15 April, 2018
Captain Virat Kohli was all praise for his bowlers as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded their first victory in IPL XI with a four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, at the Chinnaswamy, on Friday.
For Punjab, it will be imperative to get a great start and put the runs on the board.
There were two separate occasions during their chase of 155 that Bangalore lost pairs of wickets in quick succession.
Earlier, Umesh rocked the KXIP innings with a three-wicket burst in an over as RCB bowled out the visitors for 155. AB's innings of 57 off 40 balls, comprised a couple of 4s and 4 sixes.
RCB will now want their star batsmen Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers, who blasted a 27-ball 43 and a 23-ball 44, respectively, in the first game. He got the wicket of risky Brendon McCullum at Mujib ur Rahim on the second ball of the second over.
The eighth match of the Indian Premier League sees Virat Kohli's RCB take on Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab at their home ground in Bengaluru.
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With RCB losing 11 successive matches when De Villiers played and the comeback of Aron finch in Punjab's squad, both will try to prove their detractors wrong in tonight's match.
In their season-opening victory on Sunday, Kings XI had been given a flying start by Rahul, who blasted his way to a fifty from just 14 balls - the fastest in IPL history.
Punjab's bowlers did a fine job by restricting Delhi with 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman making his IPL debut with a bang, picking up two wickets along with Mohit Sharma. Rahane has a reliable option in Krishnappa Gowtham, who has bowled in the powerplay and is familiar with the trade of wicket-taking as well as run-containment in the early overs.
India's champion player and show stopper Yuvraj Singh again had a poor outing and from a distance, it is looking like that something is not right with this talented batsman. At the end of 15th over, KXIP were 122 for 7 and they could add 33 more runs at the expense of three wickets thanks to Ashwin's breezy 21-ball 33. He slapped Chris Woakes' third ball over deep point fence for a six and followed it up with an exquisitely-timed flick over backward square-leg for a similar result.
After Rashid Khan, young Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman has been touted as the next big thing to arrive from the Afghan country, after his impressive performance in the last two matches for the Punjab-based franchise.