IPL: AB de Villiers stars as Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab

Sunday, 15 Apr, 2018

Kings XI Punjab were bowled out for 155 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday. If they manage to get three of the top four big guns early, they might just shift the odds in their favor!

After Ashwin (2-30) removed De Kock and Sarfaraz Khan with successive balls in the 12th other, RCB were still 69 shy of their target and were forced to consolidate. RCB won the match by 4 wickets and Umesh Yadav was adjudged as the "Man of the Match" for his exceptional bowling performance. His 40-ball innings was laced with two boundaries and four sixes. Kohli said that they improved from the first game and the bowlers were up to the mark in the game.

Virat Kohli and Co. didn't disappoint as they bounced back in style in front of a raucous capacity crowd, romping home to a four-wicket win over King XI Punjab.

Punjab's bowlers did a fine job by restricting Delhi with 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman making his IPL debut with a bang, picking up two wickets along with Mohit Sharma. De Villiers came in and in company of compatriot de Kock steadied the RCB innings. Mandeep Singh then supported De Villiers during the 59-run fifth wicket partnership. Umesh Yadav's three wickets in one over set the game up for the hosts early on, after which the South African duo of Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers overcame a slight hiccup to take them to a relatively comfortable four-wicket win. But it was may be too late for KXIP to recover and Washington Sundar took the responsibility of finishing the game. Before de Villiers though, Brendon McCullum and de Kock can be in daunting trouble to the Rajasthan bowlers who haven't shown positive signs so far in the tournament. But the young spinner caved in under pressure and bowled flat to aid De Villiers' charge. Consistently bowling at speeds of over 140 kmph, he ran amok in his second over to claim three top order batsmen - Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh - and it should rank among the best spell of fast bowling at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Umesh Yadav was the star for RCB, striking thrice in an over that went on to restrict the Kings XI to 155 in 19.2 overs after the visitors were put in to bat. Lokesh Rahul appeared in a superb form from Punjab and he played a brilliant inning of 47 runs. He slapped Chris Woakes' third ball over deep point fence for a six and followed it up with an exquisitely-timed flick over backward square-leg for a similar result. Punjab, despite having lost their big batters, lost four wickets from 11-15 overs, a phase considered as the most important in T20.