IPL 10 RCB vs KXIP: Bangalore bowlers restrict Punjab to 138/7
Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowlers looked on top of their game in the Indian Premier League match as they restricted Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to 138/7 at the M Chinnaswamy ground here on Friday.
Axar Patel, however, played a belligerent cameo of 38* runs off only 17 balls and decorated his inning with 3 fours and 2 sixes to extend his team's total. Earlier, openers Hashim Amla (1) and Martin Guptill (9) were back in the dug-out with only 18 runs on the scoreboard.
Shaun Marsh started steadily but could not go beyond 20 runs. He took 17 balls and scored 3 boundaries. Manan Vohra, who has sent down in the order despite being in great touch in last few matches, also added 25 runs off 28 balls with 1 four and a six.
Wriddhiman Saha also tried his best to cope up with the pressure but got out after adding 21 runs off 25 balls with only one boundary. Glenn Maxwell failed to accelerate the scoring rate and got out after adding 6 runs off 4 balls. Axar Patel played some aggressive shots during the last overs to help his team set 139-run target for RCB.
RCB, which has already been knocked out of the race for playoffs, performed nicely on the field as their bowlers kept a strong grip over the KXIP batsman throughout the inning.
Aniket Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged 2 wickets each for 17 and 21 runs respectively in their four overs each. Sreenath Aravind, Shane Watson and Pawan Negi also plucked one wicket each. Watson, however, went really expensive giving away 43 runs off his 4 overs.
Samuel Badree, though, did not take any wickets but gave only 14 runs in his 3 overs.