Warne slows Kings XI charge
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne produced a superb 3 for 19 to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 166 for eight in their Indian premier league clash at the Sawai Man Singh stadium.
The Australian spin legend's act of leading from the front overshadowed a chancy but strokeful half century by his opposite number Yuvraj Singh (57) in the battle between the first match losers at the Sawai Man Singh stadium.
The visitors would have been in a worse position had Yuvraj not been dropped twice when he was on 15 and 27, the first time off Warne and the second off Siddarth Trivedi.
Warne, however, removed Yuvraj, who was caught and bowled while trying to sweep the retired spin legend. Yuvraj struck 27 fours and three huge sixes in his 34-ball innings.
Warne also cut short Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s explosive but short innings of 20 made from eight balls and studded with six fours, besuides removing opener James Hopes (16).
The other opener had promised a lot at the top of order with two huge sixes off Munaf Patel who, however, had the last laugh clean bowling the young Punjab batsman for 26 (3x4, 2x6).
India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla made a late flourish with an unbeaten 11-ball 24 to take to a competitive score. For the royals, Trivedi returned figures of 2-25 while Munaf took one wicket for 36 runs.