A clinical all-round performance by Kings XI Punjab helped them beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 32 runs. Given RCB’s run at M. Chinnaswamy at half way through it looked like they will go down fighting if not win. But scoreboard pressure got them and RCB never looked in contention for a win.
Sandeep Sharma for one more time handed KXIP with an early momentum removing dangerous but out of form Chris Gayle (4) with a length ball outside off. Sandeep on next ball had Virat Kohli caught behind for a duck. Kohli looking to flick down the leg got a thin edge, umpire hesitantly gave him out but then Kohli was made to wait for some time as 3rd umpire eventually ruled him out.RCBwere two down facing just 14 balls with only eight runs on board.
Parthiv Patel (13)continued to play his shots despite loss of early wickets but he was Sandeep Sharma’s third victim upfront when Mandeep Singh caught him at deep extra cover. Three down with just 26 runs on board read RCB’s scorecard in 6th over.
Sachin Rana came out all guns blazing as he hit two 4s and a six in no time but Akshar Patel’s skidding delivery had better of him as he fell for 18 runs in shape of RCB’s fourth wicket.
Shivam Sharma who was playing his first game troubled Yuvraj Singh with his variation and ultimately Yuvraj (3) looking to break the shackles edged one to Sehwag at first slip off Shivam.RCB lost half its side for just 50 runs.
Albie Morkel (16) was Shivam’s second victim when he top edged his tossed up delivery to backward point. 6 wickets down it looked like AB de Villiers will bat RCB out of trouble once again as he belted bowlers hitting five 6s and a four before he was caught at deep extra cover for 53 off 26 balls. With his wicket any hope of RCB pulling back things drained.
At fall of de Villiers wicket RCB needed 74 from 26 balls with three wickets in hand and no proper batsman around. Mitchell Starc (29) and Varun Aaron (17*) tried their hand at everything but all in vain as in 20 overs RCB scored 166-9 well 32 runs short of target.
Sandeep Sharma(3-25) was the one bowler who left RCB devastated scalping top three batsmen. Spinners Akshar Patel (1-22) and Shivam Sharma (2-26) looked good in middle overs. Balaji (2-43) was expensive but picked two wickets while Mitchell Johnson (1-25) was superb once again.
Earlier David Miller powered Kings XI Punjab to 198. After being put to bat first KXIP despite losing wickets at regular intervals kept scoring at a higher rate and that made sure they put up a daunting total on board. Miller played a blistering 66 runs Knock off 29 balls. Virender Sehwag at top looked good but once again failed to convert start into a big innings.
Mitchell Starc (2-43), Harshal Patel (2-56) and Varun Aaron (1-35) were expensive while Albie Morkel (1-20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-23) bowled exceptionally well.
Man of the Match: Sandeep Sharma
BRIEF SCORES: RCB 166-9(de Villiers 53, Sandeep 3-25) lost toKXIP 198-9 (Miller 66, Chahal 2-23) by 32 runs.