IPL 2020 KXIP vs RR Updates: Stokes hits fifty to keep RR’s playoffs hopes alive; beats KXIP by 7 wickets

IPL 2020 KXIP vs RR Updates: Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes stole the limelight from Chris Gayle as Rajasthan Royals clicked as a unit to beat Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets and stay afloat in the Indian Premier League here on Friday.

Stokes hit a 26-ball 50 and also claimed two wickets to emerge as the star performer for his team.

Brief Scores:

Kings XI Punjab: 185 for 4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 99; Ben Stokes 2/32)

Rajasthan Royals: 186 for 3 in 17.3 overs (Ben Stokes 50, Sanju Samson 48; M Ashwin 1/43)

11.03pm
RR wins by 7 wickets

Rajasthan Royals win by 7 wickets with 15 balls to spare! A rather anti-climactic end as Jordan concedes a wide off the fourth delivery of the 18th over.

10.58pm

Shami brought back in the 17th over. And Steve Smith takes charge now. Uses his wrists to hit back to back fours on wither side of the wicket to start. Scoops for four more. Smith has smashed Shami and KXIP into submission. RR-175/3 after 17 overs; need more 11 from 18 balls

10.53pm
150 comes up for the Royals

Jordan returns to the attack. Buttler punches the ball through extra cover for a brace off the first delivery. The England all-rounder gives away just two runs off the next four deliveries, and just when it seems he’ll walk away with a superb over, Buttler sends the ball sailing over long on for a maximum. RR-156/3 after 16 overs; need more 30 from 24 balls

10.52pm
Clinical six from Buttler

Buttler ruins what was turning out to be a superb over for Jordan, the hoick off the slower delivery sending the ball flying over long on!

10.45pm
Strategic Timeout taken

A mix up as Steve Smith looks to take a quick single and Samson scurrying to the striker’s end fall just short of the crease as Suchith does well to nail an accurate throw. Jos Buttler is the new man in. Time for the strategic timeout. RR-146/3 after 15 overs; need more 40 from 30 balls

10.42pm
Samson run out on 48

Sanju Samson falls short of the crease at the striker’s end after responding to a call from Smith for a quick single as Rajasthan lose a wicket against the run of play! Superb throw by substitute Suchith at point that results in a direct hit. FOW-145/3

8.39pm

Jordan bowls one at Samson’s leg and he has flicked this nonchalantly to the ropes at long leg. But it went off his pads and the umpire didn’t notice that either. Smith finishes the over with a four down the third man area off a full toss. RR-144/2 after 14 overs; need more; 42 from 36 balls

10.34pm
Samson on fire!

A 13 run over for RR. Samson the man here for them, scoring a six and a four to finish the over from M Ashwin. That promises to bring the asking rate down further. RR-132/2 after 13 overs; need more 54 from 42 balls

10.30pm

Smith keeps the tempo of the innings going as he slaps a half-volley from Bishnoi between long-on and deep midwicket for a four. Bishnoi keeps it tight thereafter, giving away just a single off the remaining four deliveries. RR-119/2 after 12 overs; need more 67 from 48 balls

10.27pm

Ashwin, immediately after being punched by Uthappa for a handsome six over deep midwicket, strikes! The former KKR batsman has hit a flatter delivery straight down Pooran’s throat near the fence. RR-112/2 after 11 overs; need more 74 from 54 balls

10.24pm
Uthappa falls for 30

Uthappa looks to make it back-to-back hits over the fence, but this time he fails to get the distance as Pooran collects an easy catch at deep midwicket. FOW-111/2

10.20pm
100 comes up for RR; we reach the halfway mark!

103/1 after 10 overs; need more 83 from 60 balls

10.14pm
Samson accelerates RR’s chase; Strategic Timeout taken

Arshdeep comes back on in the 9th. Samson launches into a big leg side six first ball. Samson ends the over with a four squeezed through past the keeper. Streaky shot. RR-93/1 after 9 overs; need more 93 from 66 balls

10.09pm

Bishnoi keeps things tight  until Uthappa deals some damage to his economy, having found the gap between the fielders stationed at backward point and short third man, to bring up a four. RR-79/1 after 8 overs; need more 107 from 72 balls

10.05pm

A better over for Murugan Ashwin after going for 16 runs in his first, giving away just six off this one as Uthappa and Samson keep the scoreboard ticking through singles after the field spreads out. RR-71/1 after 7 overs; need more 115 from 78 balls

10.01pm
End of Powerplay

Chris Jordan introduced and inflicts the fatal blow. Stokes brings up his 2nd IPL fifty off just 24 balls with his third six of the innings. Jordan, however, gets rid of his England teammate two balls later as a Stokes miscue results in a simple catch to Hooda at mid off. Samson walks out to bat next, and collects his first boundary off the last delivery of the over. RR-66/1 after 6 overs; need more 120 from 84 balls

9.58pm
Chris Jordan strikes; Stokes falls

9.57pm
Fifty for Stokes!

What a way for Ben Stokes to bring up his second IPL half-century, taking just 24 deliveries to get to the milestone! Jordan bowls full and along off at the start of his spell, and Stokes has no problem lofting this over long of

9.54pm
Fifty partnership for Stokes-Uthappa

RR brought up their 50 runs off 4.2 over, which is the quickest by any team in this year’s IPL. RR-54/0 after 5 overs; need more 132 from 90 balls

9.49pm

Rahul to go for legspin with Murugan Ashwin and Stokes couldn’t care less! The man has picked up from right where he left off the last day against Mumbai Indians- cleanest of reverse sweeps to pick up the first boundary, lift over long on for six and hammered over deep square leg for another maximum. RR-48/0 after 4 overs; need more 138 from 96 balls

9.44pm

Arshdeep continues as Stokes fires two boundaries in the 3rd over. 11 from the over. Positive start for Rajasthan. RR-32/0 after 3 overs; need more 154 from 17 overs

9.39pm
Shami makes an expensive start!

Costly first over from Mohammed Shami, whose first one goes for 12. Stokes hit a boundary off the second ball and Uthappa capped it with a six, helping the ball over fine leg. RR-21/0 after 2 overs; need more 165 from 18 overs

9.35pm

Uthappa gets off the mark with a single off the second delivery. Stokes finishes the over on a high, lifting a fuller delivery over long on for a boundary. RR-9/0 after 1 over

9.30pm
We are underway with RR’s chase

Uthappa and Stokes walks out for RR; Arshdeep Singh to start for KXIP.

9.14pm
End of KXIP’s innings

KXIP-185/4 after 20 overs

9.12pm
Gayle falls for 99

Archer bowls the last over. Gayle smashes! Six. He moves to 99. Next ball is a yorker. The ball sneaks through. Gayle is bowled. For 99. Gayle smashes his bat in disappointment

9.09pm

Tyagi bowls the 19th. Bowls a beamer – a no ball – to start which goes for four off an edge, but does well to come back well. Maxwell plays and misses. Gayle smashes a six. His 1000th six in T20s! Keeps strike for the last over with a single off the last ball. KXIP-176/3 after 19 overs

9.07pm
Milestone for Chris Gayle; hits 1000 sixes in T20s

Gayle tonked his 8th six of this innings and with that, brings up his 1000th six in T20 cricket. No debate there. Chris Gayle is the greatest T20 player that’s ever lived.

9.05pm

Stokes doing the magic with the ball tonight! Pooran’s gotta go after Tewatia takes an excellent catch near the ropes. Gayle did welcome the England all-rounder with a four and then follow that up with a maximum but Stokes came back well to remove his partner at the non-striker’s end. KXIP-162/3 after 18 overs

9.04pm
Stokes strikes; Tewatia takes a stunning catch!

Umpires go upstairs as Rahul Tewatia takes a catch on the boundary rope and Pooran walks back. Confirmed. That is a clean catch on the boundary rope and that is a key wicket at the right time.

8.57pm

KXIP-148/2 after 17 overs

8.50pm
Strategic Timeout taken!

Aaron completes his quota. A no ball on his last ball and the buzzer goes. Pooran collects his second six from the over. In what would have been a 7-run over is now 14 run over and Aaron finishes with 0/47. KXIP-137/2 after 16 overs

8.45pm

Ben Stokes breaks the 120-run stand between KL Rahul and Chris Gayle by getting rid of the KXIP skipper. 6 runs and a wicket from the over. A slower delivery from Stokes and KL Rahul doesn’t get the contact he would have liked to find Rahul Tewatia at deep mid-wicket. KXIP-123/2 after 15 overs

8.43pm
Big blow to KXIP!

KL Rahul departs for 46. Stokes gets the breakthrough. Didn’t get the timing he would have looked for and it is a simple catch for Tewatia. KL Rahul looks at his bat as he walks back.

8.38pm
Gayle puts fielders under pressure

He’s 41 years old but that doesn’t stop him from charging down the wicket to complete a single. A bit of a misfield allows KXIP to turn a single into two. KXIP-118/1 after 14 overs

8.34pm
100 comes up for KXIP

Tewatia’s back. He is tossing his deliveries up, giving it more air time, to invite Gayle to try and go big. He does. This was a misfire, quite in line with what the plan was but it had enough on it to clear the fence. KXIP107/1 after 13 overs

8.32pm
Yet another big one from Gayle!

There’s another six from Gayle’s willow. Just about evades Stokes on the boundary. Mishit from Gayle and it goes all the way

8.30pm

A boundary less over. Ben Stokes goes for just six runs from the over. Chris Gayle goes for a powerful hit on the last ball but only finds the fielder on the rope. Singles all around. KXIP-97/1 after 12 overs

8.26pm
Gayle dropped again!

Chris Gayle is the lucky participant once again. He goes for a big hit again, gets a top edge again and once again two RR fielders are interested in the catch. Tewatia runs back and there is Stokes running in from long on. In the end, Tewatia goes for it but doesn’t judge it well. Gayle survives!

8.25pm

Tewatia goes for 10 runs from his second over. Chris Gayle brings up his fifty with a six. And a ball later survives.  RR have let Gayle by twice and that could be a problem later on. KXIP-91/1 after 11 overs

8.23pm
Half century for Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle brings up his 31st IPL fifty with a maximum. He’s taken 33 balls for this half century

8.21pm
We reach the halfway mark!

KXIP-81/1 after 10 overs

8.16pm

Tight over from Tewatia! Rahul and Gayle are not to keen on taking on Tewatia. Only two off that over as RR heaves a sigh of relief. XIP-73/1 after 9 overs

8.13pm

Ben Stokes is into the attack after the strategic timeout. Goes for 8 runs from his first. Gayle collects a lucky boundary on the second delivery and then survives an inside edge. KXIP-71/1 after 8 overs

8.07pm
Strategic Timeout taken!

Gayle takes on Shreyas Gopal, bringing out the big sweep shot to send the ball for six. Gayle 35 off 20 balls, Rahul 23 off 21. KXIP-63/1 after 7 overs

8.02pm
Fifty comes up for KXIP; End of Powerplay

KXIP-53/1 after 6 overs

7.57pm
4,6,4

Tyagi goes for a smashing. He comes into the attack and is immediately taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle. 14 runs from the over – two fours and a six. Gayle with a not so welcome for the young bowler. KXIP-39/1 after 5 overs

7.52pm

Aaron is just not getting it right. He has strayed down leg again. The Universe Boss announces himself with a six that just flies wide off Parag at deep square leg. And off the very next ball, the Jamaican has been dropped! KXIP-25/1 after 4 overs

7.50pm
Gayle dropped by Parag!

Gayle gets a reprieve. An almost identical shot to the one that got him a six, but Gayle had a huge top edge to it. The ball was in the air for almost an eternity, swirling as it came down. With Robin Uthappa running towards Riyan Parag, whom the catch really belonged to, distracted the fielder and it’s a drop

7.47pm

Archer continues and concedes five runs from the over. Poor delivery on the second ball of the over allows KL Rahul to pick up easy four runs to bring up 600 runs for himself this season. Archer finishes with a fierce bouncer that Gayle lets pass to Samson. KXIP-14/1 after 3 overs

7.45pm
600 runs for KL Rahul in IPL 2020

KL Rahul smashed his first boundary to get to 600 runs in this edition of the IPL. This is Rahul’s second 600-plus season in three years. He did it in 2018, while missing it by seven runs last year.

7.42pm

Aaron bowls from the other end. Gayle is the new man in and he gets off the mark with a boundary. The Jharkhand pacer starts off with 2 wides off the first but comes back well to concede no more runs until the last ball. Aaron bowls the last one down leg side, which Gayle tees off for boundary. KXIP-9/1 after 2 overs

7.35pm
Excellent start from Archer and RR!

Four Dot balls from Archer to start with. KL Rahul finally gets off the mark with a single on the 5th ball and then a wicket to finish with. Dream start for RR. KXIP- 1/1 after 1 over

7.34pm
Archer strikes in first over

Mandeep Singh is gone for a golden duck. Banged in short, Mandeep takes his eyes off the ball and a poor fend-off sees the ball get up off the gloves. Stokes runs forward and collects it cleanly. FOW-1/1

7.30pm
Aaand we are underway!

KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh walks out for KXIP; Archer starts proceedings for RR.

7.04pm
RR Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi

7.03pm
KXIP Playing XI

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

7pm
Toss Results

Rajasthan Royals wins toss and opts to bowl first.

KL Rahul: I would’ve looked to bowl as well, but looks like a good wicket, so will remain the same for the 40 overs. It’s just everything coming together, the last four or five games, we’ve come really well. It’s good to see and it’s been a complete team effort. We would look to go out there and enjoy ourselves.

Steve Smith: We will bowl. Don’t know what happens here with the dew, so we are gonna chase tonight. It’s been a bit of up and down tournament for us. It’s been a tough one, we’ve got Varun Aaron is in.

 

 

 

6.27pm
Ca RR skipper Steve Smith get firing in today’s must win tie

Smith’s form has been blowing hot and cold this season. He has scored only 276 runs but at a SR of 129.57, which by the way, is the second most for RR in IPL 2020 after Sanju Samson.

6pm

We are exactly one hour away from toss.

Pitch Conditions: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi pitch has eased down considerably and played down much better in the recent matches. With the likes of Gayle, Rahul, Stokes, Buttler and Samson in action – we can expect a run-fest on Monday. With dew not expected to play any major roles, Punjab and Rajasthan will look to chase. 170 is considered a par score at this venue.

5.52pm
How the fate of 4 teams are dependent on today’s match between KXIP vs RR

Kings XI Punjab : If they can win today against Rajasthan Royals, they can be the biggest contender for playoff spot. Two wins (Royals & CSK) will definitely take them into the playoffs. Even if they lose to the Royals on Friday, Kings XI can still qualify if they win their last game and if other results go their way.

Rajasthan Royals : RR has to first of all win today against KXIP if any hopes of playoff has to kept alive. If they lose, they will be eliminated today. If they win both their games (KXIP, KKR) and hope that CSK defeat Kings XI, Sunrisers win no more than one, then the Royals will be through without NRR coming into play.

Sunrisers Hyderabad : SRH will have win their two remaining games (RCB, MI), and hope that at least one out of Royal Challengers, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI don’t reach 16. In that case, the Sunrisers will surely progress to the playoffs because their NRR is superior to all the teams.

Kolkata Knight Riders : Chances almost negligible now. Losing to CSK means that  Knight Riders can only reach 14 points. They can still make the top four, but for that to happen, many other results will have to work in their favour. Kings XI Punjab should lose both their matches, while Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad should win no more than one. In that case, Knight Riders can make it as the fourth team with 14 points. Last Match vs Rajasthan Royals

5.30pm
KXIP vs RR Last Meeting 

The previous match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals ended up being a run fest, with both teams scoring over 200 runs, but it was Sanju Samson’s half-century and an incredible knock of Rahul Tewatia that helped RR edge KXIP.

5.10pm
Stokes performance will be key for RR tonight!

The Royals will also be high on confidence after their morale boosting win over table toppers Mumbai and would be desperate to keep the winning momentum going. The biggest positive for the Royals is Ben Stokes roaring back to form after rusty displays in previous five outings. The English all-rounder, who has been elevated to the role of opener, smashed an unbeaten 107 to help seal a seven-wicket win over Mumbai earlier this week.

4.27pm
KXIP has won all 5 games after Gayle’s return; Can he do an encore?

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The big-hitting Caribbean had to sit out the initial phase of the tournament due to injury, but ever since his return, he has overturned the fortunes for KXIP- with a 100% win rate. (Read More)