Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore - IPL 5 - Bangalore beat Punjab – Live Cricket Score and Update
Kings XI Punjab 163/6 (20/20 ov) v RCB 166/5 (19.3/20 ov) - Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
On Friday, in the 25th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers from Royal Challengers Bangalore singlehandedly incinerated Kings XI Punjab by handing them a beating of five wickets with three deliveries remaining at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Chasing a staggering total of 163 runs posted by Punjab, Bangalore had Gayle and de Villiers to thank for the successful run chase as the duo not only batted superbly, but also humiliated Punjab for not managing to defend a favourable total.
Gayle who was named as the Player of the Match after his nifty innings of 87 runs said, “Ball came on to the bat, wanted to keep my cool, AB came on and played wonderfully, good win and looking to Rajasthan next. Yes, there should be some protection for the umpires and the fans in the stadium, you don't want a loose ball hitting you. Thank god no-one got hit today.”
However, the run chase was not easy, as Bangalore lost three early wickets with only 25 runs on the board, before Gayle and de Villiers took matters into their own hands in order to save their side from losing to Punjab.
Right-arm medium pacer, Parvinder Awana, was the best bowler from Punjab with four wickets to his name in four overs.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Punjab were made to bat first and were under pressure as they came in the match without regular captain Adam Gilchrist, who sat out due to an injury he picked up in the last match.
The absence of Gilly was felt when both openers were back in the pavilion with only 27 runs on the board.
It was then a brave innings from stand-in skipper David Hussey, who belted 41 runs to prevent his side from faltering on a total below hundred runs, and later it was the blitz of an innings by Azhar Mahmood that helped the team post a decent total as he hammered 33 runs off just 14 deliveries.