Royal Challengers v Kings XI, IPL, Bangalore May 9, 2014

Miller, Sandeep set up massive win for Kings XI


Kings XI Punjab 198 for 8 (Miller 66, Sehwag 30, Chahal 2-23) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 143 for 8 (De Villiers 53, Sandeep 3-25, Shivam 2-26) by 32 runs
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When the two teams last met, Sandeep Sharma had dismissed Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli in the same over and set the tone for a convincing win for Kings XI Punjab. On Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore were chasing rather than setting a target, but the same set of characters went through an eerily similar routine, right down to the questionable umpiring decision that did for Kohli, in an over that sent Kings XI on their way to a 32-run win that gave them sole occupancy of the top spot in the IPL table.

An innings of 66, off just 29 balls, from David Miller had powered Kings XI to a total of 198. If any team could chase it, though, it was Royal Challengers. They had been the only team to chase a 200-plus total on this ground, and they had done it against the same opponents, back in 2010. They faced a similar ask this time, and needed their top order to fire.

Sandeep had troubled Gayle with his swing right through his first over, beating him twice before failing to grab a difficult caught-and-bowled chance off the last ball. First ball of his second over, though, Sandeep had his man. The ball moved away from Gayle, who swung hard at it and edged to the keeper.

In walked Kohli. In Dubai, he had been out second ball to a debatable lbw decision, with the ball appearing to be headed down the leg side. This time, Sandeep dismissed him first ball, caught behind down the leg side. There was a sound as ball passed bat, but replays suggested the ball had brushed the ground just as Wriddhiman Saha scooped it up with the webbing of his right glove. Royal Challengers were 8 for 2, and 199 looked like 299.

They were never going to get close after that, and Sandeep dented them once again with the wicket of Parthiv Patel in his next over. Royal Challengers' subsequent struggles were encapsulated by Yuvraj Singh, who kept getting beaten by the spinners during a painful 11-ball stay that ended when he gave debutant offspinner Shivam Sharma his first wicket in senior cricket. It was 50 for 5 at that point, but AB de Villiers ensured Royal Challengers reached a respectable score with a 26-ball 53.

When his team was asked to bat, Kings XI captain George Bailey said it was hard to tell what a good score would be, considering the flat pitch and short boundaries at Chinnaswamy Stadium. His team never had to worry about their run-rate, though, after they reached 64 for 1 after 6 overs - it was the most they had made during the Powerplay this season.

Virender Sehwag had played some aggressive shots in that time, but hadn't really exploded. But the bowlers had helped Kings XI along, bowling eight extra balls in those first six overs. Amidst all that, Mitchell Starc and Albie Morkel had also discovered that this pitch had a little more help for the bowlers than it usually does, and were getting their cutters to grip and deviate.

Yuzvendra Chahal, the legspinner, also settled in nicely, and dismissed both Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell. Kings XI were scoring rapidly, but they were losing wickets. But they still had Miller, and he was in terrific form.

On this day, Miller hit only three sixes, but he was hitting the ball cleanly along the ground placing it with rare precision. He hit Varun Aaron for three fours in the 10th over, and smashed Starc for three fours in the 13th.

The bowler who suffered most, though, was Harshal Patel, who would eventually finish with figures of 2 for 56 in three overs. The Haryana seamer had conceded two fours in his first over - one each to Sehwag and Maxwell - and had taken a nine-over sabbatical before coming back on. Immediately, Miller laid into him, clouting him over a leaping deep midwicket for six, dumping him back over his head and onto the roof of the stadium, and pulling him behind square for four, off his first three deliveries. Wriddhiman Saha got into the act in the same over, slog-sweeping him for six.

Miller's dismissal in the next over saw Kings XI lose some momentum, at least relative to what had gone before. They made 28 off the last 21 balls of their innings, and Royal Challengers seemed to have done well to keep them to under 200. All of that, however, ceased to matter after that one over from Sandeep.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Greatest_Game on May 11, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    @ fiddlerv90 regarding an IPL match report, dives off the deep end with this: SA XI : 1. de kock, 2. Amla, 3. faf de plesis 4. Miller, 5. AB de villiers , 6. JP duminy, 7. Albie morkel , 8. Parnell, 9. Steyn , 10. Morn morkel, 11. tahir ... This would be 2015 WC SA XI in australia.. They look strong on paper but choking on the field. Same goes for RCB.. RCB is an overrated team with big hitters on paper!

    1st. If you are going to list the names of players as if you know something about them, SPELL THEIR NAMES PROPERLY!

    2nd. That will NEVER be SA's WC team. Wrong, wrong & wrong again.

    3rd. What does SA's ODI team have to do with RCB, apart form the fact that SA's teams do a whole lot better than RCB is doing. Your choking analogy is unwanted, unwarranted, & nothing but a cheap, ungainly, & gratuitous insult. It is bereft of any value.

    You might think your post is clever, but it is not even strong on paper As far as as clever & informed comments go - you choked - big time!

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Sankeep Sharma has really impressed with his nippy late swing at a much lower run-rate than Mohammed Shami and should be give consideration to play for India in this form of the game. Prraveen Tambe is another who has impressed along with Karan Sharma. Kohli does need to cut back his expressions otherwise I don't see him as an Indian captain. Also, India should not pick Yuvraj in the short forms of the game any longer. He was brilliant at one time but is lacking now.

  • fiddlerv90 on May 10, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    SA XI : 1. de kock, 2. Amla, 3. faf de plesis 4. Miller, 5. AB de villiers , 6. JP duminy, 7. Albie morkel , 8. Parnell, 9. Steyn , 10. Morn morkel, 11. tahir ... This would be 2015 WC SA XI in australia.. They look strong on paper but choking on the field. Same goes for RCB.. RCB is an overrated team with big hitters on paper!

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    everyone is taking about yuvi, i still dony understand what gayle and kohli have done to be not talked about. 14 cr was what malaya paid, yuvi did not ask for it. the team needs perform as a unit. there is no use blaming an individual

  • stormer1980 on May 10, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Kohli is turning into a real whinger ... He cries at every decision that doesn't go his way , i understand his ambition and drive to win but his clear arrogance is going to be his downfall ... ask Graeme Smith !!!! It took him many years to win over the public and till today he has his detractors .Its one thing to want to win but its another thing to be arrogant .. He will lose the respect of team mates .. He looks at other players with clear distain when they do not do what they should all the time .. Like he could've done a better job ! Some players dont even celebrate wickets with the team ... AB and Starc dont look interested .. they doing what they must due to commitment to RCB and not the captain ...

  • Coolcapricorn on May 10, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Kohli needs to start showing some maturity & calm down a bit.....if he hopes to be the next Indian captain.

  • android_user on May 10, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    I think rcb almost out of ipl7.. so at least for god sake change the captaincy to abd.. I think gayle is never a class batsman.. he has some serious problems with swinging away balls all teams and aware of that.. so better abd and Patel.. then kohli later gayle , morkel and yuvi..

    14 crores yuvi.. costing match heavily.. rcb would have bought 10 local talents with that money.. 7 Ross taylor kind of players.. so bench strength would have been much better..

  • Coolcapricorn on May 10, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Absolutely shocked how poor UV was - he couldn't even handle a young novice bowler! Probably will never again be the great player he was due to his illness! Really pleased to see all these young Indian bowlers in the Kings XI & how well they are doing. The team spirit between all the players in their team seems great & are led wonderfully by George Bailey. Think they have won many more fans this season the way they play - so let's hope they go all the way this year & win the IPL.

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    For those great cricketing minds who said uv should have come ahead of rana let me remind you rana atleast scored some runs while uv was miserable as always had he been promoted he would have eaten deliveries added pressure got out at wrong time like he always does and put teams under pressure.One thing I would love to see is if not all but majority IPL teams being captained by aussies.Warnie created magic in first season with uncapped and unknown players no stars won the cup.Gilly got out some good talents and used them well now Bailey is using raw talent beautifully.For the future of Indian cricket I guess our boys will be groomed better by them than ppl like kholi dhawan etc

  • dummy4fb on May 10, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    First and foremost many ppl here are complaining that Kholi was never out he clearly nicked it and was a clean take by saha.This is not the first time that the great Mr.Kholi gets out and acts as if he is not out and umpires and players are wrong in saying he is out.He never walks stands and stares at umpires bad mouths but expects others to walk else goes to them and shouts though he is so called great batsmen he would be a worst captain for india if he is made one.Though not a great fan of Dhoni he brings about harmony in team unlike kholi who keeps bad mouthing when a bowler is taken for runs as a captain you must say its ok now bowl a better line i am with you and not shout and make him bowl worse than what he is doing.RCB is trying to get max mileage out of UV tried bowling him was taken to cleaners on field looks clueless batting wonder what he is doing there from here unless a miracle happens hopes of rcb playoff will never happen

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