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Both started well before Umesh Yadav came in the fourth over and took the wickets of Agarwal (15) Finch (0) and Yuvraj Singh (4) inside that over. Brendon McCullum got out for a duck in his last outing and if all four manage to click then it could mean curtains for RR.

Ability needs to be backed by execution and Umesh Yadav explained how he got prolific Karnataka batsman Agarwal and the other two KXIP batsmen on Friday.

Preview: Bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) will take on third-placed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Friday. They both lost their respective openers against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Quinton de Kock had played a handy knock earlier with a 34-ball 45 (7x4, 1x6).

Skipper Virat Kohli will be also looking to score big this time against KXIP.

Mandeep Singh denied Ashwin a hat-trick, and began the rebuilding process along with de Villiers. Though Quinton de Kock silently promised RCB's chase would not hit the bumpy road with some lovely strokeplay, Ashwin brought back the visitors into the game with two wickets in a single over.

India's star spinner in limited overs cricket Yuzvendra Chahal is also 11/4 but the pick is Chris Woakes at 3/1. Punjab played their first game against Delhi and won the game.

The Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore 6-159 (De Villiers 57, Ashwin 2-30) defeated Kings XI Punjab 10-155 (Rahul 47, Umesh 3-23) by four wickets. Chris Gayle is not playing today.

Who will make it 2 in a row? Since this line-up has a lot of people batting out of order, it is vital that Buttler did justice to his role down the order where he seemed comfortable. Once again, they would be relying on Umesh Yadav who has bowled with hostility and control in the opening two games and has accounted for some big names already. Pacers Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye will also look to put in a good performance.

Bangalore's bowling has always been talked about as their weakness and Virat Kohli was adamant that things will change during this season and finally his bowlers backed him up. Kings XI raced to 32 in the first three overs and RCB needed to stop them before they could run away with the game. Out of the games played between the sides, two were abandoned due to rains. Only Ashwin batted with confidence and got 33 to his name to take Punjab to 155. It's very important to have wickets in hand while batting first. If someone hits you straight for six, it's fine by me.' Since our camp started, that is what we have worked on.

While the flamboyant Virat Kohli-led Bangalore bolstered by power hitting batsmen AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum will look to seal the first victory in the lucrative season.

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