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Indian Premier League 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul Power KXIP To Victory Against RCB

A spectacular present from the returning Chris Gayle adopted by some nerves of metal proven by Gayle’s West Indies teammate Nicholas Pooran enabled Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets on Thursday in Match No. 31 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Chasing an under-par RCB whole of 171/6, KXIP rode on their in-form openers as skipper KL Rahul (61 not out from 49 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (45 off 25) added 78 for the primary wicket in simply eight overs. Thereafter, Gayle arrived to play his first sport {of professional} cricket since January 2020, and hit 5 sixes en route a 45-ball 53 and shared a 93-run stand with Rahul to place Kings XI on the cusp of victory.

Seven runs have been wanted off the final two overs with Gayle and Rahul on the crease when Isuru Udana gave away solely 5 to make it two off the final over.

Yuzvendra Chahal, who had been used for less than two overs by captain Virat Kohli till then, was introduced on for the ultimate over and bowled two dots upfront to make issues tight.

Gayle took a single off the subsequent and that meant one run was wanted off three with Rahul dealing with the leg spinner.

A 3rd dot ball of the over, when Rahul hit the fourth ball to Washington Sundar at brief cover-point, introduced the equation right down to 1 off 2 balls.

It was nonetheless manageable by T20 requirements, however Rahul tried a fast single off the subsequent even with most fielders within the ring and Gayle was discovered nicely in need of his floor as AB de Villiers whipped off the bails on the striker’s finish.

That dismissal introduced Pooran to the crease with 1 wanted off 1. KXIP have performed a Super Over earlier than within the match – their very first IPL 2020 match the place Delhi Capitals outsmarted them.

Pooran, although, unfettered by the event, attacked the ultimate ball and smashed it over the bowler’s head for six to place an finish to the thriller.

This is KXIP’s second win the match from eight matches. Incidentally their final win had additionally come in opposition to RCB, when Rahul smashed an unbeaten 132 in Dubai.

Earlier, Kohli gained the toss and opted to bat. Openers Devdutt Padikkal (18) and Aaron Finch (20) added 38 for the primary wicket in 4 overs.

Kohli (48) couldn’t bat by means of the innings whilst RCB resorted to unusual ways by selling Washington Sundar (13 off 14) and Shivam Dube (23 off 19) forward of de Villiers at No. four and 5.


While Sundar could not get the massive hits going, Dube struck two sixes. De Villiers, who batted at No. 6, got here to bat within the 17th over and was dismissed for 2 runs as he tried to assault the bowlers on the loss of life.

Chris Morris’ 25 off simply eight balls, which included two sixes and a 4 off Mohammed Shami within the 20th over, and Udana’s 10 off 5 balls helped RCB cross 170.

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