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IPL4: Kings XI Punjab outclass the Royals

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 23:37 [IST]
 
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Kings give Rajasthan a royal bashing



The Kings XI Punjab's innings got off to a fortuitus start. In the first over, Siddhart Trivedi bowled Adam Gilchrist off a no-ball as the batsman took two fours off him. Then Paul Valthaty was caught at third slip off a no-ball from Shaun Tait and joined Gilchrist to each take a four off the bowler. Soon after, Valthaty cut loose, knocking 25 runs off Trivedi in the third over, including 3 fours and 2 sixes as the score had surged to 52/0. Royals captain Shane Warne brought himself on to bowl the fourth over, but was straight away smashed for 15 runs.

There was a slight reprieve for the Royals when in the next over, Gilchrist was caught off Watson by Tait at mid on. He was on his way for 28 off 16 as the score read a healthy 67/1 in 4.2 overs. Then new batsman Shaun Marsh smashed a four off each of the next three overs before Valthaty hammered a six off Warne and two balls later perished to him at long off for 46 off 31 balls. The score was 105/2 in 10 overs. But Marsh wouldn't back down, clobbering a four each off Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria and Raut before getting stuck into Warne, striking him for three sixes in the 14th over as the Kings moved onto 153/2.

Then new batsman Dinesh Karthik got into the act, hitting a beleaguered Trivedi for three fours in the 15th over before getting caught behind off Tait in the next, for 21 off 16 as the score read 175/3. Then after Abhishek Nayar was run out in the next over, Marsh was caught and bowled by Watson for 71 off 42 balls. Punjab were 190/5 in 19 overs. But Tait had a successful last over, conceding just 5 runs and taking the wickets of Ryan McLaren (2) and Piyush Chawla (4) to prevent the Kings from reaching 200.

Chasing 195/7, the Rajathan Royals got off to a poor start with Rahul Dravid striking just two fours before getting bowled by Ryan Harris for 8 off 5 balls and Swapnil Asnodkar falling to Praveen Kumar in a similar fashion for 9 off 9 as the score read a dismal 18/2 in 3 overs. But wasting no time to settle in, Shane Watson clobbered Harris for three fours in the 4th over and then tucked into Praveen Kumar for another boundary. However, two overs later, his belligerence was brought to an end when he top-edged Praveen into the hands off Piyush Chawla. Then the Royals' woes were only compounded when Chawla trapped Ross Taylor in front for a duck with the score now 49/4 in 8 overs.

With Ashok Menaria and Stuart Binny at the crease, the Royals moved past 50 in the 9th over. Then in the 11th over, Menaria slapped a four and a six off Paul Valthaty to take the score to 74/4. Binny followed suit, striking two similar shots off Chawla in the 12th over. In the following over, the batting duo each knocked a four of McLaren before the bowler struck back to dismiss Binny for 30 ff 24 balls. The Royals were at a precarious 99/5 in 13 overs with Abhishek Raut the new man in the middle.

He spent an over settling in before smashing McLaren for 2 fours. A couple of quiet overs followed before Bharghav Bhatt had Menaria caught at long on for 34 off 26 balls. The score was 124/6 with 72 runs required off the last 3 overs. Bhatt then sent back Raut for 25 off 21 balls and the Royals wound up their innings meekly on 147/7.

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