IPL-2018: RCB take on SRH in must-win game

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab's Net Run Rate took a beating after their defeat

Yadav picked up 3 wickets for 23 runs in his four overs, the wickets including the duo of Gayle and Rahul. One would definitely be expecting these two massive scorers to dominate Thursday's game and help their side hold on to the top spot for a while longer, until the end of the league stage.

Anushka Sharma had posted a special message for her husband and after RCB's win over KXIP, Virat Kohli came up with the flawless response. "Because yes, we want to continue to win and secondly, I think it is important you have the continuity within the playing XI, people understanding what their roles are and getting an opportunity to continue their form", said the gaffer, who would want to see his team register a 10th win.

De Villiers (358 runs) is next to him, although he has played two games less than the Indian captain.

The 31-year-old inexplicably ran himself out off the very first ball he faced, going for a run that was never there, to further deepen the hole in which his team was in. That's pretty much the case with us. "Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis are good batsmen", he said. They may just think of giving opportunities to a couple of players from the reserve ranks. "Maybe we can get three hundreds and win the tournament". Brilliant bowling by RCB RCB had a brilliant start.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
R Ashwin expressed doubt over Mujeeb Ur Rahman's availability for the Mumbai

KXIP have been over-reliant on one or two stars in both the bowling and batting units. "We knew they would want to get big runs because they don't have the mystery spinner today and we knew we could bank on that particular aspect".

However, due to their extremely busy schedules, Virushka (as they are fondly called) is bound to spend some time apart. They improved after defending 167 against Mumbai Indians in their last home game.

Virat Kohli's RCB has endured a tough season, having lost seven of its 12 matches so far but the recent turnaround has rekindled hopes of a possible shot at the playoffs berth provided some other results go the team's way.

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Sources also say that Kudligi candidate Nagendra is the point man, who has been assigned the task of turning in the Congress MLAs. ANI later quoted JDS MLA Shivarame Gowda saying that "some of Congress and JD (S) MLAs are going to Kochi and some to Hyderabad".

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