IPL 2018 | New Royal Challengers Bangalore is exciting: AB de Villiers

09 April 2018, 12:36 | Kristine Mills

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Kolkata side has got Lynn, Russell, Narine, and Johnson in form of foreign players.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have collated perhaps the most impressive group of A-grade talent. It needed a big decision from Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik and he handed the ball to Nitish Rana.

Narine brought up his fifty in 17 balls only to perish two balls later without adding to the tally, his wicket pocketed by Umesh Yadav.

Vinay Kumar was wayward with the new ball and McCullum made most of it smashing him for 14 runs in the first over that included two fours and one six.

KKR took wickets at regular intervals but in the last over, Mandeep's pyrotechnics guided RCB to a fighting total at the packed Eden Gardens.

Last year's two of the most successful spinners in global cricket- Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) will play a major role in their respective teams.

He lost his partner, Chris Lynn (five) in the same over but he remained unperturbed and went berserk in the fourth over of Chris Woakes who was hammered for 6-4-4-6. With new and improved upgrades in the side like McCullum, de Kock, Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav, to go with the retained core of Kohli, de Villiers, Chahal and Sarfaraz Khan, RCB will look to get off on a winning note.

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Writing in his column for Times of India, De Villiers said the ongoing season of the cash-rich league was his eighth with RCB. He went to the pavilion by scoring 43 runs from 26 balls.

Kolkata are without fast bowler Mitchell Starc but have decent cover in the pace bowling department.

De Villiers (44, 23b, 1x4, 5x6), judging every ball to perfection until that moment, top-edged a pull to mid-wicket.

KKR vs RCB Final Scorecard. After his departure, there were quick-fire innings from the bat of Rishabh Pant (28) and Chris Morris (27), but in the end that didn't prove enough at the end of the day.

Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not.

After McCullum's dismissal, AB de Villiers took the centerstage and played some breathtaking shots.

Kohli and Co. finished at the bottom of the pile last time and since the start of the IPL have come close to laying their hands on the elusive trophy thrice - in 2009, 2011 and 2016.



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