Kings XI Punjab, the most unsuccessful team in this year’s IPL, finally won. They defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets. RCB batted first on a small field in Sharjah and challenged Punjab for 172 runs. Punjab’s leading batsmen surpassed this target.
Punjab, set a target of 172 for victory, got off to a flying start with Mayank Agarwal and skipper K. L. Rahul. The duo shared a 78-run stand for the first wicket. Mayank was dismissed for 45 off 25 balls. Then came Chris Gayle on the field. Rahul, on the other hand, completed his fourth half-century of the year. Chris Gayle played well in the first match. He scored 50 off 36 balls and proved to be the boss.
There was a bit of curiosity in the match in the last over. Punjab needed 2 runs in the last over. Chris Gayle was able to take a run in the first 3 balls. Gayle was then dismissed for trying to make a steal run. So they needed a run on the last ball. Nicholas Pooran hit a six off Chahal’s delivery to seal the victory.
Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch seemed to be off to a good start. But Dev Dutt was dismissed for 18 runs. He was dismissed by Arshdeep. After that, Kohli and Finch put the team ahead by 50 runs. But spinner Ashwin dismissed Finch to give Bangalore another push. Then Washington Sundar and Virat led the team to 100. Sundar was dismissed for 13 runs.
After that Shivam Dubey was also dismissed for 23 runs. Mohammed Shami dismissed AB de Villiers for just two runs in the 18th over. In the same over, Shamin dismissed Virat Kohli for 48 to give RCB two wickets.
When Virat was dismissed, Bangalore were 136 for six in 18 overs. RCB was blocked by Punjab bowlers. But Chris Morris hit 24 runs in the 20th over to take the team to 171 runs. From Punjab, Shami and Ashwin took two wickets each while Arshdeep and Jordan took one wicket each.