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Chasing a small target of 125, RR started aggressively as Shane Watson smashed three successive boundaries off Ryan Harris in the 2nd over. He followed it with two more including a beautiful drive straight down the ground in the fourth over off Harris. Watson (32) continued his assault with two consecutive boundaries off Parvinder Awana before the bowler had him caught by Mandeep Singh to give KXIP their first breakthrough.
Praveen Kumarhad Rahul Dravid (9) and Stuart Binny (0) caught behind in the span of four deliveries to help KXIP force their way into the match. Some tight bowling by KXIP piled on the pressure and Piyush Chawla struck the body blow trapping Brad Hodge (15) leg before. Samson was given a reprieve on 4 when Harris put him down at slip and he made the most of it. RR needed 5 runs off the final over. Samson (27*) and Rahane (34*) who put on an undefeated partnership of 47 runs saw the team home with 4 balls remaining.
Earlier, RR won the toss and elected to field. They were rewarded immediately as S Sreesanth struck twice in his first over dismissing Adam Gilchrist (0) caught at mid-off before having Mandeep Singh (2) caught down at third man. It only got worse for KXIP as they lost Manan Vohra (3) run out by James Faulkner to send KXIP reeling at 10 for 3 in 3.3 overs.
The slide continued as Gurkeerat Singh Mann (10) fell, caught behind off Siddharth Trived and Rajagopal Sathish (11), just as he started to string a partnership together with David Hussey, edged Faulkner to the wicket-keeper. Trivedi struck again dismissing Hussey (41) who held the KXIP innings together as Dravid at mid-off held onto the catch on the second attempt. Kevon Cooper then struck sending back Chawla (7) and then bowing Mahmood (23) in his next over to reduce KXIP to 104 for 8. Kumar (15) who hit a six and two boundaries was run out. KXIP were finally bowled out for 124.
Man-of-the-Match: James Faulkner
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 124 all out (David Hussey 41, S Sreesanth 2-20) lost to Rajasthan Royals 126 for 4 (Ajinkya Rahane 34*, Praveen Kumar 2-10).
Chasing a mammoth 181, Parthiv Patel smashed Lakshmipathy Balaji for a six in the third over and followed it up with a boundary. But the KKR bowlers recovered to bowl tight lines, not allowing the visitors to score more than 39 runs in the power play. With the pressure mounting, Patel (27) went for a wild pull shot only to have Kallis peg back his stump. Cameron White got a move on with consecutive boundaries off Rajat Bhatia before Kallis struck again having White (34) caught brilliantly at the ropes by Yusuf Pathan.
Kumar Sangakara (2) fell soon after caught by Manoj Tiwary off Bhatia. Thisara Perera launched Sunil Narine for a huge six and followed it with a boundary. Tiwary then caught Dwaraka Ravi Teja (10) off Narine to further reduce SRH. Sachithra Senanayake picked his first IPL wicket bowling Ashish Reddy (4). SRH fell short by 48 runs.
Earlier KKR won the toss and chose to bat. Manvinder Bisla and Gambhir started positively dispatching three boundaries off Hanuma Vihari's 2nd over. Bisla continued his assault smashing consecutive boundaries off Perera. Bisla (28) finally fell caught at deep mid-wicket off Karan Sharma. Gambhir hit the first six sending Karan Sharma into the crowd in the 10th over. At the halfway stage KKR were at 76 for 1. Gambhir bought up his 18th IPL fifty in the 12th over with a boundary through third man.
Ashish Reddy got the much needed breakthrough for SRH bowling Gambhir. KKR stepped on the gas, with Morgan hitting Amit Mishra for a six and a four in the 16th over. Kallis joined the party the next over stroking Ishant Sharma for two consecutive boundaries in the off-side. Perera's 18th over was taken apart by Morgan as he plundered 22 runs from it. Morgan was run out by Dale Steyn after hitting the South African for a massive six. KKR eventually finished at 180 for 4 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Gautam Gambhir
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 180 for 4 (Gautam Gambhir 53; Karan Sharma 1-13) defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 7 (Thisara Perera 36; Jaques Kallis 3-13) by 48 runs.