IPL 11, Match 48: Punjab v Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Kings XI slipped from 78 for 6 to 88 all out courtesy of a trio of run outs and another wicket for Umesh (3/23). Both the teams depend heavily on their batting order, and Bangalore's responsibility is on the shoulders of Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and Ab-De-Villiers, while KXIP is dependent on Lokesh Rahul (537 runs) and Chris Gayle (332 runs). The likes of Parthiv Patel and Mandeep Singh for Bangalore, and Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal for Punjab.

The last time these two teams met, it was RCB who emerged victorius by 4 wickets. Next over, the Karnataka batsman dispatched another short delivery, this time off Umesh, over wide fine leg for a maximum. RCB slaying KXIP as they are knocking wicket successively. Umesh Yadav was spectacular in the initial stages of the tournament but has receded into the sunlight as the wickets have dried up and the economies have gone up.

The encounter promised a lot, bearing in mind that both teams have a formidable lineup in their armoury.

Kings XI Punjab is at the third position on the points table with six wins from eleven matches, while Royal Challengers Bangalore is at the seventh position on the points table with four wins from their eleven matches. Among them, Umesh Yadav stood out.

They soon took their side past the 50-run mark in 4.5 overs as each of the Punjab bowler struggled to get a breakthrough. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. If they bat first, they will have one of the fiercest batsmen in the world, AB de Villiers to make a mockery of the size of the ground and the bowling line-up. Not only is he RCB's leading run-getter but is also one of only seven players to have over 450 runs in this year's edition. If they win their last two games, they are assured of a last four finish.

On the other end KXIP lost their match to Kolkata Knight Riders by 31 runs.

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RCB captain Virat Kohli made the ideal call to field after winning the toss as his bowlers hardly put a foot wrong on a wicket that had seen 459 runs being scored a couple of days back. This might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise as Stoinis will strengthen their batting considerably, and will give the team four overs. The ever dependable and consistent Rahul too will have a point to prove against his "home" side. After a lacklustre start to the tournament, the team led by Virat Kohli found themselves in a must-win situation to stay alive in the tournament.

After Over 5: RCB - 41 runs from the loss of 2 wickets.

The match will take place at Holkar Stadium, Indore.

Chasing a paltry target of 89 runs, the RCB openers eased past the target in 8.1 overs to script their fifth win in 12 matches this season.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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