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KXIP sweep UAE leg with fifth win

Kings XI Punjab 127 for 5 (Sehwag 32) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 124 for 8 (Yuvraj 35, Sandeep 3-15) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In a game crippled by poor batting, Royal Challengers Bangalore limped to 124 and Kings XI Punjab were in danger of failing to chase that middling total, before they hung on to win by five wickets and leave the UAE with their fifth win in as many games. Chris Gayle, playing his first game of the season, and the rest of his team-mates failed to show up for the second game in a row and Royal Challengers lost seven wickets inside 15 overs. Kings XI also had their moments of anxiety at 88 for 5, but Rishi Dhawan and George Bailey completed the chase with seven balls to spare.

Royal Challengers showed poor game sense from the beginning, starting from Gayle's unusual approach of going ballistic from ball one. Gayle was forced to sit out the first four games due to injury and in the urge to make up for lost time, hammered 20 off the opening over by Glenn Maxwell, though not in the most convincing manner. But when attempting to dish out the same treatment to Sandeep Sharma the following over, he played one impetuous stroke too many and that started a slide Royal Challengers never recovered from.

Sandeep, the right-arm seamer, gets prodigious inswing and that helped in trapping Gayle and Virat Kohli, though he was lucky to get the latter. The swing took the ball past leg stump when the ball struck Kohli's pads but Billy Bowden was convinced it was hitting the stumps. A horrified Kohli trudged back after a pause, and the scowl hardly left his face through the game.

The top order fell to some inspired seam bowling from Sandeep and Mitchell Johnson who pitched the ball up and induced edges. AB de Villiers failed to take charge of the innings as he tamely lobbed the ball to backward point off Dhawan. The responsibility fell on the inconsistent Yuvraj Singh, and though he showed glimpses of his old self with his on-side flicks, he too fell to a poor shot. He pulled a short ball and found David Miller at deep midwicket with pin-point precision. It was a questionable shot, given the circumstances. Yuvraj was the last recognised batsman and Royal Challengers were three short of 100 with more than five overs to play.

The loss of wickets dried up the boundaries. Incredibly, Royal Challengers failed to score a boundary off the last seven overs, with only two instances of the ball crossing the ropes, via leg byes.

With a paltry 124 to defend, Royal Challengers needed quick wickets. Two brilliant catches at fine leg by Mitchell Starc gave them hope. A pick up shot by Wriddhiman Saha nearly cleared the rope but Starc hung on despite covering several yards near the edge of the rope. Maxwell tried the same shot but Starc this time hung on, diving forward. Maxwell's wicket gave Royal Challengers hope but for the second time in as many games, Kings XI managed without him.

Miller and Virender Sehwag kept Kings XI on track with a stand of 45. However, a double-strike by the legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal added a twist. Miller edged a googly, Sehwag was adjudged caught behind as well but replays showed he hadn't nicked it. It left Kings XI at a edgy 88 for 5, but they still held the edge thanks to a comfortable required rate of 5.28 and depth in batting.

Dhawan eased the nerves with a square cut for four off Dinda and a dab to third man off Yuvraj. The captain Bailey played second fiddle and the pair sealed the win in the 19th over. Royal Challengers succumbed to their third loss, and will need a quick turnaround once the tournament returns to India.

Hot streaks

8

Consecutive matches won by KXIP, the most in a row by any IPL side

One from the vault

18

Runs that Bailey scored off 27 balls against RCB in 2010 - the last time he batted in the IPL before this season

Remember when ...

38

No. of deliveries Miller took for his century against RCB in 2013, the last time a batsman hit a hundred against RCB

Mr. Miser

5.2

Chahal's economy in this IPL, only Sunil Narine has a better economy among spinners

RCB v openers

21

Number of innings since an opening pair added fifty or more against RCB. The last one was by Tendulkar and Ponting

The drought

0

No. of boundaries off the bat by RCB in the last five overs, the first time in the IPL they failed to score any

Foreign foe

7

The number of overseas batsmen Balaji has dismissed, out of his 8 wickets in this IPL so far. His only Indian wicket - Dhoni

Poor starts

3

No. of times RCB have lost 4 or more wickets in the Powerplay in all IPL matches - two of them in 3 days

Three-wicket taker

4

Number of times, in 7 IPL matches, that Sandeep Sharma has taken 3 wickets in an innings

Yuvraj v Johnson

12.67

Yuvraj's ODI average v Johnson - 76 runs in 132 balls, 6 dismissals

What can you do off 7 balls?

28

Most runs scored in a seven-ball innings in the IPL, by Albie Morkel v RCB. Gayle made 20 off 7 today

Should KXIP be worried?

566

Gayle's aggregate v Kings XI, the highest by any batsman v an opposition. Next-best - Gambhir's 520 v RCB

Gayle's favourite team?

566

Gayle's aggregate v Kings XI (avg 62.88, SR 167.95). His next highest against any team is 386, v Mumbai