Dubai [UAE], October 4 (ANI): Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper KL Rahul scored a half-century to guide his team to a total of 178 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday.
Rahul played a knock of 63 runs from 52 balls to help his side post a target of 179 runs for the MS Dhoni-led team.
After opting to bat first, KXIP got off to a brilliant start, with openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul smashing regular boundaries. The duo formed a 61-run partnership before Piyush Chawla dismissed Agarwal (26) in the ninth over.
Mandeep Singh then came out to bat and played a quick knock of 27 runs from just 16 balls before Ambati Rayudu caught a stunning catch to send batsman back to the pavilion. Ravindra Jadeja took the wicket of Singh in the 12th over.
Nicholas Pooran then joined the on-field batter Rahul, who went on to complete his half-century from 46 balls. Both batsmen played with an attacking mindset and took the team over the 150-run mark in the 17th over.
However, CSK made a comeback in the match as Shardul Thakur removed both the set batsmen in the 18th over. Pooran got out after scoring 33 runs from 17 balls before Rahul was caught behind on the very next delivery. After taking two wickets, Thakur conceded just three runs from his remaining four deliveries of the over.
Glenn Maxwell and Sarfaraz Khan then took the field and helped the team reach a respectable total. Thakur took two wickets while Chawla and Jadeja picked one wicket each in the match. (ANI)