Ahmedabad, April 21: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) halted Rajasthan Royals' (RR) five-match winning run in Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8) after pulling off a thrilling Super Over victory here at Sardar Patel Stadium on Tuesday night. (Sehwag wants to 'retire gracefully')
Shaun Marsh (65 off 40, 5x4, 3x6) and David Miller (54 off 30, 1x4, 5x6) were the stars for KXIP with half centuries as they tied the game chasing 192. In the Super Over, Marsh hit two boundaries off Chris Morris as KXIP scored 15/2 in 1 over. KXIP had lost David Miller off the first ball. In reply, RR were all out (6/2 in 0.3 overs). (Match Highlights)
Mitchell Johnson clean bowled RR captain Shane Watson off the first ball in Super Over and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Sahan ran James Faulkner out on the third ball, while looking to steal a bye, to trigger huge celebrations among KXIP players and their fans.
Patel hits boundary off the final ball to tie match
Chasing 192 to win, KXIP needed 14 from the last over bowled by James Faulkner. Patel and Johnson were at the crease. After 7 runs from the first four balls, they required 7 more from two deliveries. On the fifth ball, Patel should have been run out while going for a second run but wicketkeeper Sanju Samson failed to collect the ball.
With 5 needed on the final ball, Patel sent the ball to the point boundary to tie the match and bring on the Super Over. Both teams ended up with 191/6 each in 20 overs.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane's classical assault enabled RR to pile up a mammoth 191/6. Rahane smashed his way to 74 off 54 balls with six boundaries and two sixes as he laid the foundation for a reasonable total adding 95 for the opening wicket with skipper Watson (45 off 35 balls, 5x4, 2x6).
Karun Nair 25 off 12 balls also provided some muscle along with Stuart Binny who clipped 12 off four balls. Patel was the pick of the bowlers with two for 30.
It was Rahane, who set the tone with a flurry of boundaries as Watson was content playing the singles and giving more strike to the India international.
Out of his first five boundaries, Rahane hit four off Johnson, which included, a pull, couple of cut shots and a whip over square leg as he raced into the 20s.
Watson, initially was trying to get into the groove as he consumed 24 balls which yielded 18 runs with two boundaries.
It was the ninth over of the RR innings when Watson decided to tee off launching into off-break bowler Shivam Sharma. Watson hit the Delhi lad for three boundaries and a six to race to 36.
Another six off Patel got him into 40's as he looked for his second successive half-century in as many matches. It took an inspirational piece of glovework from Saha that saw him get back to dug-out when he missed an armer from Patel and Saha effected a leg-side stumping with effortless ease.
Once Watson was gone, it was young Deepak Hooda (19 off 9 balls), who immediately sent Glenn Maxwell's friendly off-breaks into the stands as Rahane completed his half-century with a six over square-leg off Anureet Singh.
Shivam, who got tonked all around had the consolation of cleaning up Hooda while Steve Smith (0) was holed out at deep mid-wicket off Axar's bowling.
Rahane however continued with clean hitting in company of the very talented Karun Nair. Finally, when Johnson got him to edge one caught by a diving Saha, Rahane had done his job as Nair produced a final flourish.