The trend of winning the toss and putting the opposition to bat first continued, Kohli opted to bowl first. Finch replaced Miller in the Punjab team.
Mayank Agarwal, who had an incredible domestic season gave a decent start for the team before he miscued an outside off delivery to de Kock. Rahul stood there at the other end, witnessed Umesh Yadav rattle the batsmen. Yadav was in a ‘royal’ touch, picked three wickets in an over. Rahul and Nair added important runs to the total, but Sundar was too good for Rahul.
Khejroliya returned and provided RCB with a wicket of Nair. Captain Ashwin showcased his batting skills, smashed 33 off 21. In the last few overs, instead of trying to take ones and twos, the tail-ender tried to score big but failed.
For a team like RCB, that bat deep on a bouncy track against the bowling attack that comprises of spinners, the chase was always going to be easy. Yet, Punjab bowlers were right on the money. They didn’t give away much, kept the run-rate high. McCullum got out for a golden duck. De Kock and Kohli created an important partnership, but for the second time in a row, Kohli was bowled by a spinner. De Villiers and De Kock took the team near to the victory. Mandeep Singh, down the order, made sure De Villiers got the maximum strike after De Kock’s departure. After De Villiers’ and Mandeep’s dismissal the match went down to the wire. In the final over, RCB needed five runs. Sundar played a beautiful uppercut and a four through the covers to take RCB home. The Punjab bowlers, except Mohit Sharma everyone was economical, among the wickets as well.
Umesh Yadav was awarded the man of the match for his excellent spell of 3 for 23.