Rahul ends on 95! An unbeaten, but valiant knock. It was short on off, and Rahul once again reverse paddles this over short third man. Ends the game with a 16-run over, but it was all too late. Rajasthan Royals win by 15 runs!
11.51pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Rajasthan Royals moved to sixth, while Kings XI remain at third. The teams sandwiched between them, Kolkata Knight Riders (fourth) and Mumbai Indians (fifth) face off tomorrow. Here's the preview for that game, so that you're ready for Super Wednesday. Till then, it's time for me to say goodbye. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the IPL. See you tomorrow!
11.45pmTime for the presentation. First up, the winning captain. And then the Man of the Match.
Jos Buttler, the Man of the Match. Says: "Opening is a nice change for me. Working wonders. It's hard to work out what a good score is batting first. After six overs we thought It'll be 180-200, but thinks slowed down. With KL Rahul batting well, there's no safe score. You're never quiet sure. With the field up, you have a lot of options to clear the infield, which is different to batting near the end, where you have to clear the outfield. We're still fighting, still in the tournament. Winning breeds confidence."
Ajinkya Rahane: "Really happy, the way we played. I thought 160 was good, but wicket was difficult. Thanks to Jos that we got a good start. Chasing 157, credit to our bowlers, especially in the powerplay. That stage was crucial, getting 2-3 initial wickets. And Ish Sodhi, fantastic. Our intention was to pick wickets, and keeping an attacking field will help us. Gowtham bowled really well, and then the Ashwin wicket as well. Overall, bowling unit was fantastic. It was important that we enjoy this victory and move forward. Unadkat is important, good to have a left-arm pacer. His cutters are useful in slower surfaces. Sometimes you may go four overs for 40, but good thing is he always thinks about wickets. Frankly speaking, I was confused at the toss, but I thought setting a score was important, because it was a do-or-die."
Gorango : "Losing team has both current purple & orange holders. Proves that winning is a team effort."
AJ: "Sodhi should be the MoM for his impressive figures. Never underrating Butler's innings though."
Bharat Anne: "@Divakar, Rahul surely wouldnt accept 3cr offer from RCB. Equation comes down to ABd or Rahul. Who would you choose?"
RAYAN: "Apart from Rahul, kings XI hit two boundaries only"
Sri: "@Divakar Shantha, It is not as simple as that and you know it. RCB had to manage the retaining budget and Kohli, AB were and are the better choices."
Anupam Raj: "Royals need to stop behaving like a child and learn to win by a bigger margin considering their nrr is worst. I have seen them taking things easy once their victory is almost confirmed. Don't want their coach to throw the cap on the ground in frustration."
11.33pm A clearly unsatisfied KL Rahul shakes hands with AJ Tye before meeting his opponents. Royals' win takes them to sixth. Rahul, meanwhile, scored 66.4% of his team's runs, the fourth-highest percentage in IPL history. The second-highest scorer for Kings XI was Stoinis (11), which shows exactly where the visitors lost the game. Each of Royals' bowlers chipped in: Gowtham, Archer, Unadkat, Stokes and Sodhi all playing their part. Don't forget Jos Buttler's innings of 82 though. How underrated was that knock? Reactions from the players now.
R Ashwin, the losing captain: "Maybe eight runs more than the par, but I thought it was a 160 wicket. We lost too many wickets earlier, but we could've bowled better in the Powerplay. As the ball was getting older, it got tougher to bat on. We were contemplating myself coming to bat at No. 3, just an experiment. We do have limitations, but we're trying to counter it with different combinations. Hopefully, it'll all settle through. Not worried, six wins in ten games, we'll take it."
K Gowtham: "The pressure is there bowling first over. But I've been doing it for my team, so the management is backing me. They believe in me. I love the pressure. The belief what the team is putting in me, I want to stand up. As a pro cricketer, you're expected to take the pressure. And then enjoy it. The Chris Gayle wicket wasn't planned, but the plan was to bowl wicket to wicket. The Ashwin wicket was my favourite."
Divakar Shantha: "RCB let go Rahul and kept Sarfaraz. Amazing."
Dikshit Chhabra: "I think kxip is just somewhat improved version of RR. Strong top order no middle order, good spinners, poor death bowlers. Most importantly, unpredictable!! "
Shilajit: "Rahul himself: Almost a century. Rest of KXIP: Almost a half century. Applause! :P"
full outside off, and he shuffles across to the off side before reverse sweeping over short third man! Settles down on one knee, and sent over the infield
dropped by Unadkat! That's hurt his arm. It was the slower ball, on a good length, that he tried to muscle towards leg side. Took the toe end of the bat and came to Unadkat rather slowly, but he was expecting it to come quicker. Hits his wrist
Dhananjay Patel: "So Unadkat finding some kind of form after losing his place in national side. Would you rather take 11cr or place in national team? "
Abbas Khambati : "If IPL was played in early 2000s, most attracted team would surely had been Zimbabwe. How many of you remember Flower & Brent brothers, Johnson, Friend, Marillier, Carlisle, Ebrahim, Olonga, Nkala... Wow what a team that was! "
vignesh: ""Puts his ball in the pocket and folds both arms in the deep." cricinfo for a reason . u took me to visualize that and i could feel how good is that catch. way to go guys!!!!"
full outside off, and Rahul backs away before thumping it over deep extra cover! His highest score in the IPL!
waist-high full toss way outside off, and the ball hits Rahul's shoulder. Tried to paddle it over his shoulder once again, but this time it didn't come off the bat. Ouch. Free hit as well
Vijay: "So the game of pulling the legs has begun.. bottom placed teams pulling the legs of top four, while they are trying to climb up."
slower ball, full on off stump. Driven down the ground to long on
Nishant: ""Rahul does a Marrilier"- Wow man you took me to a nostalgia trip.. Douglas Marrilier hitting Zaheer over fine leg for 4s and 6s and winning it all for Zimbabwe.. circa 2001" -- if you remember it first came in a losing cause actually. Against Australia in an epic ODI. Sigh, wish Zimbabwe were still that good.
full toss outside off, and slapped over cover point. Gowtham's at deep point, and his jumping effort is good enough! The ball sticks in his hand, and that's quite an extravagant celebration. Puts his ball in the pocket and folds both arms in the deep.
Paramdev: "So KL Rahul stays 84+ not out against RR in winning as well as losing cause, just shows the inefficiency of KXI batting"
deja vu! It's outside off, and Rahul once again shuffles towards that side before paddling it over short fine leg again. Does well to get his head out of the ball's way before playing it over his left shoulder. Kings XI need 32 off the final over
smart! Planned for the yorker this time, and moved to the off side even Archer bowled. It was a yorker, of course, and Rahul does a Marillier over short fine leg!
too much movement from the batsman, but still manages to clear mid off. It was slow outside off, and he walked across to the off side before checking his movement. Was in an uncomfortable position, but still manages to lift it over mid off
another yorker on leg stump, of course. Dug away towards midwicket, and no one's there in the deep. Archer has to go racing behind it, and does well to keep it down to only two
yorker just outside off, and dug away towards cover for a walking single
walks across to the off side and paddles it over short fine leg. Does well to get his head out of the ball's way
ends another over with a yorker! Just outside off, and the batsman can't put it away. Just misses the bat's under edge, and goes through to the keeper
In T20s, Jofra Archer gets 2 out of 3 attempted yorkers right and concedes runs at an economy of only 2.87 off those balls
goes for the wide yorker outside off, and the reverse sweep does not come off. He did get bat to ball, but the shot comes off the bat's back. Trickles down to point
the cutter again, and this time it's short outside off. Mistimes this slapshot to cover, and Anureet stops the ball with a one-handed slider! Excellent commitment in the field
change up, and short on off stump. Stoinis backs away to make some room, and bunts it over Unadkat's head. Some work for long off, but he does well to keep it down to two
AJ: "@Dhanoop -Team selections based on IPL performances have always been baffling to me. So many times, we have seen IPL stars coming cropper in the international cricket. I would pick Rahane anyday in the ODI team just because the stability he provides in the fragile middle order."
wide outside off, and even a full toss. But Rahul misses out. His slap towards point comes off the bat's toe end. Lucky Unadkat
back of a length, but wide outside off. Rahul can't wait no more as he walks down the ground and meets this cutter from near his chest. Pulled into the gap between wide long on and deep midwicket
Pankaj Dixit: "C'mon man...how can some one compare Rahul with Rahane...rahane can score run but can't win a match all alone...Rahul has the same abilities as Rohit and Shikhar..."
ends with another yorker. Straight at middle stump, and Stoinis does well to get bat to ball. Mistimed to backward point