Miller blitz destroys RCB

Scores quick-fire 66 to set up Punjab win

Bangalore: The Kings XI Punjab juggernaut continued to roll in style as they convincingly crushed hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore by 32 runs in an IPL encounter to consolidate their position at the top of the table.Put into bat, KXIP batsmen again fired unison to score an imposing 198 for eight with David Miller smashing 66 off 29 balls.

In reply, RCB could manage only 166 for nine as AB de Villiers ran out of partners despite another heroic effort hitting 53 off 26 balls.KXIP remain on top of the table with 14 points from eight games while RCB stay on sixth place with six points from eight games. Sandeep Sharma again proved his mettle with early strikes as he had another terrific day with figures of 3 for 25.

But the surprise package was an unheralded 20-year-old off-spinner Shivam Sharma playing his first competitive match at the senior level.Shivam had brilliant figures of two for 26 in four overs to show for his efforts.Seamer Sandeep, who has been one of the discoveries of this IPL wreaked havoc as he blasted off the top-order during an inspired first spell. RCB were reeeling at 26 for three and it soon became 39 for four. At the end of 10 overs, it was 52 for five and the match seemed as good as over. PTI

Punjab
V Sehwag c Kohli b Chahal…………30
Mandeep c Morkel b Patel………….21
G Maxwell c Starc b Chahal………..25
D Miller c Chahal b Aaron…………..66
G Bailey c Patel b Morkel……………..1
W Saha c de Villiers b H Patel……..17
M Johnson not out……………………16
A Patel b Starc……………………………2
S Sharma b Starc………………………..4
L Balaji not out………………………….1
Extras: (lb2, w11, nb2)…………….15
Total: (For 8 wkts in 20 ovrs)…..198
FoW: 1-60, 2-68, 3-93, 4-116, 5-170, 6-184, 7-189, 8-193
Bowling: Starc 4-0-43-2, Morkel 4-0-20-1, Aaron 4-0-35-1, H Patel 3-0-56-2, Chahal 4-0-23-2, Yuvraj 1-0-19-0.

Bangalore
C Gayle Saha b S Sharma…………….4
P Patel c M Singh b S Sharma…….13
V Kohli c Saha b S Sharma…………..0
S Rana b Patel………………………….18
AB de Villiers c Patel b Balaji………53
Y Singh c Sehwag b S Sharma………3
A Morkel c Bailey b S Sharma……..16
M Starc c Miller b Balaji…………….29
H Patel c Saha b Johnson…………….6
V Aaron not out……………………….17
Y Chahal not out………………………..1
Extras: (lb1, w4, nb1)………………..6
Total: (For 9 wkts; 20 ovrs)……..166
Fow: 1-8, 2-8, 3-26, 4-39, 5-50, 6-76, 7-125, 8-133, 9-153
Bowling: Sandeep 4-0-25-3, Johnson 4-0-25-1, Balaji 3-0-43-2, A Patel 4-0-22-1, Shivam 4-0-26-2, Maxwell 1-0-24-0.

TEAM STANDINGS
 IPL 2014                P      W      L      Pts
Punjab                       8       7        1       14
Chennai                     8       6        2      12
Rajasthan                  8       5        3      10
Kolkata                       8      3        5       6
Hyderabad                 7       3       4        6
Bangalore                  8       3       5         6
Mumbai                    7        2       5        4
Delhi                         8         2       6        4

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