Teen spinner sees Kings XI rule Royals
Seventeen-year-old spin sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman claims three, with KL Rahul blasting a career best in the Kings XI victory.
The result: Rajasthan Royals 9-152 (Buttler 51, Mujeeb 3-27) lost to Kings XI Punjab 4-155 (KL Rahul 84no, Gowtham 1-18) by six wickets with eight balls to spare.
The match in a tweet: KL Rahul’s incredible IPL form has continued for his new franchise, his knock helping Kings XI solidify a spot in the playoffs #KXIPvRR
The Kings settle in: It took some time, but the Kings XI may finally have locked in their side that will feature in the playoffs. Chris Gayle (8) looms as the perfect foil to KL Rahul at the top of the order, with the hitting power of Karun Nair (31) and Marcus Stoinis (23no) on show against the Royals. Remarkably, Australia’s former T20 captain Aaron Finch currently warms the bench for Brad Hodge’s side after a disappointing start to IPL 11.
The youngster: In a player of the match performance, 17-year-old Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed figures of 3-27 in Indore with his superb spin bowling. A permanent fixture of the Punjab side, Mujeeb wasn’t afraid to experiment after a lucky catch on the boundary saw him remove Ben Stokes (12). The young tweaker had Jos Buttler (51) dismissed and then the very next ball threw it up to entice Jofra Archer, spinning one through the gate to end up on a hat-trick.
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The next stop: Rajasthan will have the chance to exact revenge on Kings XI on Wednesday when the Punjab side travel to play the Royals at home. With a game in hand and currently in third position on the table, a string of victories could see Kings XI host an elimination final.