Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab by 1 run at PCA Stadium, Mohali just a few moments ago. It was an exciting finish to the match with both teams playing excellent cricket. Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves at the end to get 2 more important points to keep their hopes alive of reaching the playoff stage.
- Explosive start by RCB openers
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and choose to field. Royal Challengers Bangalore openers KL Rahul and Virat Kohli got the team off to a flying start. KL Rahul was in aggressive mood smashing the Kings XI Punjab bowlers to all parts of the ground. In the first four overs, RCB scored 44 runs without losing a wicket. KL Rahul scored 30 runs while Virat Kohli scored only 13 runs. At the end of the first six overs, RCB scored 56 for 0 in which KL Rahul scored 39 while Kohli supported him scoring only 16.
- Three quick wickets stopping the progress
When RCB was on the way of scoring a big total, Kings XI Punjab bowlers came back well into the match by picking 3 back to back wickets to put pressure on RCB batsmen. In the 8th over KC Carrippa picked the crucial wicket of KL Rahul was dismissed for quick fire 42. Two balls later Carrippa took another important wicket of Kohli. In the next over, Axar Patel bowled Shane Watson for 1 which stalled the progress of RCB batsmen. RCB from 63 for 0 to 67 to 3 which put pressure on the RCB batsmen.
- Key partnership between AB De Villiers and Sachin Baby
After the loss of 3 quick wickets, AB De Villiers, and Sachin Baby took the time to settle. Both of them took few balls to adjust to the pace of the pitch. AB De Villiers hit occasional boundaries which released the pressure on these two batsmen. From the 15th over onwards AB De Villiers took the centerstage playing innovative strokes which put pressure back on Kings XI Punjab bowlers. Sachin Baby gave him good support taking singles and running between the wickets of these batsmen was brilliant. AB completed his fifty in 30 balls and continued to hit the ball hard. Before being dismissed AB De Villiers was dismissed for 64. Both of them put on 87 for the fourth wicket which helped RCB to post a competitive total of 175 for 6.
- Murali Vijay captains going in vain
Chasing a target of 176, Kings XI Punjab needed a good start as both Amla and Vijay provided the perfect start putting 45 for the first wicket. After the dismissal of Amla, Vijay continued to good strokes and with Saha put up another excellent partnership for the 2nd wicket. Kings XI Punjab lost 2 quick wickets to put pressure on Kings XI Punjab but Vijay carried on to play a captains innings. Vijay completed his half-century off 35 balls. After completing his half century he continued to play excellent strokes. At the end of 16, th over Punjab needed 40 runs with Vijay batting. Vijay playing a big stroke was caught for an excellent 89 but Punjab could win the match as they lost by only 1 run.
- Watson brilliant bowling spell
Watson did an excellent job for Royal Challengers team. In the first six overs when RCB needed a wicket, he dismissed Hashim Amla. When he came to bowl in the 12th over he gave only 5 runs. In the 17th over he picked the important wicket of Vijay and gave away only 3 runs while in the last over he gave away only 7 runs which proved to be the difference in the end. In his quota of four overs his spell of 2 for 22 really showed his class. Watson did not allow the batsmen big strokes and bowled variations which frustrated the Kings XI Punjab batsmen.