Dubai: Captain KL Rahul on Thursday recorded the highest-ever rating by an Indian batsman in IPL historical past as he took Kings XI Punjab to a cushty victory over Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rahul, in his second outing as skipper, was dropped twice by Kohli earlier than he scored a ton that went on to develop into an unbeaten 132 off simply 69 deliveries—the primary century of the 2020 season—to assist Punjab submit a large 206 for 3 and a 97-run win.
India captain Kohli had an evening to overlook when he dropped Rahul on 83 and once more on 89 one over later within the match in Dubai.
Rahul additionally recorded the best rating ever by a captain within the IPL, and broke Sachin Tendulkar’s file to develop into the quickest Indian to 2,000 IPL runs, reaching the feat in 60 innings in comparison with the legendary participant’s 63 innings.
“It was good to be in the middle and see the team through whatever we’d planned before the game,” Rahul stated.
“I think it’s as complete a team performance as it can get, really happy.”
Kohli acknowledged that he didn’t have the “best day of the office”.
“Maybe if we restricted them to under 180, we wouldn’t have been under pressure… from ball one to chase close to 210,” he stated.
“So we know exactly where we went wrong and it’s time to put my hand up and say a couple of important chances went down.”
The sport took on a sombre observe after the sudden loss of life of Australian batsman and cricket commentator Dean Jones, who had been overlaying the Indian Premier League from Mumbai, from a coronary heart assault.
Gamers from each groups wore black armbands to honour Jones and in a pre-match present, fellow commentator and Australian Brett Lee praised the 59-year-old as an “absolute legend”.