IPL 2018: RCB beat Kings XI by 10 wickets, Punjab slip to 5th position

Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrate the dismissal of Kings XI Pinjab's KL Rahul during an IPL cricket T20 match at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Photo: PTI
In the 48th match of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL) Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Deviating from the usual, RCB's success was marked by a bowling attack that derailed Punjab's inning. After decimating Punjab's inning to just 89 runs, RCB had captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel wreaking havoc on opposition bowlers. With this defeat, KXIP slipped to 5th position on the VIVO IPL points table.

Earlier, RCB won the toss and opted to bowl against Kings XI Punjab. Punjab's inning had just taken off but crashed as soon as RCB took three quick wickets, including Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul. The next few batsmen came but just for a brief and not much was left for Punjab after the debacle with the bat. The bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, left no room for any leniency for the batsmen.

Finch gave hope to Punjab but perished soon. Punjab's inning soon hit the dead end. All Punjab had was a disappointing total of 88 runs on the scoreboard. Just three batsmen managed to touch the double-digit mark for Punjab. For RCB, chasing a meagre target of 89 runs, Captain Virat Kohli and  Parthiv Patel were cautious initially but then the ball was often seen crossing the rope after that. At around 12 runs per over, the scoreboard was enough to depict RCB's dominance. Punjab's bowlers had nothing much to defend and the one-sided affair reached it's conclusion soon.


Royal Challengers Banglore innings update: Over by over

Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI for today's match: Parthiv Patel(w), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers,

Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Over 1: Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli to open for RCB. Ashwin to start for KXIP. Virat starts off with the single. Parthiv takes single as well. Another single to Virat. Single to Parthiv as well. Virat takes single. Parthiv hits a four. RCB: 9-0

Over 2: Andrew Tye comes to the attack, Kohli gets a leading edge, no run. Good shot but no run. Kohli flicks, quick single. Parthiv glances and it goes for a four towards fine-leg boundary. Amazing cover drive for four by Parthiv. This is amazing cricket. Quick double to finish the over. RCB: 20-0

Over 3: Ankit Rajpoot comes to the attack, Virat welcomes him with a huge six. Moves across and pulls for Kohli. He is not wasting any time in the run chase. WIDE. Virat comes out of the crease and hits it over point boundary for four. In the air, and Finch could not quite reach it, just one. RCB: 36-0

Over 4: Tye continues, Just one to Kohli. Parthiv swings and misses. Straight drive for one. Huge appeal for LBW. KXIP review. It will be down the leg as the stumps are visible. Completely missing the wickets. Review lost. RCB: 39-0

Over 5: Mohit Sharma comes to the attack. Just one for Kohli. Brilliant shot by Parthiv for four. Too much width on offer. Bouncer, single this time. Full toss, Kohli fails to put it away. Superb shot by Parthiv, goes for four. 50 up for RCB. And again, beautiful shot for four. RCB: 54-0

Over 6: Tye continues, Dot ball.Single to Virat. Single to Parthiv. Bouncer. Great shot by Kohli for four. Kohli goes over the cover boundary for SIX. RCB: 66-6

Over 7: Stoinis comes to the attack, Single to Parthiv. Beautiful shot for four. Kohli is in top form. Single taken. Parthiv hits in the air, just short of the incoming fielder, two runs. Single to Parthiv. Four to end the over. RCB: 79-0

Over 8: Tye comes to the attack, single to Parthiv. Powerful shot, just for one. Swing and a miss. Bouncer, Parthiv pushes for four through third man boundary. Parthiv pulls for one. Single to finish. RCB: 87-0

Over 9: Mohit comes to the attack. No ball. Free hit. Goes for four. RCB win by 10 wickets with 71 balls to spare.

Royal Challengers Banglore innings analysis after 9 overs

Chasing 89 runs Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel opened the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore while Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin bowled the first over. RCB got off a decent start as they didn't look in a hurry taking singles and playing the ball on merit. Ashwin conceded 9 runs as Parthiv beautifully placed the last ball between mid-wicket and mid-on for four. Andrew Tye came to bowl the 2nd over and Parthiv Patel hit two classic shot to collect 2 boundaries as 10 runs scored in the over. Ankit Rajpoot was greeted with a six followed by four as he came to bowl the 3rd over. After a quiet start in first 2 overs, Kohli tried to hit every ball for a six as RCB maybe looking to up the net run-rate. Rajpoot conceded 16 runs in his first. 

Andrew Tye continued from the other end and conceded only 3 runs as Kohli didn't try to play any risky shot. In a search of a wicket, Mohit Sharma was asked to bowl the 5th over but pPathive had some other plan for him as he hit 3 boundaries to bring the 50 runs partnership for the first wicket. KXIP bowling looked toothless as it seems the team lost the psychologically in the first innings when they are bundled out of 88. Andrew tye did a bowl with a good line and length but Kohli's class was just enough for KXIP bowling as Kohli hit the last two balls for a four and a six.

Marcus Stoinis came to bowl the 7th over and Kohli played some classic shot to collect 13 runs as RCB needed 10 runs in 13 overs with 0.76 runs per over. The purple cap holder Andrew Tye continued to impress as he didn't allow Kohli and Parthiv to play any big shot in the first 3 balls before Parthiv death touch added 4 more runs in RCB scoreboard. Ankit Rajpoot came to bowl the 9th over and Kohli completed the formalities of scoring 2 runs as RCB registered first 10 wickets win in IPL 2018

Kings XI Punjab innings update: Over by over

Kings XI Punjab playing XI for today's match: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma

Over 1: K L Rahul and Chris Gayle to open for Chris Gayle, Umesh Yadav to open the attack for Royal Challengers Banglore. Very good line by Umesh, no run for Rahul. Again similar ball. A bit of width on offer, just one to Rahul. Straight line to Gayle, well played by him. Brilliant ball, Gayle edges and Parthiv drops a sitter. What a sad state of affairs. Bouncer to Gayle, no run. Very tight over. KXIP: 1-0

Over 2: Tim Southee is the new bowler, good line to Rahul, no scope of hitting. Very good line again, dot ball. Another dot ball. Five dots in a row. Short of length ball, Rahul pulls for a six. KXIP: 7-0

Over 3: Umesh continues, Another swinging ball to the Gayle, he seemed clueless about it.  GOod ball, Gayle barely manages to get his bat to it. Another very good short ball to Gayle, he is no position to play it. Single taken by Gayle. Short ball to Rahul and he pulls it over fine leg for a massive six. Hit towards mid-off in the air, ABD couldn't reach it. 

Over 4: Southee continues, Gayle hits him for a ferocious four towards covers. Single for him. Rahul gets a single. Gayle pulls and pulls hard for four. This time he goes over Southee's head for four. KXIP: 28-0

Over 5: Umesh continues, two runs for Rahul. Short ball again, Rahul dispatches it for a huge six, powerful pull. Rahul flicks again, and this time he is caught in the deep. Colin de Grandhomme takes a brilliant catch. Rahul goes for 21. Karun Nair comes to the crease. Gayle smashes for a four, what amazing shot. Hit high in the air, and is taken. What a huge wicket. Chris Gayle is gone for 18. KXIP: 41-2

Over 6: Siraj in the attack. Aaron Finch is the man in. Brilliant ball, Nair edges and he is gone Kings XI in huge trouble. Nair goes for 1. Marcus Stoinis is the new man in. Single to him. Good cover drive by Finch for four. Was pitched up, gets wacked for four. Quick single. RCB: 47-3

Over 7: Yuzvendra Chahal comes to the attack, good line and some spin for him. Clean bowled. Stoinis is gone. RCB on fire. Chahal strikes. Mayank Agarwal is the new man in. KXIP: 50-4

Over 8: Siraj continues, Single to Finch. Dealing in singles now. Brilliant shot by Finch for six. KXIP: 58-4

Over 9: Colin de Grandhomme comes to the attack, just one. Wide. In the air, just one. Appeal for caught behind. There is the spike on ultraedge. He is out. Mayank goes for 2. KXIP: 61-5 

Over 10: Chahal continues. Axar Patel is the new man in. very tight over by him. Not giving any scope to hit. KXIP: 65-5

Over 11: Colin continues, just one. Keeping it really tight. Another dot ball. Just one run. KXIP: 70-5

Over 12: Moeen Ali comes to the attack, Finch pulls for a six. Pulls but there is a fielder. Just one. And he is gone. Finch departs. Ashwin is the new man in. Chance of a runout and Ashwin is gone. KXIP: 78-7

Over 13: Umesh continues, Tye swings and he is gone. Caught behind. Duck for him. Single to Mohit Sharma. KXIP: 80-8

Over 14: Moeen continues, Axar takes a single. Dealing in singles. Run out chance, is he out? Mohit is run out. KXIP: 84-9

Over 15: Ankit Rajpoot is the new man in. Siraj to bowl. Swing and a miss. There are two slips. Swing and a miss again. Single.  Axar takes single. KXIP: 87-9

Over 16: Moeen Ali continues, Axar takes a double. Run out chance, yes it is. KXIP: 87-all out

Kings XI Punjab innings analysis after end of innings

Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul opened for Kings XI Punjab and Umesh started the bowling attack for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Umesh kept the line in control and produced three dot balls. Parthiv dropped Gayle on the fifth ball. Tim Southee kept the bowling pace in the 130s line and Rahul took his own time to settle on the crease, once done, he went for a six off Southee's last ball. Umesh kept the batsmen busy with his line and length but Rahul found a short one and pulled it for a six. AB de villiers dived short of catching the ball off Rahul on the last ball of the third over. Kings XI Punjab were 14/0 after 3 overs. Chris Gayle 1 (7) and Lokesh Rahul 13 (11) were at the crease. The run rate was 5.1 per over.

Tim Southee came for the fourth over and Gayle smashed three boundaries in it. Umesh Yadav was smashed for a six by Rahul and the bowler took his revenge in the next ball as Rahul, in an attempt to keep hitting, ended up giving a catch to de Grandhomme. Gayle smashed Umesh for a boundary and again, Umesh got his revenge in the next ball. Mohammed Siraj came for the 6th over and got the wicket of Karun Nair on the first ball, Kohli took a brilliant catch at slip. Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis were at the crease with a big task at the end of 6 overs. Kings XI Punjab were 54/3 after 6 overs. Aaron Finch 5 (3) and Marcus Stoinis 1(1) were at the crease. The run rate was 7.83 per over.

After taking the KXIP openers-- Chris Gayle and KL Rahul — in first six over thanks to brilliant bowling by RCB pace attack, Kohli asked Chahal to bowl the 7th over and he gave away only 3 runs before he got the wicket of Marcus Stoinis to give 4th breakthrough to RCB. Mayank Agrawal came to the crease after Stoinis wicket as KXIP were reeling at 50 for 4. Siraj continued from the other end and kept things tight before Finch hit the last ball for six. Colin de Grandhomme bowled the 9th over and got the wicket of Mayank Agrawal who is having a horrific run in IPL 2018

Axar Patel came to the crease after Mayank's wicket. Chahal bowled the 10th over and KXIP were reeling under scoreboard pressure as they managed to collect only 4 runs. Grandhomme continued from other end and maintained the pressure on the Finch, Axar as Grandhomme conceded only 5 runs. Moeen Ali came to bowl the 12th over and Finch greeted him with a six off the first ball but lost his wicket while trying to hit another six, a bad shot given the match situation. Ashwin came in after the loss of 6th wicket and got run-out off the first ball he faced a mindless batting display by Kings XI Punjab. After 12 overs, KXIP were 78 for 7

To keep the pressure on the KXIP batsmen Kohli asked his best bowler -- Umesh Yadav -- to bowl the 13th over and he got the wicket of Andrew Tye. Moeen Ali bowled the 14th over and KXIP batsmen were looking to play their full quota of overs. Ali conceded only 4 runs and Mohit Sharma got run-out while trying to steal a single off a mis field. Kings XI Punjab were in total disarray. Siraj bowled the 15th over and conceded only 3 runs. Moeen Ali bowled the 16th over and Ankit Rajpoot got run out while taking 2 runs. KXIP were all out of 88 runs at Holkar Stadium were average total is 190 runs. 

KXIP batting collapsed like a pack of cards as after the Rahul and Gayle's wicket they didn't know what to do and played irresponsible shots. They never tried to have a partnership going as it seems KXIP were playing to lose the match.

Here are a few things to know about the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab (RCB vs KXIP) match to be played at Holkar Stadium in Indore, the two teams' players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash:

At this stage of IPL 2018, better to chase the total, says Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli's love for targets is well-known and it's a no-brainer that Royal Challengers Bangalore captain would ideally like to chase down totals in the remaining games of IPL 2018. Kohli scored a polished 70 off 40 balls as RCB chased down a target of 182 against DD in 19 overs. Still with an outside chance of qualification, Kohli wants to make the most of it as he feels that the table is wide open. "We were not clinical with the ball, but these guys played well. The chase, however, was ideal. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it's easier for batsmen to take responsibility. You can almost set up the game how you like. That's what works for our boys," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. AB de Villiers was also in great touch scoring 72 off 37 balls and Kohli said that there is nothing easier than playing alongside Proteas legend. "It is lovely batting with AB. We have done this many times in the past. It was a stiff chase, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me 'don't worry, we'll get this', and that helped me get in the zone. I don't need to say much. It has been an honour for me to bat with him."


Constant public scrutiny of my personal life uncomfortable, says Virat Kohli: In an interview to IANS news agency, India's cricket captain and the icon of the country's youth says it can get uncomfortable, but he is learning to deal with it. From the time he was dating actress Anushka Sharma to his wedding in Italy and even now -- months after the two tied the knot -- prying paparazzi and public scrutiny of Virat Kohli's life has not stopped. Virat and Anushka, fondly called "Virushka" by their fans, dated for four years before tying the knot in an intimate affair in Tuscany, Italy, last December. With celebrity status comes the baggage of being under the scanner all the time. Does he find it easy? "The constant public scrutiny about my personal life can become a bit uncomfortable at times. However, I have learnt how to handle it. Celebrities are also normal human beings -- just like any other person, and I feel people should let them have their space," Kohli told IANS. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE


Kohli's hunger for improvement pleases Kirsten: Virat Kohli's insatiable hunger for improvement is a certain characteristic of a great player, says Gary Kirsten, who had coached the Indian captain during his successful three-year stint with the national team. Kirsten, who coached India from 2008-11, is once again working with Kohli as assistant coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. "He is a great player. He continues to improve and get better. I enjoy working with him because he continually wants to learn about the game and all the great players do that," Kirsten told PTI.


The middle order remains a concern, says KXIP coach Brad Hodge: KXIP coach Brad Hodge has made no bones about his team's over reliance on openers Chris Gayle and K L Rahul though he hopes the middle order will deliver going forward in the Indian Premier League. Yes I admit that we rely heavily on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul but that is the case with almost every team. It (middle-order) has been (a concern), for sure," said Hodge after the loss against Rajasthan Royals here yesterday night. "We know that KL is in great form and when Chris Gayle fires, anything can happen."  We have got some extremely talented players and we need them to lift a little bit and contribute a little bit more to what they are doing."


Will have sessions with Hirwani before England tour, says Chahal: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is focussed on making good use of the one-month break post IPL to sharpen his skill sets at the National Cricket Academy under Narendra Hirwani before embarking on India's challenging tour of United Kingdom. Chahal has emerged as India's frontline spinner in limited overs format alongside chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, post the Champions Trophy in June last year, taking over the mantle from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. With 43 wickets from 23 ODIs and 35 scalps from 21 T20Is, Chahal is being seen as a vital cog in India's World Cup campaign in UK next year. The 27-year-old doesn't have the prior experience of playing in the UK but he has already planned how he will go about the task on his maiden tour in six weeks' time. Before England, we are going to Ireland. The weather is expected to be the same as in England. I have a month left after IPL. I will go to NCA in Bengaluru for training. There I will have a chat with my coach, Hirwani Sir (former India leg-spinner)," Chahal said after RCB's win over Delhi Daredevils in an IPL encounter. He (Hirwani) has also played earlier in the UK (for India as well as league cricket). So, I will ask him about the weather and conditions. India A team will also tour first and I have a lot of friends in that team. I will try and find out from them as to how helpful the pitches are and how the bounce is.


Here is how KXIP and RCB compare head to head in IPL matches played so far:



Matches played: 22

Kings XI Punjab won: 12

Royal Challengers Bangalore won: 10
With agency inputs

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