Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

De Villiers fifty helps RCB home against Kings XI

De Villiers fifty helps RCB home against Kings XI

They were wary of a possible Gaylestorm and KL Rahul blitz, but also confident of RCB's chances.

Given out on the field, Finch quickly reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball would have just clipped the top of leg stump by the finest of margins - a tough start to married life for the 31-year-old.

Ability needs to be backed by execution and Umesh Yadav explained how he got prolific Karnataka batsman Agarwal and the other two KXIP batsmen on Friday.

Overall, Chennai will once again be the favourites over Punjab, after winning the last three encounters the two sides have met. Punjab were 32/0 after three overs and were staring at a big total. Put into bat, KXIP were reduced to 36 for 3 in the fourth over after Umesh (3/23) dismissed Mayank Agarwal (15), Aaron Finch (0) and Yuvraj Singh (4) in the space of six balls in his second over to leave the visiting side in trouble early in their innings. A fit and firing Yadav is a good news for India and Kohli would pray that his form continues. Batsman Mandeep Singh gave his best in this game and scored 22 runs in 19 balls with the help of a four.

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RCB's run chase did not have the best of starts as Brendon McCullum got out in the second ball of the innings itself for a first ball duck.

IPL is very ruthless and your reputation doesn't count much and Yuvraj has to pull up his socks and play like a senior batsman. If they manage to get three of the top four big guns early, they might just shift the odds in their favor!

There were two separate occasions during their chase of 155 that Bangalore lost pairs of wickets in quick succession.

Bangalore's bowling has always been talked about as their weakness and Virat Kohli was adamant that things will change during this season and finally his bowlers backed him up.

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Rajasthan also have a win on the board after a odd match where they scored 153/5 after 17.5 overs before the rain came.

In the IPL season, RCB and KXIP have faced 20 matches so far. Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in the match. Quinton de Kock and skipper Virat Kohli made a 32 run partnership but soon the captain succumbed to a attractive delivery by Rahman.

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