IPL: Bangalore trounce Punjab by 10 wickets
Indore, May 15 - Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kept their slim hopes of making to the play-offs alive after hammering Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Holkar stadium here on Monday.
After the thumping win, the Virat Kohli-led side have 10 points in their kitty and victories in their remaining two games could possibly help them advance to the top four.
Bangalore completely dominated their opponents as after bundling Punjab on a paltry 88 runs, the openers guided their side home without throwing a wicket.
Chasing a meagre 89-run target, Bangalore openers Kohli and Parthiv Patel remained unbeaten on 48 and 40 runs, respectively, to register a comfortable win. While Kohli's knock came off 28 balls, containing six fours and couple of sixes, Parthiv faced 22 deliveries, smashing seven boundaries.
The pair cautiously put nine runs for Bangalore in the first over. They, however, switched gears from the next over, accumulating 25 runs off the subsequent couple of overs, with the visitor's scorecard reading 36/0.
They soon took their side past the 50-run mark in 4.5 overs as each of the Punjab bowler struggled to get a breakthrough. Later, riding on some lusty hits by the openers, Bangalore hunted down the target in just 8.1 overs with 10 wickets in hand.
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