Cape Town - The Kings XI Punjab have ended the Rajasthan Royals' winning streak through the first 2015 IPL Super Over at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
The Kings XI had won the toss and elected to field first with the Royals posting a daunting 191 for six in their 20 overs thanks to a half century from Ajinkya Rahane, but Punjab were able to reply with 191 for six as Axar Patel struck the final ball for four to send the match into a Super Over, reports the supersport.com website.
South Africa’s Chris Morris trapped David Miller dead in front with the first ball but then man of the match Shaun Marsh smashed three boundaries as the Kings XI totalled 15 in their effort.
Mitchell Johnson, in reply, then clean bowled Shane Watson with a peach of a yorker delivery.
Steve Smith then struck a boundary off the next ball before taking a single.
James Faulkner then swung and missed a slower ball before charging down the pitch only to be run out trying to make his ground with a direct throw from wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to end the contest.
In the match-proper, Rahane (74) and Watson (45) gave the Royals the perfect start with an opening stand of 95 runs off 72 balls before good work from Saha behind the stumps saw Watson stumped off the bowling of Axar Patel (4-0-30-2).
Deepak Hooda (19) faced just nine deliveries but struck two maximums and one boundary in a second-wicket stand of 41 off 21 with Rahane.
Karun Nair (25), Stuart Binny (12 not out) and Johnson (five not out) pushed the Royals close to the 200-run mark with some lusty blows at the end of the innings.
Sandeep Sharma was his economical best, conceding just 25 runs in his four overs while claiming the wicket of James Faulkner (one), caught by Glenn Maxwell on the long-on boundary.
The Kings XI in reply were in a spot of bother at 59 for three as some brilliant fielding from Steve Smith Rahul Tewatia created confusion among the bastmen.
Smith had Virender Sehwag (one) run out with a direct throw from mid-off and Tewatia stopped a return shot from Marsh and threw down the non-striker’s stumps to see the end of Murali Vijay (21).
Maxwell (one) went for a big shot off Tewatia (3-0-31-1), only to be well-caught by Smith on the deep mid-wicket boundary. Marsh (65) and Miller (54) then resurrected the innings with a stand of 58 off 35 balls for the fourth wicket before Marsh sent a high ball off Pravin Tambe (3-0-20-1) to the long-on boundary where Rahane took a great catch.
The Kings XI were then looking confident as Saha struck four boundaries as he and Miller rushed to 35 runs for the fifth wicket off 15 balls but then Morris (4-0-34-1) clean bowled the right-handed wicketkeeper.
Miller took the Kings XI close with his five maximums and one boundary but lost his wicket to Hooda (3-0-35-1), lofting a wide ball straight to Binny on the deep cover boundary. Patel (12 not out) and Johnson (13 not out) were able to then eek out the final runs to force the first IPL Super Over for 2015.
Rajasthan Royals: AM Rahane, SR Watson (captain), SPD Smith, KK Nair, SV Samson (wicketkeeper), STR Binny, DJ Hooda, JP Faulkner, CH Morris, R Tewatia, PV Tambe
Kings XI Punjab: M Vijay, V Sehwag (captain), WP Saha (wicketkeeper), GJ Maxwell, SE Marsh, DA Miller, MG Johnson, AR Patel, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Sandeep Sharma