IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab opt to field against Rajasthan Royals

Hardik Pandya

By the end of the game, he was getting an award for it. Was it the right decision? He's a batsman who likes to take his time to get set and can score centuries - he's got four of them in T20s, all when batting in the top three. It is a tactic that has yielded mixed results for other sides, but it has worked for Kings XI.

Mumbai are lucky enough to have two in-form openers and proven late hitters in the Pandya brothers and Pollard, but ultimately, it's where and how Rohit bats that will probably dictate their progress. Team Mumbai had to play 19 overs in the match to take the victory.

Mujeeb's (3/27) last two overs saw him bag three wickets.

Earlier, Rajasthan were restricted to 152 for 9 after being put into bat first with Afghanistan leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Australian Andrew Tye starring with the ball. A Punjab side who after a flawless start have struggled in the second half take on a Rajasthan side who have had a rather comical season.

Rohit has not been able to cross 20 runs mark in six out of 8 matches.

Pune was to host the two games as per the original schedule, but the venue became Chennai Super Kings' home for six matches due to security reasons after the Cauvery river water protests in Tamil Nadu.

Ishan Kishan (25) and Hardik Pandya (23) threatened to change that when they came out to bat, although they both failed to build on good starts.

"You're a bit more confident with these short boundaries". Kings XI have problems with their middle order.

Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the bedrock of most of the Kings XI successes this season and the openers looked to be at it again putting on 54 for the first wicket. Later that over, Samson struck a flighted ball over long-on for a six. From balls 20 to 30, his strike rate is 155.1 and then after 30 balls, it shoots up to 204.3. Together, Yuvraj and Axar contributed 27 from 26 balls. They have, in fact, been the IPL's best chasers since IPL 2013, winning 33 times in 52 attempts (63.4%). A rash shot which ended his innings.

KKR fell down the table after their 13-run loss against Mumbai Indians in the first match on Sunday. With Chris Gayle and Yuvraj at the crease, he brought on Duminy before Krunal Pandya was introduced. He then followed up that batting cameo with an impressive turn with the ball. "We're still in the game, we need to win five out of five", he added. Right-handers don't seem to have as much of an issue with the ball turning away, striking at 119.67 against left-arm and legspin compared to 122.17 against offspinners and left-arm wristspinners.

Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians: Indian Premier League 34th league match is between the Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians.

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