KXIP v RCB, IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab beat RCB despite De Villiers' heroics


 It's a bunch which is turning out to be perhaps one of the most dangerous teams of the competition. For a while on Monday night at the MPCA Stadium, Kings XI Punjab were put on the backfoot by a ferocious assault by AB de Villiers but held their nerve to record a clinical eight-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

For a team which finished last in the previous season, the Kings have done well to record their second win in a row, ensuring a perfect start for the underdogs in this campaign. The only positive for RCB in the game was an electrifying return to action by De Villiers, who cracked a typically brilliant, unbeaten 89 (46b, 3x4, 9x6), but couldn't ensure a fighting total for his team, which struggled to break the shackles of Kings' five-pronged pace attack and a parsimonious effort by left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who gave away merely 12 runs in his four overs.

Despite a late flourish, which saw them amass as many as 68 off the last four overs, all RCB managed was 148 for four, which was never going to be enough on this small ground against a team which has now made this ground its fortress.

All Kings XI took was 14.3 overs to get to the measly target, even as 33 balls were still left in their bank. After openers Manan Vohra (34, 21b, 4x4, 1x6) and Hashim Amla (58 not out, 38b, 4x4, 3x6) provided a cracking start by adding 62 in the first six overs, skipper Glenn Maxwell continued his blazing form, blasting an unbeaten 43 (22b, 3x4, 4x6), to finish it off.

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