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IPL Match 40: Royal Challengers Bangalore hand Kings XI Punjab embarrassing 138 run defeat

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore handed a crushing defeat to the Kings XI Punjab to boost their chances of advancing to the knock-out stages of the Indian Premier League, thumping the Kings XI by 138 runs in what was quite possibly the most one-sided contest in IPL history.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and made the decision to put the Royal Challengers in. That proved to be a costly error in judgement as a Gayle-storm swept the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with the mercurial West Indian dasher smashing 12 sixes and 7 fours en route to a fantastic innings of 117 from just 57 balls. Gayle was the beneficiary of a couple of dropped chances, and made the most of the opportunity.

Gayle was well-supported by his opening partner Virat Kohli, who made 32 from 30 balls and enjoyed the best seat in the house for the show. AB de Villiers added some bonus runs late in piece, making an unbeaten 47 from 24 balls as RCB cruised past 200, eventually finishing with 47 from 24 balls.

The Kings XI Punjab got their turn with the bat, and unfortunately their nightmare just got a lot worse. 31-year old Karnataka veteran Sreenath Aravind joined hands with Mitchell Starc to rout the Punjab side, who saw 7 batsmen get bowled as stumps were left scattered all over the country side. Both left-armers finished with 4 wickets a piece with only two batsmen from Punjab even getting into double figures.

Axar Patel waged a lone war at the bottom of the order, spanking an unbeaten 40 from 21 balls, and one can only imagine how much worse things might have looked had the rookie Indian allrounder failed to fire too. The Kings XI were bowled out for 88 in the 14th over as Bangalore's net run rate also received a massive boost.

RCB have now moved back into fourth place in the IPL standings, and it appears that the battle for a top 4 finish will go down to the wire this season with only the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings more or less assured of a top of the table finish.

Mini Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 226/3 (20 overs, 11.30rpo)

C Gayle 117 (57) S Sharma 2-41 (4)

AB de Villiers 47* (24) A Patel 1-50 (4)

Kings XI Punjab 88 all out (13.4 overs, 6.43rpo)

A Patel 40* (21) M Starc 4-15 (4)

W Saha 13 (11) S Aravind 4-27 (4)

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 138 runs