Watson delivers thrilling victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore 175-6 (de Villiers 64) beat
Kings XI Punjab 174-4 (Vijay 89) by one run
39th Match, Indian Premier League, Mohali
Shane Watson bowled a terrific spell conceding just 22 runs and took two wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore overcame an 89-run knock from Murali Vijay and a cameo from Marcus Stoinis to secure a thrilling one-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in a chase of 176 runs in the 39th match of the Indian Premier League in Mohali.
Earlier in the day, a flamboyant 35-ball 64 from AB de Villiers and useful contributions from Lokesh Rahul and Sachin Baby helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post 175 for six in 20 overs.
Kings XI Punjab chose to field after winning the toss. Rahul (42) started the proceedings for Royal Challengers Bangalore with two boundaries in the first over.
In the fourth over, Rahul smashed Stoinis (0-35) for three fours and a six. Along with Virat Kohli (20), Rahul pushed the total to 56 for naught in the powerplay.
Things took a turn in the eighth over as Konganda Cariappa (2-16) dismissed both Rahul and Kohli in the space of three balls.
In the next over, Axar Patel (1-27) castled Watson (1) as Kings XI Punjab went on to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 73 for three at the halfway mark.
The three quick wickets dented the momentum but Baby (33) and de Villiers (64) prevented a slide with an 88-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The pair batted cautiously and took the score to 113 for three after 15 overs. It was here that de Villiers changed gears and smashed three fours and a six in the next two overs while also bringing up a 30-ball fifty.
In the 18th over, de Villiers hit another six and followed it up with a four but was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma (2-49).
20 runs came in the last two overs while Kings XI Punjab dismissed Travis Head (11) and Baby. Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to score 175 for six in 20 overs.
Hashim Amla (21) and Vijay (89) started strongly for Kings XI Punjab by scoring 43 for naught in the first five overs.
However, Watson (2-22) dismissed Amla by having him caught at midwicket as Kings XI Punjab reached 50 for naught in the powerplay.
Vijay continued to play positively while hitting the odd boundary. Without taking many risks, Wriddhiman Saha (16) and Vijay steered Kings XI Punjab to 83 for one at the halfway mark.
In the 11th over, Saha and David Miller (0) were dismissed off successive deliveres to dent their momentum. Vijay went past a 36-ball fifty in the 12th over and hit four boundaries in the next two overs.
Leading from the front, Vijay brought the equation down to 53 runs needed from 30 balls. Vijay struck two more fours but he was dismissed by Watson in the 17th over, which fetched only three runs.
Stoinis (34 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (9 not out) smashed 13 runs from the 18th over, leaving 24 runs to get from the last two.
Watson gave away just seven runs in the penultimate over, completing an excellent spell. With 17 run needed from the final over, Stoinis hit a six and a four but Kings XI Punjab fell short of the target by two runs, giving Royal Challengers Bangalore a close one-run victory.
The win lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore to the sixth spot while Kings XI Punjab are still placed eighth. Watson took home the man of the match award.
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