KXIP vs RR Live: Chris Gayle leads Punjab’s run charge

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9.2 overs: SIX!KL Rahul is in scintillating form. Over-pitched from Kartik Tyagi and Rahul slams it for a maximum over the deep extra-cover fence. KXIP 79/1
End of 9th over: A tight first over from Rahul Tewatia. Just 2 runs from it. Kartik Tyagi now comes back, replacing Ben Stokes, whose previous over went for 8. KXIP 73/1
6.4 overs: SIX!Chris Gayle is dealing only in sixes at the moment. Another colossal strike from the Universe Boss, this time off Shreyas Gopal. 81-metre long hit over the deep mid-wicket fence. KXIP 61/1
End of powerplay and 50 up for Kings XI Punjab!
KL Rahul slaps Varun Aaron’s short-pitched delivery to the deep mid-wicket fence.
KL Rahul 21*
Chris Gayle 27*
KXIP 53/1 after 6 overs
5.2 overs: SIX! High and handsome! That would have been a six on any ground. Varun Aaron digs it in short and Rahul pounces onto it. Whacks it over the mid-wicket fence. 85-metre long strike from Rahul. KXIP 47/1
End of 5th over: 14 runs off Kartik Tyagi’s first over as Chris Gayle smacks him for a couple of fours and a six. KXIP 39/1
4.3 overs: SIX! Chris Gayle takes on young Kartik Tyagi. Short from Kartik and pulls the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence. Gayle already in destruction mode. KXIP 35/1
3.4 overs: Dropped! Chris Gayle goes for another biggie but this time gets the leading edge. The ball goes miles up in the air. Riyan Parag and Robin Uthappa converge in but Parag eventually drops it, just inches inside the fence. Gayle gets a reprieve.
3.3 overs: SIX! Chris Gayle announcing his arrival in style. Pulls Varun Aaron for a maximum in the fine-leg region. KXIP 22/1
2.2 overs: FOUR! First of the evening for KL Rahul. Cuts it over backward-point off Jofra Archer. And with that boundary Rahul has crossed the 600-run mark this IPL. KXIP 13/1
End of 2nd over: FOUR! Chris Gayle collects a boundary off the last ball from Varun Aaron. Thickish under-edge and the ball beats the wicket-keeper Sanju Samson and races to the fine-leg fence. KXIP 9/1
0.6 overs: OUT! What a snorter from Jofra Archer. Catches Mandeep Singh by surprise. Ben Stokes takes a brilliant catch running in from backward-point. Collects the ball inches above the ground. Unlucky Mandeep falls for a first-ball duck and Kings XI Punjab have lost their first wicket in the very first over. KXIP 1/1
KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh are out in the middle to start the Rajasthan Royals innings. Jofra Archer has the new ball in hand for Rajasthan Royals. A slip in place for him. Rahul to face the first ball. Here we go!
Playing XI for both the teams

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi
Captains at the toss
KL Rahul: I would’ve looked to bowl as well, but looks like a good wicket, so will remain the same for the 40 overs. It’s just everything coming together, the last four or five games, we’ve come really well. It’s good to see and it’s been a complete team effort. We would look to go out there and enjoy ourselves. Same team
Steve Smith: We will bowl. Don’t know what happens here with the dew, so we are gonna chase tonight. It’s been a bit of up and down tournament for us. It’s been a tough one, we’ve got Varun Aaron in tonight, who wasn’t fit for a while. He brings a lot of pace and comes in for Rajpoot. Hopefully, he can add something for us in the Powerplay.

Team news: Just one change for Rajasthan Royals as Varun Aaron comes in for Ankit Rajpoot. Kings XI Punjab are unchanged.
Toss news: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to field against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch Report: “This pitch looks good for batting. As a batsman, you wanna target the shorter boundaries and picking the gaps will be crucial. Another factor is the approach of Ben Stokes in the last game. Only 3 sixes were hit, so that’s an important information from the batting point of view. There is a lovely covering of grass, so go and boss it out there, say Danny Morrison and Daren Ganga.
In focus
– Chris Gayle requires seven maximums to get to 1000 T20 sixes
– KL Rahul is three short of 200 T20 sixes
– Nicholas Pooran needs two sixes to bring up 200 sixes in T20 cricket
– Shreyas Gopal needs three scalps to reach 50-wicket mark in IPL
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial encounter. Just under 30 minutes to go for the toss.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 50 of IPL 2020 where Kings XI Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.
A rampaging Kings XI Punjab would look to extend their exceptional run and inch closer to a play-offs berth while Rajasthan Royals would be desperate to stay alive in the tournament when the two sides clash in an IPL match, here on Friday.
It has been a dramatic turnaround for the KL Rahul-led side after a string a losses earlier in the tournament.
They have managed to weave together five consecutive wins against the top four sides in the tournament, infusing life into their campaign. They are in fourth position with 12 points from as many games, while the Royals have slumped to the penultimate spot with 10 points having suffered seven defeats from 12 outings.
It’s a mad scramble for the play-offs. With Mumbai Indians all but through, six teams are in the hunt for the remaining three spots.
The Royals can’t afford to slip up, if they lose on Friday they will be out of the reckoning while a defeat for Punjab will dent their chances for a top-four finish.
They would expect their skipper Rahul, the leading run-scorer of the tournament, to fire in the crucial game after three underwhelming performances with the bat.
The addition of Chris Gayle has done wonders for the team’s confidence.
It is to be seen if Mayank Agarwal, who missed two games with a bruised knee, returns to the side. In his absence, Mandeep Singh revelled in the role of an opener with a match-winning unbeaten 66 in the win against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Punjab’s bowling, which has been their weakest link throughout the tournament, has been exceptional in their recent wins, choking the opposition for runs.
The Royals will also be high on confidence after their morale boosting win over table toppers Mumbai and would be desperate to keep the winning momentum going.
The biggest positive for the Royals is Ben Stokes roaring back to form after rusty displays in previous five outings. The English all-rounder, who has been elevated to the role of opener, smashed an unbeaten 107 to help seal a seven-wicket win over Mumbai earlier this week.
Sanju Samson is also back among runs, while Jos Buttler has looked erratic. That skipper Steve Smith is in the middle of a lean patch will augur well for KXIP.
The Jofra Archer-led bowling attack has looked ordinary. The Barbados-born English pacer, who is having a stellar individual season with 17 wickets from 12 matches with an economy of 6.71, has done most of the heavy lifting with the ball without adequate support from the rest of the bowlers.

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