Today's evening is going to be thrilling one as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is going to play against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the match 48 of the IPL 2018 season. Karun Nair gives an easy catch to Virat Kohli at slip. Stoinis was deceived more by the flight and couldn't judge the length and ended up yorking himself. Leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal flung a yorker at Marcus Stoinis to send him back in the sixth. While Rahul pulled one straight to de Grandhomme a deep square leg, Gayle departed in similar fashion caught by Siraj off another short delivery three balls later.
Victory is just a mere formality for RCB as they are just 35 runs away from the target.
Punjab, however, are not out of it as yet but shockingly poor effort from their batsmen on a belter of a wicket in Indore will be cause for concern, especially since it has come at a crucial juncture of the tournament.
Dropped! How costly will this prove.
Off the last ball of the same over, Umesh struck again and this time his victim was none other than Chris Gayle (18).
This was the first-century partnership between Kohli and de Villiers in two seasons.
However in IPL, unusual things have happened at the business end of the tournament and RCB, under Virat Kohli, are likely to put a lot of pressure on the slipping KXIP. "No negatives to point out in what has been a flawless game for us", Kohli said during the post-match presentation after RCB's thumped Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets. The batsman worked Moeen towards long on and despite the magnificent AB de Villiers giving chase, Mohit went for a single.
Recently, in his column for The Times of India, AB de Villiers called Indian skipper Virat Kohli a "force of nature at crease".
Bangalore moved to seventh in the standings after its fourth win, and needs to win its remaining three games to stay in the hunt for the top four. The Kings need to win this one to avoid having to win both of their remaining games with substantial margins.
Kings XI have stuttered of late, their latest defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday seeing them concede a massive 245 runs! Like KKR, a huge deficit on NRR rules out the hypothetical possibility of them qualifying on 12 points. RCB will be banking on him to picked up early wickets in powerplay and final overs. He has got chance in only five of the matches with only three wickets in his kitty at an economy rate of 8.73.
Home really is where the heart lies for Kings XI Punjab.
Punjab are third in the points table with 12 points from 11 matches, while Bangalore are out of the contention to finish top four at the end of the round-robin stage. If you have the luxury to the television, then you can go for Star Sports 1 / HD and Star Sports Select 1 / HD for English commentary.