Kings XI Punjab toppled to one of their lowest totals of 88 runs in the latest match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team could face the latter’s bowlers only for 15.1 overs as the line-up exhausted in paltry score. The prime strikers of the team, Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle was done away before the powerplay overs in a gap of a single delivery. Umesh Yadav slogged the openers with his short balls. Bangalore lifted up itself on IPL 2018 Point Table with this remarkable win.
The attack was on, since the beginning. Gayle was dropped in the first over off Umesh Yadav. The latter took up short balls as his primary attack finally breaking into the wickets in his third over. A ball latter, Karun Nair was taken away by Mohammed Siraj. In 5.2 overs, Kings Punjab suddenly got themselves struck on 3 for 41 runs. However, it was just the beginning and there was no further reprieve for the line-up. The team kept on losing wickets without any partnership down the line. Aaron Finch scored 26 runs as the last double digit runs in addition to Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle. The rest of the players lost their wickets either on single digit or ducking away.
The target of 89 runs emerged as more than just an easy bet for Royal Challengers. All it took 8.1 overs for Challengers to chase down the paltry runs. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel came up to bat in the opening stretch. Both remained unbeaten winning the match with a strong strike rate. Kohli scored 48 off 28 balls, while Patel knocked 40 off 22 runs.
In the stretch, the captain wreaked up 6 fours and 2 sixes, while Patel plundered 7 fours. This strike boosted Bangalore’s run rate from -0.26 to +0.21. Winning the match, the team is now on to the playoff stage, however, they would need to win the two following matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. In the powerplay overs, the duo scored 66 runs hitting boundaries in a flash. As Kohli commented after the match, it was really “a perfect day” for the Royal Challengers.
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