Captain KL Rahul ‘s magnificent hundred was the feature of an overall exhibition as Kings XI Punjab crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by an incredible 97-run edge in Dubai on Thursday. Opening the innings, Rahul rebuffed the RCB bowlers into accommodation to help KXIP to an overwhelming 206 for three preceding the bowling assault set up a restrained exertion to package Virat Kohli’s side for 109 with three overs to save.
The KXIP captain, who was dropped by Kohli late in the innings, scored an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls that were bound with 14 limits and seven sixes. With his marvelous thump, Rahul outperformed Rishabh Pant (128 of every 2018) to post the most noteworthy individual score by an Indian and a skipper in IPL history.
It was a fairly conventional exhibition from RCB after the success against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their competition opener. For KXIP, the success came after a Super Over misfortune against Delhi Capitals.
RCB were in various kinds for the inconvenience from the earliest starting point of the run pursue with Devdutt Padikkal (1) and Josh Philippe (0) returning back to the uncovered in the initial two overs.
In the wake of dropping two gets, Kohli, without a doubt extraordinary compared to other with regards to run-pursuing, fizzled with the bat overseeing only a runoff five balls before he was gotten off a Sheldon Cottrell conveyance.
Villiers one after another with RCB reeling
Opener Aaron Finch (20) was then participated in the center by AB de Villiers (28). The pair looked perilous, draining conveyances at every possible opportunity. The two included 49-runs before the youthful Ravi Bishnoi broke the backup disposing of the Australian restricted overs skipper.
Bishnoi (3/32) and Murugan Ashwin (3/21) excused Finch and de Villiers one after another with RCB reeling at 57 for five. Washington Sundar was the top scorer for RCB, hitting 30 off 27 conveyances.
Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for KXIP, he picked three wickets parting with 21 runs. Bishnoi too asserted three wickets and was great indeed. Cottrell (2/17), Mohammed Shami (1/14), and Glenn Maxwell (1/10) too bowled prudent spells.
KL RAHUL OVERALL STATS
Prior, Rahul likewise turned into the quickest Indian to arrive at 2,000 IPL runs, arriving at the achievement in his 60th innings. The classy batsman cut away a full-length conveyance to fine leg for four to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who arrived at the achievement in 63 matches.
Opening the batting with Rahul, Mayank Agarwal (26) looked risky and shared a 57-run remain with his skipper. In any case, with the presentation of turn into the assault in the seventh over, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/25) hit with the last ball, tidying up Agarwal (26) with a superb googly.
Nicholas Pooran (17) and Glenn Maxwell (5) indeed neglected to have an effect as Shivam Dube (2/33) represented the couple. Karun Nair contributed with an eight-ball 15. The movement carriage of Umesh Yadav (0/35), Dale Steyn (0/57), and Navdeep Saini (0/37) made some arid memories as the KXIP captain was ablaze in his second game as skipper.
All players wore dark armbands to respect Australian cricketer turned observer Dean Jones, who passed on in Mumbai because of heart failure on Thursday.