Kings XI Punjab host Royal Challengers Bangalore at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore in the Indian Premier League 2018. For both the teams, it is a must win game as they fight for the play-off spots.
KXIP are at a better position than RCB with 12 points in their bag in comparison of 8 points of RCB.
Ashwin-led KXIP have had an inconsistent season so far and would like to throw that out of the window when they face Virat Kohli-led RCB on Monday.
RCB lost to KXIP by eight wickets in their head-to-head encounter last year at this venue.
# Umesh Yadav, Man of the Match: I am bowling whatever I was thinking and it has been going well till now. Hoping to carry this form forward. (On relying on his pace) I was backing myself to bowl whatever I have, pace with good line and length to cramp the batsman. I feel that if I don't do that, I'm lacking in confidence. (On his partnership with Southee) We just keep discussing how to use the new ball well because if we can take early wickets, it will ease the pressure off the other bowlers. We also chat a lot about the death overs.
# Virat Kohli: (On RCB staying alive) The last one week has been really crazy for us. At one stage, we thought we were down and out. But the way other games have gone, the points table opened up. Couldn't have asked for a more clinical performance. No negatives to point out today. Perfect game for us. Kings XI thought that we would be intimidated by their openers on this small field but the way our bowlers started, they knew that they couldn't make any mistakes. Umesh was brilliant, taking those two big wickets in the same over. We kept picking wickets throughout and that was crucial. (On the toss factor) Very important because that's been the trend at this ground and we knew that they will try extra with their mystery spinner not playing.
# Ravichandran Ashwin: Really disappointing. Wasn't a professional effort from us. That has been the story for us. It's been the bowlers who have done it right and got the points for us. The batsmen have struggled more often than not. Anyways we need to chin up and move forward. Need to try and make sure to lift ourselves. It was very simple. We have never got to 20 overs with 3 down or 4 down so far in the tournament. That's what we wanted to achieve but the wheels came off. We lost by a big margin and our net run rate has come down.
# RCB win by 10 wickets within just 8.1 Overs!
# After 3 Overs, RCB are 36/0! Cracking start by the outfit.
# 0.6 Overs: FOUR! Parthiv Patel gets it going..RCB 9/0
# Kohli and Parthiv Patel are at the crease to open for RCB
# RCB need 89 runs to win.
# 15.1 Overs: OUT! Its over for KXIP, all out for just 88 runs.
# 13.6 Overs: OUT! Phew! Another wicket, what a night for both the teams.. Mohit Sharma run out (de Villiers/Moeen Ali) 3(5) KXIP 84/9
# 12.4 Overs: OUT! Caught behind, Tye goes! Andrew Tye c Parthiv Patel b U Yadav 0(3) KXIP 80/8
# 11.6 Overs: OUT! RCB are taking on everything here. Ashwin run out (Negi/Parthiv Patel) 0(1) KXIP 78/7
# 11.5 Overs: OUT! Absolute shambles for KXIP. Finch c Kohli b Moeen Ali 26(23) KXIP 78/6
# 11.1 Overs: SIX! Hammered away by Finch. KXIP 76/5
# 8.5 Overs: OUT! Another one goes back.. Mayank Agarwal c Parthiv Patel b de Grandhomme 2(6) KXIP 61/5
# 7.6 Overs: SIX! Dispatched over the long off boundary by Finch. KXIP 58/4
# 6.5 Overs: OUT! Punjab are crumbling!!! Stoinis b Chahal 2(3) KXIP 50/4
# 5.1 Overs: OUT! What is happening here, Virat takes a stunner. Nair c Kohli b Siraj 1(3) KXIP 41/3
# 4.6 Overs: OUT! Second of the over...Gayle c Siraj b U Yadav 18(14) KXIP 41/2
# 4.5 Overs: FOUR! That went to the boundary line like a rocket. KXIP 41/1
# Karun Nair comes in
# 4.3 Overs: OUT! OH he has handed it straight to the fielder. Rahul c de Grandhomme b U Yadav 21(15) KXIP 36/1
# 4.2 Overs: SIX! Monstrous by Rahul..KXIP 36/0
# 3.1 Overs: FOUR! Slammed away by mighty Gayle. KXIP 18/0
# After 3 Overs, KXIP are 14/0
# Gayle and KL Rahul open for KXIP, Umesh Yadav with the new ball
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
# Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to field first