IPL 2019: Match 22, KXIP vs SRH – Happy to End up on The Winning Side – KL Rahul
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) opener KL Rahul played a match-winning as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets to sit in the third spot in the points table of 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Meanwhile, batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad struggled to get going. Kings XI Punjab bowlers bowed a terrific line and length to contain an otherwise top-class batting order. David Warner and Vijay Shankar shared a good stand after an early departure of Jonny Bairstow. However, they struggled to score quickly as they touched above 50 at the end of 10 overs. It was David Warner (70*) who played some aggressive shots at the end to take the score to 150 runs.
During the chase, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 114 runs for the second wicket to set the tone for the pursuit after an early departure of Chris Gayle. Hailing from the same state, Rahul and Mayank shares a great bond which was evident during their match-winning stand. Meanwhile, Rahul was the aggressor of the two picking boundaries at every odd delivery. Although Sandeep Sharma’s two wickets in 18th over made the game interesting, KL Rahul ensured they sail past the target without any more hiccups.
Enjoying my batting: Rahul
KL Rahul has finally found his form scoring two back to back half-centuries. This will do him a world of good ahead of the World Cup and will also seal his place for the World Cup. Speaking on his batting, the talented batsman admitted that he was not timing the ball in the first few games. However, he is now happy with his batting and satisfied to finish on a winning note.
He also lauded Mayank Agarwal for being the perfect cushion as wants to continue winning games for his side.
“Didn’t start off the way I wanted to in the first couple of games. Just enjoying my batting and happy to end up on the winning side. Been playing with Chris for a long time and really enjoy batting with Mayank. The batting group has done well so far. The way Mayank came out and the way he was striking even against Mumbai gives me a little bit of time,” Rahul said at the end of the game.
With 11 runs needed off the last over, Sam Curran was on strike – who took five runs of the first three balls to ease things out. KL Rahul revealed that he asked Curran not to go for sixes and instead asked him to look for gaps.
“He had to look for the boundaries, I did tell him (Curran) that maybe hitting six is difficult. I told him to target the pockets,” he concluded.
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