AB de Villiers goes for the big one. Photo: BCCI
AB de Villiers starred with the bat before Umesh Yadav's splendid performance with the ball as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets to register their first win in this season of the Indian Premier League on Friday.
Chasing 156 for victory, RCB rode on De Villiers' 40-ball 57 to reach the target with 3 balls to spare. The South African superstar was ably supported by Mandeep Singh (22) as the duo shared a 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket to guide the hosts to victory.
RCB had lost 11 consecutive games in which De Villiers had been a part of the side. But the losing streak finally came to an end thanks to Mr 360 himself.
Quinton de Kock also contributed with 45 runs while captain Virat Kohli made 21 runs.
For Kings XI, captain Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 2 wickets while Axar Patel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Andrew Tye got one wicket each.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab were bowled out for 155 after being put into bat by Kohli at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.
Lokesh Rahul (47) and skipper Ravichandra Ashwin (33) were the top scorers for Punjab.
For Bangalore, pacer Umesh Yadav sclaped three wickets while Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya and Washington Sundar took two wickets each.
Put in to bat, Punjab started off on a poor note, losing opener Mayank Agarwal (15), new batsmen Aaron Finch (0) and Yuvraj Singh (4) the fourth over. With the scoreboard reading 32, the Mayank and Finch were dismissed in consecutive balls, while Yuvraj was bowled on the last ball by pacer Umesh Yadav.
Unperturbed by the sudden fall of wickets, opener Lokesh Rahul (47) played sensibly and also hammered the bowlers all around the park before getting out in the 12th over to spinner Washington Sundar. In his 30-ball knock, Rahul slammed two boundaries and four sixes.
Middle-order batsmen Karun Nair (29) and Marcus Stoinis (11) also failed to utilise their starts and got dismissed in the back to back overs to make scorebaord read 102/5.
With their top-five players sitting in dugout, Punjab's lower-order got exposed early. Ashwin (33), however, tried to pace up the innings but in the process the off-spinner also got out in the penultimate over.
Tye (7) and Mujeeb (0) got out cheaply and Punjab only managed 155 runs in 19.2 overs.
Source: India Today