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IPL 2020 RCB vs KXIP highlights: KXIP beats RCB in a last ball thriller

Needing seven off the final two overs with nine wickets in hand, KXIP somehow managed to take the game to the last ball with Nicholas Pooran finally hitting the winning six

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IPL 2020 | Royal Challengers Bangalore | Kings XI Punjab

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

KXIP , KL Rahul, Chris Gayle
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle during KXIP vs RCB match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on the 15th October 2020. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI

In match 31 of Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020), played a captain's knock and fired in his first game since January as (KXIP) finally ended its five-match losing streak with an eight-wicket win over at Sharjah cricket ground on Thursday.

Chasing 172 in a must-win game, the in-form opening pair of Rahul (61 not off 49) and (45 off 25) got off to a flying start before Gayle (53 off 45) joined his skipper in the middle to get KXIP close to the finishing line.

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Needing seven off the final two overs with nine wickets in hand, KXIP somehow managed to take the game to the last ball with finally hitting the winning six.

Both Rahul and Gayle smashed five sixes each, rendering the opposition attack helpless.

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Batting first, skipper top-scored with 48 off 39 balls in his 200th game for RCB before Chris Morris' 25 off 8 in the death overs took the team to 171 for six.

It was a rare all-round effort from KXIP who had failed to close out games earlier in the competition.

Mohammad Shami (2/45) conceded 24 runs in the final over that spoiled his figures after he got rid of Kohli and but overall it was a much improved bowling effort by KXIP especially in the death overs.

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Leg spinner M Ashwin struck twice and pacer Chris Jordan took his first wicket of the tournament.

The run chase was supposed to be straightforward after Agarwal took the opposition to the cleaners in the powerplay before Rahul took over. As usual, the 41-year-old Gayle, batting at three, took his time early on before going ballistic.

Earlier, KXIP conceded only 25 runs from over 16-19 before Morris and hammered Shami for three sixes.

Rahul experimented by opening the bowling with (0/28 in 4 overs). He was slog swept by his Australian teammate and close friend on the final ball.

KXIP innings' key highlights

  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 0 wicket)
  • Kings XI Punjab: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (35 balls), Extras 1
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 35 balls (25, Agarwal 29, Extra 1)
  • Kings XI Punjab: 100 runs in 11.6 overs (72 balls), Extras 6
  • Over 13.2: Review by (Batting), Umpire - KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Batsman - Gayle (Upheld)
  • KL Rahul: 50 off 37 balls (1 x 4, 4 x 6)
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 43 balls (23, Gayle 28, Ex 2)
  • Strategic Timeout: - 146/1 in 16.0 overs (KL Rahul 58, Gayle 36)
  • Kings XI Punjab: 150 runs in 16.1 overs (97 balls), Extras 7
  • Chris Gayle: 50 off 36 balls (1 x 4, 5 x 6)

Batsman Dismissal Runs Balls Fours Sixes
KL Rahul not out 61 49 1 5
Mayank Agarwal b Chahal 45 25 4 3
Chris Gayle run out (Devdutt Padikkal/de Villiers) 53 45 1 5
Nicholas Pooran not out 6 1 0 1
Total: 177-2 in 20 Overs
Bowler Over Maiden Runs Wickets
Chris Morris 4 0 22 0
Navdeep Saini 4 0 21 0
Yuzvendra Chahal 3 0 35 1
Isuru Udana 2 0 14 0
Mohammad Siraj 3 0 44 0
Washington Sundar 4 0 38 0


RCB inning's key highlights

  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 57 runs, 1 wicket)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: 50 runs in 5.2 overs (32 balls), Extras 5
  • Timeout: - 75/2 in 9.0 overs (23, Washington Sundar 7)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: 100 runs in 13.2 overs (80 balls), Extras 8
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: 150 runs in 19.1 overs (115 balls), Extras 12
RCB innings scorecard

Batsman Dismissal Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Devdutt Padikkal c Pooran b Arshdeep 18 12 1 1
Aaron Finch b M Ashwin 20 18 2 1
Virat Kohli c Rahul b Shami 48 39 3 0
Washington Sunar c Jordan b M Ashwin 13 14 1 0
Shivam Dube c Rahul b Jordan 23 19 0 2
AB de Villiers c Hooda b Shami 2 5 0 0
Chris Morris not out 25 8 1 3
Isuru Udana not out 10 5 0 1
Total: 171/6 in 20 Overs
Bowler Over Maiden Runs Wickets
Glenn Maxwell 4 0 28 0
Mohammad Shami 4 0 45 2
Arshdeep Singh 2 0 20 1
Murugan Ashwin 4 0 23 2
Ravi Bishnoi 3 0 29 0
Chris Jordan 3 0 20 1


RCB vs KXIP playing 11: has made no changes in its playing 11 while Kings XI Punjab has made three changes bringing in Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda and Murugan Ashwin for Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mandeep Singh and Prabhsimran Singh. 

KXIP playing 11:  Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.

RCB playing 11:  Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

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