Kings Leave Royals in Mess - The New Indian Express

Kings Leave Royals in Mess

Published: 10th May 2014 08:44 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 08:47 AM

Sandeep Sharma and David Miller were the star performers as Kings XI Punjab crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore yet again by 32 runs to stay atop the IPL table at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. 

David Miller en route to his 29-ball 66 against Bangalore | JITHENDRA M
Pacer Sandeep struck two telling blows in his first and the team’s second over, having the dangerous duo of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha. After that, RCB were never in the hunt chasing the huge target of 199 and finished at 166 for nine.

Gayle tried to drive an away-going delivery without moving his feet and got a faint edge. Sandeep then sent one down the leg and Kohli tried to glance it, got a thin edge and Saha bent low to grasp it centimetres off the ground. At nine for two, Bangalore were looking down the barrel. Sandeep then coerced Parthiv Patel to loft him and Mandeep Singh held the skier at sweeper cover. Soon after, Akshar Patel clean bowled Sachin Rana with an angled ball and it was 39 for four. The hosts tried to stage a recovery but could not fight back after being reduced 76 for six. AB de Villiers made a quickfire 53 with five sixes but to no avail, as he was caught at sweeper cover after skying L Balaji.

Earlier, Bangalore elected to field. From 140 for four after 15 overs, Punjab added 58 precious run in the slog overs for an imposing total. After a good start they lost four wickets. But the left-handed David Miller and Saha put on 54 superb runs for the fifth wicket. Miller slammed eight fours and three sixes in his 29-ball 66 before he banged Varun Aaron’s full toss to Yuzvendra Chahal who took a smart catch at extra cover.

Punjab openers Virender Sehwag and Mandeep put on 60 runs for the first wicket as the bowlers were generous with their wides and no-balls. It looked as if Bangalore’s decision to field will backfire but spinner Chahal turned the game their way briefly by sending back Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession.

Nonetheless, at 93 for three after nine overs, Punjab were happily placed as skipper George Bailey and Miller continued to farm the bowling as they coasted to a healthy 107 for three at the halfway stage. Bailey edged Albie Morkel to wicket-keeper Parthiv and Punjab were 116 for four. Miller played some crisp shots and slammed Michael Starc for three fours and by the 14th over, Punjab were 136 for four.

Sehwag cut and drove with gay abandon to the frustration of Starc and Morkel. Mandeep wasn’t sure of his shots and after making a shaky 21, lofted Harshal Patel straight to Morkel at mid-on. Sehwag jumped out for a big one but could not clear Kolhi at long-on and departed after a quickfire 30 with five fours. Maxwell hammered Yuvraj Singh for two sixes and a four but after making 25, left the scene to the disappointment of the crowd. He failed to keep his sweep down off Chahal and Starc made no mistake at deep mid-on.

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