New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) saw Glenn Maxwell-led side seal a 19-run victory to keep their chances of reaching the playoffs intact. (IPL 2017 - Photos | Videos)
With another defeat in the IPL 2017 season RCB continued their dismal performance, which as per Kamaal Rashid Khan, is the result of their skipper Virat Kohli's arrogance and corrupt nature of former boss Vijay Mallya.
— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) May 5, 2017
"Today #RCB is in the bottom of #IPL2017 just because of the arrogance of Aashiq @imVkohli n looting corrupt nature of Bhagoda @TheVijayMallya!” tweeted KRK.
It was the 10th defeat of the season for RCB, and one of the prime reasons for which was another batting collapse of the lineup which includes some of the biggest names of the sport including AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson and of course Virat Kohli.
Kohli hasn't been in the best of forms since he incurred a shoulder injury during the India – Australia Test series. Reflecting on his team's performance against KXIP, he said, "we let ourselves down with the bat once again. I have not seen so many collapses for a team in one season. You don't really understand what to do in times like these."
Put into bat, Kings XI Punjab scored 138 for 7 in their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Axar Patel top-scored for Kings XI with a 17-ball 38 not out. For RCB, Aniket Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal got the most wickets with two scalps each.
In reply, RCB were all-out for 119 in 19 overs with Madeep Singh scoring 46 off 40 balls. Sandeep Sharma (3/22 in 4 overs) removed Chris Gayle, skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to set up the match for KXIP. Axar (3/11 in 3 overs) also got his share of scalps. Skipper Glenn Maxwell and Mohit Sharma got couple of wickets each.
KXIP now has 10 points from 10 games while RCB stay put at last position with 5 points from 11 games.
(With PTI inputs)