Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview: After Over Over Umpiring, KXIP Needs Cool Heads
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) was very hot under the collar after losing to the Delhi Capitals in their opening IPL 2020 match, when some highly dubious umpiring decisions overtook the Punjab team. More because KXIP was a time towards the end of the innings when you could see the beads of sweat on the foreheads of Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer and coach Ricky Ponting. Furthermore, whatever injustice has occurred, KXIP cannot rule out that for Mayank Agarwal’s Pride skier when he could choose just one match-winning player, he was also responsible for the disaster. Nevertheless, that story is over now and an excited Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) is waiting in the wings to give more misery to the Punjab team.
RCB, which will also be playing its second game, could not have written the script better. For a change, he won the first match of the tournament, which was far from the 2019 season, where the first success came almost late.
AB de Villiers did what he did best and Devadatta Padikkal’s bonus at the top of the innings was good enough to post a challenging total.
RCB will have to field captain Virat Kohli in a big field soon and it should be so.
Then bowling command, Yuzvendra Chahal reprized his role as the lead, while Navdeep Saini was sharp and penetrating and Shivam Dubey was the perfect foil.
For KXIP, Mohammed Shami was in a sensational rhythm against the Delhi Capitals, with Sheldon Cottrell’s left hand seam adding a nice dimension. Ravi Bishnoi also got involved in his work well.
Therefore, to see Punjab from close to the Punjab defeat, it was quite a pity to get to the brink of victory and then throw it away.
RCB will also need to maintain its momentum. Of all the IPL franchises, he seems to have the most delicate mental makeup, giving his rivals a lot of ground in previous editions. But starting with a win could define a new chapter for Kohli’s men.