KL Rahul scored an unbeaten hundred and powered Kings XI Punjab to 197/4. @BCCI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) overcame a mid-innings wobble as KL Rahul‘s hundred powered the visitors to 197/4 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 24th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IPL 2019, MI vs KXIP: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

While MI managed to keep KXIP openers – Rahul and Chris Gayle – in check as the first three overs yielded only 11 runs, Rahul hit a six in the fourth over before Gayle cut loose in the fourth over, bowled by Jason Behrendorff, hitting three sixes and a four as KXIP upped the ante.

KXIP brought up their fifty in the powerplay before Rahul launched into the attack, taking on Alzarri Joseph as the seventh over brought in 13 runs for the visitors. There was no respite from the other end as Gayle then went after Hardik Pandya. The Indian all-rounder conceded 17 in his first over, with the West Indian hitting a six and two fours in the ninth over before bringing up his fifty and team’s hundred in the 11th over. (ALSO READ: MI vs KXIP: What can we expect to see?)

However, just when it looked that Gayle will inflict further damage, Behrendorff dismissed the left-hander for 63 in the 13th over after he failed to clear Krunal Pandya at the deep mid-wicket. Gayle’s departure not just stemmed the flow of runs but also helped MI scalp two quick wickets as Hardik removed David Miller and Karun Nair in quick succession.

While Rahul, who brought up his second successive fifty, stayed put, KXIP lost another wicket as Jasprit Bumrah joined the wicket-taking party by sending Sam Curran packing for 8.

Rahul then took the matters in his own hands and Hardik suffered. The right-hander struck three sixes and a four in the 19th over as Pandya, who went for 25 runs in his final over, ended up conceding 57 off his four overs. Rahul brought up his hundred in the 20th over as KXIP scored 197 after put in to bat.

Earlier, Siddhesh Lad made his IPL debut and replaced Rohit Sharma in the playing XI, KXIP, meanwhile, made two changes to the playing XI, with Karun Nair replacing injured Mayank Agarwal and Mujeeb Ur Rahman making way for Hardus Viljoen.

Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab (KL Rahul 100*, Chris Gayle 63; Hardik Pandya 2/57) vs Mumbai Indians