Kings XI Punjab climbs into top four after skipper R Ashwin's all-round show against Rajasthan Royals

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Ravichandran Ashwin captain of KXIP after win the match during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Rahul Gulati /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

KXIP broke into the top four on the points table after successfully defending 182 against Rajasthan Royals in Mohali. Sportzpics

Ravichandran Ashwin captain of Kings XI Punjab celebrates the wicket of Rahul Tripathi of Rajasthan Royals during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin first shone with the bat, belting 17 runs off four balls to lift KXIP's score to 182, and then the captain embellished his performance by claiming two crucial scalps with the ball. Sportzpics

Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle of Kings XI Punjab during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Rajasthan Royals' Jofra Archer had an excellent outing with the ball bagging three wickets for 15 runs including the key wicket of Chris Gayle. Sportzpics

K. L. Rahul of KXIP after his fifty during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Rahul Gulati /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

KL Rahul continued his rich vein of form, bringing up his fourth half-century in this edition of the IPL. Rahul started his innings very slowly before he picked up pace in the second half of his innings. Sportzpics

David Miller of Kings XI Punjab bats during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

David Miller, who was drafted late into the playing XI after Moises Henriques suffered an ankle injury, scored an vital 27-ball 40, forging 85-run stand with Rahul for KXIP. Sportzpics

Rahul Tripathi of Rajasthan Royals bats during match 32 of the Vivo Indian Premier League Season 12, 2019 between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on the 16th April 2019 Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

After Rajasthan Royals' inform opener Jos Buttler fell in the powerplay, Rahul Tripathi carried on to score his half-century. His 50 came off 44 balls. Sportzpics

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