Having notched up a morale-boosting win over Delhi Daredevils without some of their star players, Royal Challengers Bangalore face another test of character when they face Kings XI Punjab in their third IPL match.
Australian Glenn Maxwell led from the front with a quickfire 44 off just 20 balls to chase down the target with six balls to spare.
Maxwell was making his captaincy debut in the match against RPS and he would look to continue against RCB on Monday also at the Holkar Stadium which is KXIP’s second home venue along with Mohali.
Though they have retained their core group, Kings XI bought eight players in the IPL auction including well known names like Morgan, Darren Sammy, Martin Guptill and Varun Aaron.
The KXIP squad has been training at the Holkar Stadium for about 10 days now and should be well-versed with the conditions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Shane Watson (capt), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.
|Iqbal Abdulla to Amla, no run, good length, angled in at the pads, flicked straight to square leg |
|Iqbal Abdulla to Vohra, 1 run, good length at leg stump, turned square into the leg side with soft hands off the front foot |
|Iqbal Abdulla to Vohra, no run, floated full at leg stump, dips on him and makes him drive uppishly to mid-on |
|Iqbal Abdulla to Amla, 1 run, good length at leg stump, pushed into the midwicket area off the back foot |
|Iqbal Abdulla to Amla, FOUR, tossed up outside off, puts in a short stride, knows he can’t get to the pitch so extends the arms and lifts it over the infield on the off side. Good shot. Safe shot. |
|Iqbal Abdulla to Amla, 2 runs, good length, angled into the pads, and he flicks this expertly to get it past square leg. Great timing and Binny has to hustle across and put in a dive to his right at deep midwicket. Does it nicely too |
|Stanlake to Vohra, no run, wide of the crease, good length, in the corridor, late movement away but left alone on height |
|Stanlake to Amla, 1 run, full and swinging away from outside off, no feet from Amla as he pokes at this, gets the inside half of the bat and it rolls into the leg side |
|Stanlake to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off, nips back in and slices open a gap between chest and inside edge as it beats him |
|Stanlake to Amla, FOUR, back of a length at off stump, Amla shuffles across, hops up in the air and whips it past square leg with the angle |
|Stanlake to Vohra, 1 run, wide of the crease, back of a length at off stump, tapped wide of mid-on off the back foot |
|Stanlake to Vohra, no run, great ball. Angles in at the corridor, back of a length, swings away late and beats the outside edge as it climbs |
|9.51pm Manan Vohra is taking strike. Amla at the other end. We’re good to go. Stanlake has the ball. Two slips in place.|
Punjab have only 4 wins in their last 15 times chasing.
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