that's the win! Low full toss and he smashes it through to the extra cover boundary and celebrates with a fist-pump! The Holkar Stadium is roaring. They've been chanting his name all through the death overs but now it's an incoherent scream of joy. The home team has won, and it's on the back of a sensational innings.
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"We didn't play for some time, we didn't get points over the last two weeks and we were nervous. But thankfully we have a couple of points now," R Ashwin says. "We have some chinks in our armour. This win, we were tested. One of our batters stayed through to the end so pretty happy with that. Most of our wins have been set up by the bowlers and that's been pleasing. We know one department is firing on all cylinders. We can play Indian seamers and we can get a foreign batter. The thing is many of our Indian batsmen are inexperienced and they'll get better. I came in with an open mind as captain, I just wanted to gauge the team and get the best of them. Mostly a captain's job is setting the field and shuffling the bowlers and planning the right batting order. Bowlers will keep getting hit in T20s. The ones who get hit this game will help me win the next"
11.30 pm Rahul was 18 off 15 at the Powerplay. Then he plodded along in the middle overs, scoring only 24 off 24 balls. In the death, he walloped 42 off only 15 balls. And here he is speaking about the innings: "For me, this is the first knock that I would be really satisfied with because I won the game for the team. The way I started the IPL gave me a lot of confidence and I knew taking it to the next level is by wining the game for the team. So I just wanted to bat deep and win the game. I always try to back my shots, never try to slog. I've learned that doesn't suit me and I know if I can keep my shape, I can succeed even in T20s. I trust my game that I can bat at a fair clip. I knew if I stayed till the end I can win the game. I just needed someone to stay with me. Karun did that. Stoinis did that, and ran well too. Very happy to see the batting group is helping. With the way I was batting, I thought that should have gone for four, but I did get lucky [about the catch that was not given]"
Rahul was on 41 when he cut the ball to backward point and Samson dived forward to take what most thought was a one-handed screamer. But the on-field officials took it to the third umpire with the soft signal not out and replays suggested the ball might possibly have grazed the turf before Samson plucked it up. Warne thought it was out. Rahane thought it was out. If Rahul had fallen then, Kings XI might not have made it
"It wasn't easy to bat on here, but we needed 170-175. We need to learn from this, it's our ninth game, the bowlers are doing well but the batsmen, including me, haven't performed well enough," says Ajinkya Rahane. "We are all professional cricketers. Most of the guys have gone through these situations and know how to comeback. Most of the guys, I think, have been unsure about going for the big shots. But if you have conviction, you will succeed. From our point of view, we thought the Rahul catch was clean. But the umpires thought it wasn't And that's the way it goes. We're still in the game, we need to win five out of five"
keptn: "I think this was a perfect example of the fact that converting 1s into 2s continuously makes a lot of difference" ---- 13 in the Kings XI innings, nine of them to Rahul. And all this on a tiny tiny ground!
Nanda: "After a dismal effort in fielding in the last few games costing them the matches, this one tried to turn the table around from Gayle pulling off a stunner, fielders working in pair at the boundary line to Samson almost completing an impossible catch. "
Woden: "RR vs KXIP again so soon: day after tomorrow. Archer vs Gayle battle again???"
Kamran : "Losing team captain nowadays "we need to win next 5." Seems like a sarcastic joke."
Ritvik: "Punjab may celebrate the win for now but they need to fix their batting issues. No one other than Gayle and Rahul have left any impact. Karun Nair has contributed little in almost all inning but that little won't help considering this league turning very competitive now. Only CSK is the team in which every batsmen have contributed big some time or the other. "
Piyush Jaiswal: "Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson: What an IPL this is turning out to be for the Indian batsmen. The selectors would be licking their lips! Gone are the days of dependence on foreign imports to win games for the franchisees. "
Arunabh : "This might be the 'coming of age' inning for Rahul. The amount of talent he possess he should be almost as good as Kohli for India. The only man after Kohli who can play all three formats with ease. "
another two! Rahul expects the slower ball, he holds his shape, nudges it to the left of deep square leg and catches the fielder dozing
what a strike! He stares down a 147 kph length ball and smacks it straight down the ground. Absolute class!
targets the blockhole again, but Rahul clears his front leg and smears it to long-off. The crowd is going bonkers. They scream "Ra-hul! Ra-hul! Ra-hul!
Sai Charan: "When you have a really good yorker like Archer,Why try all other variations.Put long on, mid-wicket,fine leg and square leg in the deep bowl leg stump yorkers.If still batsmen scores.. then better luck next time! Seems simple to me." --- His first boundary in that over came off a yorker gone wrong. That's why he went for a bouncer. It's credit to Rahul for knowing the bowler would want to change his plans
Unadkat leaks 15, following on Archer leaking 16 and Kings XI now only need 12 off 12
slower ball on middle, Stoinis blocks
back of a length on off stump, Rahul comes out of his crease to try and nudge it through midwicket but ends up getting a leading edge through cover. Highest IPL score for Rahul
around the wicket and it doesn't work! It just doesn't work! Rahul is batting on another level. He sees the length earlier than he should. He can only see the gaps. And so his backing away and cutting the ball between point and short third man is academic really
shifts over the wicket and is sent over the fence at long leg! Rahul has been starving himself of runs just so that he can feast in the death! All through the middle overs he's been dabbing the ball for singles and twos. And now, at the pointy end, he's swivelling on the back foot and pulling short balls to oblivion
full and outside off, Rahul slams it to deep cover and they pinch a couple again. This is super work from Kings XI, assuming Stoinis has stretched far enough to make his ground at the non-strikers. And he has. This is a small ground, people, and these guys are absolutely stealing doubles.
Night Fury: "This was about to happen.. Today Unadkat has been brilliant with giving away just 11 runs so Archer was the one to be the target. Two bowlers can't be great in the same match.. Yesterday same thing happened to SRH.. Bhuvi was good but Sandeep was not so great!"
backs away and carves a 118 kph back of a length delivery on off stump to the sweeper cover
Sixteen runs off the Archer over and Kings XI now only need 27 off 18
works it right in between midwicket and long-on on the boundary and that placement earns him a second run.
yorker again, at 146 kph, Rahul digs it out to cover and wants a new bat. Some serious heat on these deliveries
upper cut to the fifty! Indore is screaming his name and he responds with one of the shots of the match. The pressure is mounting, he has chosen to ignore it expressly so he can bat through the innings. Now he sees a bouncer outside off, he senses a chance to get under it and ramp it over the boundary
nails the yorker this time at 145 kph, Stoinis jams a straight bat down to find a single at long-off
that's a timely strike! The bowler searches for the blockhole and overpitches. The batsman stands perfectly still and laces it through the covers.
flicks the back of a length delivery at 110 kph to deep square leg. Good hustle to get a couple
Only eight off the over, and now Kings XI need 43 off 24
another slower ball, looping up and dipping in towards the base of off stump. Stoinis winds up but gets another inside edge to short fine leg
Rohan: "Short memory Yash, just the other day KKR bulldozed the target in 18th over. Not to mention Dhoni taking it deep has lost too many matches for Ind that people conveniently forget. @Vaibhav, while the angst is understandable, cameras are not yet as good as human eye. Whether its depth perception, frame rate or bit rate. very hard to beat an eye"
meets the slower ball out of his crease again and pulls it down to deep backward square leg
walks out of his crease and whips a full delivery from outside off to the right of long-on
sweet drive through point, leaning on his front leg, getting close to the good length ball outside off and treating it exactly as he would in a Test match.