IPL Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Match 55: KL Rahul has continued his scintillating run of form in the ongoing edition of cash-rich Indian Premier League as he smashed another quickfire half-century to provide Kings XI Punjab a blistering start. Chasing 171 to win on a lively Mohali strip, Rahul displayed his wide array of strokes as he dismantled Chennai’s bowling attack with his brutal hitting. (SCORECARD)

Fastest 50s in IPL 2019:

17 H Pandya v KKR Kolkata
18 R Pant v MI Mumbai
19 KL Rahul v CSK Mohali
21 A Russell v RCB Kolkata
22 K Pollard v KXIP Mumbai

In the process, the 27-year-old pipped some of the biggest names in world cricket including the likes of Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard to smash the third fastest half-century (19 balls) of the 12th edition. Mumbai Indians wiry all-rounder – Hardik Pandya hits the fastest fifty of the season, his 17-ball 50 vs Kolkata Knight Riders remain on top of the pile. Pandya is followed by Rishabh Pant, who scored an 18-ball fifty versus Mumbai Indians.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rahul’s blitzkrieg vs Chennai at Mohali:

Earlier, Faf du Plessis missed out on a well-deserved hundred by four runs a Punjab bowled well at the death to restrict Chennai to 170/5 in their final on Sunday. Courtesy Du Plessis’ 96 off 55 balls and his 120-run stand with Suresh Raina (53 off 38 balls) set a platform for the defending champions.

Fastest IPL 50 vs CSK (balls):

19 KL Rahul for KXIP Mohali 2019
20 D Warner for SRH Hyderabad 2015

However, Sam Curran (3/35) and Mohammed Shami (2/17 in 3 overs) bowled well in the final few overs as CSK seemed at least 10 runs short of par score. Du Plessis’ knock had 10 fours and four sixes and was dismissed by brilliant Curran yorker in the 19th over.

Du Plessis destroyed the Kings XI bowling attack, particularly punishing medium pacer Andrew Tye (0/37 in 3 overs) and spinner Murugan Ashwin (0/33 in 3 overs), hitting two boundaries and a six in one of their over.

Raina gave him good support at the other end, hitting five boundaries and two sixes. Raina, who along with du Plessis tried to accelerate the pace of scoring, fell when the score was 150 in the 17th over off Curran’s bowling. The England all-rounder at the onset had dismissed Shane Watson.

Ambati Rayudu (10) and Kedar Jadhav’s (0) wickets were claimed by pacer Mohd Shami in the final over of the innings.

Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, M Ashwin, Harpreet Brar.

Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C/wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.