IPL Live Updates IPL 2022 Talking Points, LSG vs MI & DC vs RCB: KL Rahul’s Memorable 100th & Pant’s Game-Changing Drop
Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore registered victories on Saturday as they reached the top half of the IPL 2022 points table. While LSG beat five-time winners Mumbai Indians, RCB outclassed Delhi Capitals.
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Here we take a look at the key talking points of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Rahul made his 100th count
Life as the captain of a new franchise has been off to a good start for KL Rahul, who was often seen cutting a sorry figure while leading the Punjab Kings. He would score a lot of runs but his team could not produce results. In a new franchise, Rahul continues to score runs, but this time, he is smiling more with positive results. Rahul played his 100th IPL match against MI and he made it memorable by scoring a century. Thus he became the second IPL captain after Virat Kohli to score more than one century. It was also Rahul’s second century against MI and he became the fourth player to score multiple centuries against the same opponents.
Mi’s nightmare continues
Mi are in freefall. They have lost all their six matches of IPL 2022 to bad starts. This is the first time in their history that MI, the most successful IPL franchise, have lost their first six matches of a season. The latest setback means they now have to win all their remaining eight matches to give themselves a chance to make the playoffs and should they not, this will be the second year in a row that they have failed to do so.
Changes the end for Kuldeep
Kuldeep Yadav has started his IPL 2022 in a great way. The left-arm spinner took four wickets against his old franchise. So when Rishabh Pant introduced him in the 9th over, he expected a few more wickets. However, it proved costly by Glenn Maxwell scoring 23 runs including two fours and two sixes. Pant then pulled it off and started again from the other end. The reward was immediate as he took revenge on Maxwell for ending his innings on 55. He scored 23 runs in his first over, but from his next three, allowed just 23 more.
Kohli and run out
Virat Kohli is having a disappointing season. He’s timing the ball well, pulling off great cover drives, igniting the hopes of something special. However, as an opposing climax, the former RCB captain has failed to deliver on those promises. The latest example was Saturday night when he was run out for 12 on some individual talent in the ground by Lalit Yadav, who had a stump and hit the bullseye to catch Kohli off his ground. This was the second time that Kohli has been run out in this IPL – the first time since 2013 that he has been dismissed in this manner more than once.
The kind of form Dinesh Karthik has been in this season, you wouldn’t want to give him a second chance. Whatever he presents to you, you grab it. But Rishabh Pant failed to catch the ball after kissing the batsman’s bottom edge when he was on 5, robbing Kuldeep of another wicket. This proved to be a game changing moment. Karthik took advantage of that relief and scored a half-century. He remained unbeaten on 66 off 34, an innings that included five fours and as many sixes.
Kohli’s one-handed stunner
Kohli may have failed with the bat but his energy level never dropped. As has been the case throughout his career. And it eventually rubs off on its teammates. Kohli was determined to contribute somehow and made his presence felt with some electric fielding. He was quick and the pinnacle of it came in the 17th over when he took a one-handed catch while leaping over cover to send back the dangerous Rishabh Pant, who was batting on 34. And with this DC’s final hopes also came to an end.
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