Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their poor form in the 2017 Indian Premier League and lost the match against Kings XI Punjab. Punjab won it by 19 runs.
Chasing a target of 139, only RCB opener Mandeep Singh put up a fight and remained the highest scorer with 46 runs. RCB kept losing wickets and were bowled out for the fourth time in this season.
Punjab seamer Sandeep sent ‘Big Three’ Chris Gayle (0), Virat Kohli (6) and AB de Villiers (10) quickly. He is the first bowler in IPL history to knock off the terrific trio in the same match. Kedar Jadhav (6) hit a boundary but Mohit Sharma fooled him with a change of pace as a simple catch was taken by Axar Patel at short cover.
After his good hand with the bat, Axar was back in thick of things removing Shane Watson (3) caught by Wriddhiman. Mandeep Singh (46), who finally got some runs was lone man fighting for RCB but an innocuous delivery from rival skipper Glenn Maxwell saw him try an atrocious cross-batted shot to get bowled. At 73 for 6, the game was all over for the RCB with no chance whatsoever of making a comeback.
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New ball bowler Sandeep Sharma (3/22 in 4 overs) played a big role blowing away the top-order to set up the win. Mohit Sharma (2/24), Axar, Glenn Maxwell (2/14) all played their parts to perfection in KXIP’s fifth win of the season. Kings XI Punjab now has 10 points from 10 games while RCB after their ninth defeat in 12 matches stay at the bottom on five points.
Earlier, Axar played a late cameo, arriving in the 14th over after the dismissal of Maxwell. Axar was merciless against Shane Watson in the 20th over. He first smacked one to the long-on boundary for a six. He then took two off a hook shot towards deep point. He pulled the third ball to the fine leg boundary and pounded the next one, a straight drive, for another four.
This was anyway after a death over was thrown away by Varun Aaron, who needlessly tried to play a big shot while giving Aniket Choudhary a maiden over. That 19th over also yielded a wicket for Choudhary, the pick of the RCB bowlers with figures of 4-1-17-2.
Kings XI Punjab 138/7 (20 overs)
Axar Patel 38*
Aniket Choudhary 2-17) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 119/10 (19 overs)
Mandeep Singh 46
Axar Patel 3-11, Sandeep Sharma 3-22)
Result- Kings XI Punjab by 19 runs.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime