IPL 11: RCB demolishes KXIP, registers 10-wicket victory

Pearl Mccarthy
May 15, 2018

RCB won the match against Delhi by 5 wickets, sending Virat Kohli's team to eight points from 11 games, that is two points less than Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals who have played the same number of matches. After a great start, Kings XI are slowly slipping down the table.

Remember they leaked 215 runs in the winning cause. While Kings XI Punjab are still one of the teams favoured to qualify for the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign looks like it's done. Their stars are starting to click with the bat and the bowlers are executing their plans as well. It was a rare occasion where the entire RCB bowling unit contributed to the team in a must-win game.

The stats: Bangalore's domination of the Kings XI saw the Punjab side drop out of the top four and lose a hefty chunk of their all-important percentage.

Earlier, R Ashwin-led side did not get off to a good start as their both openers, Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle, were back in the dugout inside five overs.

RCB captain Virat Kohli made the flawless 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. The rest are all massive gambles with low chances of paying off since Punjab has pretty much been carried by these three players. Their worst nightmare would have involved one of Chris Gayle or KL Rahul, or even both the former Royal Challengers, getting stuck. They fail to show charming performance on the ground.

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The middle-order has been an issue all season but that is not because they haven't tried many things. Sunsrisers Hyderabad have already booked their slot in the play-offs, while Delhi Daredevils have suffered elimination, which leaves six teams still in contention for the upcoming stages of the league. They defeated Punjab in the reverse fixture early in the tournament, albeit when Gayle was not in the team.

It's hard to not be a Virat Kohli fan. If they win both they are through for sure.

This was the first-century partnership between Kohli and de Villiers in two seasons. We aren't going to get too ahead of ourselves. Moeen Ali removes Finch for 26 runs. However, Virat Kohli's vibrant bunch of boys ripped apart Punjab by ten wickets. 8;35 pm: KXIP 40/4 after 7 overs WICKET!

Bangalore remained at seventh in the standings but with a vastly improved net run-rate which could prove crucial for playoffs qualification. On a pitch that will be conducive to big hitting, RCB has an upper hand irrespective of the outcome of the toss.

While Kohli and AB de Villiers anchored an easy chase against Daredevils with stylish half-centuries, KXIP bowlers were under the pump, being taken to cleaners by Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik as KKR scored a mammoth 245 in the last game. If they bat second, they have Virat Kohli to help with the chase.

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