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Kings XI Punjab beats Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs in IPL

PTI Dubai | Updated on September 24, 2020 Published on September 24, 2020

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul plays a pull shot during IPL 2020 cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. - PTI

Rahul’s unbeaten 132 powers KXIP to 206/3 against RCB

K L Rahul smashed his second IPL hundred to lead Kings XI Punjab to a comprehensive 97-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Thursday.

Rahul, who was dropped by RCB skipper Virat Kohli twice, slammed an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls, highest score by an Indian in IPL history, to fire KXIP to 206/3.

In response, RCB were never in the chase and were bundled out for 109 in 17 overs.

Brief Scores: KXIP 206/3 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 132 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/25, Shivam Dube 2/33). RCB 109/10 in 17 overs (Sundar 30; Bishnoi 3/32, Ashwin 3/21).

Rahul, who was dropped in the 17th and then again in the 18th over by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, played the role of sheet anchor, scoring 132 off 69 balls that was laced with 14 boundaries and seven sixes.

With his spectacular knock, he surpassed Rishabh Pant to post the highest individual score by an Indian in IPL history.

Playing his 60th innings, Rahul also became the fastest Indian to reach the 2000 IPL runs.

The stylish batsman clipped away a full length delivery to fine leg for four to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who reached the milestone in 63 matches.

Opening the batting with Rahul, Mayank Agarwal (26) looked dangerous and shared a 57-run stand with his captain. However, with the introduction of spin into the attack in the seventh over, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/25) struck with the last ball, cleaning up Agarwal (26) with a delightful googly.

Nicholas Pooran (17) and Glenn Maxwell (5) once again failed to make an impact as Shivam Dube (2/33) accounted for the duo. Karun Nair pitched in with an eight-ball 15.

The pace troika of Umesh Yadav (0/35), Dale Steyn (0/57) and Navdeep Saini (0/37) had a torrid time as the KXIP skipper was on fire in his second game as captain.

All players wore black armbands to honour Australian cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones, who died in Mumbai due to a cardiac arrest on Thursday.

Scoreboard of the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Thursday.

Kings XI Punjab Innings

Lokesh Rahul not out 132

Mayank Agarwal b Chahal 26

Nicholas Pooran c de Villiers b Dube 17

Glenn Maxwell c Finch b Dube 5

Karun Nair not out 15

Extras: (B-2 LB-4 W-4 NB-1) 11

Total: (For 3 wkts in 20 overs) 206

Fall of Wickets: 1/57 2/114 3/128

Bowling: Umesh Yadav 3-0-35-0, Dale Steyn 4-0-57-0, Navdeep Saini 4-0-37-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-25-1, Washington Sundar 2-0-13-0, Shivam Dube 3-0-33-2.

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Published on September 24, 2020
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