Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul broke Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest Indian batsman to score 5,000 T20 runs. Rahul took 143 innings to reach the milestone whereas Kohli took 167 innings. Rahul needed just one run to reach the milestone before the match. The 29-year-old could manage only four runs from six deliveries before losing his wicket to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Despite a defeat, KL Rahul broke one of Virat Kohli’s records during Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday. The wicketkeeper-batsman became the fastest Indian to scre 5000 T20 runs, getting there in only 143 innings, whereas Kohli took 167 innings. Before the match, Rahul needed only a run to reach the landmark, and could muster only four off six deliveries before losing his wicket to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Rahul’s poor display was part of a massive batting collapse for Punjab, who could only set a target of 121 runs for SRH.
Mayank Agarwal (22) and Shahrukh Khan (22) made the only notable contributions, with PBKS falling to pressure from Khaleel Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma. The former took three wickets for SRH, with the latter registering two dismissals.
SRH scored 121 for one wicket in 18.4 overs with ease, with Jonny Bairstow slamming an unbeaten knock of 63 runs off 56 balls. Captain David Warner also scored 37 in 37 balls for his side.
This was also SRH’s first win of the season after three consecutive defeats. Meanwhile, PBKS crashed to their third defeat of the season.
Rahul, who has scored 2808 runs in the IPL, will be hoping to regain his form vs Mumbai Indians (MI) in Punjab’s upcoming match on Friday. The defending champions are currently fourth in the standings, and will be hoping to build a consistent run.
Rahul has 2,808 IPL runs from 76 innings so far including two centuries and 23 half-centuries. The leading run-scorer of all-time in IPL is currently Kohli with 5,949 runs to his name from 187 innings.
In the ongoing IPL season, Rahul has scored 161 runs from four innings including two half-centuries. He scored a quickfire 91 in the first game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). However, PBKS have lost three out of their four games in the season so far. On Wednesday, SRH beat PBKS at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai by nine wickets with eight balls to spare.