Live Scorecard for IPL T20 RCB vs KXIP



After the first round of games, it appeared Royal Challengers had the most unbalanced XI among all teams: a star-studded top four, followed by an untested middle order and a bowling attack lacking penetration. The former defeated the Kings XI Punjab on Friday while the latter won a rain-marred contest against the Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, in the IPL previous year, visiting teams began to love the place as well, and too many of them left with the points". In their chase, RCB overcame a mid-innings slump, thanks to AB de Villiers' stroke-filled 40-ball 57 that took them to 159 for 6 in 19.3 overs.

RCB had lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their first match on April 8.RCB's run chase did not have the best of starts as Brendon McCullum got out in the second ball of the innings itself for a first ball duck. At some point, the limited-overs giant will shrug off the slumber and play to his true 2018 self.

So what did KXIP captain R Ashwin do? The spinners, in particular, will be under the microscope, if they're brought on in the first six overs.

The South African legend, who had earlier hoped for Chinnaswamy Stadium to re-earn its tag of "six-hitting capital", praised his bowlers and called the wicket "slow".

For RCB, Friday's biggest takeaway is the fact that their bowling unit clicked. Rajasthan have played 2 matches so far in the tournament.

Stadium: MA Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. One of the most exciting cricket games in IPL history. Their poor record at Benglaluru will be in focus as they play in front of their home fans this season. Spinners who put in extra bit of effort were able to generate considerable amount of turn. Kohli said that they improved from the first game and the bowlers were up to the mark in the game. On one hand, they will be looking for a decent replacement for Raina, who will miss this game. While the skipper MS Dhoni would be eyeing to tee off in the absence of Suresh Raina in the middle order, it remains important that the team's gun players continue in the same vein.

- RCB lead RR 8-7 in the 16 match-ups between them, with one ending in no-result.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, M Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Joshi. But once Mandeep got under a googly and smashed it to the midwicket fence, de Villiers took charge and clouted two sixes off the last two balls to leave Rahman's analysis in tatters. He himself bowled nicely and picked a couple of crucial wickets only to make it hard for the opposition. It remains to be seen if Vijay/Jagadeesan get a game. We knew the new ball will come on nicely. "When the bowlers were bowling, there was a little bit of grip initially, so it is an added advantage I would say".

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