Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) posted a total of 202 runs for the loss of four wickets in the first innings against Kings XI Punjab in the 42nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in Bengaluru’s M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Winning the toss, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin opted to bowl first.

Bangalore openers Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel got the side off to a steady start in the initial overs. However, they failed to sustain the momentum losing their wickets soon after. Bangalore batsmen Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali departed cheaply soon after with Bangalore seemingly in a spot of bother.

Proteas batsman AB de Villiers and Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis helped lead the side on to a steady total at this stage, stitching a partnership of over 100 runs. AB de Villiers was the leading run-scorer, scoring 82 runs off 44 deliveries in an innings comprising of three boundaries and seven sixes. Stoinis provided quality support at the other end, scoring 46 runs off 34 deliveries after a slow start early on.

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Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), A.B. de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Lokesh Rahul (wicketkeeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami.