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IPL 2015 KXIP vs RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore Fall Short In Curtailed Game

By on May 14, 2015

Kings XI Punjab 106 for 6 (Saha 31, Harshal 2-12) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 84 for 6 (Axar 2-11, Anureet 2-21) 22 runs… Match reduced to 10 overs a side.

Kings XI Punjab, already out of contention in the IPL, denied Royal Challengers Bangalore a crucial win on Wednesday. In a 10-overs-a-side game after rains delayed the start of the contest, RCB were set a target of 107 to win.

But their challenge fizzled out after the three batting mainstays – Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – fell cheaply. RCB ended up at 84 for six to lose by 22 runs.

With this loss, Bangalore stay at the fifth place in the table with 13 points and will now look to win both their remaining games to make sure of a playoff berth.

IPL 2015 KXIP vs RCB: Axar Patel

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

With a curtailed game to be played, RCB skipper Kohli had no hesitation in deciding to field first, after winning the toss. Kings XI openers, Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra, took on RCB’s new-ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Sreenath Aravind from the word go.

Saha (31 off 12b; 5×4, 1×6) gave his team a rousing start, smashing Starc for 14 runs in the first over itself. The diminutive wicket-keeper batsman then took Aravind to the cleaners. The left-armer leaked 20 runs in his first over.

David Wiese ended Saha’s enterprising knock, deceiving the batsman with a cleverly-disguised slower ball as Mandeep Singh safely pouched a skier at mid-on. Local boy Mandeep was in the thick of things once again, this time taking an offering from Manan Vohra off Harshal Patel’s bowling at long off.

In the same over, Glenn Maxwell was also sent back to the pavilion by Harshal Patel. The Aussie hit a crisp shot, but unfortunately managed to pick out AB de Villiers at deep midwicket.

David Miller (14 off 5b; 2×6), too, used the long handle only for a few deliveries. After depositing leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the stands for back-to-back sixes, Miller ventured out of the crease once again and was smartly stumped by Dinesh Karthik.

Axar Patel (20 off 15b; 1×4, 1×6) managed to get a few hits away in the final overs, which took Kings XI’s total beyond the 100-run mark. They finally ended with a very competitive score of 1066.

Source: Times Of India

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