IPL 2018: Match 8, RCB vs KXIP – Virat Kohli Delighted with the Home Win
Royal Challengers Bangalore got their campaign back on track after registering a comprehensive victory against the Kings XI Punjab in the 9th match of the tournament by four wickets.
It was a complete performance by the home side. It was a superb knock by AB de Villiers which ensured RCB chased down the total of 156 down in the final over the match.
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Earlier, it was some good bowling by the Royal Challengers Bangalore which restricted Kings XI Punjab to 155. They failed to play out their full quota of overs and were bundled out inside the 20th over. Umesh Yadav was the most successful bowler bagging three wickets.
It was Virat Kohli who won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal began in spanking fashion and raced off to 30 within the 3rd over.
It was Umesh Yadav who provided the maiden breakthrough in the form of Mayank Agarwal. He bagged the prized wicket of Aaron Finch in the very first delivery he faced. The ball came tailing back to the batsmen, and he was struck plumb in front of the stumps. The umpire had no hesitation in ruling the decision in favour of the home team.
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It was some good batting by Ravichandran Ashwin towards the later stages of the innings which propelled the visitors over the 150-mark. Ashwin scored 33 off 21 deliveries which included three fours and a solitary six. Umesh bowled magnificently and never allowed Punjab to run away with the match.
KL Rahul top-scored for Punjab with a fluent 47 off just 30 deliveries which included a couple of fours and four sixes.
Chasing a competitive total, Royal Challengers Bangalore were pegged early with the dismissal of Brendon McCullum in only the 2nd delivery of RCB’s innings. As Axar Patel bowled a short of length delivery outside the off-stump, McCullum went for an expansive slash but found out the point fielder.
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Captain Virat Kohli smashed some wonderful shots to begin his innings. He struck four boundaries during his knock of 21 off 16 deliveries before being dismissed by the Afghan sensation Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. It was a sensational delivery which breached his defence and disturbed the timbers.
After a 54 runs partnership between Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who provided the much-needed breakthrough.
It was a brilliant delivery by Ashwin, as De Kock got castled. He let his leg-break get a rip in the very next delivery, as Sarfaraz Khan came out in the middle. It was a flatter trajectory delivery, and Sarfaraz ended up giving an easy catch to the slip fielder. Ashwin was ecstatic following the dismissal.
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De Villiers almost snatched the game away from Punjab when he smashed Mujeeb for two consecutive sixes in the 18th over. It brought the calculation down to 22 off the last three. There was some late drama with a couple of more wickets.
However, it was Washington Sundar who struck an uppish square cut of Mohit Sharma in the 2nd delivery of the 20th over.
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Here is what RCB skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation –
“Very happy. The first home game is crucial. Last year, we couldn’t get off to a start. The crowd has a lot of expectations, and tonight was a game we wanted badly, especially in the initial stages of the tournament. We knew the new ball would come on nicely, and the batsmen hit some good shots. Umesh bowled well; getting three wickets in an over is great. Our mindset is – we want our best bowlers to step up and get confident early on. When only five are playing, you have to hit your areas well. They have done well. I think 170 would have been par. (The pitch is) Slightly better than the last year but against the older ball, middle overs can be difficult. We have lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games, so we have to work on them. Maybe stitch a little partnership. Back to back wickets pushes you back in the eight ball.”
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