IPL: Rahane takes Rajasthan to the top again and Mumbai Indians notch third win in a row

Mumbai Indian s defeat Kings XI Punjab in IPL.

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Brief Score: Rajasthan Royals 189-2 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 91 not out, Karun Nair 61; Angelo Mathews 1-27, Nathan Coulter-Nile 1-38) beat Delhi Daredevils 111-2 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 56; James Faulkner 2-22, Stuart Binny 2-27, Dhawal Kulkarni 2-43)

Ajinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs at the Brabourne Stadium.

Rahane and Nair and put on 113 runs for the second wicket as the Royals posted a challenging 189 for two in 20 overs.

In reply, Daredevils lost wickets at regular intervals even as captain JP Duminy tried to anchor the innings with 56 runs from 19 balls.

With the defeat, Delhi suffered their fifth loss in the tournament.

With his splendid innings, Rahane replaced Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner to take the batsmen’s orange cap with 430 runs.

Daredevils dropped three catches in the innings. Gurinder Sandhu and Saurabh Tiwary dropped Rahane and Nair respectively and later on Amit Mishra and Zaheer Khan collided and dropped Rahane.

Mumbai Indians continue recovery mode

Brief scores

Mumbai Indians, 172-3 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 71, Parthiv Patel 59; Anureet Singh 1-30) beat Kings XI Punjab 149-7 in 20 overs (David Miller 43, Murali Vijay 39; Lasith Malinga 2-31).

A 111-run opening wicket stand from Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel gave hosts Mumbai Indians a solid platform against Kings XI Punjab to register their third consecutive win. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai put up 172 runs for the loss of three wickets with Rohit Sharma chipping in with 26 runs.

Lasith Malinga then bowled a tight spell, taking two crucial wickets from Punjab’s top order even as celebrity and actress Sunny Leone sat to cheer the Kings XI team.

Three run-outs scuppered Punjab’s hopes towards the end of their run chase.

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