Chris Gayle scored 107 off 49 balls exactly four years ago © AFP
Chris Gayle scored 107 off 49 balls exactly four years ago © AFP

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab played another one-sided encounter in Indian Premier League and the game today had a lot of similarities with the one the two teams played four years ago. Nikhil Popat brings to you the similarities from the two games.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 138 runs in Match 40 of the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle scored a brilliant 117 in that very game and Sreenath Aravind took four wickets to get to the third position in the points table. But there are some remarkable resemblance to the game played between the same two sides in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League at the very same ground in 2011.

1. Kings XI Punjab win toss and field: In both the games, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. Adam Gilchrist had won the toss and elected to field which is also what his fellow Australian George Bailey did today, winning the toss and asking Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first.

2. Chris Gayle scores century: Chris Gayle scored 107 in 49 balls to set up a total of 205 in 20 overs. Chris Gayle scored 117 in 57 balls today to help RCB put up a total of 226 in 20 overs. In both games, he had opened the batting and took strike first ball.

3. Sreenath Aravind takes a four-wicket haul: Sreenath Aravind took a four-wicket haul back in 2011, taking four for 14. He was slightly expensive today, taking four for 27.

3. AB de Villiers unbeaten knocks: In both the games, AB de Villiers remained unbeaten. In 2011, he was unbeaten for 27 in 14 balls. Today,  AB de Villiers was not out for 47 in 24 balls.

4. Virat Kohli’s stay at the crease:Virat Kohli played 31 balls in 2011, just a ball more than what  Virat Kohli played today, 30 balls.

5. Man of the Match: Chris Gayle was the Man of the match in both those games. In 2011, he had also taken three wickets to go along with century. But today, he scored 117 balls and was not needed to bowl.

(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead, who loves to be himself, and is not shy of expressing himself. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)