Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) continued their impressive run to register their second win on the trot to outgun Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets despite AB de Villiers splendid innings of 89 runs in the first half of the game.
AB de Villiers made his first appearance for Royal Challengers Bangalore after recovering well from a back strain before the start of the competition. He replaced Chris Gayle for this game as the batting lineup as a whole has done poorly in the first few games.
De Villiers started slowly as he scored 31 runs off 28 balls and spent time at the crease while the wickets fell at the other end. He certainly pushed up a gear or two to score 58 off 18 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore register 148 runs from 20 overs. RCB scored 77 runs in the last five overs largely due to dazzling stroke play by de Villiers to smash bowlers to all parts of the ground. The rest of the batting lineup were woeful to say the least as Kedhar Jadhav, Shane Watson and others failed to create an impact with the bat.
Kings XI Punjab showed the way with the bat as Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra produced solid opening stand of 62 runs in 5.6 overs. Vohra played well for his 34 runs off 21 balls but was trapped right in front by New Zealand medium pacer Kyle Mills to see Kings XI lose their first wicket. Amla looked unflustered at the crease as he scored unbeaten 58 runs off 38 balls and added 72 runs with Glenn Maxwell to steer Kings XI to victory in the 14th over by eight wickets. Maxwell’s showed form with the willow again as he scored unbeaten 43 runs off 22 balls. He smashed four sixes in his innings and never allowed to bowlers to settle into some sort of rhythm.
Kings XI Punjab is certainly on a roll and has caught everyone by surprise in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore have now conceded their second defeat in three games played as the side is missing key players from the lineup at the moment.