KL Rahul continued his brilliant form with the bat to lead Kings XI Punjab to a crushing 6-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League encounter in Indore on Sunday night.
Chasing a below-par total of 152, Kings XI rode on Rahul’s unbeaten 84 to reach the target with 8 balls to spare. Marcus Stoinis gave him good support and remained unbeaten on 23 while Karun Nair also contributed with 31 runs from 23 balls.
Rahul stayed at the crease from the beginning till the very end and smashed 7 boundaries and 3 sixes during his 54-ball innings.
Earlier, the Royals were restricted to 152 for 9 after being put into bat first with Afghanistan leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman starring with the ball.
The ‘Man of the Match’ award winner, Mujeeb, picked up 3 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs while Tye managed 2 for 24 with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot and Axar Patel taking one wicket each.
RR opener Jos Buttler once again top-scored for his side by scoring 51 runs off 39 balls.
Here is how the fans on Twitter reacted to the match:
Very impressive run chase by Kings 11 Punjab. KL Rahul was 48 of 43 and just like what top batsmen do,was able to accelerate quickly and scored 36 of his next 11. The running between the wickets,the twos was a standout feature as well #KXIPvRR
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 6, 2018
Always rate finishing games as a very high quality in batsman and KL Rahul did it so brilliantly today. Good performance by the boys and really well led by Ashwin #KXIPvRR
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 6, 2018
Now this is how the best finish matches. This, from KL Rahul was an innings of the very highest class.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 6, 2018
Brilliant performance from #TeamKXIP, winning by 6 wickets against #RajasthanRoyals .
Keep it up @klrahul11 and @Mujeeb_Zadran !!#KXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi @lionsdenkxip #IPL2018 #KXIPvRR @ashwinravi99 @virendersehwag @bradhodge007 pic.twitter.com/58VlwAd7yt
— Mohit Burman (@imohitburman) May 6, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 6, 2018
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) May 6, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) May 6, 2018
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) May 6, 2018
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) May 6, 2018
RCB did not retain KL Rahul. A top-rated Indian batsman… who is now in the form of his limited-overs' career… Staggering! #IPL2018
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) May 6, 2018
K L Rahul is simply brilliant. He has paced this innings beautifully. Runs well and Never looked panicked or hurried. Good to see him start things & finish it off. #vivoipl2018. @lionsdenkxip vs @rajasthanroyals 👏👏.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 6, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 7, 2018
Great innings by KL Rahul who was so brilliant today. His unbeaten 84 will be remembered for long .. Good performance by the team led well by Ashwin #KXIPvRR
— Rahul Dev Official (@RahulDevRising) May 6, 2018
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 6, 2018
KL Rahul in 2018 IPL:
Then: 50 in 14 balls ( His fastest in IPL )
— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) May 6, 2018
Elegance, maturity, class personified… KL Rahul take a bow #KXIPvRR
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) May 6, 2018
Classy from KL Rahul. Just the kind of innings the Kings XI needed to negotiate that chase. Has the potential to be a great across all formats for India.
— Debayan Sen (@debayansen) May 6, 2018
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 6, 2018
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) May 6, 2018
— Snehashis Mohanta (@Thesnehashis09) May 6, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 6, 2018