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The IPL caravan moved to the second last city which hosted their first match in the tournament, the Garden City, Bangalore, home ground of the red and blacks of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Karnataka trio of Kings XI Punjab made a statement or two in front of their home crowd. That said, Umesh Yadav turned the match on its head by removing Agarwal, Finch and Yuvi, all in one over.
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However, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had to intervene to put his side out of trouble after a collapse. Ashwin then created problems for the hosts, who were desperate to win a game at home, with his spell.
That said, modern great AB de Villiers, ensured his team crossed the line in the end with his vital of 57 off 40 balls, to end the RCB’s losing streak at home. AB entertained the crowd with two boundaries and four maximums.
Due to his brilliance with the ball, picking up three wickets in a single over, changing the game for his side, Umesh Yadav was adjudged as the man of the match.
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“I was backing myself and my strengths, bowling quick at the stumps. Whatever you want, you do it is what Kohli and the coach tells. They want me to bowl with pace and attack the stumps, and not worry about the variations,” Umesh told during the post-match conference.
“This pitch was slow; Kolkata pitch was quick, where the back of a length ball was kicking. I think I enjoyed Yuvraj Singh’s wicket the most,” concluded the player of the match, Umesh Yadav.