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Kings XI Punjab were bowled out for just 88 runs as they lost their third game in a row in the 2018 Indian Premier League on Monday, losing by 10 wickets to Royal Challengers Bangalore at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium.
They collapsed from 36 for no wicket to 88 all out in just 15.1 overs after fine bowling from Umesh Yadav and some farcical running between the wickets—there were three run-outs.
RCB openers Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel wasted no time in chasing down the paltry target as they looked to boost their net run rate. The visitors won the match with almost 12 overs to spare, finishing on 92 for none after 8.1 overs.
Here is what the IPL standings look like after Monday’s result:
(Team, Played, Points, Net Run Rate)
1. q-Sunrisers Hyderabad, 12, 18, +0.400
2. q-Chennai Super Kings, 12, 16, +0.383
3. Kolkata Knight Riders, 12, 12, -0.189
4. Rajasthan Royals, 12, 12, -0.347
5. Kings XI Punjab, 12, 12, -0.518
6. Mumbai Indians, 12, 10, +0.405
7. Royal Challengers Bangalore, 12, 10, +0.218
8. Delhi Daredevils, 12, 6, -0.478
q- qualified for play-offs
(All matches start at 8 p.m. local time/3:30 p.m. BST)
Tuesday, May 15: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Rajasthan Royals
Wednesday, May 16: Mumbai Indians vs. Kings XI Punjab
Thursday, May 17: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Friday, May 18: Delhi Daredevils vs. Chennai Super Kings
For the full schedule, click here.
Openers Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the main men for Kings XI in IPL 11 in run-scoring terms.
Some brilliant bowling in the early overs by RCB restricted the duo, though, and it eventually paid huge dividends as both were dismissed deep on the leg side.
Yadav dismissed both openers in the fifth over, and he also got Andrew Tye to finish with a remarkable figure of three for 23 from his four overs.
While Yadav was KXIP’s key tormentor with the ball, they were also their own worst enemies.
Rahul (21), Gayle (18) and Aaron Finch (26) were the only batsmen for the hosts who made it to double figures, and some shocking running played a key part in their undoing.
It was simply not good enough from Kings XI and they will need to turn their form around quickly if they are to secure a top-four play-off place, per commentator Harsha Bhogle:
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha
#KingsXI’s campaign is hurtling down a slope. Need to stop this descent now.
RCB, meanwhile, boosted their hopes of making it to the knockout stages by turning on the style in chasing down a small target.
Kohli, of course, was the main draw, hitting two sixes and six fours in his 28-ball 48, but Patel also produced some fireworks in his 22-ball 40.
They have given their net run rate a signficant boost after winning so quickly against Kings XI, but they are likely going to win their final two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals in order to qualify.