Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

38th Match KXIP vs RR Live Streaming on Hotstar

38th Match KXIP vs RR Live Streaming on Hotstar

The difference in their approach though was like chalk and cheese.

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to field first as they made just one change in their playing XI by replacing Pollard with Evin Lewis.

Chris Gayle pulled, drove and slashed - albeit in chunks - to his way to his third IPL fifty of this season. "Anything is chase-able here because the ground is small". The short ball against which he was so severe tonight got the better of him as well. Mujeed took two wickets for KXIP. Ajinkya Rahane was looking to cut the ball. He tallied 13 off 12 balls.

Meanwhile, Karun Nair scored 23 from 12 balls, and a quickfire final over from Marcus Stoinis (29* from 15 balls) took KXIP to 174-6.

But T20 boss, Chris Gayle continued hitting runs and brought his fifty in 39 deliveries.

When MI came out to bat, they were cautious at the start. Finally, KXIP won the match by six wickets with 1.2 overs left.

They were going fine before Mujeeb was introduced in the last over of the powerplay. Samson's catch seemed legit from front-on camera angles, but the side angle indicated the ball might have kissed the turf before falling into his hands. KL Rahul did the rest behind the sticks. It was another master-stroke from skipper Ashwin, whose bagful of tricks - as a skipper - has kept the opposition guessing.

IPL 2018 Live Score RR vs KXIP
IPL 2018 Live Score RR vs KXIP Rajasthan Royals need to win to fight for survival

There are signs it is beginning to click with Sharma beginning to fire with the bat, Suryakumar Yadav hitting 340 runs in nine innings and the Pandya brothers contributing with bat and ball. His services with the ball were not needed.

Not a day for promotions! Together, Yuvraj and Axar contributed 27 from 26 balls.

Hardik Pandya scored 23 while Rohit Sharma (24) and Krunal Pandya (31) completed the chase.

Not just this, the way she bonds with the team is quite great and that looks like one of the reasons for which her IPL team goes forward. Among the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer have done well to claim seven wickets from just three matches while this IPL's costliest buy Jaydev Unadkat have also been amongst the wickets. The 55 runs that were remaining, disappeared in 3.3 overs.

Come the fourth over of the innings bowled by Hardik Pandya and Gayle went straight to fifth gear. Retained by the franchise, Pollard has been unable to score runs and was dropped mid-way into the tournament, only to return against RCB, but disappointed again.

We are happy to take them on because they could heading for an almighty blow-up.

Kings XI Punjab, though in a rather comfortable position on the points table, but would be eager to consolidate their appearance in the knockout phase when they face a hapless Rajasthan Royals, form whom it's a virtual playoff.

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