Twitter Reactions: RCB end losing streak in Bengaluru, beat KXIP in another last over finish

Twitter Reactions: RCB end losing streak in Bengaluru, beat KXIP in another last over finish

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns with the Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the season. Coming in to the game, they were under some serious pressure to win at the venue. Their last five games at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium had yielded negative results for them. With this backdrop, they needed to end the jinx sooner or later in the 2018 season.

And as the things turned out on the day, they managed to beat the visiting KXIP side by 4 wickets with three balls to spare. It was the number 8 batsman Washington Sundar who hit the winning runs on the day in the final over of the game. The run chase of 155 looked modest but some fine bowling from the KXIP camp had brought them back in to the equation.

Eventually, a steady head AB de Villiers proved to be the difference between the two sides. ABD rallied along nicely to put RCB in the winning position. He was unfortunate to have not stayed till the very end in the game. But his knock of 57 was indeed the turning point in the game. Add the 17th over heroics, where he hit two sixes off Mujeeb ur Rahman, and that makes up the gist of the winning tale for the night.

Earlier in the game, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli had no hesitation in going with the trend of bowling first after winning the toss. He was taken aback for a brief while when the KXIP openers – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – teed off in fine fashion in the first three overs of the game. It was the fourth over, bowled by Umesh Yadav, that brought RCB right back in the hunt. Umesh Yadav struck thrice in the fourth over to dismiss Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, and Yuvraj Singh.

At 36/3, things looked grim for Kings XI Punjab. The in-form batters, KL Rahul and Karun Nair, then added a crucial 58 run stand for the fourth wicket to even out the equation. But once Rahul (47) and Nair (29) were dismissed, the KXIP innings crashed yet again. The visiting skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, then played a handy cameo of 33 runs in 21 deliveries to take the KXIP total past the 150-run mark. They eventually bundled out for 155 in 19.2 overs.

In the run chase, Royal Challengers Bangalore were dented early with the loss of Brendon McCullum. Virat Kohli perished cheaply as well. Quinton de Kock (45) and AB de Villiers (57) played handy knocks to keep the run chase alive. Handy cameos from Mandeep Singh and Washington Sundar also helped the cause of the home side as they registered a four-wicket win.

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