Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul admitted to feeling nerves prior to IPL 2020 in UAE, adding that spending time out in the middle helped him get his touch back. “As a leader it’s important to lead from the front. Had a chat with Maxi (Maxwell) yesterday and said I wasn’t feeling completely in control of my batting. Was a little nervous but I knew if I faced a few balls, it would settle down,” said Rahul after his unbeaten 69-ball 132 powered Punjab to a 97-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Thursday.

Rahul amassed the highest score by an Indian batsman in the IPL, as Kings XI Punjab finished with an eventually winning total of 206 for 3. RCB bowlers were taken to the cleaners as Punjab plundered 74 in the last four overs, the second-most by any team in a T20 game in the UAE. “It’s as complete a team performance as it can get, so yeah, happy.

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