Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made light work of a 149-run target set by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in the eighth match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tournament. Chasing a moderate target, KXIP were bolstered by a Hashim Amla’s unbeaten half-century, and yet another rapid innings from captain Glenn Maxwell which shut the opponents out of the contest. KXIP, who had earlier won their series opener by 6 wickets against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), hammered RCB by an even better margin of 8 wickets at their second home ground of Holkar Stadium in Indore. Maxwell, who scored 43 not out, also completed his 1,000 IPL runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, match 8
Kings XI Punjab made a rollicking start to the modest chase of 149. While Hashim Amla played strokes around the ground, Manan Vohra rode his luck to stroke his way to a 21-ball 34, studded with 4 boundaries and 1 six. He added 62 runs for the opening wicket with Amla, and KXIP had another half-century stand, between Amla and Maxwell. The two senior batsmen put up an unbeaten 72-run stand for the third wicket, after Manan and Akshar Patel (9) were dismissed close to each other. For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal and Tymal Mills took a wicket each. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, match 8
The victory for the home side also somewhat spoiled the return of AB de Villiers, who had earlier played a characteristic innings of 89 not out, studded with 9 sixes, to propel RCB to a moderate total. Virat Kohli remained away from action, but de Villiers returned to action and roared back to form in his first innings itself.
KXIP began with Amla getting a couple of boundaries in the first two overs, and Vohra got the first six even though he was surprised with a bouncer from Billy Stanlake. The delivery surprised the batsman who got into an awkward position, but a thick edge ensured that the ball flew into the stands.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 148 for 4 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 89*, Mandeep Singh 28; Varun Aaron 2 for 21, Akshar Patel 1 for 12) lost to Kings XI Punjab 150 for 2 in 14.3 overs (Manan Vohra 34, Hashim Amla 58*, Glenn Maxwell 43*; Tymal Mills 1 for 22) by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Akshar Patel