KXIP defeated RCB by eight wickets. Photo: BCCI 

  • Kings XI Punjab defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets
  • RCB continue to sit at the third spot while KXIP are placed at eighth spot
  • KXIP have won both their matches against RCB this season

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) survived a final over scare against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and registered their second win of IPL 2020 to remain alive in the tournament. Chasing a target of 172, KXIP were ahead of RCB from ball 1 of the second innings. With just two runs needed off the final six balls, with nine wickets in hand, not many expected RCB to pull this off.

Four dot balls and a run out on the penultimate delivery almost saw RCB snatch a win. Unlike Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran covered that one-inch distance and hit the match-winning six to prevent KXIP from elimination.

Captain KL Rahul and Chris Gayle also played their part in the chase. Heres a look at top three highlights from RCB vs KXIP nail-biting thriller -

Breathtaking final over

There was no conversation between Yuzi (Chahal) and me to be honest, said RCB captain Virat Kohli in the post-match presser. Of course, with just two runs needed, with nine wickets left, no captain would go to his bowler with a piece of advice. Chahal did it on his own and brought RCB back into the game by giving away just one run on the first five balls.

Pooran, who only played one ball, ended RCBs hopes by converting the final ball into a full toss and sending the ball par the boundary line. For a moment, head coach Anil Kumble also seemed to be tensed as it was for the second time that KXIP were staring at a shocking defeat. But they prevailed on this occasion.

The return of Universe Boss

Where is Universe Boss Chris Gayle? For weeks, the fans were anxious to see Chris Gayle, who warmed the bench on many occasions. And when his time finally came, a stomach infection stymied his comeback. He finally played his first game of the season against his former franchise and scored a match-winning 53 off 45. He was run out on the penultimate delivery, putting pressure on Pooran to do the job.

Left-right tactic keeps ABD away

RCBs left-right combination tactic first came into limelight in 2019. And it returned yesterday (October 15). In order to keep a left-handed batsman at the other end with Kohli, the team management sent the likes of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube before AB de Villiers.

Yes, Sundar has a century in Tamil Nadu Premier League but the team management sent him to fill ABDs shoes. Sundar scored 13 off 14 while Dube managed 23 off 19. They combinedly scored 36 runs off 33 balls. As per commentators, De Villiers demotion cost RCB at least 40 runs!

Surely, RCBs left-right tactic will end sooner than later.

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