Bangalore: A stunning all-around show by Caribbean destructor Chris Gayle (107 runs and 3 wickets) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to notch-up an easy victory by 85 runs over Kings XI Punjab here on Friday.

Chasing an enormous target, Kings Eleven were restricted on 120 runs by hosts.

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Earlier, pressure got the better of Kings XI Punjab as their four dangerous batsmen who could have guided the team chasing a mammoth target were departed cheaply. The star of IPL4 season Paul Valthaty and reliable Shaun Marsh went back to the hunch on a paltry score of 34 runs.

Chasing an immense total, Kings XI Punjab stumbled before Royal Challengers vigorous start as they have lost their two batsmen—skipper Adam Gilchrist for ‘duck’ and Abhiskek Nayar on paltry 1.  

A blazing knock by Chris Gayle and a scorching 27 off 14 balls helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to set a gigantic 206 runs target in front of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL match here on Friday.

After setting Bangalore on fire with his blistering ton against Kings XI Punjab Chris Gayle departed on a witty spun by Chawla. While, Gayle’s companion Virat Kohli who was supporting from the other end also stumbled on the same delivery by the spinner.

The swashbuckling Chris Gayle struck a thrilling IPL century in just balls against Kings XI Punjab. The fiery batsman struck 8 fours and 9 sixes in his devastating innings. Gayle hit century in 46 balls.

Destructive Chris Gayle completed his thrilling fifty in just 28 balls against Kings XI Punjab. Gayle struck five boundaries and four rocket sixes in his unbeaten innings.  

Kings Eleven Punjab’s speedster Ryan McLaren got the first breakthrough for his team as he scalped Tilakrattne Dilshan on futile 16 runs. The devastating batsman played a careless shot on McLaren’s bouncer and gave an easy catch to Praveen Kumar on mid-wicket.

Kings Eleven Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist has won the toss and elected to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Friday.

Daniel Vettori led Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Adam Gilchrist’s Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match.

Royal Challengers have nine points from eight games but will have to win at least four of their next six matches for survival in the ongoing Twenty20 tournament.

Mumbai Indians, with 14 points from nine games, Kolkata Knight Riders (12 from nine) and Chennai Super Kings (12 from nine) are the front-runners at this stage of the competition. And three wins from the remaining five games could certainly seal a place for these sides in the play-offs.

For Kings XI too, it will be a crucial game as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points from seven matches. Kings XI will have to win tomorrow if they want to keep themselves in the reckoning for a place in the qualifiers. A defeat could virtually throw them out of the contest, unless they win all their remaining six games.

If RCB have the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Kings XI have Adam Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh at their disposal who can tear apart any bowling side on their day. And considering the form of these gladiators and with the wicket expected to play hard and true, we can expect a heap of runs.   

Interestingly, RCB have raised their game by a notch or two since the advent of Gayle. However, the Daniel Vettori-led side have serious concerns when it comes to their bowling department. With pace spearhead Zaheer Khan looking out of sorts, RCB's bowling continues to remain it's weakest link.

Captain Vettori has been a standout performer with the ball and domestic recruits Syed Mohammad and Sreenath Arvind have done reasonably well, but what the Bangalore outfit lacks is a genuine wicket-taking bowler. 

Kings XI, on other hand, have lost steam after making an impressive start to the tournament. Since winning three games on the trot, the Gilchrist-led side have lost three which includes a small margin defeat against Delhi Daredevils in a high-scoring thriller.

Punjab's batting has simply not been up to the mark despite Mumbaikar Valthaty's early heroics and Gilchrist once-in-a-while pyrotechnics. The visitors' batting had depended too much on these two big-striking openers and Punjab's success depend much uopn how their opening duo perform against RCB's attack. 

Other overseas players, such as Marsh, Ryan McLaren and David Hussey, need to fire for Punjab to put up a good total or chase well.

Kings XI's bowling too has not been awe-inspiring. Praveen Kumar has not yet found his top form after coming from an injury lay-off and the attack wears a thin look. Piyush Chawla, who struggled in the World Cup, has under-performed with only four victims in six games and needs to be more effective to stop the rampaging RCB batting line-up.

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Teams (from):

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (Captain),Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan,Nuwan Pradeep, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt,Abhimanyu Mithun, Ryan Ninan, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach,
Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad,Saurabh Tiwary, Johan van der Wath, Jonathan Vandiar.

Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Abhishek Nayar, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Love Ablish, Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini, Paras Dogra,Paul Valthaty, Shalabh Srivastava, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny
Singh, Vikramjeet Malik, Amit Yadav, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Nathan Rimmongton, Ryan Harris, Ryan McLaren, David Miller.

(JPN)