IPL 2018

Umesh, de Villiers star as RCB get off the mark

Scores: Kings XI Punjab 155 all out (KL Rahul 47, R Ashwin 33; Umesh Yadav 3-23) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 159/6 in 19.3 overs (AB de Villiers 57, Quinton de Kock 45; R Ashwin 2-30) by four wickets.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 4 wkts
Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav – Player of the Match: I was backing myself and my strengths, bowling quick at the stumps. Whatever you want, you do it is what Kohli and the coach tells. They want me to bowl with pace and attack the stumps, and not worry about the variations. This pitch was slow; Kolkata pitch was quick, where the back of a length ball was kicking. If you bowl on a length here then the ball was skidding and that helped me. I think I enjoyed Yuvraj Singh’s wicket the most.

AB de Villiers: Really wanted to get over the line. Wanted to be not out in the end but feel sorry that I got out and put pressure on the lower order batsmen. I love guiding the team to victory being unbeaten, unfortunately couldn’t do that. Anyways, credit to their bowling unit. The wicket was little bit on the slower side and Yuzi (Chahal) and Sundar bowled well. They got the important wickets and got the momentum our way at half stage. It’s a really special place to play cricket – the Chinnaswamy. Get a lot of crowd support here. We didn’t have a good season last year but we are going to make up for it this year.

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