IPL 2018: KL Rahul denied a boundary even after hitting it
The Karnataka batsman's impressive run of form concluded against the Sunrisers.
Published - Apr 20, 2018 1:30 pm | Updated - Apr 20, 2018 1:30 pm
KL Rahul has been in fine form this season of the Indian Premier League. In Kings XI Punjab’s first game of IPL 11, he struck the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament, and in the next two games, registered handy knocks of 47 and 37. In the game between Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad, however, KL Rahul was left disappointed with a decision which is being argued as unfair on the part of the umpires.
A wise use of the DRS
Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapped Rahul in front foot and the umpire soon raised his finger. But making use of the DRS, the Karnataka opener argued that he had got an inside-edge, which proved to be correct through DRS and he wasn’t given an out. However, the ball had reached the boundary, which was denied to Rahul. There was confusion on whether four runs need to be added to the batsman’s account or not. He wasn’t given the boundary which he deserved, and soon later got dismissed after scoring just 18 off 21 balls.
In the opening game, he blasted his way to a 16-ball 51, which was laced by six fours and four sixes. “For years, I have been branded a Test cricketer. It’s good for me to be up there, creating history and breaking records. Hope to continue this way,” Rahul said after being adjudged ‘Player of the Match’.
Punjab plays their next match of the season against an in-form Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the teams have won their last two games and will be raring to record a third consecutive win when they meet at the Eden Gardens tomorrow (April 21)
The Knights seem to have finally found the right combination of players, after benching Mitchell Johnson and Vinay Kumar. As for Punjab, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle’s form will be the most important factor at the Kolkata fortress. Currently, KKR is on top of the points table while Punjab is not too far below on no. 3.