Royal Challengers Bangalore 159 for 6 (de Villiers 57, de Kock 45, Ashwin 2-30) beat Kings XI Punjab 155 (Rahul 47, Umesh 3-23, Sundar 2-22) by four wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Royal Challengers Bangalore collected two points against Kings XI, 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 were “20 runs short”, and that – one could say – was the eventual difference between the two sides.

Umesh extinguishes blazing start

This may have been an away game for Kings XI, but two local boys walked out to open. For KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, the Chinnaswamy is where they ply their trade during the domestic season, and the duo wasted no time in making full use of the familiar surroundings.

Rahul, fresh off his 14-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils, started exactly where he left off on Sunday. After seeing off the game’s first two balls, he creamed consecutive sixes and then a boundary to take 16 off the first six balls. Next over, Agarwal showed no mercy to Umesh Yadav either, walloping him for two boundaries.

At 32 for no loss after three overs, King XI were looking at another excellent Powerplay but Umesh had other plans for his second over. The first ball, a tempting full-pitched delivery, was edged by Agarwal to the keeper de Kock diving to his right. Aaron Finch, playing his first game after his wedding, lasted one ball as Umesh trapped him in front first up. Then Yuvraj Singh fell off the over’s final delivery. He looked tentative, managing to defend the hat-trick ball and then almost holing out to deep backward square, but Umesh got his man soon after. Coming around the wicket for the fourth over’s final ball, he fired one in and Yuvraj was too slow to get in position. The end result: Yuvraj’s middle stump on the floor and Kings XI at 36 for 3 after four overs.

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