Kings XI Punjab vs Royals Challengers Bangalore: KL Rahul leads KXIP to 97-run win over RCB | Cricket News


DUBAI: Skipper KL Rahul‘s elegant hundred was the spotlight of an all-round efficiency as Kings XI Punjab defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 97-run margin on Thursday.
Opening the innings, Rahul punished the RCB bowlers into submission to assist KXIP to a frightening 206 for 3 earlier than the bowling assault put up a disciplined effort to bundle Virat Kohli‘s aspect for 109 with three overs to spare.
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The KXIP skipper, who was dropped by Kohli late within the innings, scored an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls that was laced with 14 boundaries and 7 sixes.
Along with his spectacular knock, Rahul surpassed Rishabh Pant (128 in 2018) to publish the best particular person rating by an Indian and a captain in IPL historical past.
It was a moderately atypical efficiency from RCB after the win in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad of their match opener. For KXIP, the win got here after a brilliant over loss in opposition to Delhi Capitals.

RCB have been in all kinds of hassle from the start of the run chase with Devdutt Padikkal (1) and Josh Philippe (0) returning again to the dug out within the first two overs.
After dropping two catches, Kohli, undoubtedly among the finest with regards to run-chasing, failed with the bat managing only a run off 5 balls earlier than he was caught off a Sheldon Cottrell supply.
Opener Aaron Finch (20) was then joined within the center by AB de Villiers (28). The duo seemed harmful, milking deliveries wherever potential. The 2 added 49-runs earlier than the younger Ravi Bishnoi broke the stand by eliminating the Australian restricted overs captain.
Bishnoi (3/32) and Murugan Ashwin (3/21) dismissed Finch and de Villiers in fast succession with RCB reeling at 57 for 5. Washington Sundar was the highest scorer for RCB, hitting 30 off 27 deliveries.

Ashwin was the choose of the bowlers for KXIP, he picked three wickets gifting away 21 runs. Bishnoi too claimed three wickets and was spectacular as soon as once more. Cottrell (2/17), Mohammed Shami (1/14) and Glenn Maxwell (1/10) bowled economical spells.
Earlier, Rahul additionally turned the quickest Indian to achieve 2000 IPL runs, reaching the milestone in his 60th innings. The fashionable batsman clipped away a full size supply to high quality leg for 4 to interrupt Sachin Tendulkar’s report, who reached the milestone in 63 matches.
Opening the batting with Rahul, Mayank Agarwal (26) seemed harmful and shared a 57-run stand together with his captain. Nonetheless, with the introduction of spin into the assault within the seventh over, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/25) struck with the final ball, cleansing up Agarwal (26) with a pleasant googly.
Nicholas Pooran (17) and Glenn Maxwell (5) as soon as once more didn’t make an impression as Shivam Dube (2/33) accounted for the duo. Karun Nair pitched in with an eight-ball 15.
The tempo troika of Umesh Yadav (0/35), Dale Steyn (0/57) and Navdeep Saini (0/37) had a torrid time because the KXIP skipper was on fireplace in his second sport as captain.
All gamers wore black armbands to honour Australian cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones, who died in Mumbai as a result of a cardiac arrest on Thursday.



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