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IPL 2018: 5 takeaways from Rajasthan Royals’ win over Kings XI Punjab


Rajasthan Royals team players walks back after winning the match against Kings XI Punjab during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

IPL 2018 is reaching the business end of the tournament and on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals defeated Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs at Jaipur and kept their chances in the tournament alive. Royals didn’t have a perfect game, but did just enough to sneak a win and were alive for another day.

5 takeaways from Royals’ Royal win

1. Should Ajinkya Rahane drop himself like Gambhir:

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It was a strange day for Ajinkya Rahane as on one hand was named India’s Test captain against Afghanistan, but his poor form in the IPL continued and could only score nine runs and it is clearly seen that captaincy is weighing down Rahane’s batting.

Rahane has never been a swashbuckling T20 player, but his poor and lethargic form has affected Royals’ batting big time and it wouldn’t be a bad idea if Rahane takes some time off and drops himself for the remaining matches.

2. Jos Buttler reinventing himself:

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English wicket-keeping batsman Jos Buttler again fired and scored 82 off 58 balls and was mainly responsible for taking Rajasthan to a competitive total and his form in recent past has been a breath of fresh air.

Buttler started explosively and then slowed down in the middle overs against spinners, but played his role to perfection and after a disappointing first half, Buttler is finally proving his worth.

3. Andrew Tye helping himself with a four-for:

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Australian Andrew Tye gets a lot of flak for trying too many variations and being expensive, but against RR, Tye used all his experience and bowled remarkably well under pressure. Tye picked up 4/34 and had three wickets in the 20th over. Tye has been a bankable bowler for Punjab this season and captain Ravichandran Ashwin has used him at crucial junctures.

4. Rahul vs Rajasthan Royals:

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In a must-win game for Rajasthan, all the bowlers came out all guns blazing and attacked KXIP from the beginning. It looked like that Punjab batsmen were in some kind of hurry and made some bizarre choices.

KL Rahul in IPL 2018 has been a total revelation and it was looking like Rahul vs Rajasthan Royals as the Karnataka lad blasted an unbeaten 95 off 70 balls, but sadly couldn’t stitch enough partnerships and ended up on the losing side.

5. Royals bowlers bowling like a cohesive unit:

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Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers have been under scrutiny and facing criticism for not picking up enough wickets but in a do-or-die encounter, Royals’ bowlers adapted to the conditions very well and were led by New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who had fantastic figures of 1/14 and alongside Krishnappa Gowtham (2/12) helped RR get a win under their belt.