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RCB's IPL 7 season ends with 8 wicket defeat to CSK at M Chinnaswamy
Rajasthan Royals were taken home by 5 wickets thanks to exceptional late hitting from Steve Smith & James Faulkner who combined to overcome Yuvraj’s all-round heroics for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big guns failed to fire as they lost to Kings XI Punjab by 32 runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
RCB won the toss and decided to field first trusting their star-studded batting order to chase in front of the home crowd in their first game at the M Chinnaswamy this season. RCB made two changes to their line up from the previous game with Nic Maddinson’s replacement Rilee Rossouw coming in for Albie Morkel and Yogesh Takawale making way for Harshal Patel.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. RCB named Chris Gayle in the starting XI, a player we all have been waiting to see in action. The big man walked out to face Glenn Maxwell in the first over of the game. The Gayle Storm seemed to kick off as he got 20 runs off the first over with two sixes and a four. However, in the next over Sandeep Sharma uprooted his stumps before trapping Kohli LBW too. With the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale falling in the powerplay as well, RCB managed to score 44/4 in the first 6 overs.
Virat Kohli won his third toss and decided to chase against KKR in Sharjah. Mitchell Starc backed his decision, bowling an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Kolkata skipper for his third duck in a row. Albie Morkel then picked up the in-form Manish Pandey. Kallis and Chris Lynn then had to ensure the team did not lose any more wickets without hitting over the top managed to reach the score of 42 at the end of the 6th over.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai Time: 4 PM IST
The highly anticipated match between RCB and DD kicked off with Virat Kohli and stand in skipper Dinesh Karthik coming out for the toss. On winning the toss, RCB elected to field first, with the surprises being the exclusion of Chris Gayle and the inclusion of uncapped leggie, Yuzvendra Chahal.
We witnessed the Gaylestorm, we saw the AB innovation and we loved the Kohli aggression. As we now await the seventh IPL season with much anticipation, RCB is all set to experience the magic of three P's – Power, Passion and of course, the Players!
In accordance with the new Indian Premier League (IPL) retention rules, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have retained Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. New RCB coaching appointments that include Daniel Vettori as head coach, Trent Woodhill as batting and fielding coach and Allan Donald as bowling coach, have also been announced.