Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded a brilliant 17-run victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. RCB’s premier overseas batsman AB de Villiers was star performer in the game for his team, smashing a sensational unbeaten 82-run knock that propelled RCB towards a monumental first innings total of 202 runs.
The pace bowling duo comprising of Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini then bowled really well in the second innings to contain the opposition batsmen and in turn guided RCB to a splendid victory. With this win, the Virat Kohli-led team have somehow managed to keep their playoff hopes very much alive and kicking.
I tried to stay calm in the last few overs
After the fall of early wickets, the onus was on AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to lead the home team to a challenging total. The former started his innings on a tentative note but after getting set on the crease, he slowly started unveiling his true colours, ripping apart the KXIP bowling line-up. Together de Villiers and Stoinis smashed a blistering total of 64 runs in the last three overs to propel KXIP towards a massive total of 202 runs. De Villiers compiled a brilliant unbeaten innings of 82 runs which consisted of 7 sixes and 3 fours, while Stoinis remained unbeaten for a 34-ball 46.
“I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well, it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now,” quoted AB de Villiers after the game.
“And we are doing things well now. We are doing good as a team now. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end,” he added.
We have nothing to lose
RCB wicket-keeper batsman and opener Parthiv Patel, who scored a vital cameo of 43 runs off 24 balls, noted that the home team has nothing to lose and thus, they were just enjoying themselves out there. He also mentioned that they were unfortunate to not finish off games during the starting games.
“We have nothing to lose. We just go and enjoy ourselves. (Earlier in the tournament) We were unlucky not to finish off games. It was about converting performance into results. I have been practising hard. There’s communication between us (him and Kohli). If I strike at above 150, he can take his time,” said Parthiv Patel.