Rahul, Agarwal power Kings XI Punjab to victory

Opening batsman Lokesh Rahul smashed a crucial half-century to help Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a game played in Mohali on Monday. Kings XI put in a clinical bowling performance to restrict Sunrisers to a modest total. In reply, Rahul led the way with the bat to see Kings XI Punjab win the game by six wickets.

Chasing 151 runs to win, Kings XI Punjab got off to shaky start as Chris Gayle was dismissed in the third over of the innings. He scored 16 off 14 balls with the help of one four and one six. Lokesh Rahul looked in good form and put on a 114-run partnership to put Kings XI in a strong position to win the game.

Rahul scored unbeaten 71 off 53 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. He was well supported by Agarwal, who chipped in with 55 off 43 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma dismissed Agarwal to see Kings XI lose their second wicket with 132 runs on the board.

David Miller and Mandeep Singh perished in quick succession for Kings XI Punjab.  Sam Curran and Lokesh Rahul remained at the crease till the end to see Kings XI complete the target in the final over of the innings.

Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal combined for a 114-run stand to power the Kings XI Punjab to a six wicket-win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali on Monday

Earlier in the day, Captain Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and decided to bowl first. Opener David Warner smashed a crucial half-century to help Sunrisers post 150 for 4 in their 20 overs.

Pugnacious opener continued his form with the bat in this game and scored 70 off 62 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Jonny Bairstow was dismissed in the second over of the innings as off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman delivered crucial breakthrough for Kings XI Punjab.

Warner anchored the innings for Sunrisers and put on crucial partnerships with Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey. Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi and Deepak Hooda chipped in with crucial runs to see Sunrisers post a decent score on the board.

For Kings XI Punjab, Mohammad Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled well and picked up one wicket apiece. Ankit Rajpoot also produced a tidy spell of bowling and conceded just 21 runs from his four overs.

Lokesh Rahul was named man of the match for his splendid batting performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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