Punjab scramble past Bangalore
Piyush Chawla's flat six over long-on sealed King's XI Punjab a 4-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a nerve-wracking IPL T20 encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday.
Chasing a modest 159-run target, Kings XI Punjab looked on course with plenty of wickets in hand till a late flurry of run-outs took it down to the wire. In the end, leg-spinner Chawla kept his cool as he slogged Vinay Kumar for six in the penultimate delivery to seal the tie with four wickets to spare. Punjab had a raucous start, courtesy of Mandeep Singh's 43 before Nitin Saini added 50 and David Hussey scored 45 to put the visitors on course.
Earlier sent in to bat, Chris Gayle's fiery 71 off 41 balls took Royal Challengers 158 for five wickets in their 20 overs.
Royal Challengers were heading for much more before Azhar Mahmood produced a terrific final over to restrict them below 160 runs. Mahmood dismissed AB de Villiers and Andrew McDonald in the last over and conceded just 4 runs.
Bangalore lost Virat Kohli and Gayle in quick succession after the duo added a quick-fire 119 runs stand to resurrect their innings.
Chawla dismissed Kohli in the seventeenth over to reduce Bangalore to 134 for 4 in 16.4 overs, soon after Mahmood struck in the previous over to break the imposing Gayle-Kohli partnership.
Gayle hit four massive sixes and six boundaries in his whirlwind 41-ball knock to lead the Bangalore run charge.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: 158 for 5 (Gayle 71, Kohli 45; Mahmood 3-20)
KINGS XI PUNJAB: 163 for 6 (Saini 50, Hussey 45, Mandeep 43; McDonald 2-25)
Result: Kings XI Punjab won by four wickets
Man-of-the-match: Azhar Mahmood