Archer shines, but Royals beaten by Kings XI

By Sports Desk April 16, 2019

Jofra Archer returned outstanding figures of 3-15 the day before England's Cricket World Cup squad announcement, but Rajasthan Royals still suffered a 12-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Archer could potentially be included in the England squad for the first time this week and he certainly made an impression in his four overs on Tuesday, albeit in vain.

KL Rahul made 52 as, despite Archer's best efforts, the Kings XI racked up a healthy total of 182-6.

In reply, Jos Buttler failed to truly fire, falling for 23 in the fifth over to ensure he did not face Ravichandran Ashwin, the India bowler who dismissed him via a 'Mankad' when these two sides met earlier in the competition.

Ashwin (17 not out from four balls and 2-24) was ultimately named man of the match as the Royals, who left out Steve Smith, were limited to 170-7 despite 50 from Rahul Tripathi and Stuart Binny striking 33 not out from 11 deliveries at the death.

 

STORMING GAYLE BELATEDLY HALTED

Archer, the centre of much attention this week, was beaten on the boundary in the second over as Chris Gayle hit the first of two successive sixes off Jaydev Unadkat.

The Royals were made to pay for Archer's poor positioning as Gayle raced to 30, but it was the England prospect who snared a key wicket when the big-hitter edged behind.

Archer went on to catch Mayank Agarwal off Ish Sodhi for 26, yet the Kings XI were now firing on all cylinders and there appeared to be no slowing the home side.

ASHWIN RUINS ARCHER FIGHTBACK

A partnership of 85 between Rahul and David Miller (40 off 27) preceded a frenetic conclusion to the Kings XI innings.

Archer looked set to steal the show when he removed Nicholas Pooran (5) and Mandeep Singh in a superb 19th over, which went for just three runs.

Dhawal Kulkarni then picked up the wicket of Miller at the start of the final set of six, but 18 runs came from the remainder of the over thanks to Ashwin's timely cameo.

ROYALS SHORT IN TENSE FINISH

Buttler went too early to face a single delivery from Ashwin, but his opening partner Tripathi made a fifty and the Royals scored at a steady rate.

However, by the time Ashwin removed Tripathi in the 16th over, the run-rate had spiralled and Rajasthan's remaining batsmen were left with too much to do.

Binny did his best to keep his side in the hunt, striking three sixes and two fours, but Mohammed Shami comfortably defended a target of 23 in the final over.

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    Smith, who made 116 from 102 balls a week before Australia start their World Cup defence against Afghanistan, was unfazed by the abuse he received.

    "I heard a few things as I went out to bat, but it didn't really get to me. I'm kind of just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job," Smith said.

    "Fortunately, I was able to score a few runs for the team and, more importantly, spend some time in the middle before our first game of the World Cup."

    Smith added: "It doesn't bother me, it's just doing my job and I know that I've got the support of my team-mates up on the balcony and that's the most important thing. If I can make them proud out in the middle and make Australians proud as much as I can, well, that's my job.

    "I just blank it out. They call it white noise. When I am out there I pay no attention to the crowd and just move on with playing the game."

    Smith said he had not been on the receiving end of hostility from the public in England prior to the match at the home of Hampshire.

    "No, it's been really good I haven't copped any which is really nice. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion and how they want to treat people, but it is water off a duck's back," he said. 

    "I'll just do my own thing and just keep working hard to play hard."

    England were all out for 285 in the final over in reply to 297-9, with concerns over a foot injury suffered by Mark Wood. Jofra Archer also suffered an injury scare but was able to bat.

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