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. He has just managed 21 runs in two games. Mayank, who was earlier dropped by Sarfaraz Khan at deep square leg, attempted to drive Umesh but nicked it to wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock who made no mistake in plucking the ball in quick time. Indian stalwart Yuvraj Singh strode to the crease and deposited a ball to the boundary, but a change of tack by Yadav saw the bowler go around-the-wicket and castle Yuvraj for his third scalp in one over, completely swinging the momentum inside the space of six balls.
At one point, it didn't look easy for RCB, especially after they lost both Brendon McCullum and the captain Virat Kohli inside the Powerplay.
Virat Kohli's Men in Red- Royals Challengers Bangalore returned to the Chinnaswamy Stadium against the Kings XI Punjab. "The general message shared by the team is to stay busy and take the game to the next level always", de Villiers told RCB according to a press release.
Ahead of the start of the 2018 IPL, former Indian batsman and the CEO of Kings XI Punjab said that this is the strongest Kings XI Punjab side ever.
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. Put in to bat, Punjab started off on a poor note, losing opener Mayank Agarwal (15), new batsmen Aaron Finch (0) and Yuvraj Singh (4) the fourth over.
The KXIP innings, however, began with a bang with Rahul taking 16 runs from the opening over bowled by Woakes whom he hit for a four and two sixes. The first ball, a tempting full-pitched delivery, was edged by Agarwal to the keeper de Kock diving to his right. A good inning of 33 runs off just 21 deliveries by the Punjab skipper Ravi Ashwin helped them to post a respectable total of 155/10 (19.2 overs) on the board. In his 30-ball knock, he slammed two boundaries and four sixes. Punjab, despite having lost their big batters, lost four wickets from 11-15 overs, a phase considered as the most important in T20.