IPL 2017: AB de Villiers Leaves RCB to Return Home to Family

Punjab keep playoff hopes alive with win over RCB

Kings rule over Royals in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have not had the best of seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year and AB de Villiers has been at the forefront of their failure, scoring only 216 runs in this edition.

"You don't expect people to get 105 in six overs".

Skipper Suresh Raina made 39 and Dinesh Karthik was not out on 35 to keep them on track for a morale-boosting win which came in a nervy final over and condemned the Kings XI to their sixth defeat in 11 matches.

Lynn (50) announced his comeback with a six and two fours in the first over that set the tone.

The win moved Kolkata up to second in the table, level on points with Rising Pune Supergiant but ahead on net run rate.

As it is when the two teams met last, RCB were blown away for the lowest-ever total in IPL history.

After the openers departed, Colin de Grandhomme scored 31 while Gautam Gambhir contributed 14 runs. Mandeep (52) and Head then stitched 71 runs for the fourth wicket to take the score past 150-run mark. Kohli was dropped on two by Chawla off Umesh Yadav, but in the next ball, was trapped leg before.

Even though Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi were sent packing for eight and five runs respectively, Head guided the Royal Challengers to 158/6 off their 20 overs thank to his unbeaten knock of 75, which came off 47 deliveries and included three boundaries and five sixes.

Talking about the player, the captain of the team, Gautam Gambhir said that he feels that Lynn is the hardest hitter of the ball in worldwide cricket at the moment.

Virat Kohli, who was on tremendous form for India during the 13-Test long season, has been unable to haul RCB out of their current slumber, something that has attracted more criticism. The change of pace did the trick as Kohli was beaten by Yadav's delivery to be out LBW.

Lynn was equally devastating and hit a 21-ball half century to destroy the RCB attack.

The duo batted through a rain-forced break of over 30 minutes with Mandeep reaching to his fifty shortly after resumption.

While Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Travis Head was on the receiving end of Lynn's brutal knock, the Australian was full of praise for his national teammate, who he will soon be playing alongside at the Champions Trophy in England.

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