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IPL 2018: Twitter Reacts As Royal Challengers Bangalore Decimate Kings XI Punjab

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Royal Challengers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a thumping 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium.

With just 89 runs needed to win the game, the writing was very much on the wall. Royal Challengers openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli came out all guns blazing. By the time the third over ended, the scoreboard was reading 36 with both the batsmen taking the attack to the cleaners. Parthiv Patel then hit Mohit Sharma for three fours in the fifth over to bring up the team’s fifty. The Royal Challengers eventually reached the target in the ninth over with all the ten wickets intact. Kohl remained unbeaten on 48 while Parthiv remained unbeaten on 40.

Earlier in the game, the Royal Challengers bowled out Kings XI for a  paltry 88. Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first on a track which witnessed more than 450 runs being scored in the last game was totally justified by his bowlers.

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle started the proceedings on a decent note by adding 36 runs for the first wicket. However, the floodgates opened once Rahul departed, falling to Umesh Yadav. 5 runs later, Yadav struck again to remove Gayle in the same over. With both the in-form openers back in the pavilion, the onus was on Kings XI’s fragile middle-order to bail the team out of trouble. However, the middle-order once again failed to deliver the goods.

Mohammed Siraj sent back Karun Nair for 1 before Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Marcus Stoinis for two. Colin de Grandhomme then firmly put the Royal Challengers on top by dismissing Mayank Agarwal for 2 and reducing the hosts to 61 for 5. At the end of the tenth over, the Kings XI were reeling at 65 for 5.

Kings XI’s hopes of recovering and posting a good total then took another huge blow when Moeen Ali dismissed Aaron Finch to reduce them to 78 for 6.  The hosts kept on losing wickets and were eventually bundled up for a below-par total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

 

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