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Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in the 2018 Indian Premier League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday.
A grieving Andrew Tye took four wickets to move to the top of the purple cap standings. Meanwhile, KL Rahul became the leader in the orange cap race when he put 50 on the board for Kings XI.
Here are the updated orange and purple cap standings, per the league’s official website:
Orange Cap (Most Runs)
1. Lokesh Rahul, Kings XI Punjab: 471
2. Ambati Rayudu, Chennai Super Kings: 423
3. Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 410
4. Suryakumar Yadav, Mumabi Indians: 399
5. Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore: 396
Purple Cap (Most Wickets)
1. Andrew Tye, Kings XI Punjab: 16
2. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kings XI Punjab: 14
3. Umesh Yadav, Royal Challengers Bangalore: 14
4. Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians: 14
5. Siddarth Kaul, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 13
1. Basil Thampi, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 8.80
2. Nitish Rana, Kolkata Knight Riders: 9.75
3. Yusuf Pathan, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 14.00
4. Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians: 16.78
5. Tom Curran, Kolkata Knight Riders: 17.00
Tye kept the Royals’ total down by bowling Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat and Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane. Afterwards, Tye dedicated his performance to his late Grandmother, per ESPNcricinfo:
A teary Andrew Tye after becoming the leading wicket-taker of #IPL2018 https://t.co/CZVvANBgoF
Buttler slogged his way to an impressive 82 as one of the few who made the most of the Royals’ decision to bat first. It took quality fielding from the Kings XI to finally get Buttler out, with Sky Sports Cricket relaying how he left the field:
Sky Sports Cricket @SkyCricket
WICKET! Buttler is gone after another superb knock, stumped for 82 off the bowling of Mujeeb. #HallaBol 132-4 after 16.2 overs. Watch #RRvKXIP now on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event. Scorecard/ updates: https://t.co/TXStp4Mrwm #IPL https://t.co/OCdswz4QSZ
Buttler’s efforts formed the main part of Rajasthan’s total of 158. However, ESPNcricinfo wondered if the Royals had set a daunting enough chase, considering some of the heavy hitters in the Punjab batting order:
Rajasthan Royals can’t make the most of a good start. Enough against Gayle and Rahul? https://t.co/hp2ffwIShf #RRvKXIP #IPL2018 https://t.co/rxdyZqQBgB
Those concerns appeared to be unfounded when Chris Gayle was sent from the crease early. Sky Sports Cricket showed how Gayle’s wicket fell:
Sky Sports Cricket @SkyCricket
WICKET! Gowtham has got the big one, Chris Gayle stumped down the legside – top work behind the stumps from Buttler. #KXIP 14-1, chasing 159. Watch #RRvKXIP now on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event. Scorecard/ updates: https://t.co/TBJBTRj6FL #VIVOIPL https://t.co/8OlvCvHPbf
Like many, Gayle struggled with the delivery from Krishnappa Gowtham. The 29-year-old continued to cause problems as the Royals made quick work of disrupting the early part of the Kings XI order.
Gowtham’s destructive over was detailed by the league’s official Twitter account:
Two wickets, and just four runs. Was that a game breaking over from young @gowthamyadav88? #RRvKXIP https://t.co/JNeuUOddU0
Stokes was the next to take a wicket, as he bowled Manoj Tiwary. Kings XI needed inspiration from somewhere, and Rahul duly provided it, bringing up a half century off just 48 deliveries.
Cricbuzz detailed how much more prolific Rahul has become since 2013:
Runs each season for KL RAHUL 429 in 2018 * 397 in 2016 166 in 2014 142 in 2015 20 in 2013 #RRvKXIP #IPL2018 #IPL #RR #KXIP
Yet not even Rahul’s eventual tally of 95 was enough to help Kings XI complete the chase.
The Royals have kept their season alive, while Punjab will rue how uncharacteristic mistakes at the top of the batting order cost them.