This win puts Kings XI back into the top four on the table - though they have played one more match than most other teams.
Kings XI Punjab registered a comfortable 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2019 encounter at Mohali on Tuesday, further reducing the Royals' chances of making the play-offs.Chasing 183 to win, RR could only muster 170-7 in reply as KXIP's spinners successfully stifled the batsmen in the middle overs before wickets fell in a heap towards the end of the innings.RR started the chase well and even with the unsafe Jos Buttler departing early in the for just 23, they looked in control of the chase with Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson at the crease.
Invited to bat, Rahul, who was named in India's World Cup squad on Monday, and David Miller (40 off 27) shared a 85-run stand to lay the foundation. For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra (3/15) was outstanding again as he picked up three wickets.
Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position. Mohali has been a fortress of sorts for KXIP, despite their defeat against RCB in the last match (which ended a series of seven consecutive wins at the ground).
However, it was Rajasthan's sixth loss and they will need to pull up their socks if they have to salvage any hopes of making it to the knockout stage.
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Arshdeep Singh, who got his maiden IPL wicket could not hold himself back from celebrating.
Royals pacer Jofra Archer has troubled the batsmen with his fast bouncers and deadly yorkers and would look for another good outing Tuesday. Two to Binny off the fifth, with Agarwal putting in a dive near wide long off, with the Karnataka batsman collecting a boundary off the last ball. Stuart Binny (33 off 11b; 2x4, 3x6) injected some drama towards the end but it was too late by then.
It was only after a pro-active Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal departed that Rahul changed gears in the company of David Miller.
Gayle managed to hit 2 fours and 3 sixes during his stay at the crease but eventually edged one behind to Samson off Archer's bowling.
Mayank Agarwal, who walked in after Gayle's fall, looked unsafe but failed to last long.
Rahul then tried to steady the ship with Miller, who came into the side due to the last-minute ankle injury of Australian allrounder Moises Henriques.
In the 14th over, Rahul and Miller exploded after bringing up the hundred for KXIP. The duo amassed 19 runs off Sodhi's over, his last, with Rahul smoking a massive six over deep square leg and Miller thumping one over long-off. The wicket of Nicholas Pooran was the outcome of a quick low full-toss which the batsman couldn't get under, and the final wicket of Mandeep Singh was the result of the batsman dragging a 111.6kph delivery onto the stumps. Miller too was sent packing early in the 20th over by Kulkarni.