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Ashwin, Rahul script KXIP's 12-run win over RR in IPL

Press Trust of India  |  Mohali 

Skipper and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as produced a superb all-round performance to script a comfortable 12-run win over Royals in a second leg IPL clash to bring their campaign back on track.

hit a 47-ball 52, while Ashwin (2/24) smashed 17 off four balls in the last over and then took two crucial wickets as KXIP bounced back after successive losses in the last two matches to record their fifth win in this IPL.

Invited to bat, Rahul, who was named in India's squad on Monday, and (40 off 27) shared a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.

Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position.

The hosts then returned to restrict to 168 for seven, courtesy some superb by Ashwin and (1/24) in the middle overs after Arshdeep Singh's maiden two IPL wickets. was expensive but came good in the final overs, scalping two wickets.

After this win, KXIP grabbed the fourth spot in the points table with 10 points to keep play-off hopes alive.

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.

Defending the total, KXIP dismissed the big-hitting (23) early as reached 55 in the first six over.

After blasting two sixes and one four, Buttler was caught by keeper Pooran as young pacer Arshdeep scalped his maiden IPL wicket.

Tripathi (50) and Sanju Samson (27 off 21) added 59 runs to take Rajasthan close to the 100-mark.

However, after two tight overs, Ashwin produced the breakthrough with a carrom ball in the 12th over when he cleaned up Samson, who looked to play a sweep shot.

Shami then returned only to concede 11 runs with Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane sending him across the rope.

Needing 66 off last six overs, Tripathi completed his fifty in 44 balls before being caught at long off boundary by Agarwal off Ashwin.

Australian Ashton Turner's IPL debut ended with a first-ball naught, while Jofra was send back by Shami as RR slumped to 133 for five in 17.1 overs.

scored a quickfire 11-ball 33 but it was not enough as Rahane too was dismissed in pursuit of quick runs.

Earlier in-form Rahul played a controlled innings after he lost his opening partner (30) before powerplay.

Gayle hit three sixes and two boundaries before being sent back by as KXIP were 39-1 at the end of powerplay.

The dashing opener dispatched for two sixes in his first over, then hit Dhawal Kulkarni for a six and a four before edging one off into the hands of wicket keeper Sanju Samson.

Mayank Agarwal, who walked in after Gayle's fall, looked dangerous but failed to last long. He made 26 of 12 balls and was claimed by RR's spinner Ish Sodhi as slipped to 67 for two.

Rahul then tried to steady the ship with Miller, who came into the side due to the of Australian allrounder

In the 14th over, Rahul and Miller exploded after bringing up the hundred for KXIP. The duo amassed 19 runs off Sodhi's over with Rahul smoking a massive six over deep square leg and Miller thumping one over long-off.

The two batsmen piled up 20 runs in the next over with Rahul clearing the cover with an inside-out shot for a six off Unadkat, and Miller disposing a full-toss over deep midwicket.

Rahul was then picked up by medium pacer Jaidev in the 18th over with the opener hitting straight to

Punjab then lost (5) and Mandeep Singh (0) -- both claimed by Archer in his last over, while Miller too handed a catch to Buttler off Kulkarni in the 20th over as Punjab slipped to 164 for six.

Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 00:00 IST