IPL 2019 Match 4 RR vs KXIP: The Mankading Controversy

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Kings XI Punjab clinched a thriller contest against Rajasthan Royals after the latter’s run chase was marred by the controversial ‘Mankading’ dismissal of in-form Jos Buttler (69).

The Punjab outfit showed resilience in their bowling even when the match wasn’t in the visiting team’s favour. They reduced a cruising Royals outfit from 108/1 to 164/8 in the matter of 6 overs.

Chris Gayle (79) gave Kings a good start earlier in the evening, with able support from Sarfaraz Khan (46*) and Mayank Agarwal (22) helping the visitors to cross the 180-run mark.

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Match Analysis

  • Firstly, it’s great to see Chris Gayle in his usual hard-hitting mood back. He scored a timely 79 off just 47 balls. His knock helped Kings to get out of a sticky situation after they lost KL Rahul (4) in the first over itself. He also became the fastest to cross the 4,000 run mark in IPL. It has been quite a while since we saw such a destructive inning from the West Indian.
  • Sarfaraz Khan deserves credit here as well. He stuck to the crease till the end and his quick fire 46 from 29 balls were crucial.
  • Rajasthan Royals’ bowling was dismal on Monday. Their costliest bowler, Jaydev Unadkat was also the most expensive on the field, giving away 44 runs from 3 overs (average 14.67). Although Ben Stokes did pick two wickets, he still gave away 48 runs from 4 overs. Barring Archer (0/17 in 4 overs), Rajasthan bowlers had a nightmare yesterday.
  • Jos Buttler is going to be the go-to man for Rajasthan Royals this season like last year as well when he hit four consecutive fifties to propel RR to playoffs. He is going to be his team’s most lethal weapon this season.

Moment of the Match- Ashwin Mankads Buttler

Mankading was the most talked about topic from the last match and quite rightly so, considering the impact it had on the outcome of the game. Rajasthan were cruising in the run chase at that point, with Jos Buttler completely set. However, Ashwin dismissed the Englishman at the non-striker’s end to the astonishment of the gathering and the batsman.

Soon, the Twitterati was filled with contrasting views, some in favour of Ashwin while some against the veteran spinner.

Here are some of the most notable ones:

Expert Tweets

Player of the Match

Chris Gayle was undoubtedly the star of the match between RR and KXIP. He took charge of the contest from a delicate stage to take the team to a respectable total.

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Monish Gadiya is an editor at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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