It was yet another great show by the young Paul Valthaty, who scored a quick fire 46 to help his team, Kings XI Punjab to put up an imposing total 195. He along with seasoned former Aussie opener and skipper of
the team Adam Gilchrist (28), hit the Rajasthan Royals bowlers at will to score the fastest 52 in just first three overs, not withstanding the fact that Gilchrist survived clean bowled of very second delivery of Royals speedster Tiwedi, but survived as the umpire called it a no ball. In identical fashion, even Valthaty, could have returned to the pavilion in the very next over when he swooped into the slips for an easy catch off Tait bowling. But, it too was called a no ball by the umpire. With this two ‘great escapes’, the Kings XI Punjab never looked back. Gilchrist and Valthaty went hammer and tongs against the Royals pace bowling forcing their skipper Shane Warne to get into act in fifth over. But, he too was not spared. Shaun Marsh hit a
quick-fire 71 and Paul Valthaty smashed 46 runs to help their team register third consecutive victory in the IPL-4 league encounter at Punjab Cricket Stadium on Thursday. and Swapnil Asnodkar (9) — failed to do the job. For the visitors, chasing such a big total, became difficult as their big guns such as Shane Watson (24) and Ross Taylor (0) failed to fire and credit goes to some very disciplined bowling by Punjab bowlers. Paceman Praveen Kumar (2/22) was very impressive in his opening spell as he bowled Asnodkar early in the innings and saw the back of the dangerous Watson in his last over. Spinner Piyush Chawla trapped big hitter Taylor for a duck and by the eighth over Rajasthan were out of the contest. Stuart Binny (30) and Ashok Menaria (34) later hit some lusty shots but their knocks only reduced the defeat margin.
With this defeat, Rajasthan, who were 2008 champions, suffered third consecutive defeat and slipped to fifth spot with five points.