Kings XI Go Clear With Big Win
Kings XI Punjab 198-8 (Miller 66) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 166-9 by 32 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Bangalore
The Kings XI Punjab moved back into a clear lead at the top of the Indian Premier League 2014 table courtesy of a comprehensive 32-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Their seventh win came after they racked up a score of 198 for eight and quickly took wickets to strangle the Bangalore run chase.
The home side eventually closed on 166 for nine, AB de Villiers helping them to add a touch of respectability with an innings of 53 in 26 balls.
Sandeep Sharma (3-25) was highly impressive for the Kings XI and after David Miller had hit 66, it was his triple strike to remove Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel that set the game up for his side.
Miller had earlier cracked eight fours and three sixes, displaying an exhibition of clean striking to take the Kings XI towards, but not quite past, the 200-run mark.
He faced just 29 deliveries and he built on a solid platform laid by Virender Sehwag (30), Mandeep Singh (21) and Glenn Maxwell (25 in 11 balls).
Bangalore fought back through a brace of wickets from Mitchell Starc and Harshal Patel and one apiece from Albie Morkel and Varun Aaron.
Nevertheless, they were staring at a huge target and were quickly in huge trouble as Sandeep sent back the top three.
Gayle made just four before he edged to wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, Kohli was caught by Saha down the leg-side first ball and Patel found Mandeep in the deep for 13.
Sachin Rana (18) hit the first six of the innings before a fine yorker from Akshar Patel saw him off and aside from some meaty blows from South Africans de Villiers and Morkel (16) as well as some late hitting from Starc, who made 29 in 23 balls, Bangalore offered little.
Unheralded Shivam Sharma had Yuvraj Singh caught at slip for three and Morkel caught by George Bailey to return two for 26 and the only blot on Punjab's copybook was a drop by Sehwag and Maxwell being smashed for 24 in one over.
Even that was not enough for Bangalore, whose star-studded batting line-up continues to struggle.
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