Kohli's RCB makes short work of Kings XI

Kohli's RCB makes short work of Kings XI

Kohli's RCB makes short work of Kings XI

In a stark contrast from the previous game at the venue, where 459 runs were plundered, reducing the bowlers to bowling machines, Bangalore had little trouble reining the Punjab batsmen in.

Punjab lost three of their lower order wickets to run-outs, starting with skipper Ravi Ashwin who went for a suicidal single on the first ball he faced from Moeen Ali. They have been lucky that KL Rahul has been as consistent as he has because Gayle has not, and if both the openers have an off day, it could be an early ride home for the teams. With the brilliant half-centuries of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Bangalore chased easily against Delhi Daredevils.

AB de Villiers was chosen as the 'Player of the Match'. The way Rahul and Gayle began the innings, that nightmare would have nearly come true, but Umesh put paid to Punjab's plans and triggered an implosion that the side failed to recover from. His nearest scorer was Southee who scored 36 runs so far. "We kept picking wickets throughout and that was crucial", Kohli added.

Skipper Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot and the only player to be retained by KXIP - Axar Patel - have all struggled to create problems for opposing batsmen. Karun Nair, who's had a wonderful domestic season recently was dismissed when he tried to guide a shortish delivery past Kohli at 1st slip but ended up giving a regulation catch to him.

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However in IPL, odd things have happened at the business end of the tournament and RCB, under Virat Kohli, are likely to put a lot of pressure on the slipping KXIP.

Tye once again got the breakthrough when Russell top-edged a short-pitched delivery and Karthik also holed out at long off after hitting five fours and three sixes.

After a couple of balls, Umesh sent back Universe Boss Gayle as he too perished trying to pull Umesh into the stands. By virtue of Royal Challengers Bangalore's win over Kings XI Punjab in Indore, SRH are assured of a top-two finish and will head to Mumbai for the first qualifier. After a lacklustre start to the tournament, the team led by Virat Kohli found themselves in a must-win situation to stay alive in the tournament. The last game will really be interesting if we can win our next one. Meanwhile, KXIP are coming off a comprehensive defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a high-scoring encounter. She makes sure she catches each and every cricket match of her husband Virat Kohli. Today's game is scheduled to be played at Holkar Stadium located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The eleventh season of the Indian Premier League, which started on April 8 is now entering into its final week with the competition between the teams getting tighter. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.

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