T20 2018: Bangalore beat Punjab by 10 wickets


While Kings XI Punjab are still one of the teams favoured to qualify for the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore's campaign looks like it's done.

Rahul continued his scintillating form in the IPL by smacking two fours and seven sixes as Punjab's top order crumbled around him.

While Kohli and AB de Villiers anchored an easy chase against Daredevils with stylish half-centuries, KXIP bowlers were under the pump, being taken to cleaners by Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik as KKR scored a mammoth 245 in the last game. The actress shared a few stories on Instagram where she seems to be viewing the match amidst her busy schedule. His success has come with the ball so far, making up for scoring a combined 11 runs with the bat by conceding at an economical 6.28 runs an over, and returning particularly impressive figures of 1-25 in that Daredevils win.

Later, riding on some lusty hits by the openers, Bangalore hunted down the target in just 8.1 overs with 10 wickets in hand.

Rishabh Pant (61) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32) revived Delhi's innings after legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) removed both openers in his first two overs.

Ashwin's performance is a serious issue for KXIP? RCB managed to beat KXIP by 4 wickets at M.Chinnaswammy Stadium, earlier in the tournament, in the reverse tie. He first banged one into the pitch as KL Rahul mistimed the ball to Colin de Grandhomme at square leg. Karun Nair, who's had a wonderful domestic season recently was dismissed when he tried to guide a shortish delivery past Kohli at 1st slip but ended up giving a regulation catch to him.

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Preview: It's the battle of two teams, who are eyeing for play-off birth. Kings XI Punjab is third in the table with 12 points, while Royal Challengers are struggling at the bottom of the table.

Punjab was out-batted by Kolkata Knight Riders here on Saturday. We had chased 180 in the last game and we were in a good space coming into this. The ever dependable and consistent Rahul too will have a point to prove against his "home" side. The side possesses some of the biggest names in the shortest format of the game but even then they are not able to live up to the hype.

Virat Kohli is a cricketer of rare instinct and intensity.

Chris Gayle was dropped on zero by wicketkeeper Patel, who couldn't hold onto to the nick despite stretching out to his left. He has got chance in only five of the matches with only three wickets in his kitty at an economy rate of 8.73.

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.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.