Challengers bang on target

Kings XI slip to five-wicket defeat on home soil

Last updated: 20th April 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Challengers bang on target

Chris Gayle (left) and AB de Villiers: RCB duo put on 131 for fourth wicket

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Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers hit half-centuries as the Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a five-wicket win over the Kings XI Punjab in Chandigarh.

Opening batsman Gayle slammed 87 off 56 balls and De Villiers 52 from 39 as the Kings XI chased down a target of 164 with three balls to spare.

The fourth-wicket pair put on 131 to ensure the visitors were always on course, despite the best efforts of Kings XI medium pacer Parvinder Awana, who finished with figures of 4-34.

Earlier, Royal Challengers seam duo Zaheer Khan (2-25) and Andrew McDonald (2-25) had each collected two wickets to help restrict the home side to 163-6.

David Hussey top scored with 41 off 34 balls and Azhar Mahmood provided a late injection with 33 not out from 14 deliveries.

The result moves the Royal Challengers above the Kings XI into seventh place in the nine-team Indian Premier League table.

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