The match went down to the last ball of the game, as it was the powerhouse of the tournament RCB, who came on top © AFP
The match went down to the last ball of the game, as it was the powerhouse of the tournament RCB, who came on top © AFP

As the tournament gets deeper and deeper into the business end, fans witnessed another thrilling game, as visitors Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat hosts Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by just a run, in Match 39 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on Monday. The match went down to the last ball of the game, as it was the powerhouse team of the tournament RCB, who came on top clinching a nail bitter game in one of the rare close games in the IPL 9. The match produced ample amount of highlights, as Ayush Gupta takes his time out to present those. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 at Mohali

KL Rahul’s classy knock of 42: The RCB opener, who has been in terrific form of late, KL Rahul shined again today, playing a classy knock of 42. He was also involved in a terrific 63-run opening stand along with skipper Virat Kohli, as his knock of 42 came off just 25 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six, along with a strike rate of 168. He was the pillar of the opening stand.

KL Rahul-Virat Kohli’s terrific opening stand of 63: Rahul just did not play for himself, but was also involved in a terrific 63-run stand along with skipper Kohli, which indeed allowed RCB to build on the platform for a competitive innings. Rahul contributed 42, while Kohli contributed 20 in the stand. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 Match 39 at Mohali

AB de Villiers classic knock of 64: RCB is definitely incomplete, without a knock from AB de Villiers, as the 360 batsman played a controlled knock of 64, which indeed allowed RCB to post a match-winning total of 175. His knock came off 35 deliveries, including five boundaries, and a couple of sixes, at  a strike rate of 183. He was also involved in a big 88-run stand along with Sachin Baby.

AB de Villiers-Sachin Baby’s wonderful stand of 88: Not just his personal knock, but De Villiers formed a wonderful fourth wicket stand along with Baby for 88 runs indeed allowed RCB to post a match-winning total of 175, as it was that stand, which set the standards high for RCB in the game, and more or less made sure that they would leave the field with a win.

Murali Vijay’s blistering knock of 89: Despite a losing performance, the KXIP skipper Murali Vijay played a blistering knock of 89, thus keeping the hopes alive for his team to win the tie until the final ball of the game. It was his knock that indeed made the match a thriller, as his knock came off 57 deliveries, including 12 boundaries, and a six, along with a strike rate of 156. He was also involved in a stellar partnership of 51 runs for the fourth wicket, along with Marcus Stoinis.

Murali Vijay-Marcus Stoinis elegant stand of 51: Vijay’s knock was not just all, as it was the all-important 51-run stand along with Marcus Stoinis, which indeed allowed KXIP to come real close to the win, as the match went down to the wire, until the last ball to decide the winner. Vijay contributed 42, while Stoinis contributed just eight in the stand, but nevertheless, it was Stonis’s intelligence that allowed Vijay to stay on strike and go for the big shots.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)