Stoinis: Batting with AB de Villiers makes job easier

Nathan Coulter-Nile IPL 2019 RCB

Coulter-Nile has also server two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders

"As it was his team's first offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh", the IPL said in a statement.

"We are not thinking about finals and that sort of is just about each game now, we can't afford to get too far ahead of ourselves, it is good to get started, we will take next game as it comes and hopefully we will win few on's still a long season", he said.

Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a steady start in pursuit of 174 runs.

After losing six straight matches, the Royal Challengers opened their account in their previous match against Kings XI Punjab.

An Instagram by Dale Steyn showing an Indian visa lead to speculation that the fast bowler is returning to RCB.

Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb runchase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation. Yuzvendra Chahal got the better of Rahul to draw the first blood. Against Delhi Capitals, barring Kohli's 33-ball 41 and Moeen Ali's 18-ball 32 cameo, RCB's ordinary batting display took the side to a modest 149/8, a target which was easily achieved by DC.

On RCB finally getting a win, he added: "Yes, I was telling Gary (Kirsten) that I had brought two points for the side after my recent trip and we got it today (chuckles)". "When you have clarity, you can take your chances better. We knew if we bowled decently to him, we might restrict them", said Kohli at the post-match presentation. Couple of nights ago the Punjab franchise lost from a winning position against the Mumbai Indians, where Kieron Pollard bludgeoned 83 off 31 balls dishing out some severe beating for Kings XI bowlers.

Previously, Chris Gayle single-handedly powered Kings XI Punjab 173 runs for the loss of four wickets. So is it Steyn to the rescue of Kohli and his men remains to be seen.

"After so many setbacks, the guys had desire". Among others, Ankit Rajpoot, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye would also look to provide depth to the Kings XI bowling.

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