Dubai: Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul recorded the highest-ever score by an Indian batsman in IPL history as he took his team to a comfortable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rahul was dropped twice by Virat Kohli before he smashed an unbeaten 132 off just 69 deliveries to help Punjab post a massive 206 for three and a 97-run win.
Follow the match as it happened:
All out! Kings IX win by 97 runs
9th wicket falls
Quick march continues
Moment of glory
Umesh Yadav goes
63 for 5 in 10 overs
Crosses lowest total
More trouble for RCB
48/3 in 7 overs
More damage averted
Finch survives after DRS drama
RCB slumps to 4/3 as Kohli goes
Shami on a roll
Second wicket falls
Padikkal falls as RCB start innings
Lokesh Rahul’s fireworks expose old RCB weakness
Skipper Lokesh Rahul’s blazing 132 off 69 deliveries helped Kings XI to 206/3 off 20 overs – a total which may just be beyond the reach of even a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore line-up. The dew factor has already kicked in and it may make the job of Virat Kohli & Co a little easier, but it’s still difficult to see them go the distance.
It has not been a good day for Kohli on the ground so far as he missed two skiiers from rival counterpart Rahul. The RCB bowling, after a disciplined show in the last game, again leaked runs in the last five overs.
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