BANGALORE: When the two teams last met, Sandeep Sharma had dismissed Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli in the same over and set the tone for a convincing win for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). On Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were chasing rather than setting a target, but the same set of characters went through a similar routine, right down to the questionable umpiring decision that did for Kohli, in an over that sent KXIP on their way to a 32-run win that gave them sole occupancy of the top spot in the IPL table. An innings of 66, off just 29 balls, from David Miller had powered KXIP to a total of 198.
If any team could chase it, though, it was RCB. They had been the only team to chase a 200-plus total on this ground, and they had done it against the same opponents, back in 2010 They faced a similar ask this time, and needed their top order to fire. First ball of his second over, though, Sandeep had his man. The ball swung away from Gayle, who swung hard at it and edged to the keeper. In walked Kohli. In Dubai, he had been out second ball to a debatable lbw decision, with the ball appearing to be headed down the leg side. This time, Sandeep dismissed him first ball, caught behind down the leg side. There was a sound as ball passed bat, but replays suggested the ball had brushed the ground just as Wriddhiman Saha scooped it up with the webbing of his right glove. RCB were 8 for 2, and 199 looked like 299.
Kings XI Punjab 198-8 (D Miller 66, V Sehwag 30; Y Chahal 2-23, M Starc 2-43) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 166-9 (AB de Villiers 53, M Starc 29; Sandeep Sharma 3-25, Shivam Sharma 2-26) by 32 runs.
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore and chose to field.
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