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Sundar Pichai lauds Kohli, De Villiers after match

14 Mai 2018

Kohli and De Villiers' century stand was their first in two seasons as back in the 2016 IPL, they racked up five century stands en route to leading the Royal Challengers to the final. He was unlucky to get an edge to the wicketkeeper while trying to flick Colin de Grandhomme in the ninth over. De Villiers, in particular, is having a fine IPL 11, striking the second-most sixes in the tournament, with 29. A stupendous bowling display by Umesh Yadav (3/23) helped RCB dismiss Punjab to a paltry 88 runs in 15.1 overs. It was a must-win match for RCB against Gujarat Lions, where they took the game away from opponent's hand by far by donning the green jersey. KL Rahul, KXIP's topscorer with 558 runs, played some exquisite shots in the beginning and looked set. Their recent slip in results could cost them as they would head to the eliminator instead of the first qualifier.

Virat Kohli at one-down and AB de Villiers at two-down are basically no-brainers.

The exits of Rahul and Gayle in the fifth over prompted a remarkable collapse, the next eight wickets falling for just 47 runs.

The lackluster performance of the bowlers has now turned out to be a new headache for skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who is already anxious from the poor display by the side's middle order. He has posted scores of 84 not out, 95 not out and 66 in his previous three matches and is third on the leading run scorers charts with 537 runs from 11 games.

WICKET! Another KXIP batsman makes his way to pavillion.

However, the race to seal the top half berth is not going to be easy for Kohli's RCB, who have consistently disappointed with their string of poor performances at crucial moments of the game. Umesh Yadav sends back KXIP openers to dug out.

However, in the last match played between the two team in season 11, Royal Challeners Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab at their home ground in Bangalore by four wickets.

Chris Gayle was dropped on zero by wicketkeeper Patel, who couldn't hold onto to the nick despite stretching out to his left. Mayank Agarwal, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:30 pm: KXIP 47/3 after 6 overs Mohammed Siraj, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. Also, Andrew Tye was able to take 4 wickets in the match but the damage was already done by the KKR.

RCB Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh.

The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match will be aired on Star Sports Select 1/HD 1, Star Sports 1/HD 1 and live streaming will be available on Hotstar app and website.

Sundar Pichai lauds Kohli, De Villiers after match