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Kings XI Punjab fold spectacularly in Indore

17 May 2018, 12:42 | Percy Christensen

Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore: Back Punjab to stay in play-off hunt

IPL 2018, RCB vs DD: Bangalore fight for survival vs down and out Delhi

Both teams need a win as they are both in with a shot at making the IPL 2018 playoffs.

Kings XI started strong but lost their way in the recent matches.

They will hope their stand against Delhi can yet spark a late run to the play-offs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore on the other side have been nothing less than below par the whole season. Their stars are starting to click with the bat and the bowlers are executing their plans as well. However, since KXIP have played one match less than the two, it will eye a definite victory against RCB in today's match so that they are ahead of the KKR and RR in the points table. In reply, KL Rahul continued his fine form with a third consecutive fifty - smashing 66 from 29 balls - but it wasn't enough to lift the team up anywhere near the steep target as they slipped to another defeat.

Put in to bat, the hosts squandered a decent 36-run opening start from Lokesh Rahul (21 off 15 balls; 6×3) and Chris Gayle (18 off 14, 4×4) before losing both the openers in the fifth over of the innings.

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The 26-year-old from Karnataka has been consistency personified in this year's IPL and that is one of the reasons why he is in third place in terms of most runs this season and in second place in terms of the fifties, behind Kane Williamson. Kolkata play Rajasthan on Tuesday with the result to have major ramifications for both Punjab and Bangalore, Kings XI able to jump back into the four should Rajasthan succumb by more than 60 runs.

Chris Gayle got a lifeline in the very first over of the innings when wicketkeeper Patel dropped him off Umesh. WICKET! Karun Nair dismissed by Siraj. But it has momentum going for it, having defeated Delhi Daredevils in its last game.

Virat Kohli is a cricketer of rare instinct and intensity.

Moeen Ali has fared well with the ball in nearly all the matches he played. That means that although RCB has had a stop-start season, Kohli is still in the running for the Orange Cap. "We still got three days till the next game, we just want to enjoy the break till then", he concluded by saying. Fans even go to extreme limits to ensure they get a close glimpse of their idols.

Kohli alongwith wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel completed the formalities as RCB cruised to comfortable win. MS Dhoni is the skipper of the team and they have pretty talented players in the squad. From being on the brink of qualifying for playoffs, R. Ashwin's men find themselves suddenly out of the top four. Though Umesh was the pick of the bowlers, there were other performances that led to the stunning display of cricket by RCB. The last game will be interesting if we can get the next one. They were trying to get 30 extra due to that. Finch has the ability to turn the game in his team's favor single-handedly and his wicket was like the final nail in the coffin for KXIP to reach any sort of respectable total.



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