When Royal Challengers won the toss and chose to bat against Kings XI Punjab. All eyes were set on Chris Gayle to fire for the underperforming team. But still the team with the strongest batting line up folded up their innings for 125 in 20 overs. Kings XI made a short work of the target and won the match by 5 runs with 7 balls to spare. Here are the turning points of the match between RCB and KXIP at Dubai.
Second over of the match
When Chris Gayle smashed 20 runs off the first over bowled by Glenn Maxwell, signs of yet another Gayle Storm was in sight. But in the first ball of the second over bowled by Sandeep Sharma, Gayle who was dancing down the track saw the ball moving past him to hit the timber. Two balls later, Sharma also had Virat Kohli trapped in front and the fall of these two wickets dented RCB’s run rate throughout the innings. That over set the early foundation for Kings XI.
Rishi Dhawan’s spell
After Sandeep Sharma’s heroics, Rishi Dhawan rose to the occasion in the middle overs. When AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh threatened to take the game away from Kings XI, Dhawan dismissed De Villiers caught at backward point. He returned back to see the back of Yuvraj Singh who was dismissed after giving a sitter to David Miller at deep square leg. Dhawan controlled the flow of runs in the middle overs and conceded just 14 runs for two wickets in his four overs.
Virrender Sehwag among the runs
It is always a pleasure to see Virender Sehwag among the runs. Today he made sure that he will lead his team to victory. He seemed to be at ease and threatened the bowlers throughout his innings. When everything seemed to have gone well for Sehwag, he was wrongly given out caught behind for a well made 32.
David Miller anchoring the innings
After the fall of three quick wickets at the top of the order, Kings XI needed a batsman to provide support to Virender Sehwag. It was when David Miller came into the act. He batted responsibly and guided his team towards victory before getting out for 26. His innings in the middle overs set the platform to victory for Kings XI without any hiccups.
George Bailey-Rishi Dhawan partnership
Yuzvendra Chalal dismissed well set David Miller and Virender Sehwag in the 13th over of the match with 37 still needed to win. At that moment the Kings XI had two new batsmen at the crease. But both those batsmen (Bailey and Dhawan) held their nerve and took their team home. Dhawan was unbeaten on 23 and Bailey remained notout on 16.