IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs after RCB vs KXIP skipper KL Rahul’s explosive century. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. Punjab scored 206 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. But Bangalore’s innings ended at 109 runs. With this victory, Punjab has jumped to the top position in table.
Batting first, Punjab did not start very aggressively. In the match against Delhi, hero Mayank Agarwal was dismissed for 26 runs. After that, Nicholas Puran also returned for 17 runs. Glenn Maxwell was also dismissed for just five runs. But on the other hand, captain Rahul was jammed. In the last 10 overs, skipper KL Rahul scored an explosive century. In it, Virat Kohli himself gave him life twice.
Virat Kohli gave life to Rahul for 83 runs. After that, Virat dropped an easy catch for 89 runs. Rahul took full advantage of both these lives. He batted aggressively. Rahul scored an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls. It included 14 fours and 7 sixes. His strike rate was 191.30.
Devdutt Padikkal, who scored a half-century in his IPL debut, was dismissed for one run. Virat then promoted Josh Philip. But he too fell to zero. There was a big expectation from Virat who came in fourth. Virat tried to play a big shot on the fifth ball and was dismissed. Aaron Finch was then dismissed for 20. AB de Villiers, Bangalore’s last hope, returned with 28 runs. When AB was dismissed, Bangalore were 57 for five. After that the last 5 batsmen added 52 runs.
Bangalore scored 109 runs for the loss of all wickets in 17 overs. Rahul’s 132 runs alone were not enough for all the Bengaluru batsmen. From Punjab, Ravi Bishnoi and M Ashwin took 3 wickets each.