An evening of excellent cricketing action was marred by a controversial incident which proceeded to change the complexion of the game in favour of Kings XI Punjab.
One of the major talking points, that will be discussed on occasions moving ahead in this tournament was the first ever dismissal by mankading where KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin caught Jos Buttler off the crease and managed to dismiss him, thus sparking raw emotions from parties from both the sides.
In their pursuit to win in Jaipur for the very first time, KXIP were sent in to bat first by the Royals. The 2008 IPL Champions got off to a perfect start courtesy of KL Rahul’s early dismissal and a tight powerplay which only yielded 32 runs.
The tight bowling by the hosts continued with Archer being a key menace for Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. Despite losing Agarwal at the other end, the Caribbean proceeded to unshackle from his chains and record yet another fifty. A decent prolonged cameo by debutant Sarfaraz Khan meant that the Royals had to chase down 185 for their first victory of the campaign.
Rajasthan Royals got off to a perfect start with Jos Buttler resuming things from where he left things at last season. Ashwin and co. had all reasons to worry after the powerplay saw them concede 64 runs at the loss of no wickets. The side finally managed to get a breakthrough after the skipper got through Rahane.
However, Buttler kept going on and saw no signs of stopping. There was something else required to sent Buttler back, and that is exactly what Ashwin did. After the loss of the second wicket in a rather controversial fashion, runs dried up for the Royals.
The returning Steve Smith and Sanju Samson kept the hosts in the game for a while but the dismissal of Smith triggered an unprecedented collapse where 7 wickets fell in the space of 24 balls at the expense of just 19 runs to hand the visitors their maiden win in Jaipur by a margin of 14 runs.
KXIP 184-4 (20 overs) (C.Gayle 79; Stokes 2-48)
RR 170-9 (20 overs) (J.Buttler 69; R.Ashwin 1-20)