Indore : Kings XI Punjab dished out a superb allround performance to thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight-wickets, despite a scintillating knock by comebackman AB de Villiers, during an IPL encounter here today.
Electing to bat, RCB rode on de Villiers’ unbeaten 46- ball 89-run unconquered innings laced with as many as nine sixes and three fours to post a modest 148-4 after being reduced to 22-3 in 5 overs.
Chasing the target, Manan Vohra (34) and Amla (58) gave Punjab a flying start, sharing 62 off 35 balls for the opening wicket before Tymal Mills put the breaks by getting rid off the former in the sixth over.
Vohra hit four boundaries and a six in his 21-ball innings before being trapped leg before by Mills.
New man Axar Patel (9) too didn’t stay longer as after hitting a six off Iqbal Abdulla, he was flummoxed by Yuzvendra Chahal with a googly and ended up being clean bowled in the ninth over.
However, it didn’t affect Punjab’s runchase as Amla and skipper Glenn Maxwell never took their foot off the accelerator and kept dealing in boundaries to overhaul the target, reaching 150-2 in 14.3 overs.
Amla’s unbeaten 38-ball 58-run innings was studded with four boundaries and three sixes, while Maxwell hit some lusty blows in his 22-ball 43-run innings as Punjab notched up their second win in IPL 10.
For Punjab, Varun Aaron (2/21) snapped up two wickets, while Sandeep Sharma (1/26) and Axar Patel (1/12) picked one wicket each.
Earlier, RCB found themselves in a spot of bother early in the innings but de Villiers shared 46 runs off 49 balls with Mandeep Singh (28) for the 4th wicket to steady the innings.
Left-arm spinner Patel started the bowling attack for Punjab and he struck the first blow, dismissing opener Shane Watson (1) in the last ball of the first over itself. Looking to play a cut shot, Watson ended up dragging the ball on to his stumps.
de Villiers, who replaced West Indies’ destructive batsman Chris Gayle in the team, produced the first six of the match in the third over when he blasted Mohit Sharma over extra cover.
However, other opener Vishnu Vinod (7) also tried to get into the act in the next over off Sandeep Sharma but he was cramped for room and ended up giving a simple catch to Maxwell at the long-on boundary.
In the next over, Aaron trapped Kedar Jadhav (1) infront of wicket as Bangalore were reduced to 22-3 in five overs.
After a few quiet overs, de Villiers plundered a six and a four to accumulate 13 runs off young left-arm seamer T Natarajan in the ninth over to help RCB reach 47 for 3.
de Villiers and Mandeep kept dealing in ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking before Aaron dismissed the Jalandhar batsman in the 14th over with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha taking a brilliant catch.
In the 16th over, de Villiers slammed Aaron over mid-off to pick up his second six off the innings. The South African then smashed Marcus Stoinis over deep midwicket twice in the next over to bring up his fifty.
Stuart Binny then got into the act and clobbered a six and a four off Mohit before de Villiers blasted another six between the long-on and deep midwicket area.
de Villiers then smashed a four and successive sixes off Sandeep to amass 19 runs. Mohit then bowled four good balls in the last over before the South African ended the innings with two lusty blows.