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

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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kings XI Punjab: Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Chris Gayle b Sandeep Sharma 20 7 285.71 2 2
Parthiv Patel c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma 2 7 28.57 0 0
Virat Kohli lbw Sandeep Sharma 4 2 200.00 1 0
Yogesh Takawale c Wriddhiman Saha b Mitchell Johnson 0 7 0.00 0 0
AB de Villiers c Glenn Maxwell b Rishi Dhawan 17 15 113.33 2 0
Yuvraj Singh c David Miller b Rishi Dhawan 35 32 109.37 3 1
Albie Morkel b Lakshmipathy Balaji 15 14 107.14 0 1
Mitchell Starc b Mitchell Johnson 8 17 47.05 0 0
Varun Aaron NOT OUT 11 15 73.33 0 0
Ashok Dinda NOT OUT 2 5 40.00 0 0
EXTRAS (nb 1, lb 9) 10 EXTRAS
BOWLER O M R W ECON DOTS
Glenn Maxwell 3 0 39 0 13.00 4
Sandeep Sharma 3 1 15 3 5.00 12
Mitchell Johnson 4 0 19 2 4.75 12
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4 0 17 1 4.25 11
Akshar Patel 2 0 11 0 5.50 5
Rishi Dhawan 4 0 14 2 3.50 11

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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)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Cheteshwar Pujara c Parthiv Patel b Ashok Dinda 10 18 55.55 1 0
Virender Sehwag c Parthiv Patel b Yuzvendra Chahal 32 26 123.07 4 0
Wriddhiman Saha c Mitchell Starc b Varun Aaron 2 6 33.33 0 0
Glenn Maxwell c Mitchell Starc b Varun Aaron 6 6 100.00 0 0
David Miller c Parthiv Patel b Yuzvendra Chahal 26 20 130.00 4 0
George Bailey NOT OUT 16 16 100.00 1 0
Rishi Dhawan NOT OUT 23 22 104.54 3 0
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 7, lb 4) 12
BOWLER O M R W ECON DOTS
Mitchell Starc 4 0 15 0 3.75 16
Albie Morkel 2 0 24 0 12.00 3
Varun Aaron 3.5 0 29 2 7.56 9
Ashok Dinda 3 0 19 1 6.33 8
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 0 23 2 5.75 8
Yuvraj Singh 2 0 13 0 6.50 3

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

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