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RCB vs KXIP: Punjab make heavy weather of simple chase

Written by Sriram Veera

October 16, 2020 12:26:36 am

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle scored fifties as Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by Eight wickets. (Twitter/IPL)

Bangalore had been 86 for three within the 11th over however AB de Villiers didn’t stroll out. As a substitute, they opted for Shivam Dube and with Virat Kohli too unable to speed up, the innings misplaced momentum. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul took the chase of 172 to the final over the place they wanted simply two and practically choked in opposition to Yuzvendra Chahal however Nicholas Pooran held his nerve to launch the final ball for a six to safe solely their second win of the match. Each have come in opposition to RCB.

The place was AB?

The query that left everybody scratching their heads was why didn’t de Villiers come out to bat on the fall of Washington Sundar within the 11th over? It could’t be due to de Villiers’ supposed vulnerability in opposition to the googly, even when he has been dismissed seven occasions since IPL 2018 by it, and has a strike charge of 100 in opposition to googlies. That will be insulting to the South African genius even when Kings XI Punjab had two leggies in M Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi. Or was it due to the clichéd right-left mixture concept? “It was for left hand-right hand mixture,” Kohli mentioned later. “We had a dialogue. They’d two leggies. Typically, choices you’re taking don’t come off.”

READ | Virat Kohli on why AB De Villiers was pushed down to six

Prior to now, de Villiers’ partnership with Kohli within the final 4 overs has been insanely productive, averaging 68 at a strike charge of 13.57 an over. To blow up like that, although, de Villiers wanted to have a couple of balls to cool down.

Dube earlier than de Villiers was a unfavourable resolution, particularly when most oppositions know how you can tie up the left-hander. Bangalore needed to thank Chris Morris, who offered a spectacular end, slamming an 8-ball 25 and taking 24 runs, in collaboration with Isuru Udana, off the final over bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Punjab choke… virtually

That was the one manner they may have misplaced this, particularly after Bangalore’s greatest bowler Chahal went for 28 runs in two overs and their second greatest, Washington Sundar was taken out by Chris Gayle, enjoying his first recreation this IPL.

However since that is Punjab, one couldn’t take one’s eyes off the chase. They wanted simply two within the remaining over from Chahal and after two dot balls, Gayle dragged one to vast long-on and although there was a diving cease, they ran only a single. Rahul virtually minimize the fourth ball straight into the purpose fielder’s arms, and Gayle had a wry smile earlier than the fifth ball. He was run out going for the unimaginable and as panic set within the dugout – did Anil Kumble, the coach, ever look so tense in his enjoying days? – Nicholas Pooran charged out to only about clear long-on off the ultimate ball. If it wasn’t for the small floor at Sharjah, he would have been out, however then he won’t have tried it elsewhere.

Temporary Scores: Kings XI Punjab 177/2 (KL Rahul 61 not out, Chris Gayle 53) beat Royal Challengers 171/6 (Virat Kohli 48, M. Ashwin 2/ 23) by Eight wickets.

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