Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014 Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalMay 23, 2014

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 28: Shaun Marsh of Australia looks on during an Australian nets session at Newlands Stadium on February 28, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
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Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs to confirm first place in the 2014 Indian Premier League table and leave the Royals still unsure of their place in the play-offs.

Kings XI now have an unassailable 20 points from their 13 matches, with one game left to play. The Royals, meanwhile, are in the fourth and final play-off spot but remain within two points of Mumbai Indians, who they play in their final match on Sunday.

The Royals won the toss and elected to field in Mohali, capturing the early wicket of Virender Sehwag in the third over—but not before he had battered 18 runs off just eight balls.

A decent Kings XI partnership then followed between Manan Vohra and Shaun Marsh, before Vohra was run out by Stuart Binny in the seventh over.

Marsh would go on to top score with 40 for Punjab, while David Miller and George Bailey saw things home with unbeaten innings of 29 and 26, respectively.

Kings XI Punjab, 179-4 (20 overs)
Virender Sehwagc Vikramjeet Malik b James Faulkner188225.0031
Manan Vohrarun out (Stuart Binny)2520125.0031
Shaun Marshc Ajinkya Rahane b Vikramjeet Malik4035114.2851
Wriddhiman Sahac Ajinkya Rahane b Rahul Tewatia2720135.0040
David MillerNOT OUT2920145.0002
George BaileyNOT OUT2618144.4411
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 3, b 3, lb 7)1414
Vikramjeet Malik32919.667
Shane Watson21608.008
James Faulkner339113.005
Kevon Cooper42506.254
Rahul Tewatia42416.0010
Pravin Tambe43609.004

The Royals reply was dented early by the dismissal of Karun Nair in the third over. His fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane lasted until the ninth over, but only mustered 23 runs from 26 balls as the Royals struggled to keep pace.

Shane Watson, coming in at four, went for a golden duck to Rishi Dhawan, and the Kings XI attack ensured the Royals never really achieved the momentum required.

Sanju Samson got to 30, but couldn't go on to make the defining innings that was called for. Brad Hodge was another, losing his wicket for 31.

James Faulkner stood unbeaten on 35 at the end of the 20 overs, but his team were still 16 runs short of the total they needed to ensure a spot in the play-offs.

Rajasthan Royals, 163-8 (20 overs)
Ajinkya Rahaneb Rishi Dhawan232688.4620
Karun Nairc George Bailey b Lakshmipathy Balaji116183.3320
Sanju Samsonst Wriddhiman Saha b Karanveer Singh3029103.4421
Shane Watsonb Rishi Dhawan010.0000
Stuart Binnyc Shaun Marsh b Karanveer Singh71070.0000
Rahul Tewatiac Karanveer Singh b Akshar Patel1613123.0701
Brad Hodgest Wriddhiman Saha b Akshar Patel3118172.2222
James FaulknerNOT OUT3513269.2314
Kevon Cooperc Shaun Marsh b Akshar Patel22100.0000
Vikramjeet MalikNOT OUT1250.0000
EXTRAS (w 3, lb 4)77
Lakshmipathy Balaji43719.259
Beuran Hendricks457014.256
Rishi Dhawan42526.2510
Akshar Patel42436.006
Karanveer Singh41624.0012

The star of the Kings XI bowling attack was Akshar Patel, who took 3-24 from his four overs to shackle the Royals' reply.

All now rests on the Royals' clash with Mumbai on Sunday. Kings XI, meanwhile, can afford to take things easy against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.