IPL 2020: KL Rahul slams ton as KXIP beats RCB by 97 runs

Bengaluru lad Ok.L. Rahul confirmed little fear for allegiance to house, dismantling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with a glowing unbeaten century for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on the Dubai Global Stadium on Thursday. Rahul’s 69-ball 132, laced with 14 fours and 7 sixes, propelled KXIP to a at ease 97-run victory.

KXIP accumulated 206 for 3 in 20 overs sooner than skittling out RCB for 109 in 17 overs. Rahul, a former RCB participant, used to be in complete waft whilst recording his 2nd IPL century. He were given going with two crisp square-cuts off Dale Steyn, which pierced the tight off-side box. Umesh Yadav used to be no longer spared both, with Rahul launching into the quick bowler within the 10th over.

Yuzvendra Chahal used to be the select of the bowlers as soon as once more, but if the leg-spinner strayed at the pads, Rahul unleashed the sweep to excellent impact. The 28-year-old minimize free within the remaining 3 overs, smashing 5 sixes and 3 fours.

RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2020: Virat Kohli drops KL Rahul two times, Punjab skipper cashes in with ton

Moderately uncharacteristically, RCB skipper Virat Kohli dropped two sitters within the deep. Rahul, the beneficiary on each events, may just hardly ever consider his good fortune. The KXIP skipper ended up scoring greater than part of his group’s overall.

The RCB pacers, in the meantime, made lifestyles simple for KXIP. Umesh sprayed it down the leg a lot too ceaselessly, whilst Steyn bowled too brief and extensive. Even Navdeep Saini, the group’s standout pacer, may just no longer take care of a excellent duration and used to be punished.

The slide starts

RCB’s troubles endured in a deficient chase. The aspect misplaced 3 wickets within the first 3 overs, together with that of key guy Kohli.  Opener Devdutt Padikkal, who had proven a lot promise within the earlier fit, used to be cramped for room by means of left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell. The left-hander’s awkward pull sliced to Ravi Bishnoi at mid-on.

Younger Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe used to be trapped at the pads by means of Mohammed Shami for a duck. The wicket of Kohli (1, 5b), who used to be pushed aside in an identical type to Padikkal, spelt large hassle for RCB.

RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2020: Former Bangalore guy KL Rahul slams 132 for Punjab, best possible ranking ever by means of an Indian

No longer sufficient

Aaron Finch (20, 21b) and A.B. de Villiers (28, 18b) attempted to fix the wear, however their 49-run stand used to be insufficient. The remainder of the competition drudged alongside with out a lot goal, as RCB used to be neatly and really out of it. Leggies Bishnoi and M. Ashwin picked up 3 wickets each and every for KXIP.

The Punjab aspect notched up its first win in two fits, whilst the Bengaluru outfit used to be humbled after a glowing begin to its marketing campaign a couple of days previous.