Andrew Tye* 1(1); | Lokesh Rahul 95(70);
Jofra Archer* 4-0-32-1; | Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-36-1
With all teams now having played 10 games, even a loss finds PUN planted at the third place. That's the kind of season they've had. They go back to Indore now, and host KOL on Saturday, while RAJ stay in Jaipur to host the big boys CHN on Friday. That's it for the night from Pratyush Sinha, who has Raju Peethala, Sriram, Varun Dixit, Praveen and Vineet Anantharaman for company. See you tomorrow, ta-ta!
Jos Buttler - Player of the Match: "Nice change for me; wasn't quite working in the middle. Didn't capitalize on a few good opportunities. Change in position worked wonders. Was hard to work out what a good score is. After the powerplay, you thought 180 is a good total but then it started to spin. You were never quite at home (on this pitch). With the field up, you've a lot of options. With the ball hard, opening position is a very good place to bat. Boys played well as a team, so we can take that confidence in the next game."
Rahane: "Really happy the way we played. I thought 160 was good here. Credit to the bowlers, the way they bowled. Powerplay overs were crucial. Ish Sodhi in the middle overs was fantastic. We thought keeping an attacking mindset will help us. KG bowled really well, getting Gayle and Ashwin. It's important that we enjoy this victory, forget this and move forward. Left-arm pacer is always good to have, especially when you play on slow wickets. Sometimes you get hit but good for Jaydev because he always thinks wickets. I was confused (at the toss) but putting runs on the board helped us. We want to play good cricket through all 40 overs."
K Gowtham: "The pressure is always there when you are bowling first-up when there are only two fielders outside the ring, I have been doing this consistently for my team. Team management believes in me and they are backing me. I love the pressure, the belief what team management is showing in me, I want to stand up to it and as a professional cricketer, you need to handle this kind of pressure. (On Gayle's wicket) It was not a plan to bowl him down the leg side but the plan was to bowl stump to stump. That was the reason I was having short leg. An off-spinner's delight is getting through the gate, that is the best wicket for an off-spinner."
Time for the presentations. Keep scrolling.
Ashwin: "I think we gave maybe ten runs over par. We lost too many wickets upfront, and in the end you saw how much you could catch up and we should have continued like we did in the last game. It was pretty evident that the wicket would get tougher and tougher. We wanted to attack in the powerplay, get ahead of the game and take it from there. Me coming up the order was an experiment, we were planning it in the last game as well. We are a team that knows our limitations and we are trying to counter it with our combinations. No, I am not worried with the situation we are in; if you would have given me six wins out of ten games I would have taken it hands down."
11:33pm local: Now Punjab have made a mess of another game here. They've now lost five out of five games at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, and are clearly in dire need of a magic potion. Rajasthan found that tonight, in a welcome win that backs up a hat-trick of embarrassing losses. It all started with Buttler's continued red-hot hitting at the top. Though the underwhelming finish meant that Rajasthan had all but handed the initiative back to Punjab, but the bowlers shone, mimicking Hyderabad's bowling genes and frustrating Punjab. Rahul had another gem of a knock up his sleeve -- he carried his bat for a second consecutive game -- but clearly somebody else had to chip in too. Ashwin's self-promotion to No.3 clearly didn't work. Perhaps too much for cricket to take, too.
24 off 3 isn't doable, no?
Andrew Tye, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Unadkat to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
16 runs off the last over but it's a tall chase from here.
48 runs, 2 overs
49 from 14
CRAJ: 6.12 | REQ: 15.65
Jofra Archer [2.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
This over has made it a bit stiffer fot PUN, meaning this over has to go for runs for Ashwin and Co.
Shivank Goel: "Sodhi showing what the teams missed by not picking him at the auction despite being the no. 1 T20 bowler at that time."
Most runs scored in overs 16-20 in run chases in Jaipur -- 63 by RAJ vs HYD in 2012.
Superb over from Unadkat. Can he finish it off?
Jaydev Unadkat [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Okay, so looks like Unadkat will bowl this over. Stokes and Jofra have two each, which sorts it out for RAJ, but the former hasn't completed his quota often in the T20 League - so will be interesting.
That'll be the time-out! 67 needed off the last five, with a set Rahul accompanied by a potential big-hitter in MS. Who're you backing?
Slowest 50s in T20 League 2018:48 M Pandey v PUN, Hyderabad48 KL RAHUL *44 KL Rahul v RAJ, Indore43 K Williamson v KOL, Kolkata
Ish Sodhi [3.0-0-8-1] is back into the attack
Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anureet Singh to Axar, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Anureet Singh, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Blow me down if it's a jinx but Rahul's presence at the crease must comfort the visitors
Krishnappa Gowtham [2.0-0-8-2] is back into the attack
Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Manoj Tiwary, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
98 needed from 54. It ain't going to be easy for PUN
A slip in for the new batsman Tiwary.
Manoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Time Out : RAJ are totally on the top and they should win this match easily unless Rahul plays a blinder.
Ish Sodhi to Akshdeep Nath, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Slip in for Rahul!
Mahipal Lomror, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
33/3 is the lowest powerplay score by PUN this season
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Akshdeep Nath, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jofra Archer to Nair, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Karun Nair, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Ashwin, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ravichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gowtham to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Jofra Archer, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Gowtham will open the attack