Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul went hammer and tongs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as he smashed a hundred against them. KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 off only 69 deliveries garnered plenty of accolades and records as Punjab amassed 206 in their stipulated 20 overs. Amongst those is that the right-handed batsman’s score is the highest by an Indian in IPL.
Before KL Rahul clobbered 132 against the RCB, the highest score by an Indian batsman belonged to Rishabh Pant when he smashed 128. Pant’s unbeaten 128 came for the Delhi Daredevils against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 edition. The record presently belongs to KL Rahul, who entered in the tournament on the back of some massive expectations and is beginning to living up to it.
The Karnataka batsman’s third IPL hundred consisted of 14 fours and seven sixes, some of which also went flat. The 28-year old received two reprieves on the way from captain Virat Kohli, who missed two simple catches by his standards. The opposing captain went on to punish the RCB for giving him multiple lifelines. The last two overs went for 49 runs bowled by the likes of Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube.
KL Rahul’s hundred gives Kings XI Punjab a big chance of securing their first victory of IPL 2020:
The captain led from the front on Thursday as Kings XI Punjab targetted bouncing back from their loss against Delhi Capitals in the super over. KL Rahul got dismissed by Mohit Sharma cheaply in the last game; however, made it up by clattering a hundred. The right-handed batsman is also the current holder of the Orange Cap, going past Chennai Super Kings’ Faf Du Plessis.