Captain KL Rahul’s batting masterclass was on full presentation as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 97 runs in the 6th match of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai on Thursday.
Put in to bat, KXIP were looking lively so far. The openers – Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul – played some wonderful shots against the RCB pacers – Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn and Navdeep Saini, helping their side to move past fifty in the last over of the powerplay.
Nonetheless, Yuzvendra Chahal’s presentation into the assault gave RCB their first discovery as the leg-spinner got through Mayank’s protection with a googly and hit the woodwork.
Nicholas Pooran joined Rahul in the center and he and Rahul played out several peaceful overs before following Umesh in the tenth over. The over yielded 20 runs, with Rahul hitting a four and a six off a free-hit conveyance and Pooran hitting a four.
Rahul, at that point, raised his fifty and KXIP crossed the 100-run mark in the twelfth over, with nine wickets close by. The thirteenth over of the game went for 14 runs.
Shivam Dube then struck twice in the space of his two overs. To start with, he broke the Pooran-Rahul stand, excusing the left-hander, and in his next finished – sixteenth of KXIP innings – he got Glenn Maxwell out.
Rahul got two respites in about two overs and he made RCB pay for those botched opportunities as KXIP scored 49 runs in the last two overs.
Rahul followed Dale Steyn in the penultimate over, pummeling 26 runs, with the assistance of 3 sixes and 2 fours and in that course, raised this IPL season’s initial hundred and his second IPL ton in general.
Dube, who had a decent night with the ball till at that point, was given the obligation to ball the last over of the innings.
After Karun Nair scored seven runs of the initial three conveyances, Rahul finished off the innings in style – hitting 4, 6, 6 as KXIP walked past 200, with their captain pummeling an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls, with the assistance of 7 sixes and 14 fours. The score which is presently the most elevated for Indian batsman in the IPL.
KXIP came out all firearms blasting as Sheldon Cottrell and Mohammad Shami got three wickets, including that of Kohli.
In the first over of the RCB’s pursuit, Cottrell got Devdutt Padikkal out before Shami caught Josh Philippe before the wickets. The West Indian pacer, at that point got the colossal wicket of Kohli as Ravi Bishnoi clutched a catch at mid-on.
While there were some successes from AB de Villiers as he and Aaron Finch set up a 49-run stand, the two died with hardly a pause in between. To begin with, youthful Bishnoi upset the lumber to stop Finch’s stay in the center, and afterward Murugan Ashwin got the wicket of de Villiers as Sarfaraz Khan clutched a catch in the profound.
Dube was the following man to get out before Bishnoi scalped his subsequent wicket, excusing Umesh, added one more to his record, excusing Washington Sundar in his last over for 30.
Murugan Ashwin then got the last two wickets as KXIP bowled out RCB for 109 to seal a success.
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 206/3 (KL Rahul 132*, Mayank Agarwal 26; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/25) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 109 hard and fast (Washington Sundar 30, AB de Villiers 28, Murugan Ashwin 3/21) by 97 runs