IPL 2018: RR vs KXIP Match preview Rahul’s eyes on big record now against Rajasthan Royals

KXIP opener KL Rahul, who helped Kings XI Punjab outplay Rajasthan, said he is satisfied with his unbeaten 84-run knock at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Chasing 153, Rahul’s 54-ball knock, comprising seven boundaries and three sixes, helped Punjab chase down the target in 18.4 overs on Sunday. KL Rahul played a 54-ball 84 run knock to guide Kings XI Punjab to victory on Sunday. KL Rahul played a 54-ball 84 run knock to guide Kings XI Punjab to victory on Sunday.

I think this is the first knock I am really satisfied with because I won the game for the team and stayed till the end,” Rahul said after finish the match. I always try to back my cricketing shots and don’t try to slog much. Playing in this way is what will make me consistent. I trust myself and trust my instincts to finish the game. I knew if I stay till the end I’ll finish the game today. Karun played well and supported me. Stoinis played well and ran well too.

The win takes Punjab to the third spot with 12 points in nine matches while Rajasthan, who faced their third consecutive defeat, are tottering at the bottom of the table with six points in nine matches. With this loss, Rajasthan’s chances of qualifying for the play-offs are over.

Commenting on their defeat, Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane said, “Pretty disappointed. 170-175 on this pitch would have been very good. We didn’t bat very well, including me. Guys have to learn. Bowlers in IPL are bowling well.

Rajasthan Royals:

Probable Playing XI:   Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, D’Arcy Short/Heinrich Klassen, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat

Kings XI Punjab:

Probable Playing XI:  Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot

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