Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kings XI Punjab: Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorApril 28, 2014

India's cricketer Virender Sehwag sits during a training session ahead of their  ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 . (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Eranga Jayawardena

Kings XI Punjab maintained their unbeaten start to the 2014 Indian Premier League season with a five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

They recorded their fifth consecutive win in this year's competition at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, chasing down 125 to win with seven balls to spare.

RCB's star-studded batting line-up, who slumped to 5-4 in their last game, again stuttered as they were reduced to 26-4 in the fourth over.

Sandeep Sharma took three wickets and although Bangalore recovered to reach 124-8 and bat out their overs—which they failed to do on Saturday against Rajasthan Royals—it was not enough.

Chris Gayle marked his return to the IPL, after missing the first four games due to a sore back, with a bang as he smashed 20 off Glenn Maxwell's opening over.

However, young seamer Sharma got some movement off the seam to bowl him with his second delivery before getting a generous lbw decision to remove captain Virat Kohli.

After Mitchell Johnson had Yogesh Takawale caught behind, Parthiv Patel offered a routine catch to 'keeper Wriddhiman Saha off Sharma to leave RCB in disarray.

AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh put on 40 for the fifth wicket, but Rishi Dhawan removed the pair for 17 and 35 with Lakshmipathy Balaji bowling Albie Morkel (14) in between.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 124-8 (20 Overs)
Chris Gayleb Sandeep Sharma207285.7122
Parthiv Patelc Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma2728.5700
Virat Kohlilbw Sandeep Sharma42200.0010
Yogesh Takawalec Wriddhiman Saha b Mitchell Johnson070.0000
AB de Villiersc Glenn Maxwell b Rishi Dhawan1715113.3320
Yuvraj Singhc David Miller b Rishi Dhawan3532109.3731
Albie Morkelb Lakshmipathy Balaji1514107.1401
Mitchell Starcb Mitchell Johnson81747.0500
Varun AaronNOT OUT111573.3300
Ashok DindaNOT OUT2540.0000
EXTRAS (nb 1, lb 9)10EXTRAS
Glenn Maxwell3039013.004
Sandeep Sharma311535.0012
Mitchell Johnson401924.7512
Lakshmipathy Balaji401714.2511
Akshar Patel201105.505
Rishi Dhawan401423.5011

The Bangalore tail only mustered 27 from the final 5.3 overs, but RCB were back in the game after reducing Kings XI to 40-3 in the eighth over.

Mitchell Starc took two fine catches at fine leg in consecutive Varun Aaron overs, including the removal of Australian compatriot Maxwellthe tournament's leading run scorer—for only six.

Virender Sehwag (32) and David Miller (26) then put on 45 for the fourth wicket, but emerging young leggie Yuzvendra Chahal removed them both in the 13th over.

That left 37 runs needed from the final seven overs, and skipper George Bailey steered his side home in conjunction with Dhawan.

Kings XI Punjab: 127-5 (18.5 Overs)
Cheteshwar Pujarac Parthiv Patel b Ashok Dinda101855.5510
Virender Sehwagc Parthiv Patel b Yuzvendra Chahal3226123.0740
Wriddhiman Sahac Mitchell Starc b Varun Aaron2633.3300
Glenn Maxwellc Mitchell Starc b Varun Aaron66100.0000
David Millerc Parthiv Patel b Yuzvendra Chahal2620130.0040
George BaileyNOT OUT1616100.0010
Rishi DhawanNOT OUT2322104.5430
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 7, lb 4)12
Mitchell Starc401503.7516
Albie Morkel2024012.003
Varun Aaron3.502927.569
Ashok Dinda301916.338
Yuzvendra Chahal402325.758
Yuvraj Singh201306.503

Kings XI Punjab top the standings with 10 points and next face Mumbai Indians on Saturday.