Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League, here tonight
Kings XI Punjab Axar Patel with team mates celebrate the wicket of RCB batsman Shane Watson during the IPL 10 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday. Pic/PTI
Royal Challengers Bangalore's nightmarish IPL 2017 campaign continued with Kings XI Punjab managing to defend their small total as they beat RCB by 19 runs in the Indian Premier League encounter at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.
Chasing 139 to win, Bangalore faltered and kept losing wickets at regular interval as barring opener Mandeep Singh (46 off 40 balls with 5 boundaries and 2 sixes) no other batsman could stand his ground.
The much vaunted RCB batting crumbled once again to be bowled out for 119 only.
Sandeep Sharma (3/22 in 4 overs) removed Chris Gayle, skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to set up the match for KXIP. Axar (3/11 in 3 overs) also got his share of scalps. Skipper Glenn Maxwell and Mohit Sharma got couple of wickets each.
KXIP now has 10 points from 10 games and keep their chances of making the IPL playoffs alive while RCB stay put at last position with 5 points from 11 games.
Kings XI Punjab owner and Bollywood actor Preity Zinta (R) and her spouse Gene Goodenough cheer for their team during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday. Pic/AFP
Earlier, Bangalore restricted Punjab to 138/7 in their allotted 20 overs with only Axar Patel (38 not out) and Manan Vohra (25) managing to take Punjab to what ultimately was a defendable score.
Punjab got off to a poor start as openers Hashim Amla (1) and Martin Guptill (9) were sent back to the pavilion inside five overs.
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 packing 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.
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 Axar 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 Agency Inputs)