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IPL: Disciplined RCB bowl out Punjab for 88

IPL: Disciplined RCB bowl out Punjab for 88

The hosts are overtly dependant on Kohli and South African swashbuckler A B De Villiers.

When the two sides met earlier this season, SRH brilliantly defended 146, to eke out a five-run win. They kept their playoff hopes alive by beating DD and KXIP in their last two games.

RCB's 10-wicket win over KXIP not only took their tally of 10 points to 10 but also gave a massive boost to the team's net run-rate, which could prove to be crucial in the race for the playoffs.

RCB knew that had to make quick work out of their run chase since they had a flawless opportunity to gain some ground with the net run rate as openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli reached their target in less than nine overs. Yadav picked up 3 wickets for 23 runs in his four overs, the wickets including the duo of Gayle and Rahul. A man who watched that fiery spell from up close, wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, reckons he is bowling at his best now.

Virat Kohli is thrilled as Umesh Yadav gets rid of Chris Gayle
Virat Kohli is thrilled as Umesh Yadav gets rid of Chris Gayle

Pacer Umesh Yadav (3/23) starred with the ball and was well complemented by the fielders effecting three run-outs as only three of the Punjab batsmen could manage to reach double figures on a flat track at the Holkar Stadium here on Monday. They now need to win both their remaining games to stay in contention for the play-offs. Although they made a defendable total of 178 runs, Ambati Rayudu saw off the SRH bowlers to bring up his maiden IPL century.

SRH would however be concerned about how their bowlers slipped up in the last two matches. Brilliant bowling by RCB RCB had a brilliant start.

Coming to the away side, SRH depend quite a lot on opener Shikhar Dhawan (369 runs) and skipper Kane Williamson (544 runs) for inspiration. Rishabh Pant took them apart as he piloted Delhi Daredevils to 187 for 5, Ambati Rayudu lay into them the other night with his maiden ton to help Chennai Super Kings hunt down 179 for 4 with ridiculous ease. So, the onus will be on Dhawan to score quick and bat through the innings.