Stylish opener Lokesh Rahul was at his best when he slammed an unbeaten 95 against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Rahul's knock which came, however, went in vain as Kings XI Punjab lost the game by 15 runs. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)
Opting to bat in this must-win game, Rajasthan Royals could only muster 158 for eight despite Jos Buttler's blazing 58-ball 82. The home team, however, staged a strong fightback with the ball as it restricted Kings XI Punjab to 143 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs. (HIGHLIGHTS, RR vs KXIP)
For Kings XI Punjab, Rahul played the lone ranger with 95 off 70 balls, his fourth half century of the ongoing league. KXIP needed 32 runs in the last over and Rahul's six and two fours were not enough.
However, Rahul impressed one and all by playing a superb innings once again in this season of the IPL.
Let’s get it started - It is HOT out here but the noise is deafening! Thank you Elan for this dress! pic.twitter.com/ydLrhrQA7P— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) March 25, 2018
Pakistani sports anchor Zainab Abbas was also among the legion of fans who were impressed by Rahul's fighting innings.
Zainab was quick to acknowledge Rahul's efforts in a Tweet. "KL Rahul impressive, superb timing, great to watch," she wrote.
KL Rahul impressive,superb timing,great to watch.. #RRvKXIP— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) May 6, 2018
Rahul has been in great form in the ongoing 11th season of the IPL and is currently the Orange Cap holder for being the highest run-scorer in the league.
In 10 matches, Rahul has scored 471 runs at an average of 58.87 and at a strike-rate of 156.47. Earlier, Rahul also slammed the fastest fifty in IPL's history in just 14 balls against Delhi Daredevils.