IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 82 runs at Bengaluru (D/L method), Stars and Flops

Virat Kohli powered Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to their seventh win this season which came against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Bengaluru on Wednesday. RCB won the high-voltage encounter by 82 runs by D/L method in a rain curtailed match which was played 15 overs-a-side. Once again it was a Kohli show as the elegant right-handed batsman plundered another century to help his side to romp home to another victory.  He stuck to his guns and set the stage with his flurry of eye-pleasing cricketing shots. He unleashed a barrage of stylish strokes only to wreck havoc at Bengaluru. ALSO READ: IPL 2016, Match 50, Pick of the tweets: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab at Bengaluru.

KXIP won the toss and elected to field first on a wicket which was conducive for batting. The decision proved out to be wrong one as KXIP didn’t have enough bowling to restrict the likes of Chris Gayle and Kohli with the new ball. Gayle took his time to get his eye in and moments later made a mockery of KXIP bowling attack. Both the batsmen were in scorching form and most importantly Gayle who started finding his groove after a long time. His return to form is pivotal from RCB’s point of view as he is a match-winner and can turn the games single-handedly with his manic style of play.

Kohli and Gayle stitched a mammoth opening stand of 147 runs in just 11 overs after which the latter fell prey to Axar Patel’s persistence. Moments later, the in-form AB de Villiers too floundered in an attempt to get huge runs but the man on the other end didn’t get affected by this as he continued to pile runs. He reached his fourth T20 century and jockeyed his side to a commanding position.  KL Rahul chipped in with some priceless runs towards the end as RCB posted a colossal total of 211 in their quota of 15 overs.

All their bowlers had to do was bowl the right length. Chasing 212 is a never an easy task and requires some nerves of steel which KXIP failed to possess. Their opening pair failed to get an ideal start, a factor which affects them massively. Srinath Aravind got them the early breakthrough and Yuzvendra Chahal did a commendable job with his leg-spin. Their bowling stood up and is gaining momentum just at the right moment. Except Wriddhiman Saha’s knock of 24 there wasn’t any moment of glory for KXIP fans. The rain played the spoilsport once again when RCB had to bowl a solitary over or just one wicket to emerge victorious. RCB were adjudged the winner of the game by 82 runs and are now placed at the second position in the points table.

Turning point:

The opening stand between Gayle and Kohli sealed the game for RCB as the duo piled 147 runs in just 11 overs and put the KXIP on the back seat. KXIP never recovered from this damage and RCB never looked back from here on.

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Brief Scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 211 for 3 in 15 overs [Virat Kohli 113 (50), Chris Gayle 73 (32); Sandeep Sharma 3-0-29-1] beat Kings XI Punjab 120 for 9 in 14 overs [Wriddhiman Saha 24 (10); Yuzvendra Chahal 3-0-25-4, Shane Watson 2-0-7-2] by 82 runs (D/L method).