With 35 required off 12 balls, not many would fancy the batting side. But with AB de Villiers at the crease, then the toughest of tasks become seamlessly easy. He carried his team to a fine 7 wicket win as he scored 55 runs in 22 balls, with a four and 6 sixes.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, who have often been in the battle for the best batsman of the current generation, will lock horns as Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals in match number 33 of IPL 2020 at Dubai. RCB are well-placed at number three with five wins and three losses. However, they go into the contest having faltered against Kings XI Punjab in the previous game. Royals, on the other hand, are just above bottom-placed KXIP, with three wins in eight games. They go in having lost to Delhi Capitals twice in a week, the latest being by 13 runs.
Punjab finally got their second win of the season with some solid batting performances from their skipper Rahul and comeback man Gayle, who smashed five sixes tonight. Chahal made things interesting by giving just a solitary run off the first five balls in the final over, but Pooran managed to guide them home.
Chris Gayle is all set to play his first match for Kings XI Punjab this season, and the struggling franchise would hope that his return can change the fortunes of the team for better. Punjab will have a tough task on hand when they face an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday. While Punjab have only won one out of seven games as they have failed to finish off matches, RCB are in the top half of the points table with five victories from seven games.
AB de Villiers tore apart the KKR bowling lineup with 6 sixes and 5 fours in his knock of 73 and Chahal, Sundar kept things tight with the ball as RCB dominated the game. With five wins out of seven, Bangalore are now tied with the top two sides Mumbai and Delhi, and are only separated by net run rate.
In-form teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to move up the points table when they take on each other in match number 28 of IPL 2020 at Sharjah on Monday. Both teams go into the contest with contrasting victories in their previous match. While KKR choked Kings XI Punjab by two runs in a thriller, RCB registered a comprehensive 37-run triumph over Chennai Super Kings.
It was déjà vu as we saw CSK leaving too much to be done in the last 6-7 overs of the match and eventually failing to do so. Kohli played an exemplary innings of 90* as RCB beat CSK by 37 runs to register their biggest win over them.
The Delhi Capitals outplayed the Royal Challengers Bangalore with both bat and ball as they regained the numero uno position in the points table after briefly losing it to MI yesterday. Shaw and Stoinis played quickfire knocks and Rabada picked up four wickets as DC defeated RCB by 59 runs.