Royal Challengers Bangalore's winning streak coincides with the losing streak of Kings XI Punjab

Virat Kohli
 

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets without even breaking a sweat, courtesy a stellar bowling performance led by pacer Umesh Yadav.

Having lost 5 of their last 6 matches, KXIP have no one else to blame. On the other hand, RCB have won both their last games and are now in contention with each of KKR, RR, KXIP and MI for the fourth spot. Also due to the huge 10-wicket margin, RCB have done exceeding well to pull back their Net Run Rate in positive figures.

Batting first, KXIP had all eyes on their opening pair of KL Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle (18). They were going well at 30 odd in the 5th over when Umesh Yadav drew first blood to dismiss KL Rahul. Yadav soon doubled up, removing Chris Gayle in the same over.

After the dismissal of the two openers, it was only Aaron Finch (26) who could reach double digits as the entire team folded up for 88 in the 16th over.

Virat Kohli (48) decided to open the batting in this match with wicket keeper Parthiv Patel (40). Both the batsmen scored 40s to chase the target down in 8 overs.

This 10-wicket win proved to be a huge boost for their Net Run Rate as RCB became the only other team to have a positive run rate in the bottom half of the points table other than Mumbai Indians.

Umesh Yadav was rightly conferred with the Man of the Match award for his match figures of 4-23-3.

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