Kings XI Punjab snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as Rajasthan Royals lost their opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by 14 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday. More than the victory, it was KXIP skipper R Ashwin ‘Mankading’ RR batsman Jos Buttler that highlighted the second innings of the game.
With Buttler (69) going great guns, it looked like Rajasthan would easily chase down KXIP’s total of 184. But sadly, it wasn’t too be as they lost wickets at regular intervals after the dismissal of Buttler. Even though Sanju Samson (30) and Steve Smith (20) looked like they had the game in control, Punjab had the last laugh.