KL Rahul continued his extraordinary form and Mayank Agarwal joined the party to put up a 183-run partnership for the opening wicket. KL scored 69 while Agarwal scored 106.
Later, Samson tried to salvage the Rajasthan pride by scoring a half-century| What a knock it was by Sanju Samson. He scores his second consecutive half-century. However, Ravi Bishnoi handed Samson a chance by putting down a difficult one. Maxwell isn’t happy. But towards the end it was Rahul Tewatia who made a 31 ball 53 and helped RR chase 223.
How it was before:
Rajasthan118/2 after 12 overs.
Rahul Tewatia cannot afford to play dot balls as the asking required has climbed to almost 13.
However, Samson is batting quiet smoothly and is a run shy from scoring yet another half-century. Rajasthan 112/2 after 11 overs.
Smith falls after Fifty: James Neesham gets the much-needed breakthrough as he gets Steve Smith, who departs for a wonderful 27-ball 50. Can Samson pull this off remains to be seen. Rahul Tewatia joins Samson. Rajasthan 100/2 after 9 overs.
In this over Nicholas Pooran almost pulling out a stunner near the ropes with Kevin Pietersen commentating, “That’s the best I have seen.” Meanwhile, Sanju Samson is going great guns and along with Smith has put on an unbeaten 73-run stand. We are in for a cracker of a run chase. Rajasthan 92/1 after 8 overs.
Steve Smith gets the run chase underway with a couple of boundaries but Sheldon Cottrell is not happy with the foot-marks. Rajasthan 11/0 after 1 over.
Rajasthan begins chase of 224. Alright Jos Buttler and Steve Smith are out there in the middle and it will be Sheldon Cottrell who will start proceedings with the new ball.
End of Innings: Kings XI Punjab posts 223/2 Mayank Agarwal (106), KL Rahul (69) Nicholas Pooran (25)
What an innings from Mayank Agarwal. The Karnataka batsman hits his maiden IPL century with his skipper KL Rahul in company and the Karnataka teammates tore apart the opposition. Rahul played his part with a half-century as Nicholas Pooran with a 8-ball 25 has powered Punjab to a massive 223/2. Back for the chase in a bit.
Nicholas Pooram hammers Tom Currran over deep mid-wicket to help Punjab cross the 200-run mark. How much more Punjab can garner in the final over needs to be seen. Punjab 205/2 after 19 overs.
WICKET! KL Rahul falls for a 54-ball 69 and he has played his part. The skipper perishes while trying to up the ante and it will be on Glenn Maxwell to take Punjab past the 200-run mark. Punjab 194/2 after 18 overs.
WICKET! Mayank Agarwal falls but what an innings he has played. Absolute carnage and he has played a fantastic knock that will be remembered for some time. Glenn Maxwell joins KL Rahul. Punjab 185/1 after 17 overs.
This has been absolute stunning batting display from Mayank Agarwal and what a start he has had in this IPL. Credit to Rahul for just playing the second fiddle and allowing his partner to play the dominating role. Punjab 178/0 after 16 overs.
Maiden IPL century for Mayank Agarwal and he gets to his century in just 45 deliveries. What a masterclass this has been and he reaches the three-figure mark with a boundary. Punjab 172/0 after 15 overs.
Mayank Agarwal is just five runs short of his century and he moves to 95 with a pull to the backward square leg boundary. Meanwhile, KL Rahul does a Kapil Dev as he brings the Nataraja shot, that too against Jofra Archer. Wonderful batting. Punjab 161/0 after 14 overs.
Almost every over there has been a boundary and this time Mayank plays an excellent shot over extra cover for a maximum. Mayank has been dominating and he is on course to hit his maiden IPL century. Punjab 148/0 after 13 overs.
Fifty for KL Rahul: Rahul has picked up from where he had left in the last game as he notches another fifty. Starts with a huge six over deep mid-wicket, follows it up with a boundary over backward point and with a single reaches his half-century. The highest ever partnership in this IPL and for Kings XI Punjab. Punjab 138/0 after 12 overs.
Fifty for Mayank: Excellent fifty for Mayank Agarwal and he is red hot form. He tonks Shreyas Gopal for a couple of huge sixes and the 100 is up for Punjab in just 8.4 overs. Punjab 102/0 after 9 overs.
Mayank Agarwal has decided to go after the bowling as he first dispatches Rahul Tewatia over deep square leg for a maximum and then goes down on his six for another six and finishes with a boundary. It’s raining boundaries in Sharjah. Punjab 86/0 after 8 overs.
Shreyas Gopal manages to push Rahul on the backfoot but Punjab is going great guns. Punjab 67/0 after 7 overs.
It all began with a quiet over from Jofra Archer as he gives just two runs. Punjab 60/0 after 6 overs.