Cape Town - The Kings XI Punjab were royally thumped by 138 runs by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
The supersport.com website reports that Chris Gayle (117 off 57 balls) inspired Bangalore to 226 for three after George Bailey had won the toss and elected to field first and then Mitchell Starc and Sreenath Aravind shared eight wickets as the Kings XI were steam-rolled for just 88 inside 14 overs. Such was the manner of the defeat that without Gayle’s ton, Punjab would still have lost by 21 runs.
Bailey joked at the toss that he would not want to chase 250 but he jest was not far off as Gayle, who picked up the man of the match award, and Virat Kohli tore into the Punjabi attack, bringing up their 50-run stand off 25 balls as the Caribbean master-blaster smashed four boundaries and four maximums to bring up his half century off just 22 balls.
Gayle was given two lives on 27 and 53 but went on to smash seven boundaries and 12 maximums before being brilliantly caught and bowled by the slow left-arm spinner, Axar Patel (4-0-50-1), but was dominant in the opening stand of 119 off 73 balls after Kohli had departed for a timid 32 off 30 balls.
AB de Villiers joined in the party, after Kohli had been clean bowled by Sandeep Sharma (4-0-41-2), and smashed the attack to all parts of the ground, ending on 47 not out off only 24 balls with three boundaries and four maximums while sharing in a second-wicket stand of 71 off 37 balls with Gayle.
The chase was always going to be difficult for a side that have not passed the 150-run mark in their last four outings and were soon in trouble when David Wiese pulled off a brilliant forward-diving catch in the covers to dismiss Manan Vohra (two) off the bowling of Starc (4-0-15-4). Seven of the Kings XI batsmen were clean bowled with Starc claiming three and Aravind (4-0-27-4) claiming three as well. His second wicket of Wriddhiman Saha (13) was well-caught by Kohli fielding at mid-on.
Patel tried valiantly with an unbeaten and defiant 40 off 21 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, but all the walls were falling around him. Such was the decimation in the middle that the Kings XI found half their batsmen back in the hut at the end of the Power-Play with only 34 runs on the board.
The victory moves RCB into third spot on the IPL log after 10 games, level on points with the Kolkata Knight Riders, but with a far better net run-rate. The Kings XI remain rock-bottom on the log with just four points – a big disappointment after finishing top last season and losing finalists.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: CH Gayle, V Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, KD Karthik (wicketkepper), SN Khan, D Wiese, MA Starc, HV Patel, YS Chahal, S Aravind
Kings XI Punjab: M Vijay, M Vohra, GJ Maxwell, DA Miller, GJ Bailey (captain), WP Saha (wicketkeeper), AR Patel, MG Johnson, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Karanveer Singh