IPL 2018: Kings Eleven lead RCB 12-8 but they share an absorbing rivalry

The Kings XI have a slight edge over the Challengers.

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They had contradictory beginnings to their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 campaign. And while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to pick their first points in the tournament after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will be hoping to keep their momentum going after defeating Delhi Daredevils in a home game.

Virat Kohli’s RCB will take on Ravichandran Ashwin’s KXIP at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday, April 13. They have met 20 times in the IPL since 2008 with KXIP having a lead of 12-8. However, the scoreline doesn’t reflect the even contests that the two teams have regularly found themselves in over the years. From mind-boggling hundreds to match-winning bowling performances; from close victory margins to the widest – KXIP versus RCB games have seen everything in a decade.

Here is a brief compilation of all IPL encounters between RCB and KXIP:

2008:

Game 1: KXIP won by 6 wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 126 all out (19.2 overs); KXIP 127/4 (18.2 overs). MoM S Sreesanth (KXIP) for taking 2 wickets for 16 runs.

Game 2: KXIP won by 9 wickets at PCA Stadium, Mohali
RCB 143/8 in 20 overs; KXIP 144/1 in 15.4 overs. MoM Shaun Marsh (KXIP) for scoring 74 not out in 51 balls.

2009:

Game 1: KXIP won by 7 wickets at Kingsmead, Durban
RCB 168/9 in 20 overs; KXIP 173/3 in 19 overs. MoM Ravi Bopara (KXIP) for scoring 84 off 59 balls.

Game 2: RCB won by 8 runs at Kingsmead, Durban
RCB 145/9 in 20 overs; KXIP 137/7 in 20 overs. MoM Yuvraj Singh (KXIP) for taking 3 wickets for 22 runs and scoring 50 off 34 deliveries.

2010:

Game 1: RCB won by 8 wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium
KXIP 203/3 in 20 overs; RCB 204/2 in 18.5 overs. MoM Jacques Kallis (RCB) for taking 1 wicket for 39 runs and scoring 89 not out in 55 balls.

Game 2: RCB won by 6 wickets at PCA Stadium
KXIP 181/5 in 20 overs; RCB 184/4 in 19.1 overs. MoM Kevin Pietersen (RCB) for scoring 66 not out off 44 balls.

2011:

Game 1: RCB won by 85 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 205/6 in 20 overs; KXIP 120/9 in 20 overs. MoM Chris Gayle (RCB) for scoring 107 off 49 balls.

Game 2: KXIP won by 111 runs at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
KXIP 232/2 in 20 overs; RCB 121 all out in 17 overs. MoM Adam Gilchrist (KXIP) for scoring 106 in 55 balls.

2012:

Game 1: RCB won by 5 wickets at PCA Stadium
KXIP 163/6 in 20 overs; RCB 166/5 in 19.3 overs. MoM Chris Gayle (RCB) for scoring 87 off 56 balls.

Game 2: KXIP won by 4 wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 158/5 in 20 overs; KXIP 163/6 in 19.5 overs. MoM Azhar Mahmood (KXIP) for taking 3 wickets for 20 runs.

2013:

Game 1: KXIP won by 6 wickets at PCA Stadium
RCB 190/3 in 20 overs; KXIP 194/4 in 18 overs. MoM David Miller (KXIP) for scoring 101 not out in 38 balls.

Game 2: KXIP won by 7 wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 174/5 in 20 overs; KXIP 176/3 in 18.1 overs. MoM Adam Gilchrist (KXIP) for scoring 85 in 54 balls.

2014:

Game 1: KXIP won by 5 wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
RCB 124/8 in 20 overs; KXIP 127/5 in 18.5 overs. MoM Sandeep Sharma (KXIP) for taking 3 wickets for 15 runs.

Game 2: KXIP won by 32 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium
KXIP 198/8 in 20 overs; RCB 166/9 in 20 overs. MoM Sandeep Sharma (KXIP) for taking 3 wickets for 25 runs.

2015:

Game 1: RCB won by 138 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 226/3 in 20 overs; KXIP 88 all out in 13.4 overs. MoM Chris Gayle (RCB) for scoring 117 off 57 balls.

Game 2: KXIP won by 22 runs at PCA Stadium
KXIP 106/6 in 10 overs; RCB 84/6 in 10 overs. MoM Axar Patel (KXIP) for scoring 20 not out off 15 balls and taking 2 wickets for 11 runs. The match was reduced to a 10-over each affair because of rain.

2016:

Game 1: RCB won by 1 run at PCA Stadium
RCB 175/6 in 20 overs; KXIP 174/4 in 20 overs. MoM Shane Watson (RCB) for taking 2 wickets for 22 runs.

Game 2: RCB won by 82 runs in Duckworth-Lewis method at Chinnaswamy Stadium
RCB 211/3 in 15 overs; KXIP 120/9 in 14 overs (Target 203). MoM Virat Kohli (RCB) for scoring 113 runs in 50 balls.

2017:

Game 1: KXIP won by 8 wickets at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
RCB 148/4 in 20 overs; KXIP 150/2 in 14.3 overs. MoM Axar Patel (KXIP) for taking 1 wicket for 12 runs.

Game 2: KXIP won by 19 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium
KXIP 138/7 in 20 overs. RCB 119 all out in 19 overs. MoM Sandeep Sharma (KXIP) for taking 3 wickets for 22 runs.

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