Dubai: Skipper KL Rahul smashed the primary century of the 2020 Indian Premier League to propel Kings XI Punjab to a frightening 206 for 3 towards Royal Challengers Bangalore right here on Thursday.
Rahul, who was dropped within the 17th after which once more within the 18th over by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, performed the position of sheet anchor, scoring 132 off 69 balls that was laced with 14 boundaries and 7 sixes.
Along with his spectacular knock, he surpassed Rishabh Pant to publish the very best particular person rating by an Indian in IPL historical past.
Enjoying his 60th innings, Rahul additionally grew to become the quickest Indian to achieve the 2000 IPL runs.
The trendy batsman clipped away a full size supply to nice leg for 4 to interrupt Sachin Tendulkar’s document, who reached the milestone in 63 matches.
Opening the batting with Rahul, Mayank Agarwal (26) seemed harmful and shared a 57-run stand along with his captain. Nevertheless, with the introduction of spin into the assault within the seventh over, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/25) struck with the final ball, cleansing up Agarwal (26) with a pleasant googly.
Nicholas Pooran (17) and Glenn Maxwell (5) as soon as once more didn’t make an affect as Shivam Dube (2/33) accounted for the duo. Karun Nair pitched in with an eight-ball 15.
The tempo troika of Umesh Yadav (0/35), Dale Steyn (0/57) and Navdeep Saini (0/37) had a torrid time because the KXIP skipper was on hearth in his second recreation as captain.
All gamers wore black armbands to honour Australian cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones, who died in Mumbai as a result of a cardiac arrest on Thursday.