Saturday 31 October, 2020

Cottrell takes down Kohli as Kings XI defeat Royal Challengers

Sheldon Cottrell took two wickets in the Kings XI Punjab victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalor

Sheldon Cottrell took two wickets in the Kings XI Punjab victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalor

Sheldon Cottrell took two wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, as his Kings XI Punjab team beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs in a one-sided encounter at Dubai.

The Jamaican seamer took 2/17 in this three overs to leave Bangalore at 4-3 chasing a mammoth 207 for victory.

He had Devdutt Padikkal caught by Ravi Bishnoi in the opening over for 1 and then, two overs later, Cottrell combined with the same fielder to dismiss Kohli for 1 to decimate the Royal Challengers too-order.

They never recovered as the leg-spinning duo of Murugan Ashwin (3/21) and Bishnoi (3/32) turned the screws to shoot out Bangalore for 109 in 17 overs.

Earlier, the sublime KL Rahul scored 132 of 69 balls, the highest score by an Indian in the IPL, as the Kings XI piled up 206/3.

He also and dominated half-century partnerships with Mayank Agarwal (26), Nicholas Pooran (17) and Karun Nair (15 not out).

Rahul was dropped twice in the outfield by Kohli in the 17th and 18th overs, and then proceeded to score 42 off nine deliveries at the death.

Cottrell now has four wickets in two games at 10.25 apiece, with an impressive economy rate of 5.85.

Pooran, however, only has 17 runs in two matches at 8.50, with a strike rate of 80.95.

Kings XI are now on top of the IPL table on net run rate (2.425), pushing Mumbai Indians down to second (0.993).

Kings XI Punjab are up against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at Sharjah, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore face the Mumbai Indians on Monday at Dubai.

On Friday, the Chennai Super Kings take on the Delhi Capitals at Dubai.

Summarized scores: Kings XI Punjab 206 for 3 (Rahul 132) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 109 (M Ashwin 3-21, Bishnoi 3-32) by 97 runs

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