Gayle's return lifts Punjab to last-ball win over RCB in IPL

  • Gayle's return lifts Punjab to last-ball win over RCB in IPL

Gayle's return lifts Punjab to last-ball win over RCB in IPL

KXIP, on the other hand, have lost six out of their seven games and are tottering at the bottom of the points table.

Not even a dozen batsmen have hit the last-ball for a six in IPL to win a match.

It was only KXIP's second win in the tournament and Rahul admitted it has been frustrating for the team to lose some close matches. We wanted this win to get some confidence in the group. "Towards the end it got too close for comfort but happy that we made it". He was training hard, he wanted be out on the park. "There are ups and downs and this has been the kind of rollercoaster that's been insane but on a positive note we needed this win". "It's my first time as captain, for me it's always about winning", Rahul said.

"It was a tough call to make and not make him play". "I thought I had it in the bag but unusual things happen in cricket". It was a good innings, first in IPL and now I can make myself available for 2021.

And then Gayle got run out.

The pair shared a second-wicket stand of 93 after Mayank Agarwal had struck 45 off 25 balls, to help steer Kings XI to their victory target of 172.

"The team asked me to do a job and I deliver, openers have been batting well and we didn't want to trouble that, Mayank and the captain have given us some good starts right through, the win was more important for the team. It is an honour, they've kept me and I have stayed on", said Kohli during the toss.

"It was quite surprising, we thought the game might finish in the 18th", Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said.

In a direct plea to de Villiers, Shastri added: "The game in these trying times or otherwise needs you back in the worldwide arena and out of retirement". Things became interesting to be honest.

"The bowl was coming out well, I was watching the previous games which were played on this wicket, even, watched the last game which RCB played and how their spinners bowled".

Mohammed Shami took out AB de Villiers on two and Kohli two balls later on 48 and Bangalore were only 137 for six after 18 overs.

"We had a chat, it (AB batting at no, 6) was a message about the left-hand, right-hand combination".

The South African's adventure proved short-lived as he sliced Mohammad Shami to extra cover to fall for two off five balls and two deliveries later Kohli departed within sight of his fifty, the skipper deceived by a Shami slower-ball bouncer that took the glove and deflected behind to KL Rahul. "Having 170 [171/6] was a decent score", Kohli added. The idea was to let them (Shivam Dube and Sundar) to get their eye in. But we were not able to put them under pressure. "Really happy that we won a game and it is about repeating it game after game", Ashwin said at the post-match press conference.