Jofra Archer improves England's hope with impressive bowling for Rajasthan Royals in IPL defeat by Kings XI Punjab
- Jofra Archer took three wickets for 15 runs for Rajasthan Royal in the IPL
- He took Chris Gayle's wicket, but couldn't stop Kings XI Punjab's winning match
- Archer hopes to make the English team for the Cricket World Cup in the summer
Jofra Archer pressed his case for an appeal in England with an inspired spell of bowling for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
Archer's three for 15 of four overs included the wicket of big-hitting Chris Gayle, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Royals from sliding into a 12-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab on Chandigarh.
Gayle had turned 30 when he was in line with Archer's additional pace and bounced and hid behind him to wicket keeper Sanju Samson.
Jofra Archer ticked three wickets for 15 points of four overs for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL
Archer from Barbados, who is tipped to form the English team and could win his maiden call-up on Wednesday for the one-day series with Pakistan next month, also eliminated Nicolas Pooran and Mandeep Singh.
The figures of Archer would have been even better, but for exceeding the fold and throwing David Miller out of a no-ball.
KL Rahul (52) and Miller (40) supported the 182 of the Kings XI Punjab for six, with Ravi Ashwin hitting a decisive 17 out of four balls.
Jos Buttler answered with 23 for the Royals, who were Ben Stokes without the English all-rounder due to a hamstring minp.
Archer couldn't shine with the bat and made only one before he went into the depths, while the pursuit of the Royals fell just too short at 170 for seven.
Archer hopes to impress English selectors for the World Cup this summer