3.5 overs: SIX! SIX!Ben Stokes is on fire! Just continuing from where he left off in the previous game. Hits Murugan Ashwin for back-to-back sixes. The first one was over long-on and the second over deep square-leg. Rajasthan have got a brisk start here in this chase of 186. RR 48/0
3.3 overs: FOUR! Reverse-sweep this time from Ben Stokes off Murugan Ashwin and it comfortably clears the in-field and races to the cover fence.
End of 3rd over: Another excellent over for Rajasthan Royals as Ben Stokes collects 2 boundaries in it. 11 runs overall in that over from Arshdeep Singh. The Royals have started pretty well in this chase of 186. Their run rate is just under 11 at the moment. RR 32/0
End of 2nd over: SIX off the final ball! And what a shot that was from Robin Uthappa. Short from Mohammed Shami and Uthappa launches it over the fine-leg fence. RR 21/0
1.2 overs: FOUR! Outside off from Mohammed Shami and Ben Stokes hits it through covers to collect four runs. Superbly placed in the gap. RR 14/0
End of 1st over: FOUR! Ben Stokes ends Arshdeep Singh’s first over with a boundary straight down the ground. One bounce and over the fence. Mohammed Shami to share the new ball with Arshdeep from the other end. RR 9/0
Robin Uthappa and in-form Ben Stokes are out in the middle to start this 186-run chase for Rajasthan Royals. Arshdeep Singh has the new ball in hand for Kings XI Punjab. No slip but a short mid-wicket in place for him. Uthappa on strike. Here we go!
Kings XI Punjab 185/4 after 20 overs
Chris Gayle 99
KL Rahul 46
Jofra Archer 2/26
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End of 20th over: A dot ball from Jofra Archer to end the innings. And riding on a scintillating 99 from the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Kings XI Punjab have got to a terrific total of 185/4. But will that be enough? The last time both teams met, Rajasthan Royals chased down a record total of 224.
19.4 overs: OUT! And what a tragedy!Jofra Archer removes Chris Gayle on 99. Inside edge, onto the pads and the ball then hits the off stump. A sensational inning from Gayle comes to an end.
18.5 overs: SIX! And that was the 1,000th six for the Universe Boss in T20s. Slams Kartik Tyagi over the mid-wicket fence. Gayle moves into the 90s. KXIP 175/3
17.6 overs: OUT! Wicket on the final ball of the over for Ben Stokes. Slower ball from him and Nicholas Pooran goes for the big hit. Rahul Tewatia completes a good catch at the deep square-leg fence. Pooran falls for 22. KXIP 162/3
17.4 overs: SIX! Length ball from Ben Stokes and Chris Gayle comfortably slams it over the mid-wicket fence.
17.1 overs: FOUR! And now Chris Gayle starts the Ben Stokes over with a boundary in mid-wicket region. Slaps it towards the fence. Gayle moves to 77 as KXIP cross the 150-run mark. KXIP 152/2
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End of 17th over: SIX! Nicholas Pooran finishes off another over with a cracking six. This time he slams Kartik Tyagi over the long-off fence. Kings XI collect 11 in the 17th over. KXIP 148/2
End of 16th over: SIX! Once again no ball proves to be the biggest crime in a T20 game. The last ball from Varun Aaron was a no ball and Nicholas Pooran deposits the free-hit over the extra-cover fence. 14 runs from Aaron’s over. KXIP 137/2
15.4 overs: SIX! A sensational pick-up shot from Nicholas Pooran. Hits Varun Aaron over the fine-leg fence to collect his first maximum. KXIP 130/2
14.3 overs: OUT! Finally a wicket for Rajasthan Royals as KL Rahul mistimes this one from Ben Stokes. Rahul Tewatia completes an easy catch at the fence. Rahul walks back for 46 off 41 balls. KXIP 121/2
End of 14th over: 11 off the Jofra Archer over including a couple of boundaries. Both Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are regularly finding boundaries every over, making things pretty difficult for Steve Smith and Co. KXIP 118/1
100 up for Kings XI Punjab!
Another big hit from Chris Gayle off Rahul Tewatia and KXIP cross the 100-run mark in 12.4 overs. 100-run partnership also comes up between Gayle and KL Rahul for the second wicket.
Chris Gayle 61*
KL Rahul 39*
End of 12th over: A decent over this time from Ben Stokes. Just six came from it in singles. KXIP 97/1
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50 for Chris Gayle!
Gets to his 31st IPL fifty with a gigantic six off Rahul Tewatia. A sensational effort from the Universe Boss. Fifty off just 33 balls and he has set Kings XI Punjab on course for a big total in this must-win encounter.
Halfway through! And Kings XI Punjab have recovered pretty well after the early dismissal of Mandeep Singh. Chris Gayle (43* off 31) blitz has allowed KL Rahul (33* off 28) to settle in and now he too his finding fence frequently. Rajasthan, on the other hand have struggled to break this dangerous partnership after early success. KXIP 81/1 after 10 overs.
9.2 overs: SIX! KL Rahul is in scintillating form. Over-pitched from Kartik Tyagi and Rahul slams it for a maximum over the deep extra-cover fence. KXIP 79/1
End of 9th over: A tight first over from Rahul Tewatia. Just 2 runs from it. Kartik Tyagi now comes back, replacing Ben Stokes, whose previous over went for 8. KXIP 73/1
6.4 overs: SIX! Chris Gayle is dealing only in sixes at the moment. Another colossal strike from the Universe Boss, this time off Shreyas Gopal. 81-metre long hit over the deep mid-wicket fence. KXIP 61/1
End of powerplay and 50 up for Kings XI Punjab!
KL Rahul slaps Varun Aaron’s short-pitched delivery to the deep mid-wicket fence.
KL Rahul 21*
Chris Gayle 27*
KXIP 53/1 after 6 overs
5.2 overs: SIX! High and handsome! That would have been a six on any ground. Varun Aaron digs it in short and Rahul pounces onto it. Whacks it over the mid-wicket fence. 85-metre long strike from Rahul. KXIP 47/1
End of 5th over: 14 runs off Kartik Tyagi’s first over as Chris Gayle smacks him for a couple of fours and a six. KXIP 39/1
4.3 overs: SIX! Chris Gayle takes on young Kartik Tyagi. Short from Kartik and pulls the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence. Gayle already in destruction mode. KXIP 35/1
3.4 overs: Dropped! Chris Gayle goes for another biggie but this time gets the leading edge. The ball goes miles up in the air. Riyan Parag and Robin Uthappa converge in but Parag eventually drops it, just inches inside the fence. Gayle gets a reprieve.
3.3 overs: SIX! Chris Gayle announcing his arrival in style. Pulls Varun Aaron for a maximum in the fine-leg region. KXIP 22/1
2.2 overs: FOUR! First of the evening for KL Rahul. Cuts it over backward-point off Jofra Archer. And with that boundary Rahul has crossed the 600-run mark this IPL. KXIP 13/1
End of 2nd over: FOUR! Chris Gayle collects a boundary off the last ball from Varun Aaron. Thickish under-edge and the ball beats the wicket-keeper Sanju Samson and races to the fine-leg fence. KXIP 9/1
0.6 overs: OUT! What a snorter from Jofra Archer. Catches Mandeep Singh by surprise. Ben Stokes takes a brilliant catch running in from backward-point. Collects the ball inches above the ground. Unlucky Mandeep falls for a first-ball duck and Kings XI Punjab have lost their first wicket in the very first over. KXIP 1/1
KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh are out in the middle to start the Rajasthan Royals innings. Jofra Archer has the new ball in hand for Rajasthan Royals. A slip in place for him. Rahul to face the first ball. Here we go!
Playing XI for both the teams
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Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi
Captains at the toss
KL Rahul: I would’ve looked to bowl as well, but looks like a good wicket, so will remain the same for the 40 overs. It’s just everything coming together, the last four or five games, we’ve come really well. It’s good to see and it’s been a complete team effort. We would look to go out there and enjoy ourselves. Same team
Steve Smith: We will bowl. Don’t know what happens here with the dew, so we are gonna chase tonight. It’s been a bit of up and down tournament for us. It’s been a tough one, we’ve got Varun Aaron in tonight, who wasn’t fit for a while. He brings a lot of pace and comes in for Rajpoot. Hopefully, he can add something for us in the Powerplay.
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Team news: Just one change for Rajasthan Royals as Varun Aaron comes in for Ankit Rajpoot. Kings XI Punjab are unchanged.
Toss news: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to field against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch Report: “This pitch looks good for batting. As a batsman, you wanna target the shorter boundaries and picking the gaps will be crucial. Another factor is the approach of Ben Stokes in the last game. Only 3 sixes were hit, so that’s an important information from the batting point of view. There is a lovely covering of grass, so go and boss it out there, say Danny Morrison and Daren Ganga.
– Chris Gayle requires seven maximums to get to 1000 T20 sixes
– KL Rahul is three short of 200 T20 sixes
– Nicholas Pooran needs two sixes to bring up 200 sixes in T20 cricket
– Shreyas Gopal needs three scalps to reach 50-wicket mark in IPL
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial encounter. Just under 30 minutes to go for the toss.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 50 of IPL 2020 where Kings XI Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.