By CricketCountry Staff
Mohali: Apr 20, 2012
Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers guided Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to an easy victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Mohali on Friday, moving them to the seventh position in the points table.
Gayle and de Villiers shared a 131-run partnership after RCB lost wickets at quick succession.
Saurabh Tiwary, who batted brilliantly against Pune Warriors, mistimed his pull shot that went straight to keeper Nitin Saini's hand.
Parvinder Awana was pick of the bowlers taking four wickets, taking crucial wicket of Gayle and dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli in his first over of the match.
Earlier, David Hussey and debutant Azahar Mahmood guided Kings XI Punjab to a respectable total of 163 against Royal Challengers Bangalore after Bangalore bowlers displayed a disciplined show in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Mohali.
Stand-in captain David Hussey looked well-settled, scoring 41 hitting four boundaries when Harshal Patel bowled him in the end of 15th over.
Mahmood playing his first IPL match, scored a quick knock of 33 off 14-balls.
Zaheer Khan struck early in the match when he scalped Punjab openers Nitin Saini and Paul Valthaty in successive overs.
Andrew McDonald provided the third blow when he dismissed a well-settled Shaun Marsh, who scored 26, consisting of three fours and one six.
McDonald struck again taking the wicket of Miller, who was providing support to Hussey.
Earlier, Bangalore won the toss and put Punjab to bat first. McDonald came in the place of Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan for Bangalore whereas Nitin Saini, Azhar Mahmood and Miller came in place of Paras Dogra, Adam Gilchrist and Dimitri Mascarenhas for Punjab.
Brief Score: KXIP 163 for 6 in 20 overs (David Hussey 41, Azhar Mahmood 33*; Zaheer Khan 2 for 25, Andrew McDonald 2 for 25) lost to RCB 166 for 5 in 19.3 overs (Chris Gayle 87, AB de Villiers 52; Parvinder Awana 4 for 34) by 5 wickets
Man-of-the-match: Chris Gayle