Kings XI Punjab enjoyed a dominant 32-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, strengthening their position atop the 2014 Indian Premier League table.
Kings XI have now won seven of eight matches this season, collecting 14 points to stand two ahead of second-placed Chennai Super Kings.
For the Royal Challengers, the loss was their second of the week and makes for a season record of just three wins from eight matches.
Bangalore won the toss and decided to take the field at their home M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Virender Sehwag and Mandeep Singh soon made them question that decision, however, by steering Kings XI to 60 before Singh was dismissed by Harshal Patel.
Sehwag went soon after, but that brought South African David Miller to the crease. He would go on to score 66 from 29 balls—a brutal knock that included eight fours and three sixes.
Australian Glenn Maxwell weighed in with 25, with Wriddhiman Saha and Mitchell Johnson also playing their part as Kings XI closed on 198-8 from their 20 overs.
|Kings XI Punjab, 198-8 (20 overs)|
|Virender Sehwag||c Virat Kohli b Yuzvendra Chahal||30||24||125.00||5||0|
|Mandeep Singh||c Albie Morkel b Harshal Patel||21||15||140.00||2||0|
|Glenn Maxwell||c Mitchell Starc b Yuzvendra Chahal||25||11||227.27||2||2|
|David Miller||c Yuzvendra Chahal b Varun Aaron||66||29||227.58||8||3|
|George Bailey||c Parthiv Patel b Albie Morkel||1||7||14.28||0||0|
|Wriddhiman Saha||c AB de Villiers b Harshal Patel||17||17||100.00||0||1|
|Mitchell Johnson||NOT OUT||16||12||133.33||1||1|
|Akshar Patel||b Mitchell Starc||2||3||66.66||0||0|
|Shivam Sharma||b Mitchell Starc||4||2||200.00||1||0|
|Lakshmipathy Balaji||NOT OUT||1||1||100.00||0||0|
|EXTRAS||(nb 2, w 11, lb 2)||15||15|
Bangalore's reply was ravaged early on by the bowling of Sandeep Sharma, who took two wickets in two balls in the third over and left the Royal Challengers reeling at 26-3 after removing their top three batsmen.
AB de Villiers provided some much-needed resistance, scoring 53 from 26 balls to bring some respectability to the innings.
But it was the Kings XI bowlers who were winning the battle, with Shivam Sharma finishing with figures of 2-26 from his four overs and Sandeep Sharma taking 3-25 from his.
Bangalore finished their 20 overs on 166-9 and with Varun Aaron unbeaten on 17. It was ultimately a comfortable win for Kings XI Punjab.
|Royal Challengers, 166-9 (20 overs)|
|Chris Gayle||c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma||4||7||57.14||1||0|
|Parthiv Patel||c Mandeep Singh b Sandeep Sharma||13||14||92.85||3||0|
|Virat Kohli||c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma||0||1||0.00||0||0|
|Sachin Rana||b Akshar Patel||18||16||112.50||2||1|
|AB de Villiers||c Akshar Patel b Lakshmipathy Balaji||53||26||203.84||1||5|
|Yuvraj Singh||c Virender Sehwag b Shivam Sharma||3||11||27.27||0||0|
|Albie Morkel||c George Bailey b Shivam Sharma||16||8||200.00||0||2|
|Mitchell Starc||c David Miller b Lakshmipathy Balaji||29||23||126.08||4||0|
|Harshal Patel||c Wriddhiman Saha b Mitchell Johnson||6||3||200.00||1||0|
|Varun Aaron||NOT OUT||17||11||154.54||1||1|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||NOT OUT||1||1||100.00||0||0|
|EXTRAS||(nb 1, w 4, lb 1)||6||6|
Next up for the Royal Challengers are Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Kings XI are also in action on Sunday, taking on Kolkata Knight Riders.
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