IPL 2018: Jos Buttler's 82 spurs Rajasthan to victory over Punjab

Humbled KXIP seek quick turnaround

The Royals captain boldly opted to bat first after winning the toss at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, a policy that immediately paid off when opening partner Buttler lunched an onslaught in the powerplay overs.

Buttler's efforts overshadowed an unbeaten 95 from Lokesh Rahul, who anchored Punjab to victory against the same opponents with 84 not out on Sunday but didn't get much support as his team was then restricted to 7-143.

In-form batsman KL Rahul waged a lone furrow for the visitors with a valiant and unbeaten 95 (70 balls, 11x4, 2x6). 14th over (Ashwin) scored 13 runs, Samson hit six and fours in that.

The dream start was provided by Krishnappa Gowtham as the off-spinner sent back the unsafe Chris Gayle with the first ball of the third over.

Krishnappa Gowtham who began the bowling for RR, bowled exceptionally well as he took the wicket of Gayle and Ashwin inside an over. Jofra Archer come and leaves, Caught by Manoj Tiwary and Unadkat also leaves on the last ball, Caught by Nair.

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The Indian Premier League fan followers are not only in India but also across border sending their love and heartfelt messages for their favourite players and team. Sodhi, a leg-spinner, has cricket's greatest ever exponent of the art form in his corner with Shane Warne a mentor at Rajasthan and it showed with his control and accuracy. Joffra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat went out for ducks and Buttler finally wilted as was stumped out for 82 runs. KXIP bowlers tightened the screws on the RR batting, with Aussie pacer Andrew Tye (4-34-4) and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (4-21-2) standing out.

WICKET! Knuckle ball does the trick for Tye as Rahane tries to scoop one over mid-wicket but his early shot gives a leading edge that heads to the man at extra-cover. But Buttler continued his onslaught on the Rajasthan bowlers as he picked two consecutive boundaries off Tye.

Mujeebur dismissed Buttler, who was stumped by Rahul, and Sanju Samson (22). Rajasthan got off to an excellent start but lost the plot in the middle overs. While Gopal has six wickets from seven games, Gowtham has bagged six wickets from nine matches. Three changes for the hosts as Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny and Ish Sodhi come in.

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