Rookie batsman Rahul Tripathi of RPS played an electrifying match-winning innings of 93 to stand in the way of KKR after they were restricted to 155 for eight. When he walked in with Gambhir against Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata's first home match, their opponents were caught unaware. KXIP are in the bottom half of the table and have 8 points from nine matches.
It was deja vu for Kings XI Punjab, as yet another 60-ball 104 from Hashim Amla went in vain as it slumped to a six-wicket loss to Gujarat Lions. In fact, they have now no possibility of making it to the playoffs come what may.
Bangalore have lost their last five matches - the joint most for them in any season of the IPL.
Play was stopped for around 38 minutes after which Mandeep brought up his half century but the interruption in their partnership saw Narine taking the prized wicket of Mandeep.
With the big three back in the pavilion with just 34 runs on the board, the middle order was under tremendous pressure to perform and bail the side out.More news: ACEP Urges Congress To Vote "No" on American Health Care Act
Earlier, after being sent in to bat, the Kings XI total was propelled by the late charge of Patel. However, after baiting some impossible runs for his team, Narine was dismissed by Aniket Choudhary. But Badree was not the lone bowler to suffer from his wrath. "I just think they took advantage of the new ball". Mandeep (52) and Head then stitched 71 runs for the fourth wicket to take the score past 150-run mark.
For RCB, the problem has been failure of their much vaunted batting line-up which comprise Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Kedar Jadhav. Will he be able to work his magic against the RCB top three? Though RCB gave its best in every existing season, this year is quite a tougher one so far. They scored above 100 runs in the Powerplay, and from there on, it was all easy for the visitors, who reached the target quickly with more than four overs to spare.
In 84 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gayle has scored 3,115 runs and has scored 4 centuries. The Punjab team will be high on confidence after convincing victories in their previous two encounters and would also be the favourites heading into this match.
He said it was a slow wicket with low bounce at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and runs were coming if one played with a straight bat.