Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. There was a big blow for the hosts ahead of the toss with Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman unable to recover in time after injuring his bowling hand in the last match. He has been replaced by Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
Batting first, Punjab lost openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to Bangalore quick Umesh Yadav and never recovered from those blows as they were shot out for 88. In reply, Bangalore coasted to a 10-wicket win in 8.1 overs.
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Following their 118-run partnership, RCB skipper Kohli took to Twitter to praise the South African stalwart.
“Have always loved batting with this guy. Makes things simpler for the person at the other end. Today was yet another special partnership. Glad to finish on a winning note,” the India skipper wrote on Twitter.
Have always loved batting with this guy. Makes things simpler for the person at the other end. Today was yet another special partnership. Glad to finish on a winning note. #DDvRCB #IPL2018 @ABdeVilliers17 pic.twitter.com/rY71VVbbAB— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 12, 2018
The Proteas ace returned the compliment in his column for the Times of India.
“After the loss of two early wickets, Virat Kohli and I found ourselves batting together, something we both enjoy,” De Villiers wrote.
“I battled at first, struggling to find my timing; it has been hard to regain my rhythm after falling ill and missing a couple of matches, but it was great to see Virat driving the ball for six over extra cover and then whipping another maximum over mid-wicket.
“He is so skillful and determined, a force of nature at the crease and, ball by ball, he helped me get back into the game until I could start to make a contribution, playing my part as we reached our target with an over to spare.”
Kings XI Punjab take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the the IPL at Indore on Monday. The game is a must-win for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers if they have any aspirations of making the playoff.
For Kings XI, although the game isn’t a must-win, a loss could undo all the good work they have done in the first-half of the campaign. With two consecutive losses on the bounce, another on Monday could see the side face a five-way race for two playoff spots.
For Ravichandran Ashwin and his Kings XI, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman’s fitness will be a huge concern coming into the crunch clash. The 17-year-old had to leave the field after being struck on the bowling hand by a fierce shot in the side’s loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.
The teenager has been highly impressive with the ball in his debut IPL season and it could be a huge loss for the hosts if he is unable to take the field at Indore. If the Afghan man is unable to play on Monday, it could mean a return into the line-up for Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
Kohli faces a dilemma when it comes to Quinton de Kock. The South African wicket-keeper has missed the side’s last few matches after returning home to attend a wedding.
De Kock is back with the franchise now but with Parthiv Patel donning the wicket-keeping gloves in his absence, Kohli could opt to persist with England all-rounder Moeen Ali in the line-up instead of reinstating the South African.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mujeeb ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Barinder Sran
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal