RCB vs KXIP IPL 2018 Live Match


Ahead of the most anticipated match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, both the side seems tough enough from their squad. The two right-handers were looking destructive before Dinesh Karthik's gamble of getting Nitish Rana to bowl an over at a crucial point in the match paid him off as the youngster in two successive balls removed both Ab de Villiers and Kohli. The win meant RCB had arrested a five-match losing streak at the Chinnaswamy from 2017.

While the flamboyant Virat Kohli-led Bangalore bolstered by power hitting batsmen AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum will look to seal the first victory in the lucrative season. Initially, it looked like Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul would build a strong opening partnership. We lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games.

But fast-medium pace of Umesh Yadav pegged Punjab back from 32-0 to 36-3. Sunil Narine then struck 50 off just 17 deliveries to help KKR chase down the target with seven balls and four wickets to spare. Then Yuvraj Singh fell off the over's final delivery. He got out soon but the job was done. Yuvraj was out in the final ball of that over as it went through his gate to knock off the middle stump.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab posted a paltry score with Lokesh Rahul blasting 47 off 30 balls. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who proved ineffective in the opener, will look to weave their magic on the home ground. Rahul's slog sweep found short third man and, with that dismissal, the Kings XI batting began to unravel once more.

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KXIP were boosted by a 14-ball fifty in their first match against DD to hand his side a comfortable victory. The bowlers of Kings XI Punjab lack the killer instinct and so it would be interesting to see how the team cope with it. In fact, in the last ball, a run was needed for Hyderabad to register a second win and rightly so, they ended up winning that game at ease. Besides, RCB has a few big hitters like Quinton de Kock, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes and Corey Anderson, who are hungry for runs. They welcomed pacer Mohit Sharma by scoring 16 runs in the eighth over and took RCB to 79/2 at the halfway mark.

De Villiers came in, and in company of compatriot De Kock, steadied the Bangalore innings. But once Mandeep got under a googly and smashed it to the midwicket fence, de Villiers took charge and clouted two sixes off the last two balls to leave Rahman's analysis in tatters.

Mandeep Singh contributed with 22 down the order while Washington Sundar (9*) hit the winning runs as Bangalore reached 159/6 in 19.3 overs. In contrast, the other Kings XI bowlers went at 7.50 or less per over.

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