IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs

IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs

IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs to win a win in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. Chasing 185 runs, Rajasthan Royals scored 170 for 9 in 20 overs after R Ashwin Mkad Jose Butler.

After Jos Buttler's controversial dismissal after following the Rajasthan Royals, King Xi Punjab won an exciting victory. Royals were cruising in their chances of 185 when KXIP captain R Ashwin Mked Butler was in the 13th over of the innings. After confirming the TV replay, Butler had to walk and he said that he is much less than crease.

Rajasthan Royals were reduced to 164 for 8 in 19.1 overs, with 108 runs from 1 for 12 in 12.4 overs. It would be unfair to take anything from Kings XI Punjab's spectacular bowling performance, but Rajasthan Royals would be surprised how different things could have been done for them because Butler did not have Mankad in that crucial phase of the game.

The match will be remembered for a controversy related to R Ashwin and Jos Buttler.

Royals were in a comfortable position in their pursuit of 185, with Butler it seemed that they would tie their first T20 century. He was in the fire for the Royals in 2018 and he left when he went for batting with Ajinkya Rahane - before the fall of Ashwin in the ninth over, the duo added 78 runs for the first wicket.

R Ashwin bowled well - he gave only 20 runs in his four overs and took a crucial wicket of Rahane. But his decision of Mankato Butler sparked controversy. England cricketer Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy were immediately critical on Twitter, while Dale Steyn said that he saw R Ashwin not winning any soul of Cricket Awards.

The comments were also divided into the commentary box and this debate does not look like settling at any time soon.

But at the end of the night, KXIP should be credited for the enthusiastic bowling performance. Mujib ur Rehman was fantastic because he often took 2 wickets with 31 runs in 4 overs. Mohammed Shami, who has been one of India's top batsmen for some time in Tests and ODIs, put his four overs in 33 overs while Ankit Rajput took two wickets in the last over.

Chris Gayle got down to slow start, but once he came in, he was invincible. Gayle became the fastest person to reach the IPL 4000 runs and then moved to his 25th IPL half-century. He was ready to put his 7th century in the IPL, but Ben Stokes dismissed him for 21 runs.

In addition to Chris Gayle, KXIP was much less than any other batsman. Keel Rahul was dismissed for 4 in the first over, while Mayank Agarwal scored 22 runs. However, Sarfaraz Khan played beautifully and scored an unbeaten 46 in 29 balls including 6 fours and 1 six.

Jopra Archer did not take any wickets, but he was the bowler for the Royals. The West Indian youngster gave only 17 runs in his four overs; Ben Stokes took two wickets, including Gayle and Puran.

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