Punjab keep playoff hopes alive with win over RCB

Rebecca Barbier
Mai 8, 2017

"He is an unbelievable hitter of the ball", he said, adding that Lynn and Sunil Narine put the pressure back on RCB in six overs. KKR lost two more wickets but achieved the target with 29 balls to spare.

Chris Gayle was out to Umesh first ball in his 100th IPL game, with the leading edge from that big bat of his carrying to Gautam Gambhir at cover.

Kings XI will also be confident, heading into today's match as they crushed Virat Kohli's men by eight wickets in their early-season meeting at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. However, after baiting some impossible runs for his team, Narine was dismissed by Aniket Choudhary. The story of RCB this season has been the same, losing big players in the Powerplay. Barring Mandeep Singh (52) and Travis Head (75), the other Bangalore batsmen were all at sea. Run-scoring was hard, but the Indo-Australian pair completed their 50-run partnership in the 13 over.

Of the RCB bowlers, Sreenath Aravind endured the greatest humiliation, conceding 26 runs off his solitary over.

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Play was stopped for around 38 minutes after which Mandeep brought up his half century but the interruption in their partnership saw Narine taking the prized wicket of Mandeep. Head finished off the innings with two sixes and four, which must have given RCB hope of emerging victorious. Chris Lynn was Narine's foil, the fit-again Australian dasher scoring a 22-ball 50. With RCB's morale at its lowest, this is the best chance for KXIP to register another facile win in order to remain in contention.

Mandeep, on the other hand, hit some lusty blows at the other end, including a six off Chris Woakes, but another wicket - in the form of de Villiers - fell in fifth over.

The left-hander hit 3 fours and 2 sixes with 19 runs off the 20th over bowled by Shane Watson.

With the Royal Challengers batsmen struggling, Sunil Narine might just be the bowler who could run through their batting line-up. It was just incredible batting. Lynn (50, 22b, 5x4, 4x6) also completed his fifty in the eighth over of the match, but was sent back to the dugout after his milestone.

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