Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 30 October 2020
RR: 10.62 | Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets
Right then, three teams are now locked on 12 points with a solitary game left for them. Hyderabad can also join them if they win their next match. It is getting chaotic in the points table at the moment. On the 31st of October, we have a couple of games lined up. First up, Delhi will be facing Mumbai in Dubai at 1400 local (1000 GMT) and it will be followed by the crunch game between Bangalore and Hyderabad in Sharjah at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Man of the Match, Ben Stokes says that when you are in a position where you have nothing to lose, you go out there and give your best. States they are still in the reckoning and he is happy about that. Mentions he went in with the same mentality like he did against Mumbai. Shares that he enjoyed the few days off, had a good couple of days of training and hence, he could bowl his 4 overs.
Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith starts by saying that the season has ebbed and flowed and they would have loved to have a couple of wins in the middle. Feels they are peaking at the right time and they still need to win their final match and things to go their way. Adds that they have different plans for different situations and it worked well tonight. States that it's nice to get over the line nice and early and it would have helped their net run rate as well. On Ben Stokes, Smith replies that the last two games have been exceptional, he has come out with intent and he is a class player. Also praises Stokes' effort with the ball and calls him a valuable player to have. On Samson, Smith replies that you always talk to players and get the best out of them. Adds that during their low phase, you have to keep trusting the process and they knew if he spends time in the middle, he will come good. On the next game, Smith says he will be watching the two games tomorrow closely to know what's expected from them in their final game.
Robin Uthappa comes forward for an interview! Says that it was a much-needed win and they are picking up the momentum at the right time. Feels they have got the combination right and now trusting their skills. Adds that it was gripping a bit when they were batting in the Powerplay and repeats Rahul's words that dew has been inconsistent and you cannot consider it. States that their team's motto is that they can win from any situation and they back themselves. Wants to take one game at a time and not look too far ahead. Adds that they will go back, sleep and there is not much time to think about the next game which is good in a way.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul says that it was a horrible toss to lose with the amount of dew that came on later. Mentions that it was difficult to grip the ball. Adds that on a sticky wicket like this, to get to 185 was a good effort and praises Gayle's batting. Feels they didn't play badly and need to learn how to bowl with a wet ball. States that dew has been inconsistent so far and this is something they cannot prepare for. Further says that they have some international bowlers and they know how to adapt to the situation. Wants to stay positive and hopes to put up a brilliant performance in the next game and try to squeeze in the top four.
Punjab were dismal with the ball and with the dew set in, it became even tougher for them to grip the ball. Ravi Bishnoi still managed to impress but the rest struggled and it was a meek surrender in the end.
It was a chase nicely set up by Ben Stokes' blitz with the bat. The Englishman came out with positive intent and went berserk from the word go. He fired Rajasthan to an excellent start and despite getting out, the start that he provided always kept Rajasthan afloat. Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson never let the chips down, then Steven Smith took it forward and towards the end, Jos Buttler finished things quite easily.
A commanding win for Rajasthan! They have overhauled a tricky-looking target quite easily in the end. There was never a moment in the chase, to be honest when Rajasthan looked like losing control over this match. Overall, a win registered with plenty of balls to spare and that has also halted Punjab's amazing winning streak.
Mohammed Shami is back!
Drinks break! Rajasthan were cruising due the partnership between Smith and Samson but the latter got run out and this chase seems to have some more life left. The last over by Bishnoi was excellent and Punjab need to bowl out of their skin at the backend. 40 needed off 30 balls, the equation still favours Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Chris Jordan is back into the attack after the break.
A review from Punjab as an appeal for LBW has been turned down. The ball seems to be pitching outside leg. It seems like a review more in hope.
Jos Buttler walks out to bat.
Direct hit and Samson seems short! This could well be the opening Punjab needed?
Bishnoi is got back on!
Chris Jordan is back!
Steven Smith is the new batsman.
Drinks break. It's been an excellent reply from Rajasthan with the bat. They got the desired result in the Powerplay courtesy Ben Stokes' quickfire fifty. His wicket did disturb the current rate slightly but with stroke-makers like Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa in the middle, you always expect them to score freely. 93 needed off 66 balls and this match is nicely poised.
Arshdeep Singh is back into the attack! The young man went for 20 in his first spell of 2 overs. Can he bounce back?
Ravi Bishnoi is on!
Sanju Samson arrives in the middle.
Chris Jordan is on now! He will be bowling the last over of the Powerplay.
Murgan Ashwin is on now! Spin early on.
Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end!
Welcome back! The men who matter are in the middle. Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes are the openers for Rajasthan and the latter is fresh from a marvellous century in the last match. He would love to do it again. Arshdeep Singh to bowl...