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Virat And De Villiers’ Flamboyant Efforts Helps RCB Break The Losing Shackles

In the second game of the IPL blockbuster Saturday, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at last managed to break the shackles with a resounding 8-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. In the first innings, it was Chris Gayle who stole the show with some staggering power-hitting which in turn helped KXIP reach an imposing total. However, the RCB heavyweight batting duo comprising of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers then constructed a phenomenal partnership to help their team pick up an emphatic victory.

Chris Gayle goes bazooka but eventually falls short of the three-figure mark

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, KXIP kicked off the innings on a positive note with the two openers, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul stitching an excellent opening partnership of 66 runs. RCB’s premier leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then came to the rescue of his team, dismissing Rahul to pick up the opening breakthrough. Mayank Agarwal also tried to stamp his authority with some explosive striking from the first ball, but he too fell victim to Chahal in the ninth over. Sam Curran was promoted up the order to increase the scoring rate but that idea didn’t work out, being sent back to the pavilion pretty cheaply.

Wickets kept tumbling at one end, while Gayle kept assaulting the RCB bowlers from the other side. The big West Indian opener as his usual never backed down under the pressure of losing wickets, racking up a brilliant half-century off just 28 balls which was also his third fifty of the season. Gayle compiled a stupendous knock of 99 runs off 64 balls which consisted of 10 fours and 5 sixes, to guide his team towards a pretty challenging total of 173 runs. After such a thunderous performance, it was such heartening to see Gayle falling short of a well-deserved hundred.  He also became only the second batsman to end on 99 not out in the IPL after Suresh Raina.

Virat and de Villiers’ companionship once again comes to the rescue

In the second innings, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel started off the matters with a decent opening partnership of 43 runs. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin then showed his cleverness by strangling Parthiv in the fourth over off a beautiful delivery. After his dismissal, AB de Villiers joined hands with Kohli to resurrect the RCB innings out of the troublesome position. The duo comprising of Kohli and de Villiers showed remarkable composure and great temperament to keep the KXIP bowlers at bay during the middle-overs stage.

Kohli once again looked in a solid touch, notching up a fabulous half-century to help his team come close in the stiff run-chase. He compiled a sensational 85-run partnership along with de Villiers for the second wicket. De Villiers also looked in a dazzling mood, racking up a blistering fifty off just 35 balls.  The matters of the run-chase did become difficult after Virat got dismissed in the 16th over. But then the duo comprising of de Villiers and Stoinis batted amazingly well to propel RCB towards a great victory.

Brief Scores:

KXIP: 173/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle-99*, Mandeep Singh-18*; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/33)

RCB: 174/2 in 19.2 overs (Virat Kohli-67, AB de Villiers-59*; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/30)

Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 8 wickets.