Result
50th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, Oct 30 2020, Indian Premier League
185/4
(17.3/20 ov, target 186)
186/3
Royals won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
Rajasthan Royals
3:31
25d
• Vishal Dikshit

Kings XI Punjab's winning streak ends, Ben Stokes helps Rajasthan Royals stay alive

Win takes Royals to fifth, level on points with fourth- and sixth-placed Kings XI and Kolkata Knight Riders

Match centre 
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Kings XI Punjab185/4(20 overs)
Chris Gayle99 (63)
KL Rahul46 (41)
Rajasthan Royals186/3(17.3 overs)
Ben Stokes50 (26)
Sanju Samson48 (25)

That brings an end to tonight;s goodies. We get back to the chaos tomorrow. Thanks for joining us tonight

Ben Stokes, Man of the Match: "When you ate in a position that we are as a team, there is nothing to lose. We are just hanging in. Very happy with the win. I went in with the same mentality as against Mumbai, to capitalise on the hard new ball. We had a decent break from our last game. I have had a few days off. Had a good couple of days training before this."

Steven Smith: "The season has ebbed and flowed, yes. Would have been nice to have a couple of wins in the middle. We still need to do a bit to make the playoffs, and we need things to go our way. Having said that, if that happens, we are playing very good cricket. The Samson run-out was unfortunate, but you take positives from every situation. It gave Jos a chance to bat after a five-day break. He hit them well so this is a good sign. Ben is a class player, plays proper shots, hits balls in weird areas, and did a job with the ball too. One of the best in the world. Sanju started the tournament really well, then in the middle couldn't get going, but that is T20 cricket. You have got to keep trusting the process."

What a chase from RR. Yes they benefited from the toss, but they had the right intent and composure in the chase. They have now won five matches chasing in this IPL, more than any other team. Both these sides' last match will come at a ground they don't like. KXIP have lost each of their games in Abu Dhabi, and will sign off here. RR have lost four of their five matches in Dubai, and go back there for their last attempt at qualification

KL Rahul: "It was a horrible toss to lose with the amount of dew later on. It did get very very easy to bat on. The wristspinners want the ball to be dry and get some grip off the surface but with the dew it got really difficult. On a sticky wicket, as it was when we batted, this was not a bad total. We didn't bowl badly, but we need to learn to bowl better with the wet ball. The dew has been unpredictable. We spoke to the groundsman, and he said there was no dew last game. You can't prepare for it, but you have to be able to adapt to that. It has been the kind of season where nothing has come easy. We have had to work hard for every point. No surprise that it has come down to the last game."

The chaos continues to get more and more chaotic. Royals stay alive. Kings XI have had their streak ended. Both still in with a chance but KXIP will be deflated. They are still No. 4 on the table, but now they will know they can't finish in the top two. Now it is certain that at least one out of RCB and DC will finish in the top two

17.4
1w
Jordan to Buttler, 1 wide
and Jordan ends it up with a wide outside off. Royals win with 15 balls to spare
17.3
2
Jordan to Buttler, 2 runs
full and wide, crunched wide of deep cover to get the couple that levels the scores
17.2
6
Jordan to Buttler, SIX runs
Buttler is going to finish this off this over. Takes down fellow Englishman. Gets one in the slot, and clears the front leg to loft this over the sight screen
17.1
1
Jordan to Smith, 1 run
yorker, down leg, dug out to deep midwicket for one
17.1
1w
Jordan to Smith, 1 wide
full, fast and wide. Too wide

The match is won. Will RR look for an NRR impetus now?

end of over 1719 runs
RR: 175/3CRR: 10.29 • RRR: 3.66 • Need 11 from 18b
Jos Buttler14 (9)
Steven Smith30 (19)
Mohammed Shami3-0-36-0
Chris Jordan3-0-33-1
16.6
4
Mohammed Shami to Buttler, FOUR runs
end of an absolutely shocking over from Shami, whose comeback as a T20 bowler had so far been one of the stories of the tournament. Another slot ball, on-pace, and another four to deep midwicket
16.5
1
Mohammed Shami to Smith, 1 run
and again, they nearly allow KXIP back in with a quick single. Hit straight to point, Buttler calls him through, and Smith is having to dive at the non-striker's end to stay alive. And he still wouldn't have got in had Suchith hit

It has been a shocking over from Shami. Three on-pace slot balls

16.4
4
Mohammed Shami to Smith, FOUR runs
ah Smith. Quick half-volley are just what he needs. Gets down on a knee and ramps this over short fine
16.3
2
Mohammed Shami to Smith, 2 runs
slower ball, Smith makes room and drives this square of deep cover for two

Run a ball now

16.2
4
Mohammed Shami to Smith, FOUR runs
there is a deep midwicket in place, and Smith has decided to loft this slot ball in that zone. But he has managed to place this straight of that man
16.1
4
Mohammed Shami to Smith, FOUR runs
half-volleys won't create magic. Smith lofts him over that man in the circle, the mid-off

Shami comes back. They need some magic from him. Mid-off is up

end of over 1610 runs
RR: 156/3CRR: 9.75 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 30 from 24b
Jos Buttler10 (8)
Steven Smith15 (14)
Chris Jordan3-0-33-1
Ravi Bishnoi4-0-27-0
15.6
6
Jordan to Buttler, SIX runs
Jordan goes back to bowling off-pace, and Buttler is prepared this time. The issue with this slower one is that is too full, and Buttler stays deep in his crease to loft this over long-on for six. Breaks the 11-ball boundary drought
15.5
Jordan to Buttler, no run
change of pace, bowls it quick, at 137ks, short of a length, and Buttler is hurried into the push. Jordan fields in his follow-through
15.4
Jordan to Buttler, no run
slower ball again, Buttler looks for the pull and it arrives late, taking the cue end through to the keeper
15.3
1lb
Jordan to Smith, 1 leg bye
another slower ball, on a length, Smith gets inside the line, and is hit on the pad. They take a leg-bye

"Are we seriously not going to discuss how much the third umpire Paschim sounds like SRT!!!?" Rohit, looks like Ranadeb Bose, sounds like Tendulkar. What a guy

15.2
1
Jordan to Buttler, 1 run
another slower ball, fuller, and driven straight to deep cover this thime
15.1
2
Jordan to Buttler, 2 runs
a typical dreamy Buttler punch. Slower length ball, and yet he times this back-foot cover-drive well enough for two, wide of deep cover

Jordan continues

end of over 152 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 146/3CRR: 9.73 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 40 from 30b
Steven Smith15 (13)
Jos Buttler1 (3)
Ravi Bishnoi4-0-27-0
Chris Jordan2-0-24-1

Final timeout of the night

"Is it just me or everyone can hear sachins voice when third umpire speaks ?" Abinash, it's Pashchim Pathak in the box today

"I feel ICC must be serious about such substitutes. Teams more often than not misuse it to get their best fielders on the field." Revanth Reddy, Mandeep Singh was hit on the finger by the bouncer when he batted. And he is no slouch in the field either. So no foul play here

14.6
Ravi Bishnoi to Smith, no run
on a length, outside off, pushed to point, and this time they won't take Suchith on

Manu: "Wow, what an impact this guy Suchit is making without even being in the playing 11. Last match with that spectacular catch to turn the course of the match and now with this direct hit."

Best performances - batsmen
CH Gayle
99 runs (63)
6 fours
8 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
pull
33 runs
2 fours
3 sixes
650104018128
BA Stokes
50 runs (26)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
on drive
12 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
4081001279
Best performances - bowlers
JC Archer
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
Eco
6.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
BA Stokes
O
4
M
0
R
32
W
2
Eco
8.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossRajasthan Royals , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2020
Player Of The Match
Ben Stokes
Season2020/21
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20
Match days30 October 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Chris Gaffaney
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Pashchim Pathak
Reserve Umpire
Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee
Manu Nayyar
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Kings XI Punjab 0