Chennai: Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers hit whirlwind half-centuries to arrange a 3rd successive win for Royal Challengers Bangalore as they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs within the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Maxwell (78) and De Villiers (76 not out) powered Bangalore to 204-4 and Virat Kohli’s workforce then restricted Kolkata, led by Eoin Morgan, to 166-8 in Chennai.
Bangalore, who’re looking for their maiden IPL title reclaimed high spot within the Twenty20 event.
“Well, I said at the halfway mark we have 200 because of two genius innings back-to-back,” stated Kohli.
“Maxi has taken to this team like duck to water. AB loves the team and they were the difference today. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves and not getting over-excited.”Maxwell, who was purchased by Bangalore for $1.95m in February’s public sale, hit his second straight fifty to make his workforce recuperate from 9-2 together with Kohli out for 5 within the second over.
The Australian batsman placed on 86 for the third wicket with Devdutt Padikkal as he took the assault to the opposition bowlers.
He additionally stood robust with de Villiers earlier than falling to quick bowler Pat Cummins as he hit 9 fours and three sixes in his 49-ball knock.
De Villiers, the South African veteran who has been with Bangalore for the reason that 2012 season, hit the ball to all components of the bottom in his 34-ball blitz.
He hit three fours and a six off the final over from Andre Russell as Bangalore completed with a flourish after Kohli elected to bat first.
“I did play well and had a lot of fun. Maxi made it easier,” stated man of the match De Villiers.
“It wasn’t a 200-wicket, maybe 170 was about par today. The most important thing is I’m enjoying myself and my cricket – my family is here.”
Two-time IPL winners Kolkata had been by no means within the chase as they misplaced wicket at common intervals. Morgan hit 29 and Russell made 31 off 20 balls.
New Zealand quick bowler Kyle Jamieson took three wickets whereas fellow fast Harshal Patel and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed two every.