There had been query marks relating to KL Rahul’s skill as the captain of Kings XI Punjab, however the skipper on Thursday confirmed the knack for main a staff with an enormous century and backed that up with some right-on-the spot bowling selections, resulting in RCB top-order collapse. RCB could not recuperate from the collapse and finally ended up dropping the match by 97 runs.
At the opposite finish, the worst performer of the day actually was staff India and RCB skipper Virat Kohli who endured a horrendous day on the sphere. Kohli dropped two of the simplest catches of his life and that too of the hero of the match Rahul, who was not out on 83 and 90 when each the catches had been dropped on the deep cowl and mid-off respectively. This allowed the wicket-keeper to attain an impressive century as he went after RCB bowlers within the loss of life overs to take RCB to 206/Three on the finish of 20th over.
The dropped catches, nevertheless, take nothing away from the KXIP captain-cum opener who took 62 balls to struck his second IPL century. He ended the ininngs scoring 132 in simply 69 balls whereas slamming seven sixes and 7 boundaries. The 132 additionally made him the highest-scoring captain knocks within the historical past of IPL.
Earlier KL Rahul has introduced his arrival within the Indian Premier League 2020 season together with his 17th profession half-century as his facet Kings XI Punjab took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Thursday.
Rahul took 36 balls to achieve the mark and slammed seven boundaries and an enormous six over the quilt earlier than reaching the milestone.
It has additionally been a day of double delight for the KXIP skipper as he additionally turns into the quickest Indian to achieve 2000 mark in IPL, surpassing none apart from the good Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul took simply 59 innings to achieve the feat.
While remainder of the three KXIP batsman to bat on the day — Nicholas Pooran (17 off 18), Glenn Maxwell (5 off 6) and Karun Nair (15 off 8) — did nothing distinctive other than enjoying second fiddles to the principle attraction of the day who appeared like a person on a mission.
RCB’s bowling frailties had been severy uncovered as massive weapons like Dale Steyn (57/0), Navdeep Saini (37/0) and Umesh Yadav (35/Zero in three overs) went for lots. The solely standout bowler was teen Shivam Dube, who scalped two wickets. Yuzvendra (25/1) did choose one, however given his last-match exploits in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahul neatly and cautiously oversaw his four-over quota.
Later within the second innings, RCB’s nightmare continued as the staff misplaced its first three wickets, together with skipper Kohli, inside the primary three overs itself with simply 4 runs on board. The three batsmen managed simply 2 runs between themselves as last-match star Devdutt Padikkal was the primary to go. The younger left-hander (1 off 2), visibly beneath the stress of the tall ask, miscued a transferring supply straight into the fingers of Ravi Bishnoi.
The similar mixture labored once more when skipper Kohli (1 off 5) was subsequent to follows when Bishnoi caught him contained in the 30-yard circle on brief long-on. But earlier than that Josh Phillipe, who was promoted up the order at no.3, was caught lbw by Mohammed Shami within the second over.
Meanwhile, Bishnoi wasn’t carried out for the evening as 5 overs later he clear bowled a set Aaron Finch (20 off 21) earlier than he might unleash himself in a gradual 49-run partnership off 34 balls with AB de Villiers.
The South African (28 off 18) too adopted him to the dugout shortly as he shot Murugan Ashwin’s lofted supply into the fingers of Sarfaraz Khan within the outfield, leaving KXIP reeling at 60/5 with 11 overs to go.
Wickets additional saved tumbling at common intervals with the tailenders managing 49 runs earlier than bundling out for 109 in 17 overs. Bishnoi was the choose among the many bowlers as he picked three wickets for whereas Cottrell scalped two massive wickets. Murugan Ashwin additionally picked three.