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Spirited RCB bowl out Kings XI for 88

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Kohli: Always loved batting with AB De Villiers

Kohli had praised ABD for forging a mammoth partnership during the match against Delhi Daredevils.

So how do we split them - RCB have the greater batting strength but if Kohli and De Villiers go early then they are often out of the game while Kings XI's talented and varied bowling attack are underperforming. He, however, fell in the 12th over, when he pulled a short ball from Moeen Ali straight into the lap of Virat Kohli at deep midwicket. The Kings need to win this one to avoid having to win both of their remaining games with substantial margins. "One is at home and we have the right momentum", Kohli added. No negatives to point out today. Lokesh has scored three sixes during this period. Two important points earned with the NRR changed drastically. Also, Andrew Tye was able to take 4 wickets in the match but the damage was already done by the KKR. Their recent slip in results could cost them as they would head to the eliminator instead of the first qualifier. Another run fest is expected to be on the cards and RCB would be looking to make it two out of two as they look to finish on a high. If their two main batsmen score, the Challengers will probably be on the winning side.

Both the teams come into the game with contrasting fortunes. If they win only one, they will be tied on 14 points with multiple teams. From there on, Kings XI never really recovered and were eventually bundled out for the second lowest total of this year's IPL, courtesy some brilliant work at the field by RCB fielders.

Also, it is tough for RCB to reach the playoffs now with so many teams in the line of competition, but it can affect the future of other teams in the tournament by defeating their opponent. That wicket had put the KXIP in serious trouble as they were 3 wickets down within the powerplay itself. With Delhi out of contention, there is an intense race between Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore to seal the remaining two spots.

Batsmen on both sides thrived in this basement battle as the hosts looked on course for victory after a strong end to their innings in Delhi, with Abhishek Sharma posting an unbeaten 46 from 19 balls to set a target of 182. As said before, a healthy positive NRR can turn the tide in MI's favour if that happens.

They soon took their side past the 50-run mark in 4.5 overs as each of the Punjab bowler struggled to get a breakthrough. Royal Challengers Bangalore chased it down with nearly 12 overs to spare and boosted their net run-rate, from -0.26 to +0.21, and their playoff qualification chances. Kings XI's misery, on the other hand, deepened when R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, and Ankit Rajpoot all ran themselves out. The huge win over KXIP has shot their NRR from -0.261 to +0.218 and it will get further enhanced with another couple of wins.

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