Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab – April 14, 2018
Umesh Yadav takes Man of the Match with 3 wickets in one over
Royal Challengers Bangalore snatched a nervy victory against Kings XI Punjab on Friday night. With this win, RCB opened their account in this season’s IPL. They are currently 5th in the points table, while Kings XI are at 4th. Though both teams now have one win each from two games, Kings XI have a better net run rate.
On Friday, RCB won the toss in their home game and put Kings XI in to bat first. RCB retained their team from the previous game while Kings XI made one change, bringing in Aaron Finch in place of David Miller. Local fan favourite Chris Gayle did not get a game against his former team RCB.
Kings XI started their innings well, with KL Rahul (47 runs off 30 deliveries) taking 16 runs of the first over (2 6s, 1 4). Umesh Yadav, the eventual Man of the Match, then struck a body blow in the 4th over. First, he removed Mayank Agarwal and Aaron Finch (first ball duck) off successive deliveries. Then, he bowled out Yuvraj Singh with the last delivery of the over. Kings XI proceeded cautiously after this and were all out for 155 of 19.2 overs. Apart from KL Rahul, Ashwin (33 runs off 21 deliveries) and Karun Nair (29 runs off 26 deliveries) were the main contributors for Kings XI. Umesh Yadav finished with 3 wickets for 23 runs off his 4 overs.
In reply, RCB started their innings slowly, losing Brendon McCullum on the 2nd delivery of their innings. Mujeeb Ur Rahman then bowled Kohli off the penultimate delivery of the 5th over. AB de Villiers (57 runs off 40 deliveries) and Quinton de Kock (45 runs off 34 deliveries) then steadied the ship. Ashwin struck in the 12th over of the innings, scalping de Kock and Sarfaraz Khan (first ball duck) off successive deliveries. RCB, at one stage, looked in some trouble with 41 runs needed off the last 4 overs. AB de Villers then hit 3 sixes to bring the asking rate under control and finally, Washington Sundar took RCB home with two 4s in the last over.