IPL 11, Match 48: Punjab v Bangalore

Lawrence Cooper
May 17, 2018

While, Virat Kohli's led Royal Challengers is desperate for victories. The game that was expected to be a thrilling one turned out to be a damp squib.

Played: 21. Punjab: 12. RCB bowlers were very well complemented by some good outfield catching and three runs outs.

Colin de Grandhomme, left, and Bangalore have kept their playoff hopes alive with a 10-wicket win against Punjab. Backed by some good fielding, Umesh Yadav (3/23) came up with an impressive bowling effort up front to destabilise the KXIP innings.

WICKETS! This is just bad.

Aaron Finch was KXIP's top scorer with a 23-ball 26. Stoinis, however, yorked himself against Yuzvendra Chahal and was part of an irreparable collapse. A well flighted delivery that turned into a yorker as Stoinis failed to pick up the length. They will be eliminated if they lose to KXIP on Wednesday. Mohamed Siraj gets his first wicket. Then in the same fifth over, he bowled another short ball close to Gayle, who tried to send the ball outside the ground but could only sky it to Mohammad Siraj at square leg. This is now the third 10-wicket victory in Bangalore history; no other side has achieved this feat a few times.

It was the 2nd head to head battle between this two teams in the ongoing season.

Kings XI Punjab is at the third position on the points table with six wins from eleven matches, while Royal Challengers Bangalore is at the seventh position on the points table with four wins from their eleven matches. But since it is seen that KXIP has a great team and they can surely beat others to reach peak of the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore chased it down with nearly 12 overs to spare and boosted their net run-rate, from -0.26 to +0.21, and their playoff qualification chances. A win in the next game against Kolkata Knight Riders is must for the team. While RCB will look to continue with their winning combination from the last match.

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The last time Bangalore made the play offs, both Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers were scoring heavily in the season that Kohli approached 1000 runs with the bat. Thanks to Narine's 75, Karthik's 50 and Russell's 31 KKR posted 245 runs on board, which is also the highest in this years IPL.

Lamichhane too stood out with his performance as he took Parthiv Patel's wicket and conceded 25 runs in four overs.

KXIP: KL Rahul has been the consistent performer with the bat for the Punjab side. They have two away games scheduled next - in Mumbai and in Pune.

Virat- The RCB skipper has already shown his intent. The team India pacer has picked up 14 wickets in 11 games. WICKET! Only three runs off the over.

Umesh teased Gayle with a brace of outswingers in the corridor, including one that grazed the outside edge, but Parthiv Patel dropped it to reprieve the batsman on 0 in the first over. Broadcast starts at 20:00 Hours (IST). It's their last match at the Holkar Stadium, their adopted home, this season.

Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.

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