Bengaluru, April 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secured yet another victory and kept their chances of making it to the play-offs alive as they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 17 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Wednesday (April 24).
Virat Kohli-led RCB would take a lot of confidence from their back-to-back victories against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and now against Punjab. With this win, Royal Challengers went one step above in the points table. They are climbed to seventh spot in the points table.
AB de Villiers once again proved why he's called Mr 360 as he powered his team to a respectable 202/4 in 20 overs as he plundered unbeaten 82 off 44 deliveries. His partnership of 131 off 60 deliveries with Marcus Stoinis (46) ensured the hosts have a decent runs on the board to defend in the absence of Dale Steyn at the top.
Opener Parthiv Patel (43 off 24) gave Royal Challengers an explosive start despite losing skipper Virat Kohli (13) early in the powerplay. Parthiv, Moeen Ali (4) and Akshdeep Nath's (3) dismissal in between 7th and 9th over put RCB off-track as Punjab spinners put a brake on the flow of runs.
But De Villiers and Stoinis steered the team through the troubled waters and exploded in the death overs as they amassed 69 runs from the last 4 overs and posted a sub-par total on belter Chinnaswamy track.
In response, Punjab started well in the run chase as Chris Gayle (23 off 10) and KL Rahul (42 off 27) looked in sublime form but none of the visiting batsman could capitalise upon the good start and kept losing their wickets at regular intervals after playing aggressive cameos.
In the end West Indies wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28) gave RCB bowlers a scare as he attacked Washington Sundar for three consecutive sixes in an over and tried to keep his team on the track in the run chase but he didn't get any assistance from the other end and perished while fighting alone.
RCB have thus won their games on the trot while KXIP have lost their fourth consecutive game.
Here's how match between RCB and KXIP panned out:
It's all over!! Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs. They've kept their playoffs hopes alive.
Virat Kohli drops M Ashwin at long-on. 22nd dropped catch by RCB.
Wicket! Viljoen departs on the first ball duck. Parthiv Patel takes a brilliant catch behind the stumps. Umesh is on a hat-trick. KXIP - 182/7 in 19.3 overs.
Wicket! R Ashwin (6) hits Umesh down the ground and Virat Kohli takes a well-judged catch at long-on. KXIP - 182/6 in 19.2 overs. They need 21 from 4 balls.
Wicket! Nicholas Pooran (46) skies it again but this time it was ABD right beneath it. Saini gets another wicket. KXIP - 176/5 after 19 overs. 27 needed from 6.
Wicket! Brilliant running catch in the deep by AB de Villiers and with that David Miller's knock comes to an end for 24. Saini gets the much-needed breakthrough. KXIP - 173/4 in 18.1 overs.
1,1,1,1Wd,1,0! 6 came from that over bowled by Umesh. KXIP - 173/3 after 18 overs. 30 needed from 12 balls.
Dropped! Pooran skies it and Marcus Stoinis puts down a sitter in the deep. Fielding has been RCB's weakness. They have dropped 21 catches in the tournament.
1,1,1! Umesh bowls the 18th over and concedes just three from first three.
4,4,1,1,0,1! 11 runs came from that Southee over. The NZ pacer pulled things back after getting hit for two boundaries. KXIP - 167/3 after 17 overs. 36 needed from 18 balls.
Four, Four! Tim Southee has been introduced in the 17th over and Miller gets back-to-back boundaries. KXIP - 164/3 in 16.2 overs.
6,0,6!! Nicholas Pooran his looking in sublime touch tonight. He gets two maximums off Moeen Ali in three deliveries. He and Miller have forged a partnership of 51 off 35 deliveries. Could this be Pooran and Miller's night?
0,4,1,2,0,1!! 8 runs came from that over bowled by Navdeep Saini. Nicholas Pooran got a boundary in that over but the pacer made a recovery later on. KXIP - 143/3 in 15 overs. 60 required from 30 deliveries.
6,6,0,6,0,1! Nicholas Pooran freed his hands in the over bowled by Sundar and hammered 3 sixes in that over. 19 runs came from it. KXIP 135/3 after 14 overs.
0,0,1,0,1,0! Brilliant start from Washington Sundar in his first game of the season. KXIP - 110/3 after 12 overs.
Wicket! KL Rahul (47) attacks Moeen Ali on the first delivery but failed to get the elevation and distance. Tim Southee takes a simple catch in the deep. KXIP - 105/3 in 10.1 overs.
The wicket of Rahul has massive repercussions for this match. @lionsdenkxip now have two left-handers at the crease and @RCBTweets have eight overs of off spin up their sleeve. Pooran will enjoy the short boundaries at the Chinnaswamy thought. #IPL #RCBvKXIP— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 24, 2019
W,0,1,1,1,1! 4 runs and the big wicket of Mayank Agarwal came from that over bowled by Stoinis. KXIP - 105/2 after 10 overs. They need 98 from 60 deliveries.
100 comes up for Kings in the 9th over and also 50-run partnership between Mayank and Rahul. KXIP - 101/1 after 9 overs.
8.3 - SIX!! Mayank Agarwal hits Chahal for a maximum down the ground. 8.4 - Mayank takes a double 8.5 - Gets a boundary towards mid-wicket.
9 came from that over bowled by Marcus Stoinis. KXIP - 86/1 after 8 overs. They need 117 from 72 deliveries.
KXIP - 77/1 after 7 overs. Local boys KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are batting.
0,6,4,0,1,1! KL Rahul plays two breathtaking shots against Chahal. 12 runs came from that over. RCB - 68/1 after 6 overs.
Four, Four! Mayank Agarwal gets back-to-back boundaries off Southee. Fifty up for Kings XI Punjab in the big run chase. KXIP - 56/1 after 4.3 overs.
Four! KL Rahul flicks Umesh Yadav for a boundary towards the leg side. KXIP - 48/1 after 4 overs. They need 154 from the next 16 overs.
Wicket! Chris Gayle (23) looked to hit Umesh in the same area for a consecutive six but failed to clear it as ABD took a simple catch in the deep. KXIP 42/1 after 3.2 overs.
SIX!! Low full toss from Umesh Yadav and Chris Gayle hits him over long-on for a maximum. KXIP - 42/0 in 3.1 overs.
1Wd,4,4,0,0,0,0! Some recovery from Umesh Yadav after getting hammered for two boundaries. KXIP - 23/0 after 2 overs.
4,4! Gayle gets back-to-back boundaries to end that Tim Southee over. KXIP - 14/0 after 1st over.
Four! Chris Gayle gets off the mark with a boundary towards point.
2nd Innings! Chris Gayle and KL Rahul start the run chase for KXIP. Tim Southee starts with the new ball.
AB de Villiers: It was hard work. Initially, it was really tough. I thought anything around 160 will be par but we got more than that. I thought it is a tough wicket throughout. If you spend sometime on wicket things become easier. Me and Stoinis were talking basic things of cricket: eye on the ball and head in right position. I pulled off a couple of good shots tonight which put pressure back on the bowlers. I think this is a winning score if we bowl well. But guys like Gayle can chase down anything.
SIX!!! Stoinis finishes with a maximum. 27 runs came from the final over bowled by Viljoen. RCB have posted 202/4 in 20 overs. Superb recovery. Stoinis - 46* off 34 ABD - 82* off 44. 69 runs were scored by RCB in the last 4 overs. Stoinis and ABD have stitched a partnership of 121 off 66 deliveries. Could this be the game changing partnership for RCB? 202 is not a safe total on this ground but for that KXIP will have to expect a big knock from Chris Gayle and KL Rahul.
In the last three overs @lionsdenkxip did not land a single yorker. They bowled five full tosses (19 runs), two half volleys (12 runs), six length balls (28 runs), five back of a length ball (2 runs). #IPL #RCBvKXIP @RCBTweets— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 24, 2019
Four, SIX! Marcus Stoinis too joins the party as he decides to free his arms. RCB - 192/4 in 19.4 overs.
SIX!! AB de Villiers welcomes Viljoen with a maximum and with that came 100-run stand with Stoinis. Stoinis' contribution in this century stand has been of just 26 runs.
21 runs conceded by Shami from his final over of the spell. RCB - 175/4 after 19 overs.
SIXXXX!!! Full toss from Shami and AB de Villiers sends it out of the park for a maximum. He was looking to avoid the low full toss and pulled it with one hand. Hat-trick of sixes from Mr 360.
SIX, SIX!! AB de Villiers hits Shami over long-off for back-to-back maximums.
1,4,6,Wd,Wd,1,0,2! 16 came from that over bowled by Viljoen. RCB - 154/4 after 18 overs.
SIX!! Another brilliant maximum from Mr 360 and it sailed way back into the stands. The crowd at Chinnaswamy is coming to life now.
50! AB de Villiers notches up his fifth fifty of the season with a boundary. This is his 33rd half-century in IPL.
Just 5 runs came from the final over of R Ashwin's spell. He finishes with 4-0-15-1. RCB - 138/4 after 17 overs.
11 runs came from that over bowled by Murugan Ashwin. RCB - 133/4 after 16 overs.
SIX!! ABD picks the short-pitched delivery early and dispatches it into the stands for a maximum. With that shot came 50-run partnership between him and Marcus Stoinis.
13 runs came from that over bowled by Rajpoot. Mr 360 got a four and a maximum in that over. RCB - 122/4 after 15 overs.
4,6! AB de Villiers has attacked Ankit Rajpoot on consecutive deliveries. He's looking to switch gears now.
Slight confusion on the field as the umpire forgot where the ball was after putting it in his pocket.
10 runs came from that over bowled by M Ashwin. RCB - 109/4 after 14 overs. They'll have to attack in the remaining 36 deliveries to post a respectable total.
In the Powerplay @RCBTweets had an Attack rating of 191 and raced to 70 for 1 after six overs (RR 11.66). Since then their Attack rating has dropped to 120 and they have only scored 39 for 3 in eight overs at 4.87 runs per over. @lionsdenkxip have pulled it back. #IPL #RCBvKXIP— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 24, 2019
SIX!!! Marcus Stoinis hits M Ashwin over long-off for a maximum. The ball landed in the second tier. A boundary came for the hosts after 43 deliveries.
100 up for RCB in the 13.1 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Last 7 overs, RCB 29-3. Spinners making the ball talk— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 24, 2019
5 singles conceded by R Ashwin from his third over of the spell. He has conceded just 10 runs so far. The momentum has changed in no time at Chinnaswamy. The crowd at the venue has been mostly silent since the 6th over. RCB - 94/4 after 12 overs.
1,0,0,0,1,1! 3 runs came from that over bowled by Ashwin. First 6 overs - 70/1 Next 4 overs - 14/3. RCB - 84/4 after 10 overs. The flurry of wickets has put them under tremendous pressure.
Wicket! Another soft-dismissal! This time it's Akshdeep Nath (3) as he gives a simple catch to Mandeep Singh at covers. Viljoen gets a wicket in his first over as well. RCB - 81/4 after 9 overs.
Akshdeep Nath is far more comfortable against pace than spin. Across his career he averages 33.90 against spin (29 balls per dismissal) but just 18.65 against spin (15 balls per dismissal) .#IPL #RCBvKXIP @RCBTweets @lionsdenkxip— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 24, 2019
Bowled!! Carrom ball from Ashwin. Moeen Ali failed to read it completely and the ball crashes through his gates. Ali departs for 4 in his last game of the season. The skipper too gets a wicket in his first over for KXIP. Two RCB wickets have falled in as many overs. They are in a spot of bother now and all the pressure shifts on the shoulders of ABD. RCB - 76/3 in 7.3 overs.
Wicket! Soft-dismissal! Parthiv Patel's aggressive knock of 24-ball 43 comes to an end as he mistimes M Ashwin and R Ashwin takes a simple catch. #RCB - 71/2 after 6.2 overs.
4,0,4,4,6,1!! 18 runs came from the first four balls bowled by Shami. Parthiv Patel is on fire and RCB are cruising. They have posted 70/1 after 6 overs. That is a sensational start.
4,4,0,4! Three boundaries by Parthiv Patel off Shami. He's looking in superb form tonight.
SIX!! First maximum of the evening comes from the bat of Parthiv as he hits Rajpoot straight down the ground for a maximum.
Big Wicket! Virat Kohli (13) gives a simple catch to Mandeep Singh at mid-off. Mohammed Shami strikes on the first ball of his second over and the fielder doesn't disappoint him. Pin drop silence at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. #RCB - 35/1 after 3.1 overs.
8 runs came from that over bowled by Ankit Rajpoot. He bowled 2 No Balls in that over but came back strongly RCB - 35/0 after 3 overs.
No Ball, No Ball! Back-to-back No balls from Ankit Rajpoot as he oversteps.
Four! Parthiv Patel pulls the short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot. The ball raced into the fence, one bounce. He's dealing only in boundaries at the moment.
15 runs came from that over bowled by Shami. They had almost got Kohli out but instead ended up conceding 15.
That is how it goes. Should have been a fantastic over with the wicket of Kohli. But the sitter goes down and Shami concedes too many.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 24, 2019
Four! Parthiv continues his good form as he flicks Shami towards fine leg and gets a boundary. 3 fours already in this over.
KL Rahul on Kohli's dropped catch: This is exactly what we planned for him and it almost paid off!
Four, Four! Virat makes #KXIP pay for their error almost immediately. He hits back-to-back boundaries off Shami.
Dropped! Hardus Viljoen drops a sitter at square-leg and gives Kohli a reprieve. Shami had almost struck on his first delivery.
0,4,4,1L,2,1! 12 runs came from the opening over bowled by Ankit Rajpoot. RCB - 12/0 after 1st over.
Four! Parthiv hits Rajpoot down the ground for a consecutive boundary. This pitch looks a belter. Expect another high-scoring game tonight.
Four! Front-foot square drive from Parthiv Patel and the ball races towards the boundary. The southpaw opens his and team's account with a boundary.
Ankit Rajpoot starts with the new ball for Kings XI Punjab.
1st innings! Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel walk into the middle to open innings. Kings XI Punjab fielders enter the field.
RCB (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Two changes for RCB. Dale Steyn isn't fit and he misses out. Tim Southee replaces him. Washington Sundar replaces Pawan Negi.
Kohli: "Last game also we lost the toss but we win. Looking for a solid performance tonight. No team wants to lose six games in a row. We aren't thinking of play-offs. We are thinking of playing fearless cricket. Proud of the spirit the guys are playing with."
KXIP (Playing XI): KL Rahul(wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(C), Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami.
Ashwin: We will bowl first. We have two changes. Sam Curran sits out, Pooran comes in. We have Harpreet Brar out, Ankit Rajpoot comes in. When we travel, we have to use the Indian seamers in the side.
Moeen Ali will be playing his final game for RCB tonight before he leaves for England.