Rajasthan Royals stayed alive in the playoffs race with a convincing seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter on Friday. Rajasthan’s stunning victory also snapped Punjab’s five-match winning streak.

Chasing 186 to win, Rajasthan began well with Ben Stokes slamming a 24-ball 50. But his dismissal inside the Powerplay off Chris Jordan’s bowling brought Punjab back. However, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa allayed any concerns with a quickfire 51-run second-wicket partnership. Uthappa fell for a 23-ball 30 but that did not deter Samson, whose 25-ball 48 coupled with Steve Smith’s unbeaten 20-ball 31 saw Rajasthan home with 15 balls to spare.

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However, Punjab can still end up qualifying for the last four stage. It needs to beat Chennai Super Kings, get to 14 points and…

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