IPL 2018: Twitter reacts as Rajasthan Royals’ all-round show stunned KXIP despite KL Rahul’s heroics

KL Rahul scored a mesmerizing 95 off 70 balls.

KL Rahul's majestic 70-ball 95 went in vain as RR pulled off a comprehensive victory | IANS

The 40th match of IPL 2018 witnessed Rajasthan Royals taking on the Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, where the former registered a comprehensive 15-run victory.

After opting to bat first, Rajasthan rode on Jos Buttler’s 58-ball 82 to put a competitive total of 158/8 on the board. At one point in time, RR were looking all set for a score close to 180 but Andrew Tye’s remarkable spell (4-0-34-4) put a break on the run flow.

In reply, KXIP lost their first three wickets for just 19 runs with Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin and Karun Nair recording the scores of 1, 0 and 3 respectively. Although KL Rahul stood his ground and selected his shots to perfection, Punjab continued to lose wickets from the other end.

When KXIP were tottering at 81 for 6 in 13.3 overs, Rahul up the ante and recorded his fourth fifty of this year’s IPL. However, with the constantly upward going required run-rate KXIP needed someone to play a blinder and given the death-overs bowling skills of Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat it was always going to be a difficult task.

The duo of Archer and Unadkat conceded 51 runs in the last  5 overs  – a stellar effort considering the circumstances. Rahul’s mesmerizing 70-ball 95* (11 fours and 2 sixes) eventually went in vain as RR restricted KXIP to 143/7 in their 20 overs.

Twitterati were impressed to see the way RR players put on a complete show against one of the top sides of this year’s IPL. Here are some of the top tweets hailing Rajasthan’s win despite KL Rahul's masterclass.

 


By Salman Anjum - 08 May, 2018

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