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

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Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014 Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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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)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Virender Sehwag c Vikramjeet Malik b James Faulkner 18 8 225.00 3 1
Manan Vohra run out (Stuart Binny) 25 20 125.00 3 1
Shaun Marsh c Ajinkya Rahane b Vikramjeet Malik 40 35 114.28 5 1
Wriddhiman Saha c Ajinkya Rahane b Rahul Tewatia 27 20 135.00 4 0
David Miller NOT OUT 29 20 145.00 0 2
George Bailey NOT OUT 26 18 144.44 1 1
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 3, b 3, lb 7) 14 14
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Vikramjeet Malik 3 29 1 9.66 7
Shane Watson 2 16 0 8.00 8
James Faulkner 3 39 1 13.00 5
Kevon Cooper 4 25 0 6.25 4
Rahul Tewatia 4 24 1 6.00 10
Pravin Tambe 4 36 0 9.00 4

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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)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Ajinkya Rahane b Rishi Dhawan 23 26 88.46 2 0
Karun Nair c George Bailey b Lakshmipathy Balaji 11 6 183.33 2 0
Sanju Samson st Wriddhiman Saha b Karanveer Singh 30 29 103.44 2 1
Shane Watson b Rishi Dhawan 0 1 0.00 0 0
Stuart Binny c Shaun Marsh b Karanveer Singh 7 10 70.00 0 0
Rahul Tewatia c Karanveer Singh b Akshar Patel 16 13 123.07 0 1
Brad Hodge st Wriddhiman Saha b Akshar Patel 31 18 172.22 2 2
James Faulkner NOT OUT 35 13 269.23 1 4
Kevon Cooper c Shaun Marsh b Akshar Patel 2 2 100.00 0 0
Vikramjeet Malik NOT OUT 1 2 50.00 0 0
EXTRAS (w 3, lb 4) 7 7
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4 37 1 9.25 9
Beuran Hendricks 4 57 0 14.25 6
Rishi Dhawan 4 25 2 6.25 10
Akshar Patel 4 24 3 6.00 6
Karanveer Singh 4 16 2 4.00 12

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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.

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