In-form batsman KL Rahul waged a lone furrow for the visitors with a valiant and unbeaten 95 (70 balls, 11x4, 2x6). From his three overs i.e. seventh, ninth and eleventh, Sodhi conceded just 14 runs and accounted for the wicket of debutant Akshadeep Nath (9).
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Kings XI Punjab coach Brad Hodge rued the lack of support for Rahul as the team failed to get over the line.
Jaipur has been the toughest venue to hit sixes in this IPL - only 32 sixes hit so far there with one every 27 balls.
In contrast, Ashwin has been blessed with good form of his players, none more so than that of his openers - KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.
With 48 required off 12 balls, Rahul struck three consecutive boundaries off the penultimate over from Archer. Apart from this, the Punjab also have a star bowlers, who can defend their score easily.
The 40th match in the Indian Premier League is between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
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"I wish we could have 2 or 3 Jos Buttlers, you can have him down the order, in the middle and at the top". But it didn't come as he bowled a wide delivery in the next ball.
Chasing 159, Kings XI Punjab started badly and managed just 33 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay.
WICKET! Full toss outside off by Tye, Stokes isn't able to connect well and hands it straight to Ashwin.
STUMPED! Smart bowling by Mujeeb.
The Kings XI will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders next on Saturday in a battle that could define which teams go into the playoffs.
Yadav (59 off 39) continued his rich run with a fourth fifty of the tournament before Pandya (35* off 20) plundered the KKR attack to nudge the hosts to 181 for four. He made 82, and his 58-ball knock contained nine fours and a six. The ones who let me down will win me the game tomorrow. The lackluster performance by their batsmen and bowlers have landed them in a position where they need to win all their remaining games and also pray for favourable results in order to qualify for the play-offs. That being said, Punjab would definitely try and improve as a unit and try and win as many games as possible to finalize a spot in the Play offs.