The strokeplay was iridescent. On a difficult pitch KL Rahul struck the ball with grace, movement, timing and a refreshing sense of freedom. Gifted he’s.
The swing of the bat was as clean because the willow placing the ball. The sphere streaked by way of the gaps, cleared the fence. The floor didn’t matter.
Skipper Rahul’s astonishing 98 not out – he fittingly ended the match with a thumping six off Shardul Thakur – off simply 42 deliveries with seven fours and a surprising eight sixes enabled Punjab Kings race previous CSK’s 134 in solely 13 overs with six wickets remaining on this Indian Premier League (IPL) conflict at Dubai.
Rahul’s blistering show of ball-striking gave his staff’s run-rate a lift and lent Punjab Kings a glimmer of hope if the opposite outcomes went its means.
For CSK, struggling a hammering, this was its third successive loss.
Punjab misplaced wickets alongside the way in which – Mayank Agarwal was desperately unfortunate to be adjudged leg-before to Thakur – however Rahul was in a special zone, placing Josh Hazlewood over his head after which pulling the Aussie for a six and a 4.
He whipped bowlers for sixes. His off-drives have been beautiful.
Rahul certainly was a one-man demolition military. Punjab was 51 for 2 after Powerplay, and Rahul’s contribution was 38.
He continued in the identical method, clearing the fence effortlessly at the same time as he stayed balanced. Fittingly, Rahul delivered the ultimate blow.
Earlier, at the same time as wickets fell round him, opener Faf du Plessis (76 off 55)held the innings collectively, rotating the strike, placing the odd massive blow.
The Punjab Kings seamers employed the brief ball ploy capably and CSK, inserted, misplaced wickets on pitch that was fairly two-paced.
The versatile left-armer Arshdeep Singh consumed the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad on the pull with a imply lifter.
The left-handed Moeen Ali succumbed to a supply of elevate and motion from Arshdeep.
CSK was 32 for 3 within the seventh over when Robin Uthappa pulled Chris Jordan to deep square-leg’s arms. And Ambati Rayudu’s tried slash off Jordan proved deadly.
MS Dhoni’s issues in opposition to the googly continued when Ravi Bishnoi castled the CSK skipper.
The ball didn’t roll for CSK. Rahul was King.