IPL 2018, KXIP vs RCB: 4 Unnoticed things from the game
Hosts Kings XI Punjab locked horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. RCB skipper Kohli won the important toss and without any hesitation opted to chase on a small ground.
The Punjab openers gave the hosts a wonderful start and RCB were found wanting as they put down a couple of catches. Kohli gave Umesh Yadav an extra over upfront and what transpired thereafter was simply outstanding.
The Vidarbha express dismissed KL Rahul and Gayle in the space of three balls. Once both openers fell, Punjab committed harakiri as wickets kept tumbling and eventually they were bundled out for a paltry 88 inside 16 overs.
Chasing a meagre 89, Kohli decided to open the innings as NRR was on his mind. He and Parthiv began positively and soon the boundaries began to flow. Parthiv with his pick up shots delighted the crowd while Kohli's crisp drives brought out the loud cheers. Both openers remained unscathed as RCB romped home inside 9 overs.
Let's take a look at some of the things which you may have unnoticed.
#1 Both KXIP openers get a reprieve
On a good batting strip and against an in-form batting pair of Gayle and KL Rahul, RCB knew they had their task cut out. Bangalore started well and gave away just seven runs in the first two overs but the Punjab openers quickly found their straps and the runs began to flow.
What was interesting to see was RCB's below-par fielding. In Yadav's first over, he found the edge of Gayle but Parthiv couldn't hold on as the tall Jamaican got a reprieve. Rahul too got a lifeline as De Villiers put down a half chance. Both drops did not prove costly as Gayle and Rahul fell in the fifth over in the space of three balls.