Lokesh Rahul, the Kings XI Punjab captain, had single-handedly led his team to the first win of the competition in IPL 2020. His 132 was proved too much for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batsmen and even Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were not able to get their team home.
In what appears to be a one-sided affair, the 6th match of the tournament RCB sent KXIP to bat first but the match was never in their hands from the beginning. After a thrilling super-over loss of KXIP, in which Mayank Agarwal was the main throttle, this time the team went all-the-way-right from start.
Kings XI Punjab Innings – Rahul made most of the chances
There was nothing to discuss anything but two things, KL Rahul’s innings and Virat Kohli’s costly dropped catches; not once but twice.
The innings started in a pretty ordinary manner with captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Started well, the team lost its first wicket in the 7th over at 57. A little help from others took to the final score of 206-3.
It was all about the captain’s innings. The score of 132 runs off 69 balls is the 4th highest score in the IPL history and the highest score in IPL by an Indian player.
After 10 overs, Rahul was on 47 runs off 32 balls, again not looking at a big score of 132. He scored 85 runs off the next 37 balls he faced.
After 16 overs of the innings, the score was 132-3, not a big total considering the scoring in the previous matches and the batting strength of the opposition.
The event took place in the 17th and 18th overs when Kohli had dropped Rahul on both the occasions.
After the second drop, Rahul was on 90 off 60 balls and scored 42 runs off just 9 balls. This includes a 26-runs second last over by Dale Steyn that had three sixes and two fours in it and 23 run final over that had two fours and two sixes in it. All in all, 49 runs were scored in the last two overs with five sixes and four fours. The score that should have been around 170-175, not it ended at 206. Certainly, pretty tough to chase, more of a mental score rather chasing score.
It was Rahul’s 3rd T20 century.
RCB Bowlers had nothing much to show. Shivam Dube picked up two wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal was the most economical bowler conceding just 25 runs for one wicket. Steyn was hit for 57 runs in four overs that include a 26 run second-last over.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings – KXIP bowlers were too good
Chasing a big total, you want your openers to perform well and provide a good start to the team. That never happened for RCB. What else, they lost their three wickets in 2.4 overs for just 4 runs. The scores were 1-2, 2-3, 3-4. With fifty in the last match, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, and Virat Kohli all went too early.
Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers showed some resistance for some time but KXIP bowlers were too good for them.
After, getting Finch and de Villiers, it was only a matter of time. The team bundled for 109 runs in 17 overs. Washington Sundar was the top-scorer with 30 runs.
Ravi Bhishnoi had an awesome outing picking up three wickets. Murugan Ashwin also picked up three wickets including the precious scalp of AB de Villiers.
KL Rahul, without any doubt, was the man of the match.
Man of the Match: KL Rahul
Result: Kings XI Punjab win by 97 runs
Points: Kings XI Punjab 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0