23:46 (IST): That was another memorable game in the Indian Premier League as Kings XI Punjab, led by Glenn Maxwell and David Miller's heroics completed a stunning win over Rajasthan Royals, chasing down 192 to win with seven wickets remaining and eight balls to spare. Glenn Maxwell for his 89-run knock off just 45 balls was deservedly given the Man of the Match award and he said he was happy to be picked up by Kings XI this season and with the fact that he was getting runs. It was nice to see Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell being together for a small chat with the broadcasting team on the ground as Maxwell was given the orange cap!
23:29 (IST): Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in high-scoring thriller at Sharjah.
23:24 (IST): 28 runs off 15 balls needed for KXIP to win after Miller hits one for six and then takes a couple! Oh, no, forget the first part, two more huge maximums! 16 off 13 needed now. Actually, no, 10 off 12, simple!
23:14 (IST): Pravin Tambe shows why he deserves his place. Gives away just 26 runs in his four overs. Kings XI Punjab 143/3 (16 overs).
23:06 (IST): OUT! Maxwell c Smith b Richardson 89. Kings XI Punjab 127/3 (14 overs) chasing 192 vs RR.
22:56 (IST): Not too difficult for KXIP to get 88 runs off 47 balls to win against Rajasthan Royals with Maxwell. In fact, two more sixes from the million-dollar man reduce the equation to 76 off 45 balls. Wow!
22:44 (IST): While we were thinking if KXIP could get this chase of 192, Maxwell has reached 50 off just 28 balls. KXIP 83/2 (10.5 overs).
22:23 (IST): Sorry Pravin Tambe but it's Maxwell that you are facing right now! Huge six! KXIP 37/2 (5.2 overs).
22:10 (IST): OUT! Saha c Kulkarni b Faulkner 2. Kings XI Punjab 9/2 (2.4 overs).
22:06 (IST): OUT! Sehwag c Binny b Kulkarni 2. Kings XI Punjab 5/1 (1.4 overs) chasing 192 vs RR.
21:41 (IST): Sanju Samson, Shane Watson power Rajasthan Royals to 191/5 (20 overs) against Kings XI Punjab.
21:35 (IST): Mitchell Johnson hurts his own Australian teammate in RR's James Faulkner. It was a lethal bouncer that struck Faulkner's helmet. Are you okay?, asks Johnson. RR 183/5 (18.4 overs).
21:24 (IST): OUT! Sanju Samson b Awana 52. Rajasthan Royals 159/5 (16.5 overs). Meanwhile, have a look at some young fans getting creative.
21:22 (IST): Samson reaches his 2nd IPL fifty! Spectacular shot for a six! Rajasthan Royals 157/4 (16.3 overs).
21:17 (IST): OUT! Stuart Binny c David Miller b Mitchell Johnson 12. Rajasthan Royals 144/4 (15.3 overs).
21:05 (IST): OUT! Shane Watson b Akshar Patel 50. Rajasthan Royals 128/3 (13.1 overs).
21:03 (IST): Fifty for Shane Watson! 12th in the IPL! Rajasthan Royals 128/2 (13 overs).
20:53 (IST): What a run-fest from Samson and Watson! Rajasthan Royals 98/2 (11 overs) vs Kings XI Punjab. Sanju Samson (33* off 19), Shane Watson (27* off 20).
20:37 (IST): Samson is making his mark as a batsman again after a good last season. SIX! Over cover! RR 62/2 (7 overs).
20:34 (IST): OUT! Abhishek Nayar lbw b Murali Kartik 23. Rajasthan Royals 54/2 (6.1 overs).
20:16 (IST): OUT! Ajinkya Rahane run out Bailey 13. Rajasthan Royals 22/1 (3 overs).
20:14 (IST): Abhishek Nayar gets a six! Great going for the young man! Rajasthan Royals 22/0 (2.5 overs).
20:07 (IST): Kings XI Punjab's Mitchell Johnson bowling his first over. Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (1.1 overs).
Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Kane Richardson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe
Kings XI Punjab
Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey, Wriddhiman Saha, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Kartik, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Lakshmipathy Balaji
19:36 (IST): Kings XI Punjab win toss and elect to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah.
Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 7, Sharjah
Their campaigns off to a flier, both Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals would be hoping to outsmart each other when they clash in an exciting match of the seventh Indian Premier League, here on Sunday. (Rahane, Binny star in Rajasthan's win)
While Kings XI pulled off a sensational six-wicket win over the formidable Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring match in Abu Dhabi on Friday, the Royals notched up a comfortable four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad later in the day. (Maxwell, Miller guide Punjab to victory)
Both the teams would be aiming to carry on their winning momentum ahead in the tournament. (CSK flattered to deceive: Dhoni)
However, on paper Kings XI will start as favourites against the Royals. (I backed my instinct: Rahane)
Kings XI's team composition underwent a substantial overhaul this year. Led by Australian George Bailey, the Punjab outfit pulled off quite a masterstroke by snapping up India Test discard Virender Sehwag. Even though he is no longer in his prime but on his day, the Delhi-dasher is an enthralling game-changer capable of mortifying opposition attacks. (Maxwell: From the reserves to the top)
In Cheteshwar Pujara, hard-hitting Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Bailey, Kings XI boast of a formidable batting line-up, the effect of which was visible on Friday. (Ajinkya Rahane: Rajasthan's most consistent player)
Chasing a mammoth 206-run target, Kings XI rode on a blazing 115-run stand between Miller and Maxwell to steal the scintillating win over Super Kings.
Maxwell hammered 95 off 43 balls while Miller made an unbeaten 54 off 37 to propel their team past Super Kings' imposing 205 for four with seven balls to spare.
Sehwag (19 off 10) and Pujara (13 off 10) started the chase brightly and come tomorrow, the Punjab side would be looking for an encore from its batting department.
However, bowling would be a cause of concern for Kings XI going into tomorrow's game. Almost all their bowlers went for runs against the Super Kings.
But Bailey would be hoping for a much-improved show from the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Laxmipathy Balaji, Rishi Dhawan and Parvinder Awana.
The Royals, on the other hand, were clinical in their bowling performance against the Sunrisers.
Dhawal Kulkarni (2/23), Kane Richardson (2/25) and Rajat Bhatia (2/22) and Pravin Tambe (0/23) bowled economical spells to restrict the Sunrisers to 133 for six.
On the batting front, however, the Royals have some work to do as only two of their batsmen -- Ajinkya Rahane (59) and Stuart Binny (48 not out) managed double digit scores while chasing the modest score.
The Royals' batting department would be looking for inspiration from the legendary Rahul Dravid, who is donning the hat of a mentor this time around.
Under the able guidance of Dravid, coach Paddy Upton and skipper Watson, the team that is often considered as underdog, will be looking at springing up surprises once again, which in turn will help them to leave behind the spot-fixing ghosts of last season.
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (C), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur, L Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mandeep Singh.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.