Kings XI Punjab fold spectacularly in Indore

Kings XI Punjab fold spectacularly in Indore

Kings XI Punjab fold spectacularly in Indore

Meanwhile, their opponents for Monday's encounter - Kings XI Punjab - seem to have lost the grip as the tournament advances and are in the third place with six wins from 11 games.

T20 veteran Chris Gayle had started on a solid note in the initial few games, but the 38-year old Jamaican hasn't maintained that form ever since.

De Villiers (72 not out) and Kohli (70 off 40 balls) finally showed their class in a 118-run, third-wicket match-winning stand as Bangalore reached 187-5 with an over to spare.

In a match that turned out to be a one-sided contest, KXIP batsmen put up shoddy display of batting to put their play-off chances in danger.

Opener Gayle and Rahul started the innings by Punjab in the Holkar stadium Gayle felt himself very uncomfortable from the start of the innings.

The hitter from West Indies has been hitting the ball hard and far amassing fast runs in the process. Andrew Tye, the best bowler for Punjab so far, has been surprised everyone by taking 20-wickets haul (with an economy rate of just eight), while the young mysterious spinner Mujib-ur-Rehman has taken 14 wickets so far, where his economy rate is 6.99 per over. Stoinis was new to the crease and Chahal chose to throw in a googly to him. Kings XI's misery, on the other hand, deepened when R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, and Ankit Rajpoot all ran themselves out. But when he tried to repeat a hook through the deep square leg, he was snapped up by Colin de Grandhomme for 21 off 15.

It was the 2nd head to head battle between this two teams in the ongoing season.

If RCB win their remaining two matches, at home against Sunrises Hyderabad followed by an away game against Rajasthan Royals, they could sneak into the playoffs.

Bangalore moved to seventh in the standings after its fourth win, and needs to win its remaining three games to stay in the hunt for the top four. RCB managed to beat KXIP by 4 wickets at M.Chinnaswammy Stadium, earlier in the tournament, in the reverse tie. If they win their last two games, they are assured of a last four finish.

KXIP's batting performance in their last match against KKR was highly commendable as they made a superb score while chasing a massive total of 245.

KXIP: KL Rahul has been the consistent performer with the bat for the Punjab side.

It's game over for them.

It is nearly unbelievable how Virat Kohli has managed to fly under the radar in this IPL. Besides Rahul and Gayle, Finch (26) was the only other Kings XI batsman to move into double figures. Just before the start of the match Anushka posted a special message for RCB boys.

The live coverage of KXIP vs RCB match will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, while Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports Hindi HD will provide the Hindi coverage of the match.

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