IPL 2019: KL Rahul Hails Team Effort After Losing the Mumbai Indians Tie
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batsman KL Rahul scored a magnificent unbeaten century, but it was not enough to seal a victory for his team against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 198 runs, Kieron Pollard 31-ball 83 runs knock including ten over-boundaries helped the sail home with three wickets in hand.
In pursuit of a massive target, debutant Siddesh Lad and Quinton de Kock got Mumbai off to a good start. They added 28 runs before Mohammed Shami cleaned Lad’s timber from behind. Although Suryakumar Yadav and de Kock stitched 28 odd runs, the much-needed carnage came from stop-gap skipper Kieron Pollard. He smacked everything at his disposal to take the side close to the victory lines. He smashed one and all except Mohammed Shami who was of top-class in last nights game.
Pollard made his debut game as the Mumbai Indians skipper memorable. He hurled ten sixes and three boundaries to keep his side in hunt throughout the game. Although he got out, his countrymen Alzarri Joseph they go home with all smiles.
Although Kieron Pollard stole the show, it was a brilliant century from KL Rahul which propelled Kings XI Punjab to 197 runs at the halfway stage. He along with Chris Gayle added 116 runs for the first wicket in 13 overs to set the tone. However, after Gayle’s departure, Mumbai made a short comeback to pick three more wickets. With 151 for four in 17.3 overs, Rahul ensured his team finish with enough runs on the board.
KL Rahum remained unbeaten on 100 hundred – the fourth of the season. He is also the second highest run-getter after David Warner (349) with 317 runs. Meanwhile, Rahul didn’t had a good start to this IPL, but he has made a swift comeback with three half-centuries and a hundred. The Karnataka batsman will look to keep up the good work as everybody will shift their focus to the ICC World Cup after the Indian Premier League.
Following a loss after a stunning effort, KL Rahul praised the team for putting in a collective effort. He also urged his teammates to gear up and be ready for the next game.
“Not the result we wanted, but great team effort! Chin up boys, we go again ,” KL Rahul tweeted.
Not the result we wanted, but great team effort!
Chin up boys, we go again 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/jvDsd8IW9K
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 11, 2019
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