The tournament offers very little margin for error to the players and a decline in form, especially for an worldwide player, can prove detrimental in terms of the player losing his confidence and his place both in the franchise as well as in the global squad.
Lokesh Rahul scored unbeaten 84 off just 54 deliveries that included 7 fours and 3 sixes. The Royal Challengers Bangalore discard is having a season to remember. The batsman mistimes his shot that goes straight to long on. It will be fair to say that things began for KL Rahul against Delhi, where he smashed a 14-ball fifty to turn the match totally into a one-sided affair.
Rest of Punjab bowlers did well and prevented the hosts from scoring big. Tipped as the complete Indian batsman after the modern great Virat Kohli, the batsman has impressed with his footwork and has shown great skills of power hitting. Given a handsome run, KXIP could retain the same team that played in Indore. Mujeeb also accounted for the risky Ben Stokes (12) who was brilliantly caught by a joint effort from Mayank Aggarwal and Manoj Tiwary at the long-off boundary.
What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on? With a game in hand and now in third position on the table, a string of victories could see Kings XI host an elimination final.
Their season is getting worse match after match.
His inability to influence the game for his team this year is quite evident. Shreyas Gopal played some good strokes but by that time it was too late for RR.
Rajasthan Royals got its first wicket out on the third ball of their inning as their opening batsman Short got out on 2 runs. His patchy for didn't stop there; he was clearly seen struggling in the Nidahas tournament as well. KL Rahul carries his bat as he finishes with 95 to his name. A few more runs from the middle order and King XI would have ticked more or less all the boxes.
To keep its hope alive, Rajasthan needs to win the remaining matches at any cost, so that it can manage to secure a place in the playoffs. Barring Anureet Singh, who bowled just one over, all other RR bowlers ended the night with economies of less than 10, as they restricted Punjab to just 143/7 after 20 overs.
RR, who now have three wins from 9 matches, quickly need to start piling on the wins if they want to nurture any ambitions of making the playoffs.
Buttler's 82 accounted for more than half the team's runs.