IPL 2020: KL Rahul slams century, Punjab beats Bangalore by 97 runs

KXIP vs RCB, IPL 2020 Live Updates: Catch the highlights of Indian Premier League between Kings XI vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai International Stadium.


KL Rahul slammed a brilliant unbeaten century against Royal Challengers Bangalore.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of Match 6 of IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Stadium.

It's all over as Murugal Ashwin traps Yuzvendra Chahal and Punjab registers a massive win by defeating Bangalore by 97 runs. What a comeback by KL Rahul and his team with the captain leading from the front.

Ravi Bishnoi picks his third wicket as Bangalore requires another 105 runs in 24 balls. Bangalore 102/8 after 16 overs.

It's all now down to completing the formalities. Bangalore going down and this is going to hurt its net run-rate. Bangalore 95/7 after 15 overs.

Ravi Bishnoi picks his second wicket as Bangalore loses its seventh wicket. Umesh Yadav gone for a duck. Bangalore 88/7 after 14 overs.

Glenn Maxwell strikes and he gets Shivam Dube to leave Bangalore six down. They are slipping fast. Bangalore 83/6 after 13 overs.

Wow Shivam Dube has some muscle as he powers Neesham for a maximum. He is playing his shots but the target is way too much. Bangalore 80/5 after 12 overs.

This is a huge task for both Dube and Sundar as the run-rate is climbing. Punjab well and truly in control. Bangalore 70/5 after 11 overs.

Singles are not going to hurt Punjab and Jimmy Neesham starts well by ging just three runs in the over. Bangalore 63/5 after 10 overs.

Murugan Ashwin gets De Villiers: Is that the game for Punjab? Murugan Ashwin ends Ab de Villiers little cameo to leave Bangalore five down. Shivam Dube joins Washington Sundar. Bangalore 60/5 after 9 overs.

Bishnoi gets Finch: Ravi Bishnoi has cleaned up Aaron Finch and Punjab has tightened its grip over Bangalore. Bangalore 53/4 after 8 overs.

Couple of good overs for Bangalore as Finch and De Villiers have started the repair job and seems to have got their eye in. Bangalore 48/3 after 7 overs.

Ordinary start from Ravi Bishnoi as De Villiers smacks him for two boundaries and Finch collects one. Punjab needs to dismiss these two to seal the game as both Finch and De Villiers are capable enough to change the complexion of the game. Bangalore 40/3 after 6 overs.

Ab de Villiers gets into the act to give Bangalore some respite as he whacks Cottrell for 14 runs in an over including a six and a boundary. Bangalore 25/3 after 5 overs.

Mohammed Shami almost had Aaron Finch caught behind, the batsman was given out but that was a very good review. Finch survives. Bangalore 11/3 after 4 overs.

Kohli Falls: Cottrell has delivered the biggest blow as he removes Virat Kohli and Bangalore clearly in a huge hole. That's a massive wicket as Kohli goes with the pull, gets a top edge and Ravi Bishnoi settles calmly under the catch. Ab De Villiers walks in. Bangalore 5/3 after 3 overs.

Shami strikes: Punjab is on fire as Mohammed Shami traps Josh Philippe for a duck. That was plumb as Philippe pays the price of playing across the line. Bangalore in trouble as skipper Virat Kohli walks out. Bangalore 4/2 after 2 overs.

Cottrell gets Padikkal: Fantastic start by Punjab as Sheldon Cottrell gets Devdutt Padikkal for just one as Bangalore loses an early wicket in chase of 207. Bangalore 2/1 after 1 over.

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Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are out there in the middle and it will be Sheldon Cottrell who will start the proceedings. Bangalore in pursuit of a mammoth 207. Here we go!

Punjab posts 206/3 - Absolute carnage by KL Rahul as the Punjab skipper slams an unbeaten century 132 off just 69 deliveries - the highest ever score by a captain in the IPL and he loots 23 runs off Shivam Dube in the final over. Outstanding innings and a special one indeed. He runs off to a standing ovation.  

Century for Rahul: KL Rahul hits a brilliant century and hammers Dale Steyn for 26 runs in the penultimate over. Sten crosses his 50-run mark as he records figures of 4-0-57-0. This has been a brutal knock. Punjab 183/3

KL Rahul hits his second IPL ton, the first this season. Sensational batting.

Kohli drops Rahul again and the Punjab skipper is in line to notch a century. Rahul has scored a hundred last season against Mumbai. Punjab 157/3 after 18 overs

Kohli drops Rahul: With Rahul trying to accelerate, the Punjab skipper was dropped on 83 by Virat Kohli off Dale Steyn. He is gunning for a century. Punjab 146/3 after 17 overs.

Dube Double Blow: Shivam Dube has delivered exactly what Kohli wanted as first he dismissed Pooran and then the big wicket of Maxwell. Rahul holds key and he needs to play a blinder from here. Punjab 132/3 after 16 overs.

No Maxwell show: Shivam Dube with the breakthrough again and this is a big one. Maxwell walks down the track and slaps the slower one straight into the hands of Aaron Finch at cover. Bangalore pulling things back. Karun Nair joins Rahul.

Yuzvendra Chahal finishes his quota and he has done his job recording figures 4-0-25-1. Five more to go and it's time for Punjab to tee off with a well-set Rahul and Maxwell in the middle. Punjab 126/2 after 15 overs.

Shivam Dube breaks stand: Excellent move from Kohli as he brings in Dube and the medium-pacer does the trick by removing a well-set Pooran. Punjab 118/2 after 14 overs.

Glenn Maxwell joins Rahul

Rahul is looking in such good touch as he swiftly changes gears and with a couple of boundaries puts pressure on Navdeep Saini. Punjab 114/1 after 13 overs.

Fifty for Rahul: KL Rahul scores his 17th IPL half-century as the 100 is up in good time. Excellent from Rahul and he will aim to bat till the end. Partnership between Rahul and Pooran is worth 43. Punjab 100/1 after 12 overs.

Controlled over from Chahal as he plugs the boundaries. Meanwhile, Rahul is approaching his half-century. Punjab 95/1 after 11

20 runs from Umesh Yadav's over and he has been erratic with his lines. KL Rahul cashes in as he smokes a free-hit delivery over cover and then an easy boundary to fine leg. Pooran too joined in with a boundary. Punjab 90/1 after 10 overs.

Interesting over as Chahal was denied a LBW appeal by the umpire. It looked plumb, but replays revealed Pooran had an under-edge. He survives and the teams enter the break. Punjab 70/1 after 9 overs.

After Rahul welcomed Washington Sundar with a boundary, the off-spinner came back nicely with a tightened line. Punjab 65/1 after 8 overs.

Nicholas Pooran joins KL Rahul

Chahal castles Mayank: Virat Kohli introduces Yuzvendra Chahal and he does the trick by dismissing the dangerous Mayank Agarwal. Big gap between bat and pad, Mayank fails the read the googly and the ball castles the timber. Punjab 57/1 after 7 overs.

End of PowerPlay: Excellent from Rahul and Mayank and they bring the 50-run stand and Punjab begin on a very promising note. Punjab 50/0 after 6 overs.

Both Mayank and Rahul are pacing themselves nicely with a boundary almost every over. The duo has been cautious, with minimal risks and playing down the ground. Punjab 41/0 after 5 overs.

Navdeep Saina being introuduced into the attack bowls well until KL Rahul creamed him through the covers for a gorgeous boundary. Punjab ticking nicely. Punjab 33/0 after 4 overs.

Mayank Agarwal has picked up from where he left the other night as he smacks Umesh Yadav for a couple of boundaries. First, Mayank goes over extra cover and then tucks the pacer through deep mid-wicket. Good start by Punjab. Punjab 26/0 after 3 overs.

KL Rahul breaks Sachin Tendulkar's eight-year-old record and he crosses the 2000-run mark in IPL. Back to back bpundaries off Dale Steyn and the Punjab skipper is up and running. Punjab 17/0 after 2 overs.

KL Rahul breaks Sachin Tendulkar's eight-year-old record

Umesh Yadav started well but strayed down the leg side in the final delivery as KL Rahul flicks it for a boundary. Punjab 8/0 after 1 over.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are all set and it will be Rahul on strike with Umesh Yadav steaming in. Here we go!

We are all set for the game to begin and KL Rahul is closing in on an IPL record. All set for a cracker of a game.

Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Playing XI:

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe (WK), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Virat Kohli: We will bowl first. It's a fresh wicket. Bit of dew in the second half and when the ball gets wet it's hard to execute. That's been a big factor. We have done really well defending a total less than 170 and seeing the bowlers execute their plans so well.

KL Rahul: There were a lot of positives and it was the first game. Mayank's batting and our team's fight was heartening. Jordan and Gowtham aren't playing, Murugan Ashwin and Neesham come in. Chris Gayle will come in at the right time, don't worry about it. It was tough sitting at home and so we are grateful to get this opportunity to play. The guys are enjoying themselves despite the rustiness in the first game.

Pitch Report: Kevin Pietersen reckons the team winning the toss should opt to bowl first or rather chase and the boundaries are longer in Dubai than compared to Sharjah.

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Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sheldon Cottrell, Hardus Viljoen, Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed


Match 6, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Venue: Dubai International Stadium

Date: September 24, Wednesday.

Time: 7:30 PM IST.