Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 10:10
RCB returns to winning path


Royal Challengers Bangalore collected two points against Kings XI Punjab, extending the streak of chasing teams winning full-length matches at IPL 2018.

Umesh Yadav's three wickets in one over set the game up for the hosts early on, after which the South African duo of Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers overcame a slight hiccup to take them to a relatively comfortable four-wicket win.

The win meant RCB had arrested a five-match losing streak at the Chinnaswamy from 2017.

At one point, it didn't look easy for RCB, especially after they lost both Brendon McCullum and the captain Virat Kohli inside the Powerplay. But the 54-run partnership between de Kock and de Villiers did enough to take the pressure off the chase.

In the first innings, Kings XI made 155; they should've made more after a blazing start courtesy KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. At the end of the match, the losing captain R Ashwin confessed that Kings XI was "20 runs short", and that - one could say - was the eventual difference between the two sides.

Batting first, KXP scored 155 with Lokesh Rahul top scoring with 47.

Umesh Yadav bagged 3 for 23.

In reply, the RCB reached the target losing just 6 wickets.

De Villiers scored 57.
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