De Villiers hits 57 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore win

K L Rahul

K L Rahul smashed the fastest IPL fifty against Delhi Daredevils. PTI

In the last 11 matches between these two sides, KXIP has secured eight wins.

In front of a typically raucous audience of red and black, Royal Challengers Bangalore bounced back, somewhat nervily, from their opening-game loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, just about shading the big moments to complete a four-wicket victory for their first points of the Indian Premier League 2018.

Sportskeeda takes a look at the three unnoticed things from the match which had a considerable impact on the end result.

RCB will now want their star batsmen Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers, who blasted a 27-ball 43 and a 23-ball 44, respectively, in the first game. With Kings XI at 84 for 3 at the halfway stage and still needing a lot more on a batting-friendly surface, Rahul looked to change gears once again but perished trying to accelerate. The Punjab franchise think tank will be aware of this record if they haven't already. Yuvraj was out in the final ball of that over as it went through his gate to knock off the middle stump. The first ball, a tempting full-pitched delivery, was edged by Agarwal to the keeper de Kock diving to his right. Rahul's aggression kept the run rate high despite losing wickets as KXIP reached 84 for 3 at the halfway mark.

But then, in the penultimate over, Andrew Tye handed Punjab a faint lifeline by getting rid of De Villiers on the first ball.

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The 18-year-old Indian spinner Washington Sundar then snared his countryman Rahul, inducing a top-edge to third man, to leave Punjab 94-4.

Rahul found an able partner in Karun Nair and the duo put on a 58-run stand to steady the Punjab ship. Virat Kohli immediately took charge of the chase with a four in the first ball he faced. Skipper R Ashwin played a handy hand and struck a 21-ball 33 but a late burst from Chris Woakes ensured that Punjab were dismissed before playing their full quota of 20 overs. The bowlers of Kings XI Punjab lack the killer instinct and so it would be interesting to see how the team cope with it.

Coming to the visitors, Punjab are coming into the game on the back of a win, having started the season on a resounding note, beating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. The likes Quinton de Kock, Sarfaraz Khan and Chris Woakes did not fire against KKR and would want to improve if RCB want their batting to fire.

De Villiers came in, and in company of compatriot De Kock, steadied the Bangalore innings. De Villiers fell with the score on 146 and Bangalore won with three balls to spare, finishing on 159-6. Stoinis (11) became Sundar's second victim in the next over before Axar Patel (2) was trapped lbw by Khejroliya for just two runs in the 15th over.

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