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IPL: 3 memorable clashes between RCB and KXIP at Chinnaswamy Stadium

Dhruva P
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2.42K   //    13 Apr 2018, 13:30 IST


Royal Challengers Bangalore will be clashing against Kings XI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore tonight. This game promises to be a mouth-watering prospect as both the teams are evenly matched with stars studded players from both the sides. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this week and will be looking to register their first win of this season in their home ground.

On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have won their opening game against Delhi Daredevils convincingly by 6 wickets and will look to carry forward that momentum going ahead into today’s match. Both the team possess strong batting lineups, however, Royal Challengers take a backseat when it comes to their bowling attack, which is their weak link.

Both the teams have clashed against each other in 20 matches out of which Kings XI Punjab have won 12 games while Royal Challengers have won only 8 games. In Chinnaswamy Stadium, Kings have won 5 games and Royal Challengers have won only 4 out of 9 games.

Let us look at 3 memorable games between both the teams from the past played in Chinnaswamy Stadium.

#3 David Miller and Sandeep Sharma steal the show for Kings XI Punjab – 2014

Put into bat first on a flat deck, Kings XI Punjab got off to a great start thanks to their openers Virender Sehwag and Mandeep Singh. The pair added 60 runs for the first wicket before Mandeep got out on the penultimate ball of the 6 over. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals but runs were scored at a decent clip.

David Miller held up one end and clobbered the Bangalore bowlers all over the ground. He smashed his way to 66 of just 29 deliveries, which consisted of 8 fours and 3 maximums. In the end, Kings XI Punjab reached a daunting total of 198/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 2 wickets each for Bangalore.

In reply, Bangalore didn’t have an ideal start they lost their top 3 batsmen (Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel, and Virat Kohli) within first 6 overs. Medium pacer Sandeep Sharma was the chief destroyer as he picked up all the 3 wickets. RCB never had any momentum and were behind the required run rate as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Although a late blitz from AB de Villiers (53 of 26) and Mitchell Starc (29 of 23) raised hopes of winning the game but it was a bridge too far for the home team. They ended up at 166/9 losing by 32 runs.

For his excellent bowling, Sandeep Sharma was awarded Man of the Match.

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