KL Rahul
KL Rahul in fine form against Chennai Super Kings (Photo: IPLT20.com)

KL Rahul powered the Kings XI Punjab to a 6-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings as Faf du Plessis’ innings of 96 runs went in vain.

Winning the toss, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin opted to field first.

Shane Watson was back to the pavilion after delivering yet another disappointing performance in which he scored 7 runs off 11 balls.

From there on, Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina put together a 120-run partnership.

Raina scored 53 runs off 38 balls smashing five boundaries and a couple of maximums.

du Plessis missed out on a century as he finished with 96 runs off 55 balls. The Proteas skipper scored ten boundaries and four maximums in his brilliant innings.

Sam Curran was the pick of the bowlers as he picked three wickets in his four-over spell while Mohammed Shami dismissed two batsmen while conceding only 17 runs in his 3 overs.

Chasing 171, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got the Kings XI Punjab off to an electric start scoring 68 runs in the powerplay overs.

KL Rahul was the main aggressor in the innings with Chris Gayle just holding the wicket from one end.

Rahul and Gayle built a century partnership before getting dismissed on consecutive balls.

Rahul scored 71 runs off 36 balls smashing seven boundaries and five maximums.

Gayle, on the other hand, scored 28 runs off 28 balls hitting a couple of boundaries and as many maximums.

Nicholas Pooran played an impressive innings of 36 runs off 22 balls scoring two fours and three sixes.

Mandeep Singh and Sam Curran guided the Kings XI Punjab to a 6-wicket win over table toppers Chennai Super Kings.


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