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KL Rahul records highest score by Indian batsman in IPL as Kings XI Punjab batter Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Punjab captain struck 132 not out to set his side up with the 97-run win over Virat Kohli’s side

KL Rahul captain of Kings XI Punjab celebrates his century during match 6 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the 24th September 2020. Photo by: Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for BCCI
KL Rahul captain of Kings XI Punjab celebrates his century during match 6 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the 24th September 2020. Photo by: Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for BCCI

KL Rahul hit the highest ever score by an Indian player in the IPL as his Kings XI Punjab side thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The Punjab captain struck 132 not out to set his side up for a huge 206-3 from their 20 overs at the Dubai International Stadium.

As well as being an Indian record in the competition, it was also the highest score by a captain in the 12-and-a-bit seasons of IPL so far.

He was given a large helping hand by his opposite number. Virat Kohli twice dropped boundary catches off Rahul.

Rahul added 49 more runs after the first of the drops, with a vicious assault on RCB’s seamers in the death overs.

Kohli’s woe was complete when he fell for just one run in reply. It left his side on 4-3, and there was no way back from that.

Ravi Bishnoi and Muguran Ashwin took three wickets each as Punjab were fired out for 109, losing by 97 runs.

Updated: September 27, 2020 10:44 AM