IPL 5: Rajasthan Royals leave Punjab in tatters

Kings XI Punjab was not left with much scope to take points against Rajasthan Royals as the visitors here combined aggressive batting with immaculate bowling to register a comprehensive win by 43 runs, on Saturday.

updated: May 06, 2012 01:40 IST
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Mohali: On a track tailor-made for big hitting, it was only one team – visitors Rajasthan Royals – who did their share of finding the boundary. Hosts Kings XI Punjab lost the toss, and then wilted under the pressure of chasing and of the runs stacked against them. They needed 178 to win, but in the end, finished well short of the target to slip below Rajasthan to sixth place on the points table.


Rahul Dravid is one of very few Indian captains in the IPL who would choose to bat first on the Mohali track. But then, true bounce with the ball coming on to the bat nicely is the perfect track for a team with the batting class that Rajasthan has. And though tournament hero Ajinkya Rahane went early, Dravid and Shane Watson put the Punjab bowlers to the sword straightaway, proving Dravid's decision correct.

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