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AB stars in RCB win

AB stars in RCB win

This was after the Bangalore bowlers, led by pacer Umesh Yafav - who took three wickets in an over - had shot out Punjab for 155 after Kohli opted to field first.

Ben Stokes, the most-expensive signing at the IPL Player Auction 2018, hasn't been in the best of batting form recently, but RR will hope he can start hitting a few balls out of the park soon. No, the answer is South African AB de Villiers. Sundar walked in slashed one over third man for a boundary off Mohit Sharma and then crunched one through cover to seal the game for RCB. Dwayne Bravo's 30-ball 67 won Chennai their first game against Mumbai followed by another individual show by Sam Billings which got them over the mark against the KKR with Chepauk witnessing a victory lap from their beloved team after two years. R Ashwin finally broke the promising alliance, bowling de Kock in the 12th over. RCB have an advantage even at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, with the hosts winning thrice and RR winning twice.

"The tag has been given that I bowl well in Tests because in Tests you have time, if the ball is swinging and reverse swinging and you have that talent (you can succeed)". The next ball Sarfaraz Khan went back with the youngster poking a leg break delivery from the opposition skipper to an alert Karun Nair at first slip. Rahane has a reliable option in Krishnappa Gowtham, who has bowled in the powerplay and is familiar with the trade of wicket-taking as well as run-containment in the early overs. RCB's captain and heartthrob Virat Kohli came to the crease and was bowled by Afghanistan teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 21 runs. RCB required 69 in 51 balls with De Villiers and Mandeep together.

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Many people forget that both KL Rahul and Karun Nair play their domestic cricket for Karnataka and when the two of them were batting together against RCB, it felt unusual. If they manage to get three of the top four big guns early, they might just shift the odds in their favor! Tye took de Villiers' wicket in the first ball of the 19th over and Mandeep Singh was run out in the fourth ball, but by that time, the damage was done. There are no doubts about the big hitting abilities that Short possesses and two run outs have not allowed him to showcase his skills, but what the Royals need to realize is that playing four openers in their top six is affecting their death overs batting as well.

Put in to bat, KXIP started well, but Umesh Yadav struck thrice in his second over, and Kulwant Khejroliya (2 for 33) and Washington Sundar (2 for 22) stifled the middle order with their strikes to restrict them to 155 in 19.2 overs.