T20 2018: Bangalore beat Punjab by 10 wickets
After bundling out Punjab for paltry 88, Bangalore chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 92 for no loss in 8.1 overs
Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli plays a shot during a T20 cricket match against Punjab at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday. PTI
Bangalore produced a dominating performance to outclass Punjab by 10 wickets and stay afloat in the T20 on Monday. After bundling out Punjab for paltry 88, Bangalore chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 92 for no loss in 8.1 overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat with an unbeaten 48 while Parthiv Patel made unbeaten 40 to help Bangalore romp home.
Kohli struck six fours and two towering sixes during his 28-ball unbeaten knock, while Parthiv's innings was laced with seven boundaries.
While Punjab slumped to their third successive loss, Bangalore improved upon their net run rate by sealing the victory in 8.1 overs.
Bangalore now have 10 points from 12 games, same as Punjab with two games remaining for both teams.
Earlier, Punjab wilted under pressure as a spirited Bangalore bundled them out for paltry 88 in the must-win match. Sent into bat, Punjab innings never got going as they lost wickets like a pack of cards from the onset to be bowled out in 15.1 overs.
Backed by some good fielding, Umesh Yadav (3/23) came up with an impressive bowling effort up front to destabilise the Punjab innings.
Besides, Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/6), Colin de Grandhomme (1/8), Moeen Ali (1/13) and Mohammed Siraj (1/17) picked up a wicket each.
Aaron Finch top-scored for Punjab with a 23-ball 26 while KL Rahul made 21 up the order. Bangalore bowlers were very well complemented by some good outfield catching and three runs outs.
Punjab witnessed a terrible start to their innings after being sent into bat as they lost four wickets with the scoreboard reading just 50 in 6.5 overs.
Rahul gave Punjab a brisk start with a 15-ball 21 in the company of Chris Gayle (18) before Yadav struck twin blows in the fifth over, dismissing both the openers.
While Rahul pulled one straight to de Grandhomme a deep square leg, Gayle departed in similar fashion caught by Siraj off another short delivery three balls later.
To make matters worse for Punjab, Karun Nair edged a delivery straight to Bangalore skipper Kohli at the lone slip in the next over.
Wickets kept on tumbling for Punjab as Marcus Stoinis and Mayank Agarwal too perished when their team needed them the most.
While Stoinis was cleaned up by Chahal, Agarwal got a faint edge to a de Grandhomme delivery in the leg side and Patel did the rest behind the stumps.
From there on, Punjab never really recovered and were eventually bundled out for the second-lowest total of this years IPL, courtesy some brilliant work at the field by Bangalore fielders.
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