Kings XI beats Royal Challengers by 19 runs in IPL

IPL 2017 Martin Guptill feels Royal Challengers Bangalore is a ‘dangerous side’ despite on a losing streak

IPL 2017: Resurgent Kings XI Punjab take on out-of-sorts Royal Challengers

Sunil Narine slammed the fastest fifty in the history of Indian Premier League while Chris Lynn made a strong comeback with a 21-ball 50 as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 159 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 15.1 overs with six wickets in hand at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

For Kings XI Punjab, a win will keep them in contention with another four matches after Friday.

Yes, the pitch here may have played a part in the home team's miserable run in 2017.

Narine was finally caught by Kedar Jadhav off an Aniket Choudhury delivery and he departed for 54.

Yusuf Pathan (0 not out) and Manish Pandey (4 not out) saw the out the win for the men in purple.

Despite having a team stocked with foreign superstars, including Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Tymal Mills and Samuel Badree, the Royal Challengers have failed to live up to expectations as they languish at the bottom of the points table with only two wins in the 12 games they have played thus far.

Head (75 off 47 not out), who is playing in place of Shane Watson, and Mandeep stitched together a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket to stem RCB's rot and at the end it was about the Australian's big hitting.

Gavaskar also slammed other senior RCB players for trying to play big shots when they could have just gone for hitting fours.

The pair added 105 runs for the first wicket to take the game away from Virat Kohli's boys.

KKR Pacer Umesh Yadav sent back West Indian explosive batsman Chris Gayle on the first ball of RCB's innings. Hashim Amla haas scored 315 runs while Martin Guptil in the previous game completed his half century in just 27 balls. He fell to Umesh's slower delivery with the ball striking his back foot for a plumb leg before wicket decision.

Kohli and AB de Villiers again fell cheaply; the India captain lbw to Umesh and the South African bowled by Narine.

Mandeep and Head took nearly nine overs to engineer a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Narine hammered six fours and a quartet of maximums to sink any hopes Virat Kohli's charges had of snapping a five-match losing streak.

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