Punjab manages to clinch victory in a nail-biter as Rahul shines!
How often do you see Sun risers defending a low total with their best bowling line up? Well, this was one of those thrillers but somehow KL Rahul pulled out the Kings for the jaws of defeat as KXIP registered their 7th straight victory in their very own Mohali.
Chasing a below-par score, 151 Punjab lost Chris Gayle who has hit a six and boundary. Rashid Khan who was brought early into the attack got rid of Gayle as Hooda takes a very good catch. After Gayle departed for 16, KL Rahul and young Mayank Agarwal stitched the partnership keeping the required run rate in check.
After a 100 run partnership, the chased looked comfortably till Mayank got out in the 17th overlooking to finish things off quickly as Kings XI needed 29 off 24 then. Sandeep Sharma struck another blow by outfoxing David Miller with a knuckleball in the very last ball of the over.
Rahul batted sensibly as pressure was increasing slightly up his sleeve even Mandeep Singh got out for the final ball of the over by Siddharth Kaul. With 11 runs needed in the last over, Nabi had the ball in hand and Sam Curran scored two doubles for the first two and gave the strike back to Rahul for the 4th ball.
Rahul came down the track to hit a boundary to long-off even Hooda made a great effort to stop the ball. The equation then came down to 2 runs needed off 2 balls then Rahul miffed one to long-on where Warner fumbled the ball which made their double look easy.
Earlier Sunrisers innings was led by David Warner who scored his slowest 50 in IPL which came off 47 balls. After losing Bairstow early, the visitors never looked comfortable even with Warner’s presence but Hooda’s lusty blows at the end mayhem go reach exactly 150 marks.
Rahul was awarded Man of the match for his 71 off 53 balls which included 7 fours and a maximum in it.