Indore: Kings XI Punjab made light work of a 149-run target set by Royal Challengers Bangalore in match no. 8 in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Monday.
Chasing a moderate target, KXIP were bolstered by a Hashim Amla’s unbeaten half-century, and yet another rapid innings from captain Glenn Maxwell which shut the opponents out of the contest.
KXIP, who had earlier won their series opener by 6 wickets against Rising Pune Supergiant, hammered RCB by an even better margin of 8 wickets at their second home ground of Holkar Stadium in Indore. Maxwell, who scored 43 not out, also completed his 1,000 IPL runs
Kings XI Punjab made a rollicking start to the modest chase of 149.
While Hashim Amla played strokes around the ground, Manan Vohra rode his luck to stroke his way to a 21-ball 34, studded with 4 boundaries and 1 six. He added 62 runs for the opening wicket with Amla, and KXIP had another half-century stand, between Amla and Maxwell.
The two senior batsmen put up an unbeaten 72-run stand for the third wicket, after Manan and Akshar Patel (9) were dismissed close to each other.
For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal and Tymal Mills took a wicket each.
Earlier, after missing first two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 89 to steer the home side to 148 for 4.
RCB lost their captain Shane Watson in the first over and then continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. But with AB in the middle, they managed to set up a defendable total against Kings XI Punjab.
Replacing Chris Gayle, De Villiers had a huge responsibility on his shoulders and to a certain extent he did live up to the expectations as he powered Bangalore from 80/4 to 148/4 in last four overs. His innings of 46-balls featured three boundaries and nine maximums.
The right-handed batsman struck a boundary off Sandeep Sharma to get off the mark. In first 28-balls he had just scored 31 runs while in the next 18 balls ‘Mr. 360’ smashed 57 runs.
After losing first three wickets in just five overs, Mandeep and De Villiers anchored Bangalore’s innings and forged a 80 run stand for the fourth wicket while the later added 80 runs with Stuart Binny for the fifth wicket unbeaten partnership. Mandeep, who took pressure off from AB’s shoulders, was dismissed off Varun Aaron as Wriddhiman Saha took a stunner.
He was returning from a back injury, but seemed far from a man returning from a layoff.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 148 for 4 (de Villiers 89*, Aaron 2-21)
Kings XI Punjab - 150 for 2 (Amla 58*, Maxwell 43*, Vohra 34)
Result - Kings XI Punjab won by 8 wickets