Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday (May 8) saw off a fine effort from KL Rahul to beat Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Chasing 159, the batting heavy Kings XI Punjab started disastrously. They were reeling at 19 for three. Chris Gayle was the first to depart after scoring just one.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin promoted himself at number three but returned to the pavilion even without bothering the scorer. Both of them were sent back by Krishnappa Gowtham. Jofra Archer then accounted for Karun Nair to put the Royals on top.

KL Rahul and Akshdeep Nath stopped the rot for a while but the stand could not last long. Ish Sodhi broke the stand by dismissing Nath on nine and reduced the visitors to 45 for four.

At the end of the tenth over, the Kings XI were 55 for four. Manoj Tiwary and Axar Patel also failed to support Rahul as Kings XI were staring down the barrel after being reduced to 81 for six.

Rahul soon completed his fifty, taking his team to 92 for six after 15 overs. The required run-rate continued to mount as Kings XI eventually needed 48 off the last two overs.

The visitors eventually finished on 143 for seven. Rahul remained unbeaten on 95.

Earlier in the game, in-form Jos Buttler’s third consecutive fifty had guided Royals to a respectable 158 for eight.

Sent in to bat first, the Royals were off to a decent start. Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane added 37 runs for the first wicket before Andrew Tye dismissed the latter for just nine.

Furthermore, at the end of the powerplay, the Royals were 63 for one with Buttler scoring 45 runs of them. Gowtham failed to capitalise on being promoted and was out for just eight.

Buttler, on the other end, continued to make merry, capitalising fully on the opening spot. The England star scored his third fifty on the trot off just 27 balls.

On the other hand, Sanju Samson alongside Buttler then took the innings forward, laying the foundation for a big total.

Moreover, the hosts reached the 100-run mark in the 13th over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman finally managed to break the stand when he accounted for Samson for 22. The  duo added 53 runs for the third wicket.

But, the Afghan star then dismissed the dangerous Buttler to deal a huge blow to hosts’ hopes of a strong finish.

In addition, Buttler scored 82 off 58 balls including nine boundaries and a six.  However, the following batsmen then failed to capitalise on the solid platform as the Royals finished on a modest total despite being 120 for after 15 overs.

Also, here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

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