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IPL: KL Rahul helps Punjab Kings ease to win over Mumbai Indians

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KL Rahul has hit three half-centuries in five matches in this year’s Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League, Chennai:
Mumbai Indians 131-6 (20 overs): Rohit 63; Shami 2-21, Bishnoi 2-21
Punjab Kings 132-1 (17.4 overs): Rahul 60*, Gayle 43*; Chahar 1-19
Punjab Kings won by nine wickets
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KL Rahul’s 60 not out from 52 balls helped Punjab Kings to an easy nine-wicket win over reigning Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians.

The Kings captain shared an unbeaten 79-run partnership with Chris Gayle, who made 43 not out as they chased down 132 with 2.2 overs to spare in Chennai.

Earlier, Mumbai posted a below-par 131-6, with Rohit Sharma hitting 63.

The five-time winners have now lost three of their five matches in this season’s competition.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat, Mumbai’s top -order struggled to find any fluency.

The IPL’s most successful team were only 21-1 after six overs, their second lowest powerplay score.

However, a 79-run partnership between Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (33) offered some hope for Mumbai.

Rohit played a watchful and composed 52-ball knock before he was dismissed by seamer Mohammed Shami.

Shami and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi were the pick of the Punjab bowlers, both taking 2-21 from their four overs.

In reply, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal got off to a quick start, adding 53 for the first wicket before Mayank (25) was dismissed by leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the eighth over.

Chahar finished with 1-19 and off-spinner Jayant Yadav 0-20 from his four overs as the pair put the brakes on the Kings innings.

But Rahul and West Indies veteran Gayle batted patiently, capitalising on any wayward bowling to give Punjab their second win of the tournament.

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