IPL victories for Royal Challengers & Kings XI
BANGALORE, India (AP) — Injury-depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore hung on to beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs for their first win in the Indian Premier League and Kings XI Punjab strolled past Rising Pune Supergiant by six wickets on Saturday.
Without the injured Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers missing out for the second successive game, Royal Challengers posted a modest 157-8 and restricted Daredevils to 142-9.
The 19-year-old Rishabh Pant (57 off 36 balls) kept Daredevils in the hunt, but with 19 needed off the last over the left-hander was bowled round his legs by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi (2-3) off the first ball.
Pant smashed three fours and four sixes, but wickets tumbled around him.
Billy Stanlake (2-29) and spinner Iqbal Abdulla (2-36) were the main wicket-takers.
“Eight out of 10 times we would have got this total, but we could not get the partnerships going,” Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan said.
Earlier, after stand-in captain Shane Watson won the toss and opted to bat, Royal Challengers’ total revolved around Kedar Jadhav’s brilliant 69 off 37 balls against his former team.
Chris Gayle flopped for the second successive time in the absence of Kohli and de Villiers, and fell for just 6, while Watson could manage only a run-a-ball 24.
Jhadav smashed legspinner Amit Mishra for 24 runs in one over, but his dismissal in the 17th over after hitting five sixes and as many fours stymied Royal Challengers.
Chris Morris and Pat Cummins leaked only 15 runs in the last three overs, and Morris claimed two wickets in the last over to finish with 3-21.
Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell led Kings XI Punjab to a commanding victory over Supergiant with an over to spare at their new home in Indore.
Supergiant lost all of their seven matches while batting first in last year’s IPL, but won their opener against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.
Maxwell won the toss and managed to restrict Supergiant to 163-6 in his debut match as skipper.
Supergiant captain Steve Smith (26) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) left their team in trouble at 71-4 by the 12th over.
England’s Ben Stokes took charge with 50 off 32 balls and gave the innings some respectability by adding 61 runs off 37 deliveries with Manoj Tiwary, who remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 balls.
Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma picked up 2-33, claiming opening batsman Mayank Agarwal for 0 and Dan Christian caught at long-on in the 20th over.
“We probably needed to play a bit more aggressively and should have gone a bit harder,” Smith said.
Maxwell ensured Kings XI raced to 164-4 in 19 overs by smashing an unbeaten 44 off 20 balls with two fours and four sixes.
He combined in a 79-run unbroken fifth wicket stand with David Miller (30 not out) as Imran Tahir’s effort of 2-29 proved insufficient for Supergiant.
“We practiced well and got around 230 in one of the practice games, so it felt nice to restrict them to 163,” Maxwell said. “It’s better to chase here, to know how to pace it, and keep wickets in the back end.”
On Sunday, Sunrisers Hyderabad meets Gujarat Lions in Hyderabad, and Mumbai Indians hosts Kolkata Knight Riders.