Royals unable to stop Kings XI juggernaut
James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
The Rajasthan Royals were blown away in truly epic style as the Kings XI Punjab went on an amazing blitz to leave the visitors facing a mammoth run chase of 196.
Paul Valthaty led the charge with another impressive performance; the 27 year old, who is quickly becoming the star of the tournament, smashed 4 fours and 3 sixes during a blitzkrieg of epic proportions to over take Sachin Tendulkar as the leading scoring.

Shaun Marsh (71) added a quick fire half century which included 6 fours and 3 sixes as no bowler was spared any mercy with Siddharth Trivedi the worst offender conceding 59 runs from his four overs.

Despite conceding only 30 runs during the final 5 overs the Royals still face a difficult run chase which will see them having to score at almost 10 an over.

Having been put into the Kings XI got of to dramatic start thanks to Valthaty who decimated the Royals bowling attack with a scintillating batting display to help the home side record the fastest ever team 50 in the Indian Premier League.

Having been dismissed off a no ball by Shaun Tait in the second over, Valthaty punished the Royals by smashing Trivedi for 25 runs in the next over as the Kings XI reached 52-0 after just 18 deliveries.

Valthaty’s opening partner, Adam Gilchrist (28), himself dismissed off a no ball in the first over smashed Shane Warne for a six and a boundary as the carnage continued before Shane Watson struck to finally make a break through.

Despite the lose of Gilchrist, Valthaty continued to attack the Royals bowlers during a 2nd wicket stand of 38 with Shaun Marsh which put the Kings XI firmly in control of the game as the runs continued to flow.

Although the Royals hit back in the 10th over when Shane Warne struck to deny Valthaty (46) a well deserved half century the Kings XI continued to punish the visitors with Marsh taking over as chief tormentor.

No bowler was spared; Warne himself conceded 3 sixes in the 14th over as Marsh completed a quick fire half century from just 29 deliveries as the Kings XI juggernaut continued to roll.

Although the Royals struck back to remove Dinesh Karthik (21), Abhishek Nayar (1), Ryan McLaren (2) and Marsh towards the end of the innings the damaged had already been done leaving the visitors facing a big run chase.
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