KL Rahul once again gave fans a glimpse of his talent as he scored 69 off 54 balls against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. The wicketkeeper-batsman has hit a purple patch as the 69 comes on the back of a scintillating 132* off 69 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: Lucknow Super Giants' (LSG) Captain KL Rahul Says Every Team Wants Kagiso Rabada
After Rahul slammed the first century of the IPL, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (106 off 50 balls) got his maiden IPL ton and helped Kings XI Punjab post a mammoth 223 for two in 20 overs. Mayank’s knock was laced with seven sixes and 10 fours. Also Read - Steve Smith Hails Virat Kohli; Names Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul as Favourites to Become India's Next Test Captain
Unfortunately, thanks to some sensational batting, the Royals gunned down the target which was also the highest-ever run chase in the history of IPL. The Royals won the match by four wickets. Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: Shreyas Iyer to Harshal Patel; Players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Could Target
Points Table Update
After the ninth game, the Capitals hold onto the top spot in the points table, while Rajasthan climb to the second position and Punjab are at No 3. It is still early days in the tournament and such a shuffle in the points table is expected. Mumbai Indians – who will lock horns against Royal Challengers Bangalore tomorrow – find themselves in the fourth spot.
KXIP skipper Rahul – who has 222 runs in three matches – has replaced CSK’s Faf Du Plessis to take the numero uno spot, while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal, with a ton and 221 runs, has zoomed to the second position in the Orange Cap list. CSK’s Faf has scored 173 runs in three matches. Faf is followed by Steve Smith and Sanju Samson of the Rajasthan Royals.
Punjab’s Mohammed Shami surpassed Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada with seven wickets in three matches to become the new Purple Cap holder. Despite a good show by Shami, KXIP lost the match against the Royals by four wickets. Rabada is in the second position, while Sam Curran and Sheldon Cottrell find themselves at No 3 & 4.