The schedule for the first two weeks of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League has already been announced. While the matches begin from 23rd March, the first match will be between the reigning champion Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
While CSK had a glorious return to the IPL after two year-sabbatical, it was not an easy ride for RCB. They struggled a bit, especially towards the end, and missed the playoffs by only two points. Nonetheless, RCB remains a strong team, both on paper and off it.
With IPL only under a month away, here are the three biggest victories of RCB in IPL:
3Royal Challenger Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Royal Challengers, after having made an awkward start to their 2018 IPL campaign with defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders, CSK, and Mumbai Indians. However, they found form after the crucial defeat of Delhi Daredevils. Although everyone had expected RCB to put on a solid show in their next match against KXIP, no one had thought that they could outclass the latter.
After opting to bowl first, RCB bowled with great intent and aggression. Umesh Yadav dismissed the home team’s openers in the fifth over followed by another wicket in the following over by Karun Nair. That was the turning point for the Kings, as they kept losing wickets on regular intervals to reduce from 36-0 to 88-10.
Skipper Virat Kohli (48*) and Parthiv Patel (40*) then came in the second innings to finish off the task. The 10-wicket win, thus, became one of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s biggest victories in the IPL history.