KXIP vs MI, IPL 2019: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal hammer Mumbai

first_imgKL Rahul hit his first fifty of the season while Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal scored 40 and 41 respectively as Kings XI Punjab chased down 177 against Mumbai Indians to win their second match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. Rahul, who got out cheaply in the first two matches for KXIP, took his time to get going on Saturday before unleashing some classic shots.Chris Gayle was explosive even as KL Rahul struggled early on in the chase for KXIP. Gayle announced his intentions with two successive sixes off Mitchell McClenaghan – he became the first batsman to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League – no other batsman has even hit 200 sixes in the tournament’s 12-year history.Gayle was looking very dangerous and hit 4 sixes in the innings before being caught out by Hardik Pandya off the left-arm spin of Krunal Pandya. While Rahul tried hard to find his rhythm, Mayank Agarwal came out all guns blazing and smashed a scintillating 43 off only 21 deliveries. His innings was studded with 4 fours and 2 sixes.IPL 2019, KXIP vs MI: HIGHLIGHTSWith David Miller at the crease alongside KL Rahul, KXIP needed 37 off the final 5 overs. It was KXIP’s match to lose but with Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah set to bowl 4 out of those 5 overs, Mumbai Indians were still in with a chance.Malinga was brought on to bowl the 16th over but he was a little wayward and ended up giving 12 runs including a last-ball boundary which helped KL Rahul hit his first fifty of the season.advertisementEarlier in the afternoon, Rohit Sharma set the tone for the Mumbai Indians innings with an 18-ball 32 before falling to Hardus Viljoen four balls before the end of the power play. Suryakumar Yadav. Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard failed to deliver but Hardik Pandya played another cameo to give Mumbai a strong total.Hardik’s elder brother Krunal hit two nicely timed boundaries but it was Hardik who put the finishing touches to the MI innings once again. He had exploded against Royal Challengers Bangalore and against Kings XI Punjab, Hardik was once again in destructive mood.For Kings XI Punjab, R Ashwin and M Ashwin played pivotal roles with the ball. R Ashwin, the skipper, started off with the new ball and gave away only 26 runs off his 4 overs while M Ashwin conceded 25 runs off his 4 overs and picked up the key wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Yuvraj Singh.Yuvraj was in fine touch against Delhi Capitals and hit three successive sixes against Yuzvendra Chahal in Bengaluru – in Mohali, he looked a little rusty and managed only 18 off 22.This was happy homecoming for Kings XI Punjab. Their first game of the season was dogged by the Mankading controversy despite a stunning victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. At the Eden Gardens, Andre Russell’s blitz shocked KXIP. In Mohali, the two Ashwins bowled brilliantly before Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal sealed a fantastic win.last_img

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