The game was evenly poised and Royal Challengers Bangalore were slowly sneaking into the game with 3 quiet overs and something big was needed from the 2 KXIP batsmen at the crease and that is when the KXIP captain KL Rahul decided enough is enough and smacked 2 meaty blows to fetch 15 runs from an over of Mohammad Siraj that included 2 consecutive maximums to pull things back in control.
There are no more run feasts in Sharjah as the wickets have slowed down and the batsmen are finding it difficult to put bat to ball because of the lack of pace in the wicket. The UAE wickets are showing their true colors after reacting well in the first leg of the tournament.
It is safe to say that Mohammad Siraj was the difference between the win and the loss for RCB as he gave a whopping 44 runs from his 3 overs on a wicket that was helping the bowling to a great deal.
KXIP were chasing 172 runs for their victory and after getting a brisk start from their openers, Mayank Agarwal was cleaned up by Yuzvendra Chahal and that is when RCB tied things down to comeback into the game. RCB gave just 32 runs from overs 7 to 11 and the required rate went past over 9 runs.
The 12th over was bowled by Mohammad Siraj and after bowling 4 good balls, he gifted 2 length deliveries to KL Rahul who accepted it with both hands and converted them into sixes.
The universe BOSS Chris Gayle played his first game since January 2020 and announced his arrival with a bang as he scored a watchful 53 off 45 balls and helped his side to go past the finishing line. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 61 off 49 balls.
The tournament is wide open as all the teams are very much intact for a spot in the playoffs.