IPL 2019: Twitter Reacts As Kings XI Punjab Beat Rajasthan Royals

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IPL 2019: Twitter Reacts As Kings XI Punjab Beat Rajasthan Royals 

IPL 2019: Twitter Reacts As Kings XI Punjab Beat Rajasthan Royals
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Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs to start their IPL campaign on a winning note.

Chasing 185 to start their season with a win, Rajasthan Royals were off to a blinder. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler fired on all cylinders right from the word go, helping Royals reach fifty in just 5.4 overs. R Ashwin then gave the visitors the much-needed first breakthrough when he dismissed Rahane for 27 to end the 78-run stand.

However, it did not bring any respite for Kings XI as Buttler kept playing the big shots. The England wicketkeeper-batsman reached his third consecutive fifty against Kings XI off just 29 deliveries. It looked like Buttler would take Royals home with utmost ease before a controversy saw him return to the pavilion.

Buttler became the first player in IPL to be given out for ‘Mankading’. The dismissal turned the course of the game as Rajasthan Royals’ chase fell off the track. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually restricted to 170 for 9.

Earlier in the game,  a Chris Gayle special fired the Kings XI Punjab to a competitive total of 184 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs. Asked to bat first, the Kings XI started poorly with their opener KL Rahul departing for just 4. Gayle and Mayank Agarwal then played with caution to bring the innings on track. The duo ditched their big shots early on to make sure that the team does not recover from the early setback.

But before they could finally start playing their shots, K Gowtham broke the 54-run by dismissing Agarwal for 22.  Kings XI were precariously placed at 68 for 2 at the halfway stage. They desperately needed Gayle to start firing and he soon obliged. In the 12th over of the innings, he slammed Jaydev Unadkat for three fours and a six to get into groove. During that very over, he also completed his fifty off 33 deliveries.

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In the sixteenth over of the innings, he hit Ben Stokes for two fours and a six before the latter dismissed him against the run of play. Gayle score 79 off 47 deliveries with the help of 8 fours and four sixes. Towards the end, Sarfraz Khan played a handy knock of 46 to make sure the Kings XI put up a good total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:

 

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