Kings XI chase another biggie

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Kings XI Punjab chased down yet another high total when the trounced the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Sunday night.

Kings XI Punjab chased down yet another high total when they trounced the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Sunday night.

Kings XI Punjab were set 191 to chase and got there with some to spare. There were still seven eager batsmen sitting in the dugout as Glenn Maxwell (89) and David Miller (51 not out) powered their side to victory with eight balls to spare.

George Bailey won the toss and chose the field first on the batsman friendly pitch. Rajasthan openers Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar gave them a solid start, putting on 22 in three overs before Rahane (13) was run out by Bailey.

They edged on to 54 for one at the end of the six over powerplay. Nayar (23) was trapped leg before, which sent in power hitter Shane Watson (50). The Australian and Sanju Samson (52) scored regular boundaries.

Later in the innings, Australian duo Steve Smith (27 not out) and James Faulkner (8 not out) steered Rajasthan to a big total.

The men representing Jaipur would have fancied their chances after two quick wickets saw the Kings XI Punjab teetering at 10 for two.

But Man of the Match Maxwell entered the cauldron and set the stadium alight, firing eight fours and six sixes to reach a match winning 89 off 45 balls before he holed out to Kane Richardson.

He was supported nicely by South African David Miller who smashed six sixes, reaching his half century in 19 balls, hitting the match winning runs in the process.

"Once again some extraordinary batting from Maxie and David Miller," said Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey.

"Credit to Rajasthan, they bowled well at the start, hit their lengths better than we did, we fell behind, but the way Maxie and Miller batted, it was not an issue. Obviously we would not like to be chasing as many, that would be ideal."

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