There is absolutely nothing that KL Rahul cannot pull off at the moment. It does not matter where he is asked to bat, he is just not disappointing. After scoring three T20I fifties and one ODI century as opener since December, he scored yet another fifty in the ongoing second ODI against Australia in Rajkot. The right-handed batsman smashed 80 from just 52 balls to help India post a daunting total of 340 for 6 in the do-or-die clash.
India were 280 for 4 in 44 overs when Virat Kohli departed and soon lost Manish Pandey too. All eyes were on KL Rahul who was on a 44 off 34 then and the Karnataka star did not disappoint. After scoring 47 in the previous game while batting at number three, he was demoted to number five in the ongoing game but it did not make any difference whatsoever.
KL Rahul found the boundaries at will, dispatching Australia’s pacers to all parts as India scored 53 in the final five. He eventually was run out in the last over for 80. KL Rahul’s knock was studded with six fours and three sixes. And as if the performance with the bat was not enough, KL Rahul made a big impact with the wicketkeeping gloves too.
With Rishabh Pant out of action after suffering concussion, KL Rahul donned the gloves once again and pulled off a stunning piece of stumping to send back Australia skipper Aaron Finch who had scored an unbeaten century in the previous game.
Australia started their pursuit of 341 on a shaky note with their in-form opener David Warner departing for just 15. But Aaron Finch and Steve Smith soon brought the chase on track and were looking set to share a big stand. However, before they could do so, KL Rahul ended the stand that was worth 62 runs with a fine piece of work behind the stumps.
On the first ball of the 16th over, Ravindra Jadeja bowled a delivery that turned away at the last moment. Finch, who had gone for the big shot, could not connect with the ball and Rahul took off the bails in a flash, just like MS Dhoni.
Here is a clip of that stumping from KL Rahul: