IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB: Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul wins Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) recorded its first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs at the Dubai International Stadium. KXIP captain KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 132 from 69 deliveries, helping KXIP reach 206/3. He set a target of 207 runs for RCB after losing the toss. The 28-year-old was named Man of the Match after the win. He also became the fastest Indian to reach 2000 runs in his 60th innings. The record was formally held by Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 2000 IPL runs in 63 innings. Talking about his performance, the Indian cricketer said, “It is important to lead from the front as a leader. It is a complete performance.”
Rahul said that KXIP is not dependent on individuals and is a collective entity. At the post-match ceremony, he quipped, “I feel like a captain during the toss and otherwise I balance being a player and a captain.”
Praising Ravi Bishnoi for his three wickets in the match, Rahul said that the young player has a lot of energy, which is important for the team. Rahul said about Bishnoi, “Perform as you can. He has a lot of mind.”
He said, “Every time I throw the ball, he wants to get into a fight. He was a little nervous bowling by Finch and AB, but showed a lot of heart.”
Bishnoi dismissed Aaron Finch, Washington Sundar and Umesh Yadav.
Praising his team’s bowling unit, Rahul said the bowlers knew the wickets were needed and would be performed even further.
The losing captain Virat Kohli felt that he needed to bear the brunt of the blame. Kohli dropped Rahul twice and could score only one out of five.
Sheldon Cottrell took the wicket of Kohli. He also said that RCB needs to work on its mistakes and not repeat it again.
Kohli said, “There are days when you have these kinds of things. Just have to accept them.”
“We’ve had a good game (and) we’ve had a bad game. It’s time to move on. We need to learn to plug those little mistakes”, he said.
In their next match, KXIP face Rajasthan Royals on 27 September. Meanwhile, RCB will face Mumbai Indians on 28 September.