BANGALORE BEAT PUNJAB TO CLINCH THE RACE FOR THE WINNING

Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs on Wednesday and third consecutive victory of Banglore in this match played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore presented a strong target of 203 runs by AB de Villiers (unbeaten 82) for Punjab.

In reply, the Punjab team could score 185 runs in 7 overs in the 20th over. Most runs scored by wicketkeeper Nicholas Puran (46) for Punjab. He scored 1 Four and 5 sixes in his 28-ball innings. Apart from them, Lokesh Rahul (42), Mayank Agarwal (35), David Miller (24), and Chris Gayle contributed 23 runs. For Bangalore, Umesh Yadav took 3 and Navdeep Saini 2 wickets. Moin Ali and Marcus Stonis got one wicket each for Bangalore.

This is the fourth win in 11 matches of Bangalore and now it has reached number seven in the points table with eight points. Bangalore’s hopes of reaching playoffs are still alive. At the same time, Punjab has faced the sixth defeat in 11 matches and the team is at fifth position in the points table with 10 points.

Illustrious inning of RCB

Earlier, Bangalore lost the toss and batted first, RCB present 202 runs by losing 4 wickets in 20 overs. Most runs by AB de Villiers (82 not out) made by Bangalore. He planted three fours and seven sixes in his 44-ball innings.

Bangalore scored 64 runs in the last three overs. De Villiers completed his half-century in 35 balls. This season is his fifth half-century. At the start, Marcus Stoinis played with a slow pace but after some time he gave a good contribution to RCB. He hit two fours and three sixes in 34 balls. Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, and Mohammed Shami picked up one wicket each for Punjab.

KXIP won the toss and decided to bowl first. Punjab made two changes in its team. Punjab replaced Nicholas Pooran and Ankit Rajput in place of Harpreet Brar and Sam Curran in the final eleven. And another side, Bangalore also made two changes in its team. Bangalore gave the opportunity to Washington Sundar and Tim Southee in the place of Pawan Negi and Dale Steyn.

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