IPL Kings XI Punjab
Mohali, May 11: Sunrisers Hyderabad remained in contention for a place in the playoffs with a 30-run victory against Kings XI Punjab here at PCA Stadium on Saturday night. KXIP failed to chase down a target of 151 with Darren Sammy starring with the ball by taking 4/22. The defeat meant KXIP are knocked out of top-four race.
Earlier, Parthiv Patel made the most of two dropped catches to score a half century which helped SRH to 150/7 in 20 overs. It was due to Patel and Thisara Perera that SRH managed to reach 150. At one stage the visitors were struggling at 52/5 in 8.4 overs. Patel and Perera accelerated in the end to get to a good score.
Here are the highlights
# SRH registered 8th victory from 13 outings. They are 5th in the Points Table
# KXIP lost their 8th game in 13 and they are at 6th. KXIP are knocked out of top-four race
# KXIP are the 4th team after Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders to miss out playoffs
# In the final 5 overs, KXIP needed 58 runs. From 4 they required 55. In last 12 balls they needed 44
# At the start of the final over, KXIP were still 40 away from the target of 151. They lost 2 wickets and scored only 9 and went down by 30 runs
Mohali, May 9: Kings XI Punjab may have won just five of their eleven games so far, but coach Darren Lehmann feels the team has been doing 80 per cent of things right but luck has often eluded them at crucial junctures.
“We have probably played well, 80 per cent of the time in most games..,” 43-year-old Australian said addressing a news conference on Wednesday (May 8) at the team hotel in Chandigarh.
KXIP, which had its practice session at Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday, will meet Rajasthan Royals in a crucial encounter here on Thursday (May 9).
Lehmann said they now need to win the remaining five games and make sure they get the remaining 20 per cent of things going right.
Playing on their home turf, KXIP defeated formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore the other night, with young South African import David Miller hitting a sensational 38-ball unbeaten 101 to help his team chase down a stiff target of 191.
Mohali, May 9: Rajasthan Royals almost assured themselves of a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Thursday.
Chasing a target of 146, Ajinkya Rahane struck a fine unbeaten 59, his second consecutive half-century, and the young Sanju Samson remained not out on 47 to guide Rajasthan Royals to 147 for two with an over to spare.
p>Put in, a 102-run partnership between skipper Adam Gilchrist (42) and his compatriot Shaun Marsh (77) set the foundation of a big total for Kings XI. But they suffered a batting collapse losing five wickets for 41 runs and managed 145 for six in 20 overs.
Pacer Kevon Cooper did most of the damage in the death overs with his three for 23 and was also adjudged Man of the Match.
With the loss, Kings XI’s play-off chances are almost bleak while Rajasthan Royals jumped to the second place with 18 points from 13 matches. Kings XI Punjab have 10 points from 12 matches.
While chasing, Rajasthan lost skipper Rahul Dravid (4) early in the second over to left spinner Bipul Sharma (1/21), who sent one through bat and pad to rattle the stumps.
Kings XI needed some quick wickets, to make the most of Dravid’s early dismissal. But Rahane and Shane Watson (31) then forged a 66-run stand for the second wicket to take the match away from them.
Watson struck three fours and a six during his 25-ball innings that came to an end in the 10th over after he was castled by leggie Piyush Chawla.
With another 73 runs needed to win from 10 overs, Rahane and the 18-year-old Samson went about scoring runs in business-like fashion.
Mohali, May 9: Opener Ajinkya Rahane hit his third half century in a row to take Rajasthan Royals to a 8-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in Match 55 of IPL 2013 here at PCA Stadium on Thursday. The win pushed RR to second position in the Points Table with 18 points from 13 games. RR have now moved a step closer to the playoffs.
Rahane once again was the man who led RR’s chase. Just like he did in the previous game by carrying the bat against Delhi Daredevils, Rahane did it again. Last game he had made 63 not out and today an unbeaten 59. He had also scored 67 against Pune Warriors prior to DD match. RR comfortably overhauled KXIP’s 145 with one over to spare. Young Sanju Samson impressed again, making 47 not out off 33.
Earlier, Shaun Marsh’s half century helped Kings XI Punjab to 145/6 in 20 overs. KXIP were eyeing a score in excess of 150 but RR’s Kevon Cooper put the brakes on their scoring with a three-wicket haul. Marsh and David Miller fell to Cooper in the same over -19th of the innings. Miller, who had scored a century in his previous game, fell for just 8 runs.
Here are the highlights
# RR moved to second position in the Points Table with 18 points from 13 matches. They are a step closer to playoffs
# KXIP are at 6th with 10 points of 12 games
# Ajinkya Rahane’s 59 not out off 49 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes
# Sanju Samson scored 47 not out off 33 with 5 fours and 1 six
Mohali, May 7: Riding on David Miller’s third fastest century in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kings XI Punjab clinched a six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a thrilling high-scoring chase at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Monday night (May 6).
Chasing a stiff target of 191, Miller (101 not out of 38 balls) walked in when Kings XI were struggling at 64 for four in the 10th over.
Miller and Rajagopal Satish (18-ball 27) then stole away the match with their 130-run stand for unfinished fifth wicket stand in 49 deliveries as Kings XI scored 194 for four with 12 balls to spare.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli must be cursing himself for the loss as he dropped a sitter when Miller was batting on 41.
In the next over, there was more frustration for Kohli as Miller smashed Rudra Pratap Singh for two sixes and four fours as 26 runs came off the 15th over and swung the match in favour of the home team, who jumped from 112/4 to 138/4 in just six balls.
There was no stopping Miller, who in the next two overs smashed pacers Ravi Rampaul and Vinay Kumar for two sixes and two fours to take Kings XI to 172 for four after the 17th over.
The match was almost in the grasp of Kings XI as they needed 18 runs off the last three overs.
Mohali, May 5: It would be a battle of unequals when tournament laggards Kings XI Punjab take on the formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore in a desperate bid to stay afloat in the IPL, here on Monday (May 6).
With IPL 6 approaches the playoff stage, Punjab have managed to win just four out of 10 games so far and they will look to win all of their remaining games.
A loss on Monday will virtually bring the curtains down on Punjab’s campaign this season.
Against the star-studded RCB, which boasts of the big-hitting Chris Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli, Punjab are once again likely to be without regular skipper Adam Gilchrist.
On paper, Bangalore appear to be overwhelming favourites with seven wins in 11 games.
On April 23, Bangalore had posted the highest team score of 263 and Gayle massacred the Pune Warriors bowling for a record 66-ball 175. Punjab would hope that the Jamaican does not click against their bowlers.
But in the days after defeating Pune by 130 runs, Bangalore lost two games in a row and the visitors got back to the winning ways, inflicting yet another defeat on Pune a couple of days back.
RCB have won all their matches at home and also shrugged off the tag of not being able to win the away games by securing a 17-run victory at Pune against Pune Warriors in their last encounter.