Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive as they showcased a bowling dominance against Kings XI Punjab by bowling them out for 88 on Monday in the match played in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League. RR will look to beat KKR but the home team has the upper edge as they will be playing on their home ground.
Kohli handed the new ball to his two fast bowlers - Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee - and as the match began, it became clear what the plan was against Kings XI's two explosive openers: attack their body and cramp them up for room.
SRH have been on a roll, steam-rolling nearly every other side they have played against with their top class bowling. But later on, he held a discussion with his partner Axar Patel and withdrew his appeal.
What was worse for Kings XI was that two other batsmen chose to follow their captain's example and ran themselves out as the hosts were bowled out for 88.
KXIP had won six of their first seven games and were looking set to reach the playoffs early. Also, Ankit Rajpoot played instead of Barinder Sran. Not only did she share a picture of her wearing a Virat Kohli Jersey, but she also posted her picture getting ready while being hooked at the phone screen watching the RCB match. The Sunrisers have built a reputation of being a mean bowling side and Kohli's team, largely recognized as a batting outfit, will have to execute their A game to perfection especially against the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul and spin ace Rashid Khan.
Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Andrew Tye who had taken the DRS after being given out withdrew his appeal after a few seconds which led to RCB skipper Virat Kohli fuming over the umpires. The duo has combined to score 872 runs out of the team's total of 1895 runs, with Kohli having tallied 514 runs in 12 matches and de Villiers collecting 358 runs in 10 innings. They may just think of giving opportunities to a couple of players from the reserve ranks. "We've got to try and make sure we lift ourselves".