Rajasthan Royals squad play drums in a fun session

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Still coming to terms with Steven Smith's absence, they would have expected Ben Stokes - the most expensive foreign player - to deliver. The excited fans had "RCB, RCB" chants even before they got inside the venue.

Rajasthan Royals spinner Krishnappa Gowtham today said his team picked up some tricks by watching Royal Challengers Bangalore's previous game and has prepared accordingly for the IPL match against the hosts here tomorrow. Skipper Virat Kohli also was wasted first three over and managed to make only 21 runs after being bowled out in the fifth over. A fit and firing Yadav is a good news for India and Kohli would pray that his form continues.

However RCB, who have started the VIVO IPL 2018 with a victory and identical number of loss from their initial two matches will aim to clinch their maiden title in the professional T20 league.

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Kings XI had come with a clear strategy, not allowing the top order of the home team to settle down after being dismissed for 155. The 17th over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman turned out to the game changer as de Villiers hit two consecutive sixes out of 19 runs from that over. That left them at 33 for two after Brendon McCullum's dismissal in the first over. Then came AB de Villiers who changed the course of the game.

The Bangalore crowd found its voice when de Villiers and Quinton de Kock steadied the innings with a 54-run fourth-wicket stand. De Kock looked particularly at ease, unleashing a flurry of boundaries en route to a 34-ball 45.

The South African did not take chances but opened up his shoulders in the last six overs, when 56 runs were required. He slapped Chris Woakes' third ball over deep point fence for a six and followed it up with an exquisitely-timed flick over backward square-leg for a similar result.

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Punjab will have to take a relook at their middle and lower order after their capitulation against Bangalore. "If you bowl here, we'll get wickets.' I'm following that plan". KL Rahul is in scintillating form with the bat and it is about time when Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh will click.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for RCB with his bowling figures of 4-0-23-3 who was supported well by Washington Sundar (4-0-22-2) and rest other bowlers where everyone took a wicket at least.

Batting first Kings XI Punjab got off to a flying start as KL Rahul showed his magnificent touch. No wonder that chants of "ABD, ABD" are famous at Chinnaswamy. After the batting didn't fire collectively, with only Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers teeing off at the top and Mandeep Singh providing a late flourish, the bowlers failed to defend 176.

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