Kings XI Punjab produced an excellent bowling performance to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 19 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
Defending a low total of 138 runs, Punjab dismissed the star-studded RCB batting line-up for 119 runs in 19 overs.
Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel were the stars of the show with three wickets each.
Patel returned figures of 3/11 in four overs while Sandeep took 3/22.
The win keeps Punjab in the running for a spot in the play-offs as they have 10 points from an equal number of matches, while RCB have been knocked out of the reckoning as they have a mere five points from 12 matches.
Except for opener Mandeep Singh who made 46 runs off 40 balls before bowled by Glenn Maxwell, none of the RCB batsmen could tackle the Punjab bowlers.
The dominance of the Punjab bowlers can be gauged from the fact that only three RCB batsmen could reach double figures.
Earlier, RCB restricted Kings XI Punjab to 138/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Patel (38 not out) and Manan Vohra (25) were the major contributors to Punjab’s cause.
Punjab got off to a poor start as openers Hashim Amla (1) and Martin Guptill (9) were sent back to the pavilion inside five overs.
Amla was dismissed by medium pacer Aniket Choudhary on the penultimate ball of the first over and Guptill was dismissed by Sreenath Aravind in the fourth over.
With 18/2 in 3.3 overs, Marsh and Vohra tried to stabilise the innings and they were almost successful but after adding 21 runs in 3.3 overs the latter was sent packing by spinner Pawan Negi. In his 17-ball knock Marsh slammed three boundaries.
Vohra, who seemed good at the middle was also dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 12th over. Vohra’s 28-ball knock was laced with one boundary and one six.
Skipper Glen Maxwell (6) also failed to rise to the occasion as he was also dismissed by Chahal in the very next over.
Middle-order batsmen Wriddhiman Shah (21)and Patel then forged a 34-run partnership to help the visitors to get past the 100-run mark.
But soon, Shah, who played 25 balls and slammed one boundary, was bowled by Shane Watson in the 18th over.
In the very next over, new batsman Mohit Sharma (6) was also dismissed with the scoreboard reading 119/7.
The last over saw some boundaries from Patel but that was not enough for Punjab to post a challenging total.
For Bangalore, Choudhary and Chahal scalped two wickets each while Aravind Watson and Negi chipped in with one wicket each. (IANS Match Report)
Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab
11: 22 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, RCB 119 all out. Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs. What a clinical performance by Punjab after having restricted to a meagre 138/7 in 20 overs. Coach Virender Sehwag will be very pleased with that and want the momentum to continue for KXIP
18.6: WICKET! Choudhary hands a simple catch to Martin Guptill at cover. That’s the final nail in the coffin. RCB is all out once again.
18.5: Choudhary gets an inside edge and the ball falls short of wicketkeeper Saha. No run
18.4: Chahal takes a quick single in front of cover
18.3: Choudhary flicks off the pads to backward square leg for a single
18.2: Chahal takes a single to cover
18.1: Mohit Sharma continues, starts with a single to Choudhary
11: 18 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, RCB 115/9. Royal Challengers Bangalore need 24 runs in 12 balls
17.6: Choudhary plays to mid on for a single
17.5: Chahal takes a single to long on
17.4: Choudhary takes a si9ngle
17.3: Hat-Trick Ball! Chahal gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket
17.2: WICKET! Axar Patel clean bowls Badree 8(9); RCB 111/9
17.1: WICKET! Axar Patel into the attack and removes the danger man Pawan Negi 21(23); good catch in the end by Saha
11: 12 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, RCB 111/7. Royal Challengers Bangalore need 28 runs in 18 balls
16.6: Negi gets a single to mid wicket of the last ball
16.5: Badree takes a single to sweeper cover
16.4: Negi takes a single to off side; another good slow ball by Mohit
16.3: Badree plays to cover for a single
16.2: Negi takes a single to point
16.1: Mohit Sharma back in the attack, starts with a good slow ball to Negi for a dot ball
11: 07 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, RCB 106/7
15.6: Negi takes a single off the last ball
15.5: Badree takes a single to long of; misses a juicy full toss from Maxwell
15.4: Negi takes a single to long off
15.3: Badree takes a single to long on
15.2: Badree takes 2 runs
15.1: maxwell continues, starts with a single to sweeper cover
11: 05 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, RCB 98/7. Royal Challengers Bangalore need 41 runs in 30 balls
14.6: Negi takes a single to cover, he will retain the strike
14.5: FOUR! Aaron drifts to leg side, Negi flicks to fine leg boundary; poor bowling by Aaron
14.4: Negi plays a dot ball
14.3: FOUR! Negi flashes the ball wide off the off stump and gets a top edge to third man boundary; too much of width offered by Aaron
14.2: Badree takes a single to mid off
14.1: Aaron continues, Badree plays a dot
11: 00 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, RCB 88/7
13.6: Badree gets off the mark with a single to fine leg
13.5: WICKET! Maxwell gets it this time, Arvind 4(6) is given Lbw as he tries to sweep the straight delivery
13.4: Arvind plays a dot; Maxwell appeals for Lbw, umpire says no
13.3: Negi takes a single to long on
13.2: Arvind flicks to deep square leg for a single
13.1: Maxwell continues, Negi takes a single to short third man
10: 53 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, RCB 84/6
12.6: Arvind takes a couple off the last ball to sweeper cover
12.5: Negi guides the ball to third-man for a single
12.4: FOUR! Negi plays over infield to deep extra cover boundary
12.4: WIDE! Second in a row for Aaron
12.3: Swing and a miss to Negi, that ball missed the wicket as well
12.2: Negi plays another dot ball
12.1: Varun Aaron into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Negi
10: 49 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, RCB 75/6
11.6: Dot to end the over
11.5: Negi plays for a single to mid wicket
11.4: Negi plays a dot
11.3: S Arvind off the mark with a single to backward square leg
11.2: WICKET! Mandeep Singh 46(40) is clean bowled by Glenn Maxwell. RCB 73/6
11.1: Glenn Maxwell into the attack, starts with a single to Negi to short fine leg
10: 45 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, RCB 72/5
10.6: Pawan Negi off the mark with a single to square leg
10.5: WICKET! Shane Watson 3(6) gets the thick outside edge and a good catch by wicketkeeper Saha. RCB 71/5
10.4: Mandeep flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single
10.3: Watson cuts the ball to cover for a single
10.2: Watson pushes the ball back to bowler, no run
10.1: Axar continues, starts with a single to Mandeep
10: 41 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, RCB 68/4
9.6: Single to end the over for Mandeep
9.5: SIX! Mandeep picks the slow ball and sends the ball flying over mid-wicket for a maximum
9.4: Swing and a miss for Mandeep
9.3: Watson flicks off the pads to deep mid-wicket for a single
9.2: Mandeep takes a single to sweeper cover
9.1: Mohit Sharma continues, offers width and Mandeep cuts to point boundary for FOUR
10: 36 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, RCB 55/4
8.6: Mandeep takes a single to long on
8.5: Mandeep plays a dot to point
8.4: Mandeep plays another dot
8.3: Mandeep plays a dot; good flighted delivery by Axar
8.2: Shane Watson gets off the mark with a single to long off
8.1: Axar Patel into the attack, starts with a single to Mandeep to sweeper cover
10: 33 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, RCB 52/4. Royal Challengers Bangalore need 87 runs in 72 balls
7.6: Shane Watson is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
7.5: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav 6(6) comes down the pitch, Mohit Sharma drops short and a simple catch to Axar Patel at short cover. RCB 52/4
7.4: Mandeep cuts to sweeper cover for a single
7.3: Swing and a miss for Mandeep; good change of pace by Mohit Sharma
7.2: Mandeep plays a dot to point
7.1: Mohit Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Jadhav to mid wicket
10: 27 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, RCB 50/3
6.6: Mandeep plays a dot off the last ball
6.5: Mandeep plays a dot
6.4: Sandeep drifts to the pads of Mandeep who flicks to square of the wicket for 2 runs. FIFTY for RCB
6.3: Jadhav uses pace of the ball and opens the face of bat for a single to third-man
6.2: Mandeep guides the ball to third-man for a single
6.1: Sandeep Sharma to bowl his last over, begins with a dot ball to Mandeep
10: 20 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, RCB 46/3. End of Power Play
5.6: Jadhav gets off the mark with a cracking FOUR over point
5.5: Kedar Jadhav plays a dot ball
5.4: Mandeep takes a quick single to point
5.3: FOUR! Mandeep picks the short ball and pulls to deep mid wicket
5.2: Mandeep plays another dot
5.1: Aaron continues, starts with a dot to Mandeep
10: 14 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, RCB 37/3
4.6: Dot to end the over to new batsman Kedar Jadhav
4.5: WICKET! de Villiers 10 (6) charges down the track and gets an outside edge for a simple catch to the wicketkeeper. RCB 37/3
4.4: SIX! A fraction short by Sandeep, de Villiers launches the ball over deep mid wicket boundary for maximum
4.3: de Villiers plays a dot; lovely leg cutter from Sandeep
4.2: FOUR! de Villiers gets off the mark with a cracking straight drive to the over-pitched ball from Sandeep Sharma
4.1: Sandeep continues, starts with a dot ball to de Villiers
10: 09 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, RCB 27/2
3.6: Mandeep plays a dot to finish the over
3.5: Mandeep plays a dot
3.4: FOUR! Mandeep goes over point, a fraction short of Martin Guptill; that was close
3.3: Mandeep plays to short cover for a dot
3.2: Another dot for Mandeep
3.1: Varun Aaron into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Mandeep
10: 04 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, RCB 23/2
2.6: AB de Villiers is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
2.5: WICKET! Virat Kohli 6(6) comes down the track, Sandeep rattles the wickets. RCB 23/2
2.4: Kohli plays a dot, that ball kept a little low
2.3: Mandeep cuts to backward point for a single
2.2: Swing and a miss for Mandeep
2.1: Sandeep continues, starts with a dot ball to Mandeep
09: 59 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, RCB 22/1
1.6: Kohli plays another dot to finish the over
1.5: Kohli plays a dot ball
1.4: Mandeep gets off the strike with a single to mid wicket
1.3: FOUR! Inside edge and the ball races to third-man boundary
1.2: FOUR! Mandeep cuts the wide delivery to point boundary; too much of width offered by Natarajan
1.1: Natarajan into the attack, starts with a short ball drifting towards leg side. Mandeep pulls to fine leg boundary for FOUR
09: 54 PM IST | 1 over bowled, RCB 7/1
0.6: Kohli takes 2 runs to mid wicket
0.5: FOUR! Virat Kohli gets off the mark with a flick to leg side
0.4: WICKET! Gayle departs for ZERO, hands a simple catch to point fielder Martin Guptill; RCB 1/1
0.3: Gayle plays a dot, movement for Sandeep off the pitch
0.2: Mandeep gets off the strike with a single to mid on
0.1: Sandeep Sharma to start the bowling attack for Punjab, begins with a dot ball to Mandeep Singh
09: 49 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle are in the middle
07: 35 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, KXIP 138/7
19.6: Axar finishes the over with a dot ball. 19 off the last over from Shane Watson
19.5: Axar takes a couple to long off; Axar retains strike
19.4: FOUR! Axar smashes the good length ball straight down the wicket. Watson is under tremendous pressure at the moment; courtsey Axar Patel
19.3: FOUR! Axar makes room and uses the pace of Watson to pull the ball to backward square leg boundary
19.2: Axar cuts the ball to deep backward point sweeper cover for 2 runs
19.1: Watson to bowl the last over, Axar Patel welcomes with a huge SIX over long on
07: 29 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, KXIP 119/7
18.6: Aaron plays a dot. That’s wicket maiden from Aniket Chaudhary
18.5: Aaron plays another dot, another good ball from Chaudhary
18.4: Swing and a miss from Aaron; good pace from the bowler
18.3: Aaron plays another dot; Chaudhary has very impressive in the game so far
18.2: Varun Aaron is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
18.1: WICKET! Aniket Chaudhary into the attack, bangs the short low bouncer, Mohit Sharma 6(4) edges to wicketkeeper Jadav for an easy catch. KXIP 119/7
07: 23 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, KXIP 119/6
17.6: Mohit takes a single off the last ball, will retain strike
17.5: FOUR! Mohit gets plays uppercut and the ball races to third man boundary
17.4: Axar drives to long off for a single
17.3: Mohit Sharma gets off the mark with a single to third-man
17.2: WICKET! Saha 21(25) is bowled by Shane Watson; KXIP 1126/6. Slow ball doing the damage
17.1: Watson back into the attack, starts with 2 runs to third-man to Saha
07: 16 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, KXIP 110/5
16.6: Axar flicks off the pads to fine leg for 2 runs
16.5: Saha takes a single to short third man
16.4: FOUR! Saha picks the slow off cutter and guides the ball to backward point boundary
16.3: Axar pulls the short ball to backward square leg for a single
16.2: Axar drives to short mid wicket for 2 runs
16.1: Aniket Choudhary back into the attack, starts with a single to Saha to short cover
07: 10 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, KXIP 99/5
15.6: Axar gets 2 runs to deep mid wicket for 2 runs
15.5: FOUR! Axar plays it very late as he opens the face of the bat; ball races to third-man boundary
15.4: Axar drives to short cover, no run
15.3: SIX! Tossed up ball by Chahal, Axar gets to the pitch of the impact and lofts the ball over mid wicket
15.3: WIDE! Second of the over for Chahal
15.2: Axar plays another dot, Chahal is getting good turn off the pitch
15.2: WIDE! Chahal drifting towards leg side
15.1: Chahal continues, starts with a single to Saha to cover point
07: 05 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KXIP 84/5
14.6: Saha takes a single to square leg
14.5: Saha hits along the ground to the bowler, no run
14.4: Axar drives to long on for a single
14.3: Saha pushes the ball to cover point for a single
14.2: Axar Patel gets off the mark with a single to short third man
14.1: Badree into the attack, starts with a single to long on
07: 02 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KXIP 79/5
13.6: Saha plays to cover to end the over
13.5: WICKET—ALMOST! Glenn Maxwell 6(11) reverse sweeps and the ball goes high in the air and straight to Badree at short third man for an easy catch. KXIP 78/5
13.4: Maxwell tries to make room, Chahal follows him. Good bowling; no run
13.3: FOUR (Byes); second time in the over, Maxwell and Jadhav misses the ball
13.2: Maxwell plays a dot
13.1: Chahal continues, starts with FOUR (Byes). it was missed by everyone, Maxwell misses to hit; Jadhav misses to connect
08: 56 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KXIP 70/4
12.6: Maxwell takes a single to short fine leg to end the over
12.5: FOUR! Maxwell reverse sweeps to backward point boundary
12.4: Saha takes a quick single in front of point
12.3: Maxwell pushes the ball to short mid wicket for a single
12.2: Maxwell plays a dot
12.1: Pawan Negi into the attack, starts with a dot to Maxwell; Turn and bounce for Negi
08: 52 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KXIP 63/4
11.6: Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman, gets off the strike with a single to sweeper cover
11.5: Saha takes a single to third man
11.4: Saha plays to point, no time for run
11.3: Saha plays a dot ball
11.2: WICKET! Manan Vohra 25(28) departs in an attempt to go big. Slow ball from Chahal gets miscued to long off for a simple catch to de Villiers; Chahal strikes
11.1: Chahal continues, Saha paddle sweeps to short fine leg for a single
08: 48 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KXIP 60/3
10.6: Vohra plays and misses the good length ball, dot to finish the over
10.5: Saha plays a dot to point. This is a very good recovery by Watson
10.4: Vohra gets on toes to guide the ball to third-man for a single
10.3: Saha uses the pace of the ball and guides it to third-man for a single
10.2: Vohra pushes the ball to deep mid wicket for a single
10.1: Shane Watson into the attack, starts with a single to Saha to point
08: 44 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KXIP 55/3. Very clinical over by Chahal
9.6: Saha plays a single to mid wicket for a single
9.5: Saha plays a dot
9.4: Another dot to Saha
9.3: COMEDY of ERROR! Saha comes out of crease misses the ball, Jadhav did not collect it well and misses an easy stumping. No run
9.2: Vohra pushes to short cover for a single
9.1: Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack, starts with a dot to Vohra
08: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KXIP 53/3
8.6: Vohra takes a quick single to point to end the over
8.5: SIX! Vohra gets on one knee and lofts the ball over mid wicket boundary. FIFTY! for KXIP
8.4: Vohra plays a dot, that was much slower and flat by Negi
8.3: Vohra flicks the ball to fine leg for 2 runs. Vohra using pace of Negi there
8.2: Vohra cuts to backward point for 2 runs
8.1: Negi continues, starts with a dot to Vohra
08: 34 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KXIP 42/3
7.6: Dot to end the over
7.5: Vohra drives to long off for a single
7.4: Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a single to point
7.3: Vohra takes a single to long off
7.2: Another dot to Vohra
7.1: Badree continues, starts with a dot ball to Vohra
08: 30 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KXIP 39/3
6.6: WICKET! Marsh 20(17) wanted to go big over long off, miscues straight to Mandeep’s hands
6.5: Vohra plays the ball to fine leg for a single
6.4: Marsh pushes the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single
6.3: Marsh plays a dot, that was a quick and wide one from Negi
6.2: Vohra flicks off the pads to backward square leg for a single
6.1: Pawan Negi into the attack, Marsh flicks the ball to deep mid wicket for a single
08: 26 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KXIP 35/2. End of Power Play
5.6: FOUR! Vohra punches to deep mid wicket
5.5: Vohra pushes the ball back to the bowler, another dot ball
5.4: Vohra plays in the air and places the ball between midwicket and long on for 2 runs
5.3: Dot ball to Vohra, well tossed up ball by Badree
5.2: Another dot ball to Vohra
5.1: Badree into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Vohra
08: 23 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KXIP 29/2
4.6: Manan Vohra gets off the mark with a single to third-man
4.5: Manan Vohra plays a dot
4.4: Marsh takes a single to mid-wicket
4.3: Dot ball to Marsh, good recovery by Watson
4.2: FOUR! marsh opens the face of the bat and the ball races to third-man boundary
4.1: FOUR! Shane Watson is welcomed by Marsh with a boundary to off side
08: 18 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KXIP 19/2
3.6: EDot to end the over
3.5: Manan Vohra is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball to point
3.4: Marsh takes a single to backward point
3.3: WICKET! Martin Guptill 9(10) plays over the top, gets the thick outside edge and the ball flies to backward square leg to Pawan Negi. KXIP 18/2
3.2: Marsh flicks to backward square leg for a single
3.1: Arvind continues, Marsh plays off the pads to deep mid wicket for 2 runs
08: 13 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KXIP 15/1
2.6: Leg byes (1 run), Marsh retains strike
2.5: Marsh pushes the ball back to the bowler, another dot
2.4: Marsh plays a dot
2.3: Guptill takes a quick single to short cover
2.2: Guptill takes 2 runs to long off
2.1: Aniket Choudhary continues, starts with a dot ball to Guptill. Movement off the pitch for Choudhary
08: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KXIP 11/1
1.6: Marsh plays a dot ball to point
1.5: Shaun Marsh is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a drive to deep extra cover for FOUR
1.4: Guptill punches straight down the wicket for a single
0.3: Guptill plays a dot
1.2: FOUR! Guptill goes to backfoot to play a cracking drive to mid off boundary
1.1: S Arvind into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Guptill
08: 05 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KXIP 2/1
0.6: Dot to finish the over
0.5: WICKET! Amla goes for a drive and knicks to wicketkeeper Kedar Jadhav. No one appealed, Hashim Amla 1 (3) just walks away; he knows there was an outside edge. KXIP 2/1
0.4: Amla plays a dot towards point
0.3: Guptill takes a single to square leg, gets off the mark
0.2: Dot ball to Guptill, good bounce for Aniket
0.1: Aniket Choudhary to start the bowling attack for RCB, starts with a single to Amla who gets off the mark with the first ball.
07: 58 PM IST | Match Begins! Kings XI Punjab openers Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill are in the middle to start the proceeding.
07: 42 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for RCB and KXIP
Team Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (w), Shane Watson, Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (c), Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 5, 2017
07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab. This means Glenn Maxwell led Punjab will have to set a big total to chase against RCB at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
07: 25 PM IST | M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has small boundaries and has traditionally been a belter for the bowlers. With a whirlpool of batting stalwarts in both RCB and KXIP, it will be a lot of beating for the ball around the park.
Virat Kohli and camp will not give anything for free to Punjab tonight. Glen Maxwell will have to snatch the victory from Royal Challengers Bangalore if they want a piece for themselves in the IPL play-offs.
06: 55 PM IST | THE OPPONENTS! With a lot hanging in the balance at this point in time, Kings XI Punjab has a tight rope ahead if they want to make it to the playoffs.
Punjab has five games to play before the final draw is released for this year’s IPL. This means they have to win at least four games to have it enough to be in the contention where run rate might as well come to play if required.
Punjab comes into tonight’s game against RCB with a very convincing 10 wickets win in their last fixture.
Coach Virender Sehwag and Captain Glenn Maxwell will be on their toes and want to keep the momentum as they will face the IPL table holders in their possible march to the playoffs — Punjab will play against RCB, Knight Riders, Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians and Rising Supergiant in a week to come.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017
06: 40 PM IST | THE HOST! Royal Challengers Bangalore is a fairytale of the cricketing stalwarts, minus the happy ending.
The finalist from last year IPL is languishing at the bottom of the points table with 5 points from the 11 games they have played this season.
The formidable batting line-up with the likes of — Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle — have so far been the silent spectators as RCB took a nose dive from the word ‘play’.
The unfathomable batting collapse of RCB can be judged by the fact that Pawan Negi ( left-arm spinner), is among the top run-getters in the squad.
The problems in RCB’s great fall run parallel with their batting line up.
Chris Gayle — 152 runs in 6 matches — has failed to provide the fireworks batting up in the order. The devastating Jamaican batsman has found really hard to free his arms against the spinners who seem to have found the way to keep him under pressure and forced to give away his wicket by playing loose shots. This has resulted in Coach Daniel Vettori to rest Gayle and play Australian Travis Head instead who has been an equally miserable — 74 run in 5 matches.
of the wicket. The right-handed India’s captain has scored 239 runs in 7 matches compared to his last years’ onslaught of 973 runs in 16 matches.
Looking to end the #ipl off with a few good results! Hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about tonight at the Chinnaswamy.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 5, 2017
Even the brutal AB de Villiers has been shunned to mere 196 runs so far in 7 games he has played. The South African talisman has not been able to build up the momentum after getting a good start and has given away the wicket in the penchant to score more freely.
The only bright spot in the RCB batting camp line is the presence of Kedar Jadhav in the middle order. The right-handed batsman has so far gathered 241 runs in 10 games a much better from his last season at IPL 2016 — 42 runs in 4 matches.
06: 30 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to the live blog of the 43rd match of IPL 2017 slated to be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.