20 | 9 Runs | KXIP: 134/8 (44 runs required, RR: 6.70)

  • Praveen Kumar7 (8b)
  • Abhishek Nayar9 (8b)
  • Shane Watson4-1-22-2
  • Shaun Tait4-0-18-2


Rahul Dravid: Tait added some spice to our attack, created some element of doubt in the batsmen. Conditions made us go for the five changes, good performance to get to 177. We have lost a couple of close games, but that is the nature of the competition, we need to play well.

David Hussey: It was a par score, but we played badly with both, the bat and the ball. Playing better away from home, we did not turn up tonight, need to regroup quickly and get to Hyderabad.

Shane Watson is the man of the match:

Watson: The wicket was something similar to what we get at home, pace and bounce helped me a lot and I enjoyed bowling here. Owe a lot to IPL, love coming to IPL, different characters Warne and Rahul, Rahul's a bit understated in every aspect of life.

End of a rather one-sided game, with Rajasthan winning the game on a canter. 177 was going to be a difficult chase but in the end, they fell quite short. Shaun Marsh was the only batsman who got going for Punjab, while Watson, Tait and Botha got a couple of wickets for Rajasthan Royals.

Earlier Rahul Dravid's 46, 30s from Watson, Menaria and Hodge propped the Royals to a score of 177 in their 20 overs.

Rajasthan and Punjab now have 10 points each from 11 games, sharing the fifth spot in the table. Stay tuned for the presentation.

"Is it possible that when a game becomes dead, they can simply wrap it up and we can all go home and get on with our lives? You know, like they resign in chess. This is seriously useless stuff going on. Even in international cricket, dead rubbers should not be played, in all formats. They are meaningless." As commentators, we will be the happiest with that change in rule Sundar!

Watson to Kumar, 1 run, full-toss, down the leg-side, tapped away for a single and that is the end of the game, with Rajasthan winning by 43 runs
Watson to Kumar, no run, goes for a pull, misses, and it goes through to the wicket-keeper

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st8SE MarshMandeep Singh
2nd21SE MarshN Saini
3rd26SE MarshDJ Hussey
4th4Azhar MahmoodSE Marsh
5th36Azhar MahmoodGurkeerat Singh
6th17AM NayarGurkeerat Singh
7th8PP ChawlaAM Nayar
8th3RJ HarrisAM Nayar
9th11AM NayarP Kumar