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By Dhiraj | Mar 25, 2019 11:36 PM

Chris Gayle's 79 from 47 balls along with Sarfaraz Khans 29 ball 46 manage to take the Royals to a very good total of 184 in the 20 overs.

RR vs KXIP Match Report

In response, the Rajasthan Royals got off to a flyer with both Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler starting aggressively. Ajinkya Rahane fell in the 9th over to Ashwin after setting up a very good platform for the chase. Jos Buttler continued his great form and was scoring at a great pace. Ashwin then got Butler out for 69 off just 49 balls by mankading, which evoked a lot of negative reactions from twitter. A lot of people thought this kind of act does not go well with the spirit of the game and that it was avoidable.

However, this was the turning point in the match, which allowed Kings XI Punjab to come into the game. Samson and Smith looked promising for a while. But, Sam Curran who had a horrid start to his IPL career, conceding 48 runs off his first 3 overs, came back with a brilliant over where he picked up both Smith and Samson. The slide for the Rajasthan Royals started from there who kept losing wickets and were never really able to come back.

This was a game that the Royals had in their hands but let it slip. The Ashwin-Buttler controversy will be huge talking point and that was the point that changed the game for the Kings XI Punjab.