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Gayle powers Royal Challengers to 5-wicket win

Mohali, Apr 21: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle struck a brilliant 87 as Royal Challengers Bangalore  beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in the IPL match  here last night. Gayle and AB de Villiers
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PTI 21 Apr 2012, 08:00 AM IST
Mohali, Apr 21: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle struck a brilliant 87 as Royal Challengers Bangalore  beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in the IPL match  here last night.

Gayle and AB de Villiers (52) added 131 runs for the fifth wicket  partnership as RCB , set a target of 164, made 166 with three balls to spare.

Gayle was  adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant 56-ball innings that included eight fours and four sixes.

With their second consecutive win, Royal Challengers Bangalore got their campaign back on track after having suffered three losses on the trot.

RCB move up a place to the seventh spot with six points from six matches while Kings XI slipped a spot to the eighth with four points from six matches.

Asked to bat first, Kings XI Punjab, who were without their captain Adam Gilchrist, again made a poor start.

Hoever, stand-in skipper David Hussey (41) and former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood (33 not out) helped them get to a score of 163 for six in 20 overs.  

Gilchrist is down with  a hamstring injury. Kings XI bowler  Parvinder Awana  took four wickets for  34 runs.  

He took the wickets of  opener Mayank Aggarwal (1), Virat Kohli (4) and Saurabh Tiwary (4) to reduce RCB to 25 for three in  six overs.

Gayle took his time to settle down before an onslaught. He took 28 balls to score 31 runs but once he took off, there was no stopping him.

The match looked evenly balanced till the 17th over as Royal Challengers needed 24 runs off the last three overs.  

But Awana, who was the best bowler for the Kings XI till then, bowled a pathetic 18th over that made things easy for the visitors.

Gayle smashed Awana for 17 runs in the eight-ball over before departing on the fourth ball but by then he had taken Royal Challengers to the threshold of a win.

Hussey took a brilliant catch at extra cover to end Gayle's whirlwind knock.

Mahmood, who registered himself as a British citizen, made a memorable debut in the IPL smashing 33 off 14 balls that helped Kings XI get a competitive total on board. Mahmood's arrival to India was delayed due to visa issues.  

The 37-year-old, who has played 21 Tests and 143 ODIs, had surprisingly applied for visa in his Pakistani passport that delayed his arrival.
 
   
 

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