RCB vs KXIP - Match report

In another must-win match, Royal Challengers Bangalore were facing Kings XI Punjab in their own backyard. KXIP were seeking a win as a redemption for their poor IPL campaign and a moral victory. The match was delayed due to heavy showers and the game was reduced to 15 over's per team. KXIP won the toss and opted to field first.

When the RCB batsmen came into bat it started raining again. But this time, it was raining sixes at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Whatever the bowlers threw at the batsmen it kept disappearing into the stands. Such was the start given by the explosive duo of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. KXIP bowlers had no answer to the onslaught from both the ends. The partnership between the two was worth the wait through the rain as it was absolutely entertaining. They had a 147 run opening partnership which came to an end when Gayle got out after scoring 73 off just 32 balls. Captain Kohli registered his 4th hundred of the season to become the leading run-scorer in the history of IPL. He played a magnificent innings of 113 from 50 balls which included 13 fours and 8 sixes as RCB ended their innings with the score of 211/3.

KXIP had a daunting total staring down at them and they just had 15 over's to chase it. Murali Vijay showed some intent as they started their chase. Vijay was trying to score runs off every ball as it was necessary if they were looking for even the slightest possibility of chasing down the mammoth total set by RCB. He paid the price when he tried to cut a ball but could only manage an inside edge which hit the woodwork after ricocheting off the pads. Wriddhiman Saha who came in also started clobbering the bowlers but was LBW playing one shot too many times. KXIP kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the rain finally ended their misery when it came back in the beginning of the last over to end the game. KXIP were 120/9 at that point and they lost the match by 82 runs via DLS method.

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