IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bowl vs Kings XI Punjab

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But Mujeeb's absence due to injury cost Punjab heavily in the middle overs as Karthik and Andre Russell (31) propelled the innings with a 76-run fourth-wicket stand off just 31 balls. The dominating win over KXIP also gave a massive boost to RCB's net run rate and skipper Virat Kohli stated that with a nothing to lose attitude this will only benefit his team in the last two matches of the league stage in Indian Premier League, 2018. The likes of Parthiv Patel and Mandeep Singh for Bangalore, and Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal for Punjab.

Back-to-back wins for the first time in two seasons has given RCB's quest for a maiden IPL title a fresh lease of life, albeit them needing other results to go their way. As the Proteas walked across the stumps to the off-side, the Delhi Daredevils bowler threw a brilliant ball which had no effect on the RCB batsman who expertly deposited the ball over square leg boundary.

Yadav picked a third wicket - that of tailender Andrew Tye - through a short ball that caught the edge behind for figures of 3-23 from his four overs. They have been lucky that KL Rahul has been as consistent as he has because Gayle has not, and if both the openers have an off day, it could be an early ride home for the teams. With teams slowly closing onto them Punjab knows any more slip-ups can end costing them dearly. There catching was on point too barring an initially dropped chance of Gayle by Parthiv which didn't prove too costly in the end.

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They soon took their side past the 50-run mark in 4.5 overs as each of the Punjab bowler struggled to get a breakthrough. This is now the third 10-wicket victory in Bangalore history; no other side has achieved this feat a few times. If they win their last two games, they are assured of a last four finish. Meanwhile, KXIP are coming off a comprehensive defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a high-scoring encounter.

In addition, Kohli became the second highest run getter in IPL history as captain of a squad.

On the other hand, Bangalore fails toe register back to back wins even with batting stalwarts in the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their full form. He is now third on the leading run scorers charts with 537 runs from 11 games and the home side will be hoping that he fires against his former side in the crunch game.

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It is nearly unbelievable how Virat Kohli has managed to fly under the radar in this IPL.

From 41 for 2 in five overs, Punjab slipped to 61 for 5 in nine overs, thanks as much to Bangalore's bowlers as to the lack of application from their batsmen. Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Today's game is scheduled to be played at Holkar Stadium located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.

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