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IPL 2014 – KXIP vs RCB: KXIP Brush Aside Hapless RCB To Remain Unbeaten

By on April 29, 2014

Kings XI Punjab 127 for 5 (Sehwag 32) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 124 for 8 (Yuvraj 35, Sandeep 3-15) by five wickets…

Yet another batting failure, yet another loss. Those who thought Chris Gayle’s return would bring in a change of fortunes for the Royal Challengers Bangalore would have been thoroughly disappointed as they crushed to their third straight defeat – this time to the mighty Kings XI Punjab who recovered from a tricky position to come out on top against Virat Kohli’s men to remain unbeaten in IPL 7 so far.

IPL 2014 - KXIP vs RCB: Sandeep SharmaIt was disheartening for RCB fans to see their side end up on 124/8 – after they had managed to score 20 in the first over.

The top order was blown away by medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma – who after his brilliance against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, came up with another Man-of-the-Match performance against the Bangalore-based side to finish with figures of 3/15.

The inclusion of Chris Gayle meant Ravi Rampaul had to sit out. After the first over, in which Gayle hit Maxwell for 20 [2×6, 2×4], the decision seemed correct.

However, the tide changed dramatically in the next over as Sandeep Sharma removed both Gayle and Virat Kolhi in a span of three balls leaving. While Gayle was bowled charging down the wicket – which ended his scratchy stay in the middle, Kohli fell victim to a dubious leg-before decision to umpire Billy Bowden. The replays showed the ball would have gone on to miss the leg stump.

New batsman Yogesh Takawale last just seven balls after Mitchell Johnson got him out caught behind in the very next over. Takawale (0) poked at a ball outside the off stump with his feet rooted to the crease, giving a simple catch to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha as RCB slumped to 26/3 in three overs. More disaster followed when Parthiv Patel, batting on 2, gave Saha a second catch. The dismissal of Patel meant RCB had lost four wickets in four overs for 26 runs.

The Vijay Mallya-owned side then looked upto Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers to revive the innings which had been rocked by RCB pacers. De Villiers welcomed a charged Johnson with a beautiful boundary punching a good length delivery on the up through the mid-on fence. Both Yuvraj and De Villiers then scored boundaries off Sandeep in the sixth over to produce a few smiles in the RCB dugout. The pair added 41 runs in 5.3 overs as Yuvraj took a liking to RCB bowlers. He creamed L Balaji for a vintage drive through extra cover and carted Akshar Patel for a towering six over midwicket.

Just when some stability was restored, Rishi Dhawan came into the attack and he justified his introduction with the wicket of De Villiers for 17 [15b, 2×4]. Albie Morkel (15) and Yuvraj (35) managed 26 runs between them but once they fell in the 14th and 15th over, there was no coming back for RCB as they could manage only 25 runs in the last five overs.

Chasing a modest target, Cheteshwar Pujara fell early for 10, edging Ashok Dinda to Patel behind the stumps in the fifth over. Virender Sehwag played some amazing cricketing shots to set the momentum going. He started by reaching out to a full and wide delivery from Varun Aaron and carving it between the cover and point boundary and followed it with back-to-back flicks off Dinda. Aaron gave KXIP their second breakthrough in the form of Saha, who after mistiming a hook, was pouched safely by Mitchel Starc just inches inside the boundary.

Aaron then got the big wicket of Maxwell for 6, who fell to a spectacular catch by Starc at fine leg for his second failure in the tournament. At 47/3, RCB bowlers had gained the upper-hand with quick wickets but Sehwag and David Miller had other plans. The duo made sure there were no further setbacks, putting on 45 for the fourth wicket with Miller taking charge. The South African left-hander smashed four boundaries for his 20-ball 26.

With the match slowly slipping out of RCB’s grasp, skipper Kohli’s decision of continuing with Yuzvendra Chahal, and not leaving him for a later stage, reaped rich dividends. The legspinner got both Miller and Sehwag (32) out caught behind which tightened things in the middle overs.

With two new batsmen at the crease in George Bailey and Rishi Dhawan, RCB fancied their chances but the batsmen coped well with the pressure mounting on them. Dhawan broke the shackles with boundaries off Dinda and Yuvraj in the 14th and 15th over. Both batsmen rotated the strike and took chances occasionally which eventually paid off. By the time the match came down to the last 12 balls, KXIP required just 10 which was easily achieved with an over to spare. Dhawan and Bailey got together for 39 off 35 balls which came in extremely handy towards the end.

Source: gocricket

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