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IPL 38:Punjab back on its loosing ways-videos

Postby dilip » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:57 am

Full Match: IPL 2010 MATCH38 - RR vs KXIP, 2010-04-07

Match Highlights

Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wicekts

Lumb hits majestic 83 as Rajasthan Royals' conquer Kings XI Punjab

Match Report: Match-38: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab at Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, April 7, 2010.

Jaipur, April 7: Left-handed opener Michael Lumb hit a majestic 83 (43 balls, 16x4, 2x6) as Rajasthan Royals conquered Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in Match 38 of IPL 2010 at Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Wednesday.

The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals won their sixth match out of their last eight matches to stay in the hunt for a semi-final spot. Rajasthan Royals, who had a moderate target of 154 runs to chase, reached the target in 15 overs. With their sixth win of the tournament, Rajasthan Royals accumulated 12 points from 11 matches. They jumped to the third spot and relegated Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Supers Kings to the fourth and fifth positions respectively. For Kings XI Punjab, who are the whipping boys of the tournament, it was their eighth loss from 10 matches to stay at the bottom of the eight-team table.

Rajasthan Royals were off to a rollicking start. Left-handed opener Michael Lumb flayed the Kings XI Punjab bowling. The in-form Englishmen took four fours off Sreesanth and then struck Juan Theron for three fours and one six in one over as Rajasthan Royals galloped to 50 in 3.5 overs. He reached his 50 in 28 deliveries. Naman Ojha (44 not out off 37 balls) who dazzled against Chennai Super Kings, preferred to play second fiddle to the more dominant Lumb. The aggressive opening pair put on 100 runs in 55 deliveries to set up Rajasthan Royals victory. Lumb was unstoppable. He blasted four fours in Irfan Pathan’s first over. The opener missed a well-deserved century when he flicked a slower delivery from Ravi Bopara to the square leg fielder. Rajasthan Royals were just 44 runs from victory then.

Kings XI Punjab bowlers looked ordinary. Theron was hit for 20 runs and Pathan went for 17 runs in their first overs. That said the story for Kings XI Punjab.

Electing to bat, Kings XI Punjab opener Manvinder Bisla (20) cracked four fours in the first two overs. But Shane Watson had his revenge in his second over. Bisla top edged the Australian medium-pacer to square-leg fielder. Lanka opener Mahela Jayawardene, who slammed a match-winning century against Kolkata Knight Riders, continued from where he left. The diminutive opener was in silken touch. But skipper Kumar Sangakkara made 9 and perished in the seventh over (52/2).

Jayawardene and left-hander Yuvraj Singh stitched 56 runs in 32 deliveries for the third wicket. Yuvraj (28 off 16 balls) struck three sixes before he played on to the Maharashtra medium pacer Aditya Dole in the12th over. Two deliveries later, Dole struck again dismissing Jayawardene for 33-ball 44 (6x4, 1x6). Skipper Shane Warne intelligently placed himself at slip and took the edge. Kings XI Punjab slipped to 109/4. Ravi Bopara, who was demoted in the order, was run out for 8. Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten with 24.

Rajasthan Royals bowlers came back strongly in the slog overs. Medium pacer Siddarth Trivedi checked the scoring along with Watson. Kings XI Punjab managed 153/6. Trivedi had figures of 2/22 (Sangakkara and Piyush Chawla) while Watson conceded just 19 runs from his four overs. The wily Warne, who spun a web around Deccan Chargers’ batsmen in the last match, was surprisingly the most expensive bowler for Rajasthan Royals (3-0-42-0).

Kings XI Punjab included S Sreesanth in place of Shalabh Srivastava while Rajasthan Royals brought in Australian batsman Adam Voges, who replaced South African pace bowler Morne Morkel.

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