Kings XI Punjab did the double over Rajasthan Royals as they got the better of the 2008 winners by 12 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday. Punjab have now made their way to the fourth spot in the points table having won five of their nine games including four losses. They now have 10 points in their tally. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was a very delighted man after his team's victory. The veteran off-spinner decided to shake his leg as he broke into 'Bhangra' as Bollywood actor Sonu Sood was seen enjoying his dance moves.
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All eyes were on Ashwin when Kings XI Punjab had hosted Rajasthan Royals . After all, he was it was the Punjab skipper's first ever face off against Rajasthan Royals after their involvement in the 'Mankading' controversy which has been one of the biggest talking points of the ongoing edition of IPL. However, Ashwin had a job at hand as he needed to bring Punjab's campaign back on track after their two consecutive losses against Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The KXIP skipper first made an impact with the bat as he played an entertaining cameo of an unbeaten 4-ball 17 which included a boundary and two maximums. His two consecutive sixes in the last two balls of Punjab's innings was the turning point as Punjab went on to register a 12 run win. Ashwin also did a fantastic job with the ball as he scalped the two crucial wickets. One included the big wicket of a well set Rahul Tripathi and the other was that of Sanju Samson. He was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his excellent performance.
Earlier Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul got Punjab off to a steady start with a 38 run stand for the opening wicket. KXIP then lost the wickets of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. Rahul on the other side, anchored Punjab's innings as he stitched in an 85 run stand with David Miller who played a solid cameo of a 27-ball 40. The stylish opening batsman then went on to register his 14th IPL half-century and his fourth one of this season. His solid knock of a 47-ball 52 helped Punjab get to a challenging total of 182/6 in their 20 overs.