Bengaluru: Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers slammed half centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets. This was the first win for Kohli & Co in IPL 2019. Earlier in the match, Kings XI Punjab posted 173 for 4 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter.
Sensational half-centuries from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers overshadowed Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 as Royal Challengers Bangalore finally snapped a six-match losing streak this IPL season with an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.
Kohli (67) in the company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run chase, sharing an 85-run stand to lay the foundation. The Indian skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.Invited to bat, dashing West Indies opener Chris Gayle (99) carried his bat through with an unbeaten 99, studded with five sixes and as many as 10 hits to the fence to single-handedly anchor Punjab to 173 for four.
Kohli and de Villiers then did the bulk of the scoring and once the skipper was dismissed in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo to take the team through with four balls to spare.
With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of having recorded the most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season.