Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 7 wickets to notch up a crucial win and stay alive in the Indian Premier League.
Asked to bat first, KXIP lost Mandeep Singh in the first over. However, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle were involved in a scintillating partnership. Even after Rahul’s dismissal, Gayle continued thrashing the RR bowlers. He finally got out after scoring 99 runs, off a Jofra Archer delivery. His knock was studded with 6 fours and 8 sixes.
In the chase, Ben Stokes came out and batted like a man possessed and reached his fifty within the Powerplay. After his wicket, his fellow opener Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson were involved in a good partnership. Following Uthappa’s dismissal, it was Steve Smith who was involved in another good partnership with Samson. Samson was then run-out and Jos Buttler joined Smith and the duo took RR home.
Cricketers and fans react on Twitter
Following the match and RR’s crucial win, fans and cricketers reacted on Twitter. Here are a few such reactions:
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