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AB de Villiers Takes RCB Home Against KXIP

14 Avril 2018

On Friday, he conceded just 5.75 runs per over, the second best in the match.

KL Rahul gives his team good start with two sixes and one four of Chris Woakes first over. Virat Kohli won the toss and predictably elected to field first and despite some early fireworks, Bangalore pulled things back nicely and made a statement that they have come to play.

In a cliffhanger of a match, Sunil Narine spoiled the party for RCB by hitting a blazing 17-ball fifty for KKR to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. KXIP, put to bat by RCB, were bowled out for 155 runs in 19.2 overs while the home team managed to reach the target in 19.3 overs. He hit three fours and a flat-batted six off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 19th over, but fell next ball looking for another big hit.

Virat Kohli was pleased with his team's performance in their first game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. Two huge sixes from Rahul, the first on the up over cover an absolute peach, studded a 16-run over but Bangalore pulled things back beautifully once Umesh got into the act. New Zealand quickie Tim Southee could also get a look in for today's game as he's considered one of the finest new-ball bowlers of contemporary cricket. Rahul took 16 runs off Chris Woakes opening over.

The twitter, just like any other day, was lit during the game and a number of amusing memes surfaced displaying the happiness of the RCB fans as it was one of those rare days for them to celebrate. The Karnataka batsman will look to carry on the momentum on his home ground. However, ABD displayed icy temperament to send RCB's fans inside the stadium into delirium. He also castled Robin Uthappa in his next over, proving that he is ready to don the mantle of the strike bowler that RCB missed previous year. We lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games.

Assisted by India's 2011 World Cup winning duo of Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra as batting and bowling coaches, Virat Kohli can be assured of getting the best advice from these veterans.

He was also quite impressive in Bangalore's first match against Kolkata Knight Riders claiming 2-27 but he will be remembered for his 3-23 that helped Bangalore gain the upperhand in the match.

Given the star-studded line up of RCB, the challenge will no doubt be on the RR bowlers to deliver the goods.

The right-arm quick removed Mayank with the first ball that the batsman edged behind the wickets for de Kock to complete a fine diving catch. Always thought we had our backs against the wall because we were about 20-30 short.

AB de Villiers Takes RCB Home Against KXIP