nandakiran: "My Man of the match would be R Ashwin. Little cameo (helped take 18 runs off the last over) with the batting and tight spell, choking RR with two wickets."

11.40 pm There'll be plenty of questions asked about Royals' batting order tonight. They were ahead of the game when Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi were in the middle. Then Kings XI's spinners used the slowness of the pitch to pull things back and when that partnership was broke, Ajinkya Rahane walked out. Ashton Turner was there. Shreyas Gopal was there. Stuart Binny was there. All of them were far more suited to play the big hitter's role. So 85 off 48 suddenly became 50 off 18 and well...

"I think, 182 on that wicket was chaseable. We started really well. It was just a matter of two sixes. Stuart was brilliant. In a game like this, you can't criticise too much. Our last over was crucial," Rahane says. "in a chase like this, you cannot lose too many wickets in clumps. There was a lot of runs. Discussion was to take it deep. Tripathi was struggling in the middle is opening. I can come in the middle order and take the game with the set batsman. Just that the guys will have to learn from their mistakes. We know batting side will come hard after 15 overs. Our bowlers did really well, the two legspinners and Jofra's four overs too"

M Ashwin (who along with R Ashwin conceded only 48 runs in eight overs while picking up three big wickets): We just wanted to bowl well in tandem, the spinners and I think we did a very good job. We wanted to use the longer boundary and we wanted to make them hit there. It was coming onto the bat well. There wasn't much dew though. We've played a few matches here, we know the strategies to use. Fortunately, I've played a lot of cricket wit Ashhwin and he's been helping me a lot. We were really disappointed we weren't able to defend the last game. Good to be back in winning ways

Ajay: "It's clearly a slip from Rahane, if he could have allowed Binny to bat those extra few balls he would have scored those deficit runs. Not sure why Rahane still eats up the spot in RR line up."

19.6
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Mohammed Shami to Binny, FOUR runs, one-handed slash over extra cover and Agarwal won't give this one up either, rushing to his left, diving, putting in everything even though these runs don't matter. Kings XI win!

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st38JC ButtlerRA Tripathi
2nd59SV SamsonRA Tripathi
3rd30AM RahaneRA Tripathi
4th4AM RahaneAJ Turner
5th2AM RahaneJC Archer
6th15STR BinnyAM Rahane
7th12STR BinnyS Gopal
8th10STR BinnyJD Unadkat