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IPL: Kohli, de Villiers guide RCB to first win of the season

MOHALI: Sensational fifties from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers overshadowed Chris Gayle's unbeaten 99 as Royal Challengers Bangalore in the end snapped a six-match losing streak this IPL season with a eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab right here on Saturday.

Kohli (67) in company of de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run chase, sharing a 85-run stand to put the foundation.

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The India skipper blasted 8 barriers, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits around the rope in his 38-ball innings.

Invited to bat, dashing West Indies opener Chris Gayle carried his bat via 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 scoring and as soon as the skipper used to be disregarded in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis (28* off 16) played a an important cameo to take the staff via with four balls to spare.

With this victory, RCB additionally avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a staff in the beginning of an IPL season.

Chasing 174 to win, Parthiv Patel and Kohli gave RCB a flying start, accumulating 43 off 23 balls but the left-handed opener used to be stuck by way of Mayank Agarwal off R Ashwin in the 4th over.

De Villiers and Kohli then took the bowlers to the cleaners, choosing up barriers at will, as RCB brought up the 100-run mark in the 12th over.

Kohli finished his second fifty of this season in 37 balls however runs dried up a bit in the heart with M Ashwin (zero/24) and Andrew Tye (zero/40) bowling a decent over every.

Mohammed Shami then gave Punjab a glimmer of hope when he disregarded Kohli, who pulled one instantly to M Ashwin as RCB slipped to 128 for two.

But Marcus Stoinis and de Villiers ensured there were no hiccups, sharing 46 runs, as RCB romped home with ease in the end.

Earlier, Gayle stitched a 66-run opening stand off 38 balls with KL Rahul (18) and kept the scoreboard ticking although he lost companions on the other finish.

RCB can have disregarded Gayle in the first over itself when he used to be hit on the leg by way of Umesh Yadav however Virat Kohli did not opt for a DRS and the West Indian escaped.

Gayle made RCB pay for the error as he hit a four and a six off Umesh's next over, prior to Rahul joined the birthday party and smashed a few fours off the India pacer in his third over.

In the sixth over, Gayle exploded as he welcomed Mohammad Siraj with a four at long off and adopted it up with a six over long-on and another boundary across duvet.

He then pulled another one over square leg prior to sending the ball around the fine leg as KXIP gathered 24 runs to end the powerplay at 60 for no loss.

Chahal used to be then offered into the attack and Rahul lifted him over long-on for a most but the spinner had him stumped in the next delivery to provide a an important breakthrough.

Mayank Agarwal then joined Gayle, who finished his fifty in 28 balls.

Agarwal smashed Chahal over additional duvet for a six but the spinner cleaned him up in the next delivery as Punjab slumped to 86 for two.

Sarfaraz Khan (15) and Gayle then took Punjab around the 100-mark prior to the former used to be stuck in the back of off Siraj's delivery.

Sam Curran (1) too could not keep long and used to be removed by way of Moeen Ali as Punjab slipped to 114 for four in 14th over.

Mandeep Singh (18) and Gayle then provided the overdue fee, scoring 60 off 37 balls.

Gayle, who has six lots to his name, wanted 10 runs in the ultimate over to complete another century however he fell brief by way of only one run regardless of hitting the ultimate ball for another four.

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