wnol.info January 19 2018

De Villiers blitz can't stop Kings XI Punjab

January 19 2018, 05:35 | Van Peters

The first six overs were going to be the key for both KXIP and RCB.

Kedar Jhadav - The prolific Maharashtra batsman played an impressive knock against the Delhi Daredevils.

Royal Challengers Bangalore had won the toss and they chose to bat first.

If not for the South African, RCB would probably have folded up for a score below 120 and KXIP would have had an even easier cruise.

While Amla was his usual calm self, holding up one end, Vohra and then Maxwell kept attacking the bowling to ensure that KXIP's run-rate never diminished and their net run-rate also did not suffer. Axar Patel (1-12) opened the bowling for Punjab and in the first over, he castled Shane Watson (1).

This was Punjab's second win in the season. Chris Gayle is not playing today, AB Devilliers will be in playing 11 of RCB.

The two leg-spinners Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal from Haryana are known twin on the pitch who had concertedly rised to occasion and particularly in the limited overs formats.

In the 16th over, de Villiers slammed Aaron over mid-off to pick up his second six off the innings. Virat Kohli remained away from action, but de Villiers roared back to form in his first innings itself.

The closers: The numbers reveal just how well RCB's bowlers did to pull off the victory. But the cricket Gods might have been watching; Chahal delivering a more-flighted delivery the very next ball that Braithwaite tried to send over the fence, missing it completely and having his middle-stump rearranged. The capacity crowd cheered as they saw the Proteas skipper's name flashed on the giant screen and they were in for a treat as AB unleashed some savage hitting against KXIP bowlers in the dying overs. His 44 not out was the turning point in the game. If KXIP want to win their maiden IPL title then Maxwell will have to play a role of MS Dhoni for his team. Axar has a great all round talent.

Home skipper Maxwell joined Amla and Watson deployed his 2 strike weapons - Mills and Chahal in tandem.

England's Ben Stokes took charge with 50 off 32 balls and gave the innings some respectability by adding 61 runs off 37 deliveries with Manoj Tiwary, who remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 balls. He can be ideal partner for Maxwell in crunch situations.

Explosive South African batsman de Villiers is once again a doubtful starter for and in his absence Shane Watson would continue to lead the side as an interim captain.

Whenever a team loses three wickets in the Powerplay, they invariably end up losing, and that was the case with RCB this time.

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