KL Rahul smashes 98 in Punjab IPL win

Captain KL Rahul has blasted a wonderful unbeaten 98 off 42 balls to support Punjab Kings retain their slim Indian Leading League playoff hopes with a in depth 6 wicket acquire more than Chennai Tremendous Kings.

Punjab sat fifth in the standings, and to make the top rated 4 wanted Kolkata Knight Riders to lose greatly to Rajasthan Royals later on on Thursday though defending champions Mumbai Indians also required to drop their very last group recreation versus Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.

Regardless of defeat on Thursday, Chennai were specified to complete among the the best two.

Match prime-scorer Rahul just skipped his initially century of the IPL year but hammered 8 sixes and seven boundaries to overhaul Chennai’s 6-134, taking his facet to victory on 4-139 with 7 overs to spare. Punjab moved ahead of Mumbai on web operate price.

Rahul has hit 6 50 percent-centuries and scored 626 operates at an impressive average of 62.60 in the match this season.

Chennai quickly bowlers Deepak Chahar (1-48) and Dwayne Bravo (-32) ended up smacked for 80 runs off 6 overs as Rahul unleashed an array of photographs. Australian Exam paceman Josh Hazlewood also went for 22 off his a few overs.

Before, immediately after staying sent into bat, Chennai’s top rated get crumbled from seamers Chris Jordan (2-20) and Arshdeep Singh (2-35).

Faf du Plessis created 76 off 55 balls to keep the innings collectively and Ravindra Jadeja included 15.

They blended in a 67-operate partnership immediately after Chennai were being 5-61 in the 12th more than when legspinner Ravi Bishnoi clear-bowled captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 12.

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