New Delhi| Jagran Sports Desk: Even as Kings XI managed to register an eight-wicket win over Royal Bangalore Challengers, it appeared that the team was struggling in the death overs of the game. KXIP struggled to get two runs from the last over bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, taking it all the way down to the last ball. The first two were dot balls after which Gayle managed to get off strike. After another dot ball, Rahul hit the ball straight to cover and ran for the single. Gayle didn’t make it to his end and was run out which left new batsman Nicholas Pooran needing to score a run off the last ball for KXIP to avoid a Super Over.

Speaking at the post-match event, RCB skipper Virat Kohli also expressed surprise over the delay in Punjab side's win given they had wickets in hand and very little to score. "We thought the game might finish in the 18th over but it went down to the wire, "he said in the post-match event. Even Twitter users pointed out that the KL Rahul-led side could have finished the game in the 18th over only.

 Fearing heartbreak

It could have cost the match

It's RCB that's lost the game

Punjab almost choked

Putting to much pressure on themselves

Before that, however, KXIP put up a clinical show. The opening partnership of Mayank and Rahul performed once again as they put up 78 runs. Agarwal fell to Chahal after which Gayle joined Rahul and put up 93 runs for the second wicket. Earlier, Isuru Udana (10) and Chris Morris (25) smashed 24 off the last over to take RCB to 171/6 wickets. Captain Virat Kohli was the highest scorer for them with 48 off 39 balls.

(With IANS inputs)

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha