Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) registered their first win of the season by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 97 runs in a one-sided match thanks to a brilliant century by their captain KL Rahul. In response to 207 runs, Virat Kohli-led team was all out by scoring 106 runs in 17 overs. The hero of Punjab’s victory was its captain KL Rahul, who hit an unbeaten 132 runs. After that, his bowlers did not give RCB any chance to survive the match.
RCB scattered in front of big score, losing 3 wickets for only 4 runs
The pressure was evident on the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, chasing a mammoth target of 207 runs. He lost his 3 crucial wickets at the beginning of the innings. Devdutt Padyakkal (1) and Virat Kohli (1), who had a great fifty in the last match, were picked by Sheldon Cottrell, while Josh Philip (0) was sent to the pavilion without Mohammed Shami opening the account. On a total score of just 4 runs, the Royals lost their 3 crucial wickets.
Finch-de Villiers stopped and then walked
Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers tried to handle the innings after losing 3 wickets in quick succession. De Villiers also hit 4 boundaries and 1 six from one end. From the other end, Finch was accumulating the innings and had hit three fours. But Ravi Vishnoi bowled him out. After this, in the next 3 balls, Morgan Ashwin trapped de Villiers in his net. Now the Royals team had lost 5 wickets for 57 runs.
7 players out before 90
After De Villiers Finch, the Royals’ defeat was almost settled but Shivam Dubey, along with Washington Sundar, tried to reduce the margin of defeat but Glenn Maxwell bowled Dubey (12) on the score of 83 to give him his sixth blow. gave. A few moments later Umesh Yadav was also bowled by Ravi Vishnoi. RCB lost their 7th wicket here.
This is how Kings XI Punjab’s innings
Earlier, captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal made a great start to Kings XI Punjab, who got the invitation for the first batting after losing the toss. Both batsmen added 50 runs in the powerplay without losing any wickets. But RCB captain Virat Kohli put his smartest bowler Yuzvendra Chahal on attack as soon as the power play was over. Chahal bowled Mayank Agarwal (26) in his first over on his googly. Mayank could not understand Chahal’s googly.
Kings scored 74 runs in the last 4 overs.
Nicholas Pooran (17) then shared a 57-run second wicket partnership with Rahul. Glenn Maxwell (5) was also dismissed after some time. At the time of Maxwell’s dismissal in the 16th over, Punjab’s score was 128 runs. It seemed the Royal Challengers team would now curb the Kings. But the Kings captain was at the crease and he changed his gears, sensing the circumstances. Kings team scored 74 runs in their last 4 overs and eliminated Bangalore from this match.
50 runs in the last 15 balls of his innings
After 16 overs, he had only 72 runs playing 51 balls in his account. After this, in the last 15 balls of his innings, he made a quick 50 runs. During this time, on most occasions, he kept the strike in his hand and Karun Nair (15 *) standing at the other end got only 8 balls to play. Rahul also got life on two occasions here. On both occasions, opposing captain Virat Kohli gave up his two easy catches and gave him a chance to score a century. Rahul did not stop till he scored a century, he hit 5 sixes in the last two overs to take the Kings score to 200.