South Africans De Villiers, De Kock star for RCB
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 14:33
With Kings XI at 84 for 3 at the halfway stage and still needing a lot more on a batting-friendly surface, Rahul looked to change gears once again but perished trying to accelerate. After succumbing to five defeats at home in the 2017 edition, RCB returned to their winnings ways at M Chinnaswamy stadium. It worked in their tournament opener, against Delhi Daredevils, but there are also holes to plug, such as Yuvraj Singh's form: he laboured to a 22-ball 12. Against Punjab on Friday, the Vidarbha pacer justified the price tag with a "Man of the Match" performance. He bowled a ideal over which had wicket of Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh. The coach believes RCB have the ability to beat the best and that it will take a massive effort from the opposition to get the better of the franchise on their home ground.
There were more celebrations next ball, as Aaron Finch unsuccessfully reviewed the lbw decision given against him. He couldn't achieve a hat-trick but two balls later, he rearranged Yuvraj Singh's woodwork with an in-shaping delivery. A good inning of 33 runs off just 21 deliveries by the Punjab skipper Ravi Ashwin helped them to post a respectable total of 155/10 (19.2 overs) on the board.
He had struggled on being thrust into the power play overs in the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders. "Both of us (Mandeep and Sarfaraz Khan) had planned that we'll keep the scoreboard ticking, score the odd boundary or two and then let loose in the last couple", he was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda. Against KKR, his economy of 6.75 was the best in his team. They are now 3rd on the IPL points table with 2 points and a better run-rate as compared to KXIP which are now at No. 4 in the table with 2 points. The win ensured first points for Virat Kohli and Co. this season. He got hit for two sixes and a four in that over. That's what Nehra and Kohli told me. This wicket wasn't exactly great for spin bowling with the dew around but we showed them what we are capable of. In the 17th over, de Villiers took Mujeeb to cleaners, accumulating 19 runs to bend the match in the hosts' favour.
Yadav is not new to shouldering responsibilities. However, despite playing the most matches and bowling the most overs by an Indian fast bowler in the victorious season, he only warmed benches in South Africa. Going at ten-per-over for the first three and looking to build, Umesh Yadav stepped up to first have Agarwal caught-behind off a regulation edge that was sharply taken by Quinton de Kock.