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AB de Villiers dismissed by Lakshmipathy Balaji as Kings XI Punjab take control against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2014

L Balaji © IANS
L Balaji © IANS

May 9, 2014

Sandeep Sharma came in to bowl the 18th over in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. It was his final over of the innings. Mitchell Starc started with a sliced boundary over point, but the rest of the over passed without incident.

The 17th over was bowled by Mitchell Johnson. Harshal Patel cleared his front leg and slammed Johnson down the ground for a boundary, but Johnson followed up with a short ball that Harshal edged behind to the ‘keeper. Varun Aaron was the new batsman for RCB, and was nearly run out off his second ball, in much the same way as Amit Mishra was against Rajashtan Royals. But the over passed without further action.

L Balaji bowled the 16th over, and started off with a good slower ball to Starc. A couple of balls later, he bowled a beamer to de Villiers, which was hit for a six over fine leg. AB de Villers hit the next ball for a six as well, to get to his fifty off 25 balls. But he holed out to Akshar Patel off the next ball for a well-made 53 off 26 balls. Harshal Patel was dropped by Sehwag off the final ball.

Earlier, Mitchell Johnson bowled the 14th over of the innings. Johnson, who had gone for just nine is his first two overs, started off with an excellent yorker, but Starc was able to get a single off it. Starc managed to hit a boundary off the fourth delivery, but could only get a single off the last ball.

Shivam came on to bowl the 14th over, and was greeted with a six by de Villiers. Starc went on to get another boundary off the third ball. He tried to slog the next one over midwicket, but was beaten comprehensively. Starc was unable to work the ball off the square off the next couple of balls, but got a single off the last ball.

Akshar Patel bowled another tight over as neither de Villiers nor new man Starc was able to work him away. He was mixing his pace well and was not easy to hit away for runs. Akshar continued his good run of form.

Earlier, AB de Villiers looked solid, but wickets kept tumbling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 game played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. Shivam Sharma bowled the 12th over, and got Albie Morkel out straight away, caught off a miscue at point. AB de Villiers kept the attack going, hitting another six off the over.

Glenn Maxwell bowled the 11th over, and was greeted by de Villiers with a six down the ground. He was hit for another couple off the next ball, but was unable to get the big hit in. A Morkel hit another six in the over, but was nearly caught by Miller in the deep. He hit the third six of the over off the penultimate delivery, before getting a single off the last ball.

Earlier, Bangalore’s openers, Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel started rather cautiously before they got out to Sandeep. Sachin Rana though survived the hat-trick ball from Sandeep.

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