IPL 2018 witnessed another last over finish and this time it came between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. He confirms no change in his line-up. The frustration and agony worked for Yadav as he bowled with pace and venom and got three wickets in a single over to begin Punjab's slide.
Royal Challengers Bangalore may boast of a batting line-up of heavyweights capable of match-turning blitzkriegs.
De Villiers (57 off 40 balls) played anchor after the early departure of captain Virat Kohli (21), before he chose to take on the bowlers towards the end for some lusty blows.
The night that ended well didn't start so for Bangalore what with one of Punjab's Bangalore players, opener KL Rahul getting off to a fine start.
AB de Villiers, who hit a match-winning 53, went after the young spinner in the 17th over, hitting two sixes to take 19 runs. That left them at 33 for two after Brendon McCullum's dismissal in the first over. Forty-one runs were needed off the last four overs when de Villiers went after Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Zadran).
Quinton de Kock added 45 runs with his willow to give RCB a positive start at the beginning of the innings. With fellow Bangalorean Mayank Agarwal too chipping in, the Punjab board read a more than healthy 32 after three overs. Kohli hit four boundaries for his 21 off 16 balls. Umesh Yadav broke the opening partnership in his first ball of a brilliant over as Mayank Aggarwal walked back to the pavilion. Buttler had hammered two fours and as many sixes in his entertaining knock before being bowled off a slower-ball from Mohammad Shami. Yuvraj just has to take a deep breath and enjoy his cricket and runs will automatically flow.
De Villiers offered some numbers from the past seasons while assessing how RCB fared so poorly in IPL 10.
Finch missed the first game of the season to marry his fiancee, Amy, with the Daredevils' Glenn Maxwell standing as best man.
He was also quite impressive in Bangalore's first match against Kolkata Knight Riders claiming 2-27 but he will be remembered for his 3-23 that helped Bangalore gain the upperhand in the match.
The decision to bat Rahul Tripathi at number five continues to baffle the experts as D'Arcy Short was run out once again for a single digit score.