INDORE, India (CMC) — Chris Gayle suffered his first real failure of the Indian Premier League when he perished at the hands of exciting Barbadian speedster Jofra Archer, but Kings XI Punjab overcame that hiccup to beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets here yesterday.
In pursuit of 153 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Kings XI reached their target in the penultimate over with eight balls left to take sole possession of third place in the standings on 12 points.
Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with a polished unbeaten 84 from 54 deliveries, while Karun Nair struck 31 and Australian Marcus Stoinis, an unbeaten 23.
Gayle, with three half-centuries and a hundred in his previous five innings, failed to have a major impact, dismissed for eight in the fourth over with the score on 23 when he slapped an innocuous short delivery from Archer to point.
Rahul then put on 50 for the third wicket with Nair to pull Kings XI around from 29 for two in the fifth over, and added a further 68 in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership with Stoinis, to revive the innings from 87 for four in the 13th over.
Archer finished with one for 43 from three overs and four balls.
Earlier, England’s Jos Buttler stroked 51 from 39 deliveries as Royals ended on 152 for nine after they were sent in.