IPL: AB de Villiers smashes 57 to help RCB beat Kings

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Two teams with contrasting fortunes in their opening games will lock horns in the IPL as Royal Challengers Bangalore host Kings XI Punjab at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday (18:30). On a high-scoring surface, RR must lift their batting game up to post a strong total if they are put into bat first. "I have no idea how the Chinnaswamy pitch will play this year, although the outfield does look awesome, in better condition than ever; it would be great for us, and for the spectators, if the runs started to flow once again, but, whatever we find, whatever the conditions, we must adapt and find a way to win", he wrote. First home game is crucial. On one hand, they will be looking for a decent replacement for Raina, who will miss this game. We wanted to know what the wicket was doing. Then the bowlers showed composure.

Umaesh Yadav picked up three wickets for RCB. "Credit to Umesh, Washington, Woakes, and Khejroliya". The victory was a much needed and they will look to use the momentum in their clash against RCB.

He added that the target of 156 runs was under control as something above 170 was par.

The bookies are offering (4.5) for both RCB and Mumbai Indians and that effectively means that an investment of Rs 1,000 on either team will fetch a dividend of Rs 5,500 if RCB or Mumbai Indians emerge champs. Umesh bowled well; getting three wickets in an over is great.

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Umesh Yadav's lethal bowling rocked the top batting line up of KXIP as he took 3 wickets and was also awarded man of the match.

"He says, 'Umesh, bowl on the stumps, bowl stump to stump, outside off, that's your area". Nehra wants to keep it simple and Virat also.

RRs bowling attack comprising pacers Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni had done well to keep DD batsmen in check with their variations. This was slow, Kolkata was fiery and back of a length was kicking up. Aaron Finch followed Agarwal to the pavilion the very next ball. "That was the best", he said.

Royal Challengers Bangalore finally opened their account in IPL 2018 by defeating Kings XI Punjab by four wickets.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, captain KXIP: I am really proud of the way the boys fought.

Dropping D'Arcy Short could be a harsh decision, given the fact that he was run out in both matches. We go down, we go down like this.

However, RCB coach Daniel Vettori does not feel that Gayle will play on Friday, as expressed by him during Thursday's media interaction.

"It's good so far, I am really enjoying it. can not ask for anything better from the boys", he opined. I can't ask for anything more from the boys. "The crowd has a lot of expectations from us", the captain said afterwards.

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