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IPL 2018: RCB thrash KXIP by 10 wickets, remain in playoff race

16 May 2018

The Challengers are coming off of a victory after a long time now after AB and Kohli powered them to victory against a hapless Delhi side.

Chasing a target of 89, Kohli and Parthiv Patel (40 off 22 balls) finished in the ninth over itself. The game that was expected to be a thrilling one turned out to be a damp squib. Patel's assault off Mohit Sharma realised the 50-run opening stand in just five overs.

Pacer Umesh Yadav (3/23) starred with the ball and was well complemented by the fielders effecting three run-outs as only three of the Punjab batsmen could manage to reach double figures on a flat track. Their worst nightmare would have involved one of Chris Gayle or KL Rahul, or even both the former Royal Challengers, getting stuck. Finch and Ashwin put on 37 runs for 6th wicket to keep the scoreboard ticking with some lusty blows. Mohammed Siraj, Moin Ali, Yuswendra Chahal and Colin got 1-1 wickets in the account.

WICKETS! This is just awful. Punjab then crumbled, making just 10 more runs.

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Rishabh Pant (61) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32) revived Delhi's innings after legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) removed both openers in his first two overs. Stoinis was deceived more by the flight and couldn't judge the length and ended up yorking himself.

WICKET! Another KXIP batsman makes his way to pavillion. Siraj took over the ball to dismiss Karun Nair two balls later, inducing a nick which carried to Kohli at slip.

WICKETS! RCB have made a strong comeback with two wickets in one over. He got lucky again off the first ball of the third over by Umesh with his edge not carrying to Patel. RCB though remained at seventh spot in the standings, while Kings XI dropped to fifth after suffering their sixth defeat in 12 matches.

Back-to-back wins for the first time in two seasons has given RCB's quest for a maiden IPL title a fresh lease of life. After bowling out KXIP to 155, the RCB batsmen led by de Kock (45) and de Villiers (57) chased down the target.

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With six wins and as many losses in 12 games, KKR still have their fate in their own hands. The Kings need to win this one to avoid having to win both of their remaining games with substantial margins.

Their batting revolves around Virat and de Villiers, who played a brilliant knock in the must win game against Daredevils on Saturday.

On the other end KXIP lost their match to Kolkata Knight Riders by 31 runs. The ever dependable and consistent Rahul too will have a point to prove against his "home" side. He is now third on the leading run scorers charts with 537 runs from 11 games and the home side will be hoping that he fires against his former side in the crunch game.

It is nearly unbelievable how Virat Kohli has managed to fly under the radar in this IPL. KXIP is concern about Captain R Ashwin's inconsistent form, has picked only six wickets in 11 matches with 8.13 runs per over. We head to Match 48 where Punjab host Bangalore at Holkar Stadium, Indore. If you have the luxury to the television, then you can go for Star Sports 1 / HD and Star Sports Select 1 / HD for English commentary.

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IPL 2018: RCB thrash KXIP by 10 wickets, remain in playoff race