RCB vs KXIP match highlights: AB de Villiers masterclass leaves Punjab stunned

RCB vs KXIP match highlights:

  • RCB defeated KIXP by 17 runs to move up to 7th place in the table, reclosing their last spot for the first time this season
  • Scoring 202 while batting first on the back of a profoundly emphatic 44 ball 82 by AB de Villiers, RCB restricted Punjab to 185-7 from 20 overs
  • The win made it 4 straight wins for the Challengers against Punjab in the league. After 0 points from 6 matches, the franchise has from their last 5

RCB vs KXIP match highlights

RCB vs KXIP match highlights

Last over finishes and the Royal Challengers Bangalore go hand in hand. And the story was no different when they took on the Kings XI Punjab in yet another thrilling final over finish for them seeing them maintain their composure to continue in their rampant manner. Needing to defending 27 off the last over, Umesh gave away just 9 runs in it along with picking up two wickets to see RCB win by 17 runs and record their 4th straight win of the campaign.

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Punjab just can’t seem to shake off the stronghold grip that RCB have caught them in ever since last season. Ever since 2018, RCB have been in raucous touch over Punjab and their win yesterday now means that they are on a 4 match winning spree against the opposition, leveling the record at 12-12 in the 24 encounters the two sides have clashed.

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And for their resurgent form, RCB have no one to thank but the meticulous AB de Villiers. After losing Virat Kohli early on as he feels to Shami yet again, it was AB de Villiers who yet again bore the brunt of the responsibility for his franchisee. With Parthiv (43) walking back to a soft dismissal off Ashwin and wickets falling like a house of cards from there on to see RCB lose 4 wickets in 46 runs, it looked like things would all but fall apart for them.

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However, a 121-run stand between AB de Villiers (82) and Marcus Stoinis (46) was just what RCB needed. From a situation of no return, the match turned on its head in what was an incredible turnaround in the match. Everything right done by Punjab up to that stage was torn apart with pure, clean and hard hitting from the two seeing 80 runs come in the final 5 overs, 27 off those in Vilojen’s culminating over itself, in what was a testament to awe-inducing batting.

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Knowing that this wicket was going to continue to play freely, RCB were fully aware that even 200 could be an easy target to peel off if they allowed Punjab to get into their groove. And despite getting Gayle out early on for just the 23 runs, the 59-run stand for the first wicket between Mayank (35) and Rahul (42) always kept Punjab at par with the required run rate.

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It was with the introduction of spin that the match started coming back RCB’s way. Chahal and Moeen struck quickly to get rid of both the set batsmen and despite a late-inning by Pooran (46), wickets at regular intervals meant Punjab were also way behind the asking rate at all times.

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