Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals

High on confidence after registering a win against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look for their second win in three Indian Premier League (IPL) ties when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) here on Sunday. "Bowlers were also able to get some purchase and it was good for batting as well". The next ball he opted to deliver a leg-spinner Shane Warne would be proud of, with Sarfaraz Khan picking out the expertly-placed slip fielder to give Ashwin two scalps in as many balls. The match saw some classic performances by AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin and had the crowd on their feet for the entire time. And when Ashwin sent in Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who had given away just 10 runs in his first three overs, to bowl the 17th over, de Villiers hit him for two sixes!

Virat Kohli may have described his team on the day of their first game as one with the best batting-bowling balance, but they still weren't able to avoid defeat to KKR. "The general message shared by the team is to stay busy and take the game to the next level always", de Villiers told RCB according to a press release.

After losing five consecutive games at their home, RCB is back to winning ways against Kings XI Punjab, thanks to AB de Villiers' calculated knock of 57 runs off 40 balls. Before they can get to nullifying the South Africa's threat, there's Brendon McCullum at the top, who has a free pass to swing at anything directed his way, and Virat Kohli - who has so far succumbed to a part-timer's full ball and a promissing spinner's early contender for ball-of-the-season. He couldn't achieve a hat-trick but two balls later, he rearranged Yuvraj Singh's woodwork with an in-shaping delivery.

Rahul, their standout performer with the bat again, did try to salvage the innings by forging a 58-run stand in 7.1 overs with Karun Nair (29) but once the former departed top-edging Washington Sundar (2/22), Kings XI's momentum took a permanent beating. McCullum could not open his account. However, he and Mandeep Singh struggled to score.

Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin admitted that his team was 20-30 runs short on this pitch but he was proud of the ways his team fought against Bangalore at their home.

Mandeep too was run out in the same over, but Washington Sundar smashed a couple of fours to take RCB home with three deliveries to spare.

Batting first Kings XI Punjab got off to a flying start as KL Rahul showed his magnificent touch. He faced 34 balls in his innings and put a six against seven squares. Punjab, despite having lost their big batters, lost four wickets from 11-15 overs, a phase considered as the most important in T20.

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