IPL 2018: Bangalore trounce Punjab by 10 wickets

IPL 2018: Bangalore trounce Punjab by 10 wickets

48 matches done and dusted, seven teams are still in fray for the silverware.

Only Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 18 points so far, have guaranteed themselves a place in the play-offs.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore faced the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.

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Bangalore are part of the survival race too; the Virat Kohli-led side are now placed seventh in the eight-team table, and come into this match at the back of a resounding win over the Delhi on Saturday night. Kohli and de Villiers made their team win. The last game will be interesting if we can get the next one. They can progress even with one win if both KXIP and RR don't win all their remaining games. It's likely to be one of those matches which is swung by one big performance and I'm banking on it coming from the home camp with Rahul in top form and Gayle due a contribution. Two important points earned with the NRR changed drastically. 13 runs scored. 8:19 pm: KXIP 28/0 after 4 overs Big man Gayle smashed Southee for three boundaries in the over. Their situation is very similar to that of KKR, whom they are scheduled to face next. The onus will be on the bowlers once again to dismiss the Punjab batsmen, who will quickly take the game away from them if they stay, and Kohli/AB can only do so much. 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. Their recent slip in results could cost them as they would head to the eliminator instead of the first qualifier. We have done this many times in the past. They suffered a reversal of fortune in the second-half of the season.

A transformed Kings XI Punjab, who had added a pool of young Indian cricketers in their squad this season, had started with a bang - winning five of their first six games - but could only manage to fetch two wins from five matches. He is now third on the leading run scorers charts with 537 runs from 11 games and the home side will be hoping that he fires against his former side in the crunch game. There was a great chance for the visitors to improve their net run-rate which they perfectly did. Suddenly the table opened up. They will be eliminated if they lose to KXIP on Wednesday. It was a match Kohli's team simply had to win and they now have five wins from 12 matches. The duo didn't disappoint as both made invaluable contributions to see the side through. In the event of them beating KXIP and losing to DD, there exists a remote possibility of the fourth team going through with 12 points.

RCB captain Virat Kohli made the ideal call to field after winning the toss as his bowlers hardly put a foot wrong on a wicket that had seen 459 runs being scored a couple of days back.