Royal Challengers Bangalore opened their account in the Indian Premier League season eleven as they beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
It was another tight contest as RCB completed their chase of 156 runs in 19.3 overs with four wickets remaining. The run chase was anchored by two South African batsmen, AB de Villiers (57) and Quinton de Kock (45) as they added 54 runs for the third wicket.
Kings XI Punjab batted first and were bowled out for 155 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Lokesh Rahul (47) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (33) were the top scorers for Punjab. For Bangalore, pacer Umesh Yadav sclaped three wickets.
Chasing 156, opener Brendon McCullum (0) departed in the first over and skipper Virat Kohli (21) also wasted the start and went back in the fifth over. De Kock and de Villiers then revived the RCB chase as they added 54 runs for the third wicket. Ashwin clean bowled De Kock in the 12th over and then removed Sarfaraz Khan with the next ball to reduce RCB to 87/4 in 11.3 overs. De Villiers and Mandeep singh kept RCB in the chase by rotating the strike. AB De Villiers broke the shackles by hitting two sixes of Mujeeb Zadran and completed his Half century in the next over.
But just when Bangalore side was at the brink of the win, the South African player was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the 19th over.
His 40-ball innings was laced with two boundaries and four sixes. Just after that, Mandeep also got run out in the same over. But at that time, it was just a formality and lower-order batsmen Chris Woakes (1 not out) and Washington Sunder (9 not out) completed it with ease.
In the post match presentation AB De Villiers said that he was sorry as he failed to take the team home. He said he wanted to stay till the end and finish the game.