Kings XI Punjab 184 for 4 (Gayle 79, Sarfaraz 46*, Stokes 2-48) beat Rajasthan Royals 170 for 9 (Buttler 69, Samson 30, Mujeeb 2-31, Rajpoot 2-33) by 14 runs
Jaipur: Gayle scored 79 off 47 balls and hit eight boundaries and four sixes in the process. Besides Gayle, young Sarfaraz Khan (46 not out off 29 balls) also played a good hand.
Chasing the stiff target, Jos Buttler (69) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (27) got Rajasthan off to a brisk start, dealing in boundaries and sixes to pile up 64 runs in the first six overs of powerplay.
Buttler, in particular, looked in a destructive mood as he didn't spare a single Kings XI bowler and struck eight boundaries and two hits over the fence to notch up his fifty in just 29 balls.
Buttler and Rahane shared 78 runs in eight overs for the opening stand before the Rajasthan skipper was cleaned up by his Kings XI counterpart R Ashwin.
Buttler was going solid in the organization of Sanju Samson (30) as they team batted reasonably to keep Rajasthan in the chase.
Be that as it may, exactly when it appeared Kings XI were coming up short on thoughts, captain Ashwin did the unbelievable as Buttler turned into the main casualty of 'Mankading' in the historical backdrop of IPL.
A frantic Ashwin mankaded Buttler in dubious conditions in the thirteenth over with Rajasthan scoreboard perusing 108 for two.
At that arrange Buttler was going solid at 69 off 43 balls. The rejection is certain to raise new discussion over the soul of the diversion as Ashwin didn't give the Englishman an earlier cautioning.
Not surprisingly Buttler appeared to be enraged and had a warmed trade with Ashwin before leaving the field after the third umpire precluded him.
That rejection totally changed the composition of the match for Kings XI as Steve Smith (20), Samson, Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi left with hardly a pause in between looking for brisk runs.
From that point on, it ended up being a tough errand for Rajasthan as they required 27 off the last two overs with six wickets down.
Earlier, Rajasthan's choice to bowl first on a two-paced wicket was strike into focus as K L Rahul endured only four balls before edging an active Dhawal Kulkarni conveyance to wicketkeeper Buttler, who took a splendid one-gave get.
Gayle and Mayank Agarwal (22) at that point attempted to hit big cheeses against Kings XI's trained bowling as they gathered only 32 keeps running in the powerplay overs.
The dou at long last broke their shackles, hitting Jaydev Unadkat for a four and six to yield 13 keeps running of the bowler's opening over.
Gayle then opened up his arms again and hit Krishnappa Gowtham for a most extreme in the primary bundle of the ninth over.
Be that as it may, Gowtham broke the 54-run remain among Gayle and Agarwal after the last was holed out a long-off by Kulkarni.
Brought once again into the assault in the twelfth over, Unadkat was swindled by Gayle as he hit the left-arm pacer for three continuous fours and after that a straight six over the bowler's head to raise his fifty of every 33 balls.
Unadkat's second finished, that created 17 runs, opened the conduits for Kings XI as Sarfaraz too consolidated the gathering and with Gayle rebuffed the awful conveyances.
Subsequent to playing circumspectly at first, Gayle went out of control, remained on his wrinkle and clobbered Stokes (2/48) for two limits and six preceding being holed out at midwicket fence by Tripathi in the fifth wad of the equivalent over.
Gayle and Sarfaraz included 84 keeps running for the third wicket and in the process gave Kings XI the truly necessary energy.
After Gayle's dismissal, Sarfaraz took the onus on himself and took Kings XI past the 180-run mark.