Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed King’s XI Punjab by 138 runs on Wednesday to go fifth in the table and keep their hopes of getting into the play-offs alive. With the teams facing each other again next week it could also be important for the next encounter.
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The home side got off to a lightning start thanks to Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, and they raced to 80-0 off 8.1 overs. The openers were helped by the fielding side, who dropped Gayle twice as he got to 54 from 29 balls.
The onslaught continued in to the second half of the innings, with the West Indian still smashing it around the park as his partner got out for 32 to leave them 119-1. Unluckily for King’s XI this only brought AB De Villiers to the crease. Gayle eventually went for 117, but it didn’t slow the Challengers, and De Villiers ended up on 47 as they got to 226-3 from their 20 overs.
Their opponents never looked in the game, and lost wickets regularly to leave themselves 49-7. The loss of Glenn Maxwell was a major blow early on.
Luckily for them the tail-enders managed to help them past the IPL’s lowest ever score of 58. However, they didn’t get much further than that, ending 88 all out. This defeat means that they are now out of the competition, while the Bangalore outfit are looking likely to finish in the play-off positions.