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23 May 2019, Edition - 1409, Thursday

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Coimbatore

RCB makes it in keenly contested match against Kings XI

Renald.A.Frank

Coimbatore: It was another closely fought game of IPL season 11. Two equally strong teams locked horns in match number 8 at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field against Kings XI Punjab.

It was not a flying start for Kings XI as they would have liked losing opener Mayank Agarwal in 3.2 overs followed by the quick dismissals of hard hitting Aaron Finch and Yuvaraj Singh in just under five overs. It was then young Karun Nair who started stitching a partnership with KL Rahul who stood at the other end watching his teammates dismissed. As things looked to steady Washington Sundar dealt a blow in the 12th over by dismissing Rahul for 47. The score now read 94-4 but the captain of Kings XI R. Ashwin walked out and played some great shots and pushed the team’s total to a respectable 155. Apart from Rahul, Ashwin and Nair none of the other players managed to stay at the crease.

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Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for RCB taking 3-23 in his four overs at an economy of 5.75. Chris Woakes didn’t have a great day with an economy of 10.8 in his 3.2 overs though he managed to scalp 2-36 in his quota of four overs.

RCB too were dealt a blow when the dangerous Brendon McCullum was done in by a smart delivery from Axar Patel before the New Zealander could open his account. Captain Kohli and along with wicket- keeper Quinton De Kock shared a stand but it proved to be short with Kohli falling prey to young spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman from Bangladesh.
Rarely do we see Virat getting out in this fashion but it was a delivery which actually spins inside hitting the middle stump. AB De Villiers then came in hammering a quick fifty to bail the team out of trouble though he got out in the 19th over with the team still requiring a few crucial runs. It was Washington Sundar who took the team beyond the finish line by hitting the winning runs in 19th over. He remained unbeaten at 9 off 4 balls.

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