The kings is back after having a disappointing outing in their tournament opener with a brilliant and breath taking century against Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore here in Dubai. Virat Kohli won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat first on an absolute belter of a wicket.
RCB were coming into the game at the back of a thumping win over David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab had a literal heartbreak where they lost the game in the super over against Delhi Capitals.
Both the Kings XI openers had a cautious start to their innings without taking much risk. The important aspect of their partnership was they scored at more than 8 runs per over in the powerplay with risk free cricket. KL Rahul had just faced 18 deliveries for his 23 runs.
He lost his opening partner Mayank Agarwal to a brilliant wrong'un from Yuzvendra Chahal but KL Rahul kept going hard at one end and teed off in the back end of the innings. He was blasting the bowlers for fun and showed no mercy towards the RCB bowlers as he scored 62 runs from his last 20 balls.
He was showing the range of shots that he possess and made up for all the cautious start. He was also dropped twice by Virat Kohli when KL Rahul was in 83 and 88 that has cost them well and over 50 runs.
RCB are staring at a defeat by a huge margin as Kings XI Punjab's bowlers are too much to handle for them. Their star in the previous game Devdutt Padikkal got out to a first ball duck with Sheldon Cottrell hurrying him up with a short ball.
The RCB captain who was looking to make up for his dropped chances was dismissed for 1 from 5 balls. The game is all but gone as RCB have lost 8 wickets inside 15 overs with another 110 needing for victory. The U19 star Ravi Bishnoi had a great match as he picked 3 wickets for 32 runs in his 4 overs.