Kings XI Punjab 155 in 19.2 overs (KL Rahul 47, R Ashwin 33, Umesh Yadav 3-23) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 159-6 in 19.3 overs (AB de Villiers 57, Quinton de Kock 45, R Ashwin 2-30) by 4 wickets.
AB de Villiers struck a fluent half century as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets to bring up their first win of the Indian Premier League at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
De Villiers (57 off 40 balls) played anchor after the early departure of captain Virat Kohli (21), before he decided to take on the bowlers towards the end for some lusty blows. Despite a late hiccup, Bangalore chased down their target of 156 with three balls to spare.
This was after the Bangalore bowlers, led by pacer Umesh Yadav – who took three wickets in an over – had shot out Punjab for 155 after Kohli opted to field first. De Villiers hit two fours and four sixes in his knock. He was out in the 18th over but had taken the match to the threshold of victory.
Bangalore’s run chase did not have the best of starts as Brendon McCullum got out in the second ball of the innings for a golden duck. Kohli was looking good in the company of Quinton de Kock (45), rotating the strike and getting the occasional boundaries till he was bowled by a beauty of a delivery by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, which went through the gate.
The 17-year-old Afghan off-spinner bowled a googly from the back of the hand to deceive the India captain and got the prized wicket. It pitched outside off and zipped back in sharply, which Kohli tried to drive but missed it completely, only to see his stumps rattled.
De Villiers came in, and in company of compatriot De Kock, steadied the Bangalore innings. The South African duo stitched 54 runs for the third wicket before Punjab captain Ashwin (2/30) took two wickets – that of de Kock and Sarfaraz Khan (0) – in successive deliveries to keep his side in the hunt for a victory.
The home side reached 109 for 4 at the end of 15 overs, needing 47 from the final five over. The 17th over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman turned out to be the game-changer as de Villiers hit two consecutive sixes out of 19 runs from that over.
Man of the Match: Umesh Yadav, for his sensational spell of 4-0-23-3