KL Rahul, Gayle, Mayank trio win over RCB by 8 wickets in Indian Premier League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have lost openers Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch and Washington Sundar following a strong start.

Skipper Virat Kohli who is playing his 200th match for RCB finished as the highest run-scorer hitting 48 runs off 39 deliveries. A late cameo from Chris Morris who smashed 25 runs off 8 deliveries, helped to post a total of 171/6 in 20 overs

Shami removed de Villiers 2 runs off 5 deliveries and Kohli 48 runs off 39 deliveries in one over. and Murugan Ashwin out Washington Sundar 13 runs off 14 deliveries and Aaron Finch 20 runs off 18 deliveries accounted for two dismissals each.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper KL Rahul 61* runs off 49 deliveries and Mayank Agarwal 45 runs off 25 deliveries and Veteran Chris Gayle 53 runs off 45 deliveries have scored excellent half-centuries, to help the side dominate after being handed a target of 172.

In last over when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) needed 2 runs sudden drama happened when Chris Gayle took a single in the third ball which could be 2 runs but Gayle denied after it Rahul on strike played dot ball and On the fifth ball, he pushes for a single run but Gayle run out and last ball need 1 runs Nicholas Pooran on strike and he hit 6 on Chahal over and finished the roller-coaster match.

KL Rahul | Winning captain and Man of the Match: I have no idea, it’s (heart beat) the highest it can be. I don’t even have words. We knew we had to scrape and get over the line. We are a far better side than where we are in the points table. It just got too close for comfort, happy that we crossed the line. As a group, we have been disappointing. It can get frustrating. Our skills were good, but we didn’t capitalize on the big moments. It becomes a habit – winning and not winning. There are ups and downs and this has been the roller-coaster. We wanted this win to get some confidence in the group. It’s my first time as captain, for me it’s always about winning. The personal performances haven’t been on mind too much. He’s (Gayle) not been feeling well in the last couple of weeks. But, he is hungry even at 41. He always wanted to play from the first day. He was training hard, he wanted be out on the park. It was a tough call to make and not make him play. It’s important to keep the lion hungry. Wherever he bats, he’s dangerous. He’s taken it up as a challenge as well. He’ll still be intimidating.

Virat Kohli | Losing captain: It was quite surprising, because it went down to the wire. A bit of pressure can confuse you, it was a good performance by Kings XI in the end. We had a chat, it (AB batting at no. 6) was a message about the left-hand, right-hand combination. Sometimes these decisions you take, don’t come off. But I think 170 was a decent score. That’s the idea, get your eye in and start hitting. But we were not able to put them under pressure. We take a lot of pride as a bowling side, but tonight was one of those nights, as it didn’t come off. A few positives from the game. There was no conversation between Yuzi (Chahal) and me to be honest. Things became interesting to be honest. They kind of let us come back in the game, because I think it should have ended by the 18th over.


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