IPL 2018, Match 48: RCB demolish KXIP at Indore; strengthen Playoffs' chances

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While skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock have been doing the run scoring for the team it is their bowling which has failed to threaten the opposition.

In case of RCB, Kohli's propensity to tinker with bowling combinations after nearly every game has had an impact on the performance. He even chose to open with Yuzvendra Chahal, perhaps to expose Jason Roy's struggles against leg spin. Their Bowling side has started to show some cracks as well. They shared a 93-run stand with Pant doing bulk of the damage.

For the Daredevils, they had already reached a dead-end in the tournament.

Sharma was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi along side Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.

Kings XI witnessed a bad start to their innings after being sent into bat as they lost four wickets with the scoreboard reading just 50 in 6.5 overs. AB de Villiers, back in the form after a splendid inning against DD at Firoz Shah Kotla will have his task cut-out against the clever variations and short balls of Tye. Pant set it up for Delhi, but the youngster and Vijay Shankar, who was unbeaten on 21 helped the hosts finish on a high. For Delhi, Trent Boult bowled the best with figures of 2 for 40 in four overs.

In a must-win clash for the Royal Challengers against the Delhi Daredevils, Kohli and De Villiers came together with their team in trouble at 18/2 chasing a target of 182 to win. He finished his quota of overs, conceding just the 25.

But Mujeeb's absence due to injury cost Punjab heavily in the middle overs as Karthik and Andre Russell (31) propelled the innings with a 76-run fourth-wicket stand off just 31 balls. Virat Kohli's men have really not been able to pick up the pieces as they go to every match as though they are playing for the first time. On Monday, the two pairs will take each other on, and how they fare could well decide the fate of yet another crucial encounter as the league stage approaches its end. "I can assure you, my commitment is going to be 120 % to try and achieve the goal this time", said Kohli after a training session hereon Wednesday.

This was the first-century partnership between Kohli and de Villiers in two seasons. He has got chance in only five of the matches with only three wickets in his kitty at an economy rate of 8.73.

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