IPL 2018, KXIP vs RR: 4 Unnoticed things from the game
Kings XI Punjab clashed with Rajasthan Royals at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Put into bat first, Rajasthan Royals got off to a disastrous start, losing Darcy Short in the very first over. However, Jos Butler held up one end and reached his IPL fifty. He along with Sanju Samson added 49 runs for the third wicket.
However, some tight bowling from Kings XI Punjab bowlers with wickets at regular intervals ensured Rajasthan Royals could only muster 152-9 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Kings XI lost Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal early. However, KL Rahul anchored the innings along with Mayank Agarwal, and with Marcus Stoinis later in the innings, to complete a comprehensive victory for the home team. Rahul’s 84 was a match-winning knock but for his 3-27 that dented the Rajasthan Royals batting, Mujeeb ur Rahman was awarded Man of the Match.
In a topsy-turvy game, let us look at 5 unnoticed things from today’s encounter.
#5 Chris Gayle’s diving catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane
In the 4th over of Rajasthan’s innings, Ajinkya Rahane cut one short delivery from Axar Patel that caught a thick edge, after which the ball lobbed into the air and was caught diving forward by Chris Gayle at short third man region.
The agility of the 38-year-old West Indian surprised everyone as he made a valiant effort in taking the catch. This brought smiles to everyone’s faces, including Gayle himself.