IPL 10 RCB vs KXIP: Bangalore continues poor show with bat; Punjab wins by 19 runs
Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued its batting woes in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League, as they were bundled up for 119 runs in 19 overs by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) en route to a small target of 139 runs at the M Chinnaswamy ground here on Friday.
Defending a low total of 138 runs, Punjab registered a dominant 19-run victory by defusing all the explosive batsmen of the RCB batting line-up.
Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel were the stars of the show with three wickets each. Patel returned figures of 3/11 in three overs while Sandeep took 3/22 in four.
Sandeep Sharma was awarded the man of the match award as he sent back RCB’s most dangerous batsmen – Chris Gayle (0), Virat Kohli (6) and AB de Villiers (10).
The win keeps Punjab in the running for a spot in the play-offs as they have 10 points from an equal number of matches, while RCB have been knocked out of the reckoning as they have a mere five points from 12 matches.
Except for opener Mandeep Singh who made 46 runs off 40 balls before being bowled by Glenn Maxwell, none of the RCB batsmen could tackle the Punjab bowlers. The dominance of the Punjab bowlers can be gauged from the fact that only three RCB batsmen could reach double figures.
Earlier, RCB restricted Kings XI Punjab to 138/7. Axar Patel played a scintillating 38-run unbeaten inning off only 17 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes, which could be seen as the main difference between the two sides. Manan Vohra also played a crucial inning of 25 runs off 28 balls.
KXIP got off to a poor start as openers Hashim Amla (1) and Martin Guptill (9) were sent back to the pavilion inside five overs when there were only 12 runs on the board.
Amla was dismissed by medium pacer Aniket Choudhary on the penultimate ball of the first over and Guptill was dismissed by Sreenath Aravind in the fourth over.
With 18/2 in 3.3 overs, Marsh and Vohra tried to stabilise the innings and they were almost successful but after adding 21 runs in 3.3 overs the latter was sent back by spinner Pawan Negi. In his 17-ball knock Marsh slammed three boundaries.
Vohra, who seemed good at the middle was also dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 12th over. Vohra's 28-ball knock was laced with one boundary and one six.
KXIP Skipper Glen Maxwell (6) also failed to rise to the occasion as he was also dismissed by Chahal in the very next over.
Middle-order batsmen Wriddhiman Shah (21)and Patel then forged a 34-run partnership to help the visitors to get past the 100-run mark.
But soon, Shah, who played 25 balls and slammed one boundary, was bowled by Shane Watson in the 18th over.
In the very next over, new batsman Mohit Sharma (6) was also dismissed with the scoreboard reading 119/7.
The last over saw some boundaries from Patel but that was not enough for Punjab to post a challenging total.
For Bangalore, Choudhary and Chahal scalped two wickets each while Aravind Watson and Negi chipped in with one wicket each.
With IANS Inputs