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AB de Villiers plays a shot en route to his unbeaten 89 vs Kings XI Punjab during Match 5 of IPL 2017 at Indore on Monday © BCCI
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) kept up with their winning momentum, as the won their second consecutive game by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 8 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Monday. KXIP, who also won their opening game, when they beat Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by six wickets, have been in fine form this so far, having won their opening two games. As for RCB, they have played three games so far, having managed to win just one. With this win, KXIP rise to the second spot in the table, with four points, only to be preceded by the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who lead by a better net run-rate. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 8 at Indore
Electing to bat, RCB rode on de Villiers’ unbeaten 46- ball 89-run unconquered innings laced with as many as nine sixes and three fours to post a modest 148-4 after being reduced to 22-3 in 5 overs. Chasing the target, Manan Vohra (34) and Amla (58) gave Punjab a flying start, sharing 62 off 35 balls for the opening wicket before Tymal Mills put the breaks by getting rid off the former in the sixth over. Vohra hit four boundaries and a six in his 21-ball innings before being trapped leg before by Mills. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 8 at Indore
New man Axar Patel (9) too didn’t stay longer as after hitting a six off Iqbal Abdulla, he was flummoxed by Yuzvendra Chahal with a googly and ended up being clean bowled in the ninth over. However, it didn’t affect Punjab’s runchase as Amla and skipper Glenn Maxwell never took their foot off the accelerator and kept dealing in boundaries to overhaul the target, reaching 150-2 in 14.3 overs.
(With inputs from PTI)