Dharamsala: Piyush Chawla took 4 wickets after Adam Gilchrist's 55-ball 106 as Kings XI Punjab crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 111 runs in Dharamsala.
Adam Gilchrist needed one defining knock in IPL 4, one which would make his season and measure up to his stature. It came against table toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore, a blistering 106 off 55 balls which had eight fours and nine sixes, one of which went into the valley past the upper tiers beyond the mid-wicket boundary.
His second IPL ton and his record-shattering second-wicket stand with fellow Aussie Shaun Marsh, worth 206, took Kings XI Punjab to the season's highest 232/2.
And when Gayle was taken out by Ryan Harris for a duck in the second over of the RCB reply as the visitors chased an improbable target, the contest was as good as over. RCB meandered along to 121 all out in 17 overs to lose by a whopping 111 runs. A buoyant Kings XI, who won their fourth game on the trot, stay at fifth in the points table. They are breathing down KKR's neck and you cannot fault them for harbouring high hopes of making the playoffs. They play their last league game against Deccan Chargers on Sunday.
The Gilchrist-Marsh tango was the biggest in all T20 cricket, comfortably overshadowing the 186 Justin Langer and Cameron White put together for Somerset against Gloucestershire in 2006. Marsh (79 not out, 49b, 7x4, 5x6) was more than a good foil for his captain and played his part in the merciless dismantling of the Royal Challengers Bangalore attack.
Ryan Harris scalped Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli in his successive overs as Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a bad start in pursuit of a 233-run victory target in their IPL match at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
Adam Gilchrist took a good diving catch to dismiss Chris Gayle for a duck off Harris in the second over and in the next over Dinesh Karthik caught a flying edge off Kohli's bat to give Harris his second wicket.
Bangalore lost their third wicket when Shalabh Srivastava had Saurabh Tiwary caught by David Hussey at mid-wicket.
Bangalore lost their fourth wicket in the next over when Paul Valthaty had Asad Pathan caught by Hussey in the covers.
Piyush Chawla then had Mohammad Kaif stumped by Gilchrist to reduce Bangalore to 72/5.
Earlier, Gilchrist's 55-ball 106 and Shaun Marsh's 49-ball 79 powered Punjab to 232/2.
Punjab registered the highest score in IPL 4 thanks to the 206-run partnership between Gilchrist and Marsh that came off just 98 balls.
Gilchrist reached his second IPL century off 53 balls and was dismissed when he edged a Charl Langeveldt delivery to Chris Gayle at short third man in the last over of the Punjab innings.
Marsh, who reached his fifty off 34 balls, hit 30 runs in an over by Johan van der Wath that came through 3 sixes and 3 fours.
Gilchrist hit a 25-ball half-century to take Punjab's score over the 100-run mark in the tenth over.
Gilchrist hit two consecutive sixes off Gayle and three consecutive sixes off Langeveldt to accelerate Punjab's innings.
Langeveldt gave Royal Challengers an early breakthrough when he had Paul Valthaty caught by Saurabh Tiwary at mid-off in the fourth over
Valthaty hit a six and 2 fours in his 17-ball 20 before falling to Langeveldt.
The breakthrough came after Gilchrist won the toss and chose to bat.
Punjab brought in Abhishek Nayar for Bhargav Bhatt.
Bangalore replaced Luke Pomerscbach and Zaheer Khan with Johan van der Wath and Asad Pathan.
Kings XI Punjab 232 for 2 (Gilchrist 106, Marsh 79*)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 121 (Chawla 4-17)
Results Kings XI Punjab won by 111 runs
MOM Adam Gilchrist (Kings XI Punjab)
Points Kings XI Punjab 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0