The eighth match of the VIVO IPL 2018 saw the Kings XI Punjab take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the home ground of the RCB, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The match promised yet another thrilling encounter in the on-going IPL, and anyone who watched the match live could tell you how exciting the match was.Winning the toss, the RCB skipper Virat Kohli put KXIP to bat first on a batting-friendly surface. The openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a brilliant start, scoring 16 from the first over itself. But due to the falling wickets KXIP, were finally able to score just 155, thanks to KL Rahul’s 47 followed by the sensible knock from their captain, R Ashwin.Chasing just 155, the KXIP bowlers bowled excellently, to drag the match till the final over. Eventually, the outstanding knock from AB de Villiers won the match for RCB.Here are the five major talking points of the match:
● Yadav’s Stunning Over Rewarded with Three Wickets:
The visitors flew off to a great start, scoring 32 runs in just 3 overs, credit to the clean hitting from both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. However, when Umesh Yadav came to bowl the 4th over of the match, the match was completely overturned after Yadav sent three KXIP batsmen back to the pavilion. In the first ball of the over, Mayank Agarwal, while trying to hit the ball outside the off-stump, edged the ball and Quinton de Kock successfully collected the ball. In the very next ball, Aaron Finch was deceived by the pace of the ball, as he was given out LBW by the umpire. Even the DRS couldn’t save the newly-married batsman, which saw him leave the ground in disappointment. After that, in the final ball of the over, Yadav unearthed the middle stump with sheer pace, which earned him another wicket of Yuvraj Singh. The over was the turning point of the fortunes of RCB, due to which they bowled out the visitors in 19.2 overs.
● KL Rahul Falls Few Runs Short of Consecutive Fifties:
The in-form former RCB batsman KL Rahul looked in red-hot form and demolished the bowlers that came in his way. Having scored a 14-ball half-century in the previous match, KL Rahul seemed to repeat the same form in a batting friendly surface in Bengaluru. The KXIP opener scored 47 runs, with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes, falling just 3 short of yet another half-century, as he was dismissed on a brilliant ball bowled by Washington Sundar. Attempting a slog sweep against the off-spinner, Rahul top-edged the ball handing an easy catch to Sarfaraz Khan at short third man.KL Rahul’s dismissal meant serious problems for the visitors as they kept on losing wickets after that dismissal.
● AB de Villiers’ Sensible Knock Under Pressure:
Chasing a small target, RCB didn’t get a good start, as the destructive opener B McCullum was dismissed for a duck by Axar Patel. The RCB skipper who was playing some good shots too couldn’t hang around for long. After that AB de Villiers came on the field and started making a partnership with Quinton de Kock. After putting a 54 runs stand, Quinton de Kock was bowled out by the opposition captain. Sarfaraz Khan didn’t trouble the scorers as he handed an easy catch to the slip fielder. ‘However, AB de Villiers was keen on forming a partnership with Mandeep Singh and played sensibly without trying too many shots under the pressure situation. AB de Villiers showed his class as he was going run-a-ball initially till his twenties, with utter patience and determination to stay on the crease. However, when the match was progressing to the end and RCB required runs at over 9 RPO, AB de Villiers started going for the big shots, timing the ball sweetly. In the 17th over, AB de Villiers smashed Mujeeb Ur Rahman for consecutive sixes and then he smashed Mohit Sharma for another six to bring up his half-century in 36 balls. Though he was not able to finish the game and stay until the end, his match-defining knock was the turning point of the match for the hosts, which earned them their maiden victory of the season.
● Sundar Kills Hopes of Comeback for KXIP:
After Umesh Yadav jolted the visitors dismissing 3 of their finest batsmen, KL Rahul and Karun Nair batted on their merits and formed a steady partnership of 58 runs, which came to an end after the partnership-breaker Washington Sundar dismissed KL Rahul who was batting well on 47. After that, the young spinner also got hold of the wicket of the dangerous Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Despite Yadav’s electric spell, it was Sundar who brought the hosts back into the game by picking up two crucial wickets. Sundar who was used in the powerplays for most of the overs in his career proved himself in the middle overs as well. The match could end up in a different way if the partnership of Karun Nair and KL Rahul was not ended, and thus, the economical bowling spell of Sundar earning two wickets can be called as the turning point of the match as well.
● Mujeeb Ur Rahman Bamboozles Virat Kohli:
The 17-year-old spinner from Afganistan has created a good impact in his IPL Debut vs Delhi Daredevils, picking 2 wickets in his four overs.In just his second match of the tournament too, Rahman bowled some tight overs in the powerplay. Virat Kohli, who was playing some fine strokes batting on 21, was bamboozled by the dream ball of Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Having played several dot balls to Rahman, Kohli looked to drive the googly bowled by Rahman to the covers. However, the tossed of googly was not read properly by Kohli, and the ball spun miles to crash towards the stumps.A wicket of the best batsman in the world in the biggest T20 League of them all would be a dream come true for any bowler in the world. A young rookie bowler getting the wicket of a highly professional and skilled batsman made the headlines soon, and there was very little Kohli could do about that.