IPL 2017 – 8th Match: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) v Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), April 10 | Scorecard and Report | Holkar Stadium, Indore

Match report

The 8th match of IPL 2017 turned out to be a one-sided contest between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but a couple of South African batsmen with their natural styles of play treated us to a spectacular exhibition of shots. That, if you are a neutral, has to be the takeaway from a match which Kings XI won by eight wickets and with 33 balls to spare.

On one hand, you have Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the defending IPL champions, who are settled, fortunate to have no injuries to their key players, are prepared to field their best playing XI, and stick with the same. On the other hand, you have a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who, even though should be given the benefit of doubt because they have had to contend with injuries to two of their star batsmen at the start of this season, are tinkering too much with their batting line-up and the make-up of the team from match to match.

RCB’s constant tinkering isn’t just an indication but a giveaway that they have yet to figure out their best playing XI and combination. And, Virat Kohli’s return will not solve this problem. Because, on Indian pitches, fielding two foreign quicks is bound to weaken your batting and secondly, Royal Challengers aren’t making proper use of the resources available to them. Pawan Negi has just made up the numbers in their last two matches despite being a handy spinning all-rounder and Vinod does not seem to be a batsman you can bank on.

Adding to the woes further on the night was stand-in skipper Shane Watson’s decision to bat first… having probably been unaware of the fact that in five of the first seven matches of IPL 2017, the team batting second had won. Chris Gayle, astonishingly, was dropped from the RCB playing XI, with AB de Villiers expectedly returning to action. This was the only change in personnel for the visitors. Kings XI made just one change too, bringing in Varun Aaron for Swapnil Singh.

The powerplay didn’t go to plan for RCB after opting to bat first: they lost three wickets inside the first five overs and had accrued just 23 runs by the end of the powerplay. De Villiers walked in at No. 3 at the end of the first over and watched from the other end the dismissals of Vishnu Vinod and Jadhav. The general consensus was that de Villiers, who was returning from a back injury, might be a little rusty and not be at his devastating best.

But boy didn’t he surprise one and all with how well he timed the ball and the sound we heard every time the ball made contact with de Villiers’ bat, was music to our ears. The South African batting superstar was slow to start off his innings, and he had to be patient and build a partnership after the fall of Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav became the latest victim of a dubious umpiring decision.

De Villiers had to singlehandedly pilot the RCB innings and despite being in good touch, he couldn’t go after the bowlers earlier in the innings while he had Mandeep for company and once Stuart Binny joined him in the 14th over. Will you believe it? RCB were just 71/4 at the end of 15 overs and they seemed to be in real danger of folding up for a really small total.

With the likes of de Villiers at the crease, though, you shouldn’t be pessimistic! And de Villiers reminded us about his presence and inherent stroke-making ability at the start of the 16th over. None of the Kings XI bowlers who bowled from then on was spared and was hit out of the ground with ease, precision and disdain.

De Villiers hit as many as eight sixes in the final five overs of the RCB innings and 77 runs were scored by the visitors in the overs 16-20. RCB finished with 148/4 in their 20 overs, thanks largely to de Villiers’s 89* (46), an innings in which he struck three fours and nine sixes of all kinds: flat, high, smashed, caressed, swept, etc. Astonishingly, 60.13 per cent of RCB’s runs came off the blade of de Villiers.

149 was by no means a daunting target for KXIP to chase down, and they had achieved a bigger target (164) only a couple of evenings ago. All that Kings XI needed here was a solid start from their openers (Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla), and they received more than what they required: a quick, solid opening to their innings, to dent the psyche of the visitors. 62 runs came off the powerplay and only one wicket was lost, of Vohra, who played a stylish innings of 34 (21).

Amla followed in the footsteps of his compatriot de Villiers and played some delightful strokes off all RCB bowlers. Amla’s innings was just as assuring as de Villiers and he lent stability to the KXIP chase. Maxwell, with 22-ball 43*, overshadowed Amla a little towards the end, but the South African No. 3 was in his zone and his innings of 58* (38) was a stylish one. As the runs required for victory reduced, Maxwell started to chance his arm on every delivery, trying to hit the ball out of the park and win by the biggest possible margin. His innings included three fours and four sixes.

Wriddhiman Saha took one of the better high catches you will see in a long, long time to dismiss Mandeep Singh. Saha had to run backwards and the ball was swirling in the air. The keys to taking high catches whether you are a fielder or a wicketkeeper are being concentrated on the ball, staying as steady as possible and controlling your hands. Saha’s ability to get this combination right was the key to his taking a spectacular catch. His eyes were on the ball, he was gentle in his approach and being concentrated on the ball meant that Saha could make the adjustment he had to, to catch the ball after it had swirled and gotten away from where Saha judged it to drop. This was a fantastic catch against the run of play and Saha once again showed how good a gloveman he is.

Match facts

IPL 2017, 8th match: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) v Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Date and time: April 10, 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Holkar Stadium, Indore

KXIP v RCB, 8th Match Scorecard

Shane Watson won the toss and chose to bat first.

Playing XIs

KXIP: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Manan Vohra, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. David Miller, 5. Marcus Stoinis, 6. Wriddhiman Saha, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Varun Aaron, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Mohit Sharma, and 11. Thangarasu Natarajan

RCB: 1. AB de Villiers 2. Mandeep Singh, 3. Kedar Jadhav, 4. Shane Watson (c), 5. Stuart Binny, 6. Vishnu Vinod, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Billy Stanlake, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Iqbal Abdulla, and 11. Tymal Mills


RCB: 148/4 (de Villiers 89*; Aaron 2/21)
KXIP: 150/2 (Amla 58* and Maxwell 43*; Mills 1/22)

Result: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets, to begin their IPL 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins. Axar Patel was awarded the man-of-the-match for his spell of 4-13 (dot balls)-12-1.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Shane Watson

bowled Axar

1 (4) 0 0 25.00
Vishnu Vinod

caught Maxwell, bowled Sandeep

7 (12) 1 0 58.33
AB de Villiers

not out

89 (46) 3 9 193.47
Kedar Jadhav

leg before wicket Aaron

1 (4) 0 0 25.00
Mandeep Singh

caught Saha, bowled Aaron

28 (34) 1 1 82.35
Stuart Binny

not out

18 (20) 1 1 90.00
Extras 4 (3 wides and 1 leg bye)
Batsmen who didn’t bat Pawan Negi, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal, Billy Stanlake, and Tymal Mills
RCB’s total 148/4 in 20 overs, at 7.40 runs per over
RCB’s fall of wickets 2/1 (Watson, 0.6), 18/2 (Vinod, 3.3), 22/3 (Jadhav, 4.6), 68/4 (Mandeep, 13.1),
Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Axar Patel 4 13 12 1 3.00
Sandeep Sharma 4 15 26 1 6.50
Mohit Sharma 4 10 47 0 11.75
Varun Aaron 4 12 21 2 5.25
Thangarasu Natarajan 1 2 13 0 13.00
Marcus Stoinis 3 2 28 0 9.33
KXIP Innings (target: 149 in 20 overs, at 7.45 runs per over)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Manan Vohra

leg before wicket Mills

34 (21) 4 1 161.90
Hashim Amla

not out

58 (38) 4 3 152.63
Axar Patel

bowled Chahal

9 (6) 0 1 150.00
Glenn Maxwell

not out

43 (22) 3 4 195.45
Extras 6 (2 wides and 4 leg byes)
Batsmen who didn’t bat David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Mandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, and Thangarasu Natarajan
KXIP’s total 150/2 in 14.3 overs, at 10.34 runs per over
KXIP’s fall of wickets 62/1 (Vohra, 5.6) and 78/2 (Axar, 8.1)
RCB Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Billy Stanlake 4 5 41 0 10.25
Iqbal Abdulla 2 3 19 0 9.50
Shane Watson 2 1 28 0 14.00
Tymal Mills 2 6 22 1 11.00
Yuzvendra Chahal 3.3 8 29 1 8.28
Pawan Negi 1 2 7 0 7.00


  1. So RCB once again bite the dust yet ABD providing a blistering and the only man who provided some hope for the RCB bowlers to bowl at. And man it always feels he is alone playing in a different wicket except for the other batsmans. The key thing about him that stands out is how he scores so effortlessly and stay put with so much of balance even in such powerful hits. His 2 sixes in the last 2 balls of his innings was out of the world. But yes as you rightly put, RCB is keep trying options and unable to pull out a win despite of a great team. This only goes out to show how tough Captaincy is. And my surprise dissappointment with Watson is that he is feeling too much for his bowling talent. Though there is good amount of options he is keep bowling himself in and going for runs nonchalantly. No doubt he is a good all rounder, however he has to accept the bowling performance is not upto the mark. He can concentrate more on his batting and captaincy. All said and done, RCB is kind of a team that can turn the tables around at any given day with one better team performance. ABD is the key as he has been always, its time the youngsters learn from him and back him up. Cheers Suhith.

    1. Thank you for the insight, Charles.

      I think we must conclude that Shane Watson had a nightmare on Monday, with his team selection, decision at the toss and as a player too. Because in my opinion, the New South Wales all-rounder is a quality player.

      As for AB de Villiers, I was just as astonished by the fluency of his innings more than any other aspect. He hit all kinds of sixes too in his 89* (46), caressing some, bludgeoning some, sending a few only a few metres from the ground, and some into orbit.

      RCB made a slow start to last season as well. But to turn around their fortunes this time round, they need to find the right balance to their playing XI soon.

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