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It was expected to be a run-feast, but ended up as a one-sided affair with Kings XI Punjab being completely outplayed by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Holkar stadium in Indore. RCB's chances of making it into the playoffs hinged on a big win against KXIP, and the Virat Kohli-led side rose to the occasion by cantering to a 10-wicket win with 71balls to spare.
While it was a collective effort with all three departments firing for RCB, the victory was set up by Umesh Yadav's 3 for 23 that bundled KXIP out for 88 in 15.1 overs. It also helped that RCB's fielding was on point as evidenced from the run outs in the paltry total, as only three of the KXIP batsmen reached double figures.
RCB hardly broke sweat during the chase as Virat Kohli (48) and Parthiv Patel (44) remained unbeaten to take the side home in just 8.1 overs giving the Net Run Rate a major boost.
It was a stark contrast from the previous game at the venue where 459 runs were plundered, reducing the bowlers to mere spectators. RCB's bowlers brought out their A game to derail the KXIP innings early after Kohli sent the opposition in to bat.
KXIP had raced to 36 without loss in 4.2 overs thanks to KL Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle's early blitz that threatened to take the game away from RCB. Gayle even got a life in the first over when Umesh found the outside edge of his bat, only to be put down by Parthiv Patel. Despite going for runs, Umesh persisted with the short ball and the ploy worked. While Rahul was caught by at deep square leg, Gayle went out off a top edge caught by Mohammed Siraj at the same position two balls later.
The lack of application from KXIP batsmen also added to their woes. Karun Nair was prised out in Siraj's first over, and Marcus Stoinis, who replaced an injured Mujeeb Ur Rahman in KXIP XI, was late to respond to a yorker from Yuzvendra Chahal. Mayank Agarwal's poor run of form continued, and after a promising start, KXIP's wobbly middle order was exposed.
Aaron Finch top-scored with 26 and KXIP lost three of its last four wickets in bizarre run-outs to slump to the second-lowest total of this season.
It was a fairly straightforward chase for RCB, and Kohli, who walked out to open with Parthiv, found the fence with great ease. Parthiv too began with a flurry of fours, and Kohli targeted Ankit Rajpoot, off whom he clobbered 16 runs in an over. Patel's assault off Mohit Sharma realised the 50-run opening stand inside just five overs.
Andrew Tye, KXIP's best pacer, wasn't spared either, and RCB were on course for a massive win with the skipper finishing off in style with a top-edged four over the wicketkeeper.