AB de Villiers Takes RCB Home Against KXIP

Dean Simpson
April 15, 2018

All their bowlers, including Kulwant Khejroliya and Washington, who took two wickets each, should be applauded for containing runs.

The star spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar failed in the last game, leaking 77 runs in 56 balls and claiming just one wicket. With the scoreboard reading 32, Mayank and Finch were dismissed in consecutive balls, while Yuvraj was bowled on the last ball by pacer Umesh Yadav.

WICKET! Mayank Agarwal edging Umesh Yadav's delivery to Quinton de Kock behind the stumps.

Umesh Yadav, 30, didn't get to play a Test on the South Africa tour, played his last ODI last September and has featured in just T20 global, in 2012.


Virat Kohli may have described his team on the day of their first game as one with the best batting-bowling balance, but they still weren't able to avoid defeat to KKR.

After registering their first victory at home in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL), an elated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has credited the outcome to his bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav.

A "Battle Royale" awaits what is expected to be a packed Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday as the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Rajasthan Royals in the first game of the doubleheader.

For RCB, De Villiers and Quinton de Kock, who scored 45 runs to lay the foundation against Punjab, will aim to continue the good work. And when Ashwin sent in Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who had given away just 10 runs in his first three overs, to bowl the 17th over, de Villiers hit him for two sixes!


Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Rajasthan Royals in the IPL T20 game tomorrow at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. However, R Ashwin's King XI Punjab stood against their opponent and set a justified target. The former defeated the Kings XI Punjab on Friday while the latter won a rain-marred contest against the Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday. In his 30-ball knock, Rahul slammed two boundaries and four sixes. The Karnataka batsman will look to carry on the momentum on his home ground.

From the perspective of finding form, even Ben Stokes is yet to deliver for the Royals and RCB will be well aware of his destructive capabilities.

David Miller and Marcus Stoinis add depth to KXIP batting order and the duo will be relied upon once again. It was a much needed win for RCB to start IPL 2018 on a positive note after their loss during the last match.

Ajinkya Rahane can take a cue from Ravichandran Ashwin on how well to rotate his bowlers, and hope for them to make life hard for RCB's top-order. I think 170 would have been par, the pitch is slightly better than previous year.


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