Kings XI opening batsman KL Rahul smashed a sensational century as Kings XI Punjab finished on a strong note in the final few overs against the Mumbai Indians. It was a special knock from Rahul who paced his knock to perfection. After a sluggish few overs, it was Rahul who ensured Punjab reached a score of 197 in their allotted 20 overs. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 100 of 64 deliveries.
Kings XI Punjab couldn’t quite capitalize on their fantastic start against the Mumbai Indians in the 24th match of Vivo IPL 12 and could only manage in their allotted 20 overs. When Chris Gayle was taking the Mumbai Indians attack to the cleaners, a score of 220 even looked possible. However, the Mumbai Indians bowlers made a great comeback in the final few overs to restrict Punjab. They pulled it back well courtesy some fantastic death overs bowling.
After winning the toss, it was Mumbai Indians stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard who won the toss and opted to field. Rohit Sharma, their regular skipper had to miss out owing to a right leg back spasm. He recovered quite significantly in the last 24 hours but it was just a precautionary measure taken by the Mumbai Indians team management.
Kings XI Punjab lost their way a bit after the loss of Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul came out to begin proceedings. Gayle looked in terrific form from the outset and started smashing the Mumbai bowlers from the very first over. The southpaw looked in ominous touch and raced to a quickfire half-century. The southpaw struck 63 of 36 deliveries which were decorated with 3 fours and 6 sixes. It was power hitting at its very best.
Eventually, it was Jason Behrendorff who bagged the wicket of Chris Gayle which eventually proved to be the game-changer in the 1st innings. His partner KL Rahul tried to remain there till the end and in the process looked a bit sedate. Punjab lost a few quick wickets as Hardik Pandya made a good comeback after conceding 27 runs in 2 overs.
However, it was a KL Rahul special in the last three overs as he raced off to a sensational century and took Punjab’s score to a commendable 197 in their allotted 20 overs. He went berserk in the last few overs which helped him reach his maiden IPL century, Rahul smashed his mate Hardik Pandya all around the park and it was some great hitting in display.
Here are some of the mid-innings tweets
— Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) April 10, 2019
14 off first 5 balls! 😳 #MIvKXIP
— Abhay (@cricabhay) April 10, 2019
— Sawan Choudhary (@Imsawanchoudhry) April 10, 2019
We worked our way back to playoffs contention and now it’s time to head to the top of the #VIVOIPL points table!
— K A L Y A N I (@Kalyani125lakhe) April 10, 2019
— Tejas Pujare (@tejas_pujare) April 10, 2019
— Sukhan mahajan (@MahajanSukhan) April 10, 2019
This isn't good at all from Punjab. Remember, they were 113 after 12 overs. Should've reached around 220. #MIvKXIP
— Tanmay (@fast_hostile) April 10, 2019
— Rajeev (@dazler65) April 10, 2019
— Parveen (@ParveenMurad) April 10, 2019
KL Rahul taking revenge from Hardik to what he did to him in Koffee with Karan #MIvKXIP
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) April 10, 2019
Pandya to Rahul hmmm hmmm this time Rahul can say karke aaya #MIvKXIP
— Sunil Shenoy (@sunil_shenoy) April 10, 2019
I believe KXIP should have given opportunity to another player instead of Kl Rahul after observing 3/4 matches it seems he is running behind his 50 , I don't think he plays for his team , he play for himself #MIvKXIP #IPL2019
— RAJESH SAMAL (@RealRajeshSamal) April 10, 2019
KLR taking revenge on his Koffee partner #MIvKXIP
— Eldo Jacob (@eldoj28) April 10, 2019
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) April 10, 2019
— Shreya (@ShreyaParanjape) April 10, 2019