Royal Challengers Bangalore battered Kings XI Punjab by ten wickets with the backing of Umesh Yadav’s brilliant bowling in a crucial Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) clash in Indore on Monday.
Umesh Yadav’s scintillating performance of taking three wickets with a backing of the solid show from spinners helped Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in an Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Monday.
Virat Kohli, the RCB Captain chose to field after winning the toss as his bowlers hardly made any mistake on a wicket where 459 runs were scored a few days ago. The host team was all out for 88 and RCB, led by Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli signed off the match with 71 balls still remaining.
The win made their fans cling on to their hopes alive for a spot in the playoffs. This was the fifth loss for the Kings XI Punjab out of the last six games. They have got two more matches and need to win for getting a slot in the last four.
During the very first over of the innings when wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel dropped him off Umesh, Chris Gayle had some relief then. This helped KXIP to some extent as Gayle and KL Rahul once again had a good start.
In the second over, Punjab’s highest scorer of the season (558), KL Rahul pulled a short delivery off Tim Southee over square leg for his first six of the night. In the following over, the batsman from Karnataka dealt with another short delivery, this time off Umesh, over wide fine leg for a maximum.
But Rahul’s feat didn’t last long as he was caught at the backward square leg. By Colin de Grandhomme off the bowling of Umesh after scoring 21.
After three more balls Gayle (18) who hit three boundaries consecutively off Tim Southee in the fourth over, became Umesh’s second victim.
Karun Nair (1) also got dismissed in the last over of powerplay. A short-of- a-length delivery from pacer Mohammed Siraj, the KXIP No. 3 looked to work it towards the third man instead found Kohli at first slip. Within the first six overs, the KXIP’s top three run scorers of this year were sent back to the pavilion.
Soon, Marcus Stoinis (2), who replaced the injured Mujeeb-ur- Rehman was back in the hut after failing to judge a fuller delivery from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal that went on to hit his stumps.
Colin De Grandhomme got the better of Mayank Agarwal (2) to leave the hosts in all sorts of trouble. It was a length delivery from the New Zealander going down leg, Agarwal wanted to flick but nicked it to Patel.
Aaron Finch (26) tried to stabilize the innings but fell to Moeen Ali in the 12th over. The Aussie player failed to get hold of the slog shot and hit one straight to Kohli at the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Andrew Tye (0) lost his wicket to Umesh while Ashwin (0), Mohit Sharma (3) and Ankit Rajpoot (1) were all run-out as KXIP couldn’t even complete their quota of overs. This was their lowest total at the venue and the joint second lowest overall in the tournament’s history.
In reply, Kohli (48 not out) and Patel (40 not out) made short work of the chase as RCB registered their fifth win in the tournament. They will now look to win their remaining two games and hope the results of the matches of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and KXIP go in their favor.