Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore's up-and-down run in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League continued with a four-wicket defeat at home to Kings XI Punjab. The vastly improved Punjab side proved again that the IPL is not just about big stars, and that at times, a solid team effort can do the trick. But in the end, nerves came to the fore as Punjab almost threw away a match they should have won at a canter.
Going through Bangalore's run-scoring pattern, it's easy to see why the target for Punjab was only 159 and not more. On the one hand, Chris Gayle smashed the Punjab bowlers around at a strike rate of 169.04, ending with 71 from 42 balls including six fours and four sixes. But at the same time, there were nine overs where five or fewer runs were scored. That included the last over of the innings, where the brilliant Azhar Mahmood conceded just four runs and picked up the wickets of Andrew McDonald and AB de Villiers as Bangalore finished with 158 for five.