Punjab cling on to top spot

2014-05-24 00:00

MOHALI — Akshar Patel claimed three wickets and received good support from the other bowlers as Kings XI Punjab ensured they will end the regular Indian Premier League (IPL) season top of the table after a 16-run win over Rajasthan Royals in Mohali yesterday.

The slow left-armer bagged three for 24 in his four overs, while Karanveer Singh (2-16) and Rishi Dhawan (2-25) collected two wickets apiece as the visitors were restricted to 163 for eight in pursuit of 180.

That was after Shaun Marsh earlier top-scored with 40 off 35 balls allowing the hosts to reach 179 for four at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

The Australian was one of many batsmen to get starts, with countryman George Bailey (26 off 18) and Proteas star David Miller (29 off 20) ending the innings with a flourish thanks to an unbroken 50-run stand in just over four overs.

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