IPL 2015: James Faulkner's All-Round Show Helps RR Beat KXIP
James Faulkner scored 46 runs and took 3/23 to help Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 26 runs in Pune.
Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid inspect the pitch ahead of Rajasthan Royals' clash vs Kings XI Punjab. (BCCI Images)
Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell chat before the start of the IPL encounter in Pune.
Watson discusses strategies with Steve Smith, who led the Royals on Friday. Watson had to sit out with a bruised hip.
Rajasthan Royals observe a minute's silence to honour former Australian captain Richi Benaud, who died aged 84.
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey called correctly and decided to bowl vs the Royals.
Punjab got off to a great start with the ball, dismissing Ajinkya Rahane cheaply.
Mitchell Johnson removed Steve Smith and Stuart Binny to put the Royals under a lot of pressure in the 11th over.
Deepak Hooda played a nice cameo to give the Royals some momentum after they had lost key wickets.
James Faulkner made a quickfire 46, assuring the Royals of a strong total against KXIP's strong batting line-up.
Hooda was bowled by Anureet Singh for 30 as Punjab tried to fight back.
David Miller took a smart catch to dismiss a rampaging Faulkner.
KXIP were jolted early when Virender Sehwag fell to Tim Southee for a first-ball duck.
KXIP were in deep troubke when Saha was run out for seven, thanks to a direct throw by Sanju Samson.
Murali Vijay, who had a successful Test tour of Australia, tried to steady Punjab with a solid 37.
But when Vijay was dismissed, the writing had begun to appear on the wall for KXIP.
Faulkner got rid of the 'Big Show'. He celebrated in typical Aussie style after removing countryman Maxwell cheaply.
Punjab's cheerleaders tried valiantly to encourage the team but the batsmen continued to let the supporters down.