The ongoing match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali witnessed nearly everything, starting from the excellent batting display from the Punjab batsmen to some really good bowling in tandem by the RCB bowlers. Swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle missed out on a well-deserved century by a whisker, smashing an unbeaten 99 off 64 balls to power Kings XI Punjab to a 173/4 in their 20 overs.
RCB could have dismissed Gayle in the first over itself when he was hit on the pads by Umesh Yadav but Kohli didn’t go for a DRS and the West Indian survived. The 39-year-old made RCB pay badly for the mistake, recording his highest score of the IPL season blasting five sixes and as many as 10 hits to the fence to single-handedly anchor the Punjab innings. The left-hander needed to hit a six off the last ball to get to his century but could only manage a boundary, finishing one run short of what would have been his 7th IPL hundred.
Yuzuvendra Chahal was the pick of the RCB bowlers, picking up 2 wickets for just 33 runs in his four overs to put the brakes to the scoring rate in the middle overs after KXIP raced to 60 for the no loss at the end of the powerplay overs. Chahal, who was introduced into the attack in the 7th over of the innings, drew first blood for RCB dismissing in form opener KL Rahul for 18 after being hit for a maximum on the very first ball of his spell.
Chahal struck once again in his next over, coming up with a beauty to clean up Mayank Agarwal, after being hit for a six on the previous delivery. It was a dream delivery from the leg spinner, drifting onto middle and leg before spinning across to hit the top of the off stump. Agarwal, who was deep in his crease looking to play it off the back foot, was left absolutely clueless as KXIP lost their second wicket for 86 runs. Agarwal had to head back to the pavilion after scoring just 15 runs off 9 balls.
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