The Kings XI Punjab got their IPL campaign off to a winning start, beating the Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in Jaipur.
Put into bat, Punjab lost KL Rahul early, but Chris Gayle scored a typically belligerent 79, including 4 sixes and 8 fours. He put on 56 with Mayank Agarwal for the second wicket, and then when he fell for 22, shared a stand of 84 with Sarfraz Khan. When Gayle fell in the 16th over, Khan added 23 with Nicholas Pooran, and then 17 with Mandeep Singh, as Kings closed on 184 – 4, with Rashid undefeated on 46.
In reply, Rajasthan got off to a fine start, with Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane putting on 78 for the first wicket. Rahane fell for 27, but Buttler and the returning Steve Smith added 30, and then, after Buttler controversially run out for 69, Smith and Sanju Samson added a further 40.
At that point the home side appeared in control, but they lost seven wickets for the addition of just 16 runs to implode. Sam Curran started the rot by removing Smith for 20 and then Samson for 30, and there were two wickets apiece for Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. In the end Rajasthan could only limp to 170 – 9, well short of their target.
Chris Gayle was named man of the match, but all the talk after the game was about the Buttler run out, with Punjab’s captain Ravichandran Ashwin accused of unsporting behaviour over his role in the dismissal, running out the batsman at the non-striker’s end in his delivery stride.
Mankading, as it is often called, is a legal way of dismissing batsmen but is often frowned upon as not being in the spirit of the game.
The Chennai Super Kings recorded their second consecutive victory of the season so far, beating the Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Delhi were given a steady start by Privthi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan before Shah fell for 24. Dhawan and his captain, Shreyas Iyer, added 43, and then, when Iyer fell for 18, the opener combined with Risbabh Pant to add a further 41. However, Dwyane Bravo took 3 wickets in two overs, including Pant for 25, and Dhawan for 51, as the home side stumbled. It was left to Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia to add some late runs as Delhi closed on 147 – 6.
In reply, Chennai lost Ambati Rayudu early, but Shane Watson and Suresh Raina put on 52 for the second wicket. Watson, who had hit 44 from 26 balls, including 3 sixes, then departed, but Raina and Kedar Jadhav shared a stand of 26 before Raina was out for 30. Then it was the turn of Jadhav and MS Dhoni to share a stand together, putting on 48 as Chennai neared their target. Jadhav fell before the end for 27, but Dhoni was unbeaten at the end as Chennai made the required runs with 8 balls to spare.
Shane Watson was named man of the match.