Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul went berserk in Dubai against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), smashing 132 to drive them single-handedly over 200. KL Rahul sent records tumbling on the way to his whirlwind knock and a third IPL hundred. The 28-year old’s 69-ball knock was the highest score by a skipper in IPL.
The highest score by a skipper in IPL history before KL Rahul’s 132 was David Warner’s 126 in the 2017 edition for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The New South Wales’ batsman’s innings came off 59 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders that consisted of ten fours and eight sixes. The record from Warner has now been shifted to the keeper-batsman through his rampant innings.
KL Rahul’s legendary knock consisted of 14 fours and seven sixes and got a couple of reprieves from skipper Virat Kohli, who could not cling on to the simple catches. RCB bore the brunt of it as the opposing skipper put them to the sword by punishing the bowlers. The last two overs bowled by Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube yielded 49 runs as Kings XI Punjab comfortably reached 206 for the loss of only four wickets.
KL Rahul, the quickest Indian batsman to reach 2000 runs:
Amongst the records that the 28-year old sent tumbling, he also now holds the record for the fastest batsman to reach 2000 runs in IPL. He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar in doing so, who got to it in 63 innings while the Karnataka batsman made it in 60.
At the time of writing this, Punjab’s new-ball bowlers had reduced RCB to 11-3 in 3.4 overs. The likes of Virat Kohli, Josh Philippe, and Devdutt Padikkal had all departed to the pavilion cheaply against Sheldon Cottrell and Mohammed Shami.