IPL 2013: KXIP vs RR Live Score IPL 6 Match 55 Rajasthan v Punjab
KXIP vs RR Live Scorecard - Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Live Score and ball by ball commentary of Pepsi IPL 2013, 55th T20 Match Played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh on 9th May 2013.
Punjab's hopes in the competition are hanging by a thread, and a loss here could almost push them out of the competition. They are currently on 10 points and are two wins short of what teams in the top five of the points table have recorded so far.
Not only do they need to win most of their remaining five games, but Kings XI also need to hope that the other sides above them - especially Bangalore and Hyderabad - lose a few games in the process.
Punjab looked done and dusted in their previous game against Bangalore. Needing 191 for a win, they had lost four wickets for 64 at the halfway mark. David Miller came out all guns blazing and hit a century that helped them win with a couple of overs to spare - making it the third-quickest century in IPL history.
Miller has been their star performer throughout this series, but over-reliance on the South African middle-order batsman could come back to bite them. What they need is for Shaun Marsh and David Hussey to take a little of the batting responsibility.
Michael Neser had a poor IPL debut for Punjab too - he gave away 62 from his four - but it may make sense to play him again given how thin their bowling resources otherwise are.
Rajasthan are coming off a convincing performance against the Delhi Daredevils, with a target of 155 chased down in less than 18 overs for the loss of only one wicket. For the second time running Ajinkya Rahane was declared the man of the match for his superb batting display, and with Rahul Dravid coming good, Punjab had better come out with a few plans for them.
The problems, however, may not end there. Shane Watson bats at three and after a failure in the previous game against Pune, he smashed a quick-fire cameo last game to fire his side to a win. With likes of Stuart Binny and Brad Hodge to follow, it will get interesting to see whether Punjab have the bowling to stop the opposition.
Rajasthan lead Punjab 7-3 on the head-to-head.