Royal Challengers vs Kings XI

08 May, 2017, 05:00 | Author: Courtney Perry

This loss was RCB' 10th defeat of the season and once again the failure of their top-order proved to be costly for the last season's finalists.

KKR are now second in the points table with 16 points from 12 outings. They are all aggressive sides boasting match-winning players.

"He showed how mentally tough he is to come back from an injury and bat like this".

Yes, the pitch here may have played a part in the home team's miserable run in 2017. The South African chose to walk after edging Aniket Choudhary to Kedar Jadhav amidst barely half-hearted appeals.

Yusuf Pathan (0 not out) and Manish Pandey (4 not out) saw the out the win for the men in purple.

Sandeep, on the other hand, took the priced scalps of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers - in his opening spell to put dents in the RCB.

Head (75 off 47 not out), who is playing in place of Shane Watson, and Mandeep stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket to stem RCB's rot and at the end it was about the Australian's big hitting. "If you look through their lineup, the whole way down, they have got match winners everywhere", Guptill said as quoted by "PTI". His knock was dotted with six fours and four sixes.

Kohli's (5; 9b; 0x4, 0x6) poor form continued unabated as the India captain could not make the most of his reprieve when Piyush Chawla grassed him at mid-off to get out in the very next ball. "Umesh's wickets early especially were key and I'm thankful for it".

With two big names back in the dug out, AB De Villiers was under pressure to deliver, but the South African maestro also could not do much with the bat.

Royal Challengers could not recover after seamer Sandeep Sharma (3-22) struck three times in his first three overs and were dismissed for 119 in 19 overs after Kings XI had posted 138-7.

RCB is now on a five-match losing streak and Gavaskar felt Kohli as their captain has not been able to inspire them.

Gayle has now managed scores of seven, eight and zero in his last three innings and has garnered a mere 152 runs at an average of 21 this season, with one half-century.


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