Jaipur, Apr 14: It was a low-scoring game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday night here. But the contest went into the final over where Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab by six wickets in Match 18 of IPL 2013.
After bowling Punjab out for 124 in 18.5 overs, Rajasthan were in trouble at 79/4 in 12.5 overs. But opener Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out, 42 balls, 3x4) stayed till the end and ensured that the home team was not embarrassed. Rajasthan won in 19.2 overs. Rahane and debutant Sanju Samson (27 not out, 23 balls, 3x4) had an unbroken 47-run partnership in 6.3 overs for the fifth wicket.
Here are the highlights.
# This was Rajasthan's third win in five games. Punjab have only one victory in three games
# Rajasthan needed 6 off 12 balls. Ryan Harris bowled an excellent over conceding just 1 run
# 5 were required off the final over bowled by Piyush Chawla
# Sanju Samson finished the game with a double and a boundary in the first two balls of the final over
# Ajinkya Rahane was the topscorer for Rajasthan with 34 not out. Shane Watson was the next best with 32
# Rajasthan's innings had no sixes but their batsmen scored 17 fours. Watson hit 7 boundaries
# Praveen Kumar took 2/10 in four overs with 18 dot balls. Parvinder Awana and Chawla had one wicket apiece
# Kevon Cooper took the Purple Cap from RCB's R Vinay Kumar. Both Cooper and Vinay have 8 wickets apiece but the former has a better economy rate
# Rajasthan were in trouble at 79/4 in 12.5 overs
# After six overs, Rajasthan were 48/1. Their 50 came in 39 balls and 100 in 95
# Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist was out for a 2-ball duck. He was dismissed by S Sreesanth in the second over
# From 5/1 in the 8th ball of the innings, Punjab kept losing wickets and were bowled out for 124 in 18.5 overs
# David Hussey was Punjab's topscorer with 41 (31 balls, 4x4, 1x6)
# Punjab had 12 boundaries and two sixes
# Sreesanth, Siddharth Trivedi, Cooper and James Faulkner took two wickets each for Rajasthan
# Faulkner won the Man-of-the-match award for his 2/30 in 3.5 overs and one run out
# Trivedi is now the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan with 58. He went past Shane Warner's record of 57
# By the end of the first six overs of powerplay, Punjab were reduced 34/3
# Punjab took 58 balls to reach 50 and then 103 for 100
# During today's match the total number of runs in IPL 6 crossed 5,000