New Delhi: Royal Challengers suffered third jolt in the form of Saurabh Tiwary against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 5 match at PCA stadium in Mohali.

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Bangalore achieved the target in 19.3 overs with three balls to spare. Andrew McDonald and skipper Daniel Vettori remained unbeaten on 8 and 2 runs respectively to take RCB to their successive victories.

Gayle and De Villiers steadied RCB with their muscular 131-run stand for the fourth wicket.the RCB duo played stupendously to confirm Punjab's another loss at their own hunch.

Royal Challengers bounced back after the loss of quick wickets as Gayle and De Villiers reached to their century stand in just 62 balls to take Bangalore closer to victory.

Gayle slammed his consecutive fifty in 41 balls, smacking five fours and a six to keep Bangalore afloat in the match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore stuttered early in chase of 164 after losing three quick wickets against Kings XI Punjab. Parvinder Awana led Bangalore trouble by claiming all first three wickets to leave the Royal Challengers struggling at 25/3 in 5.1 overs.

Saurabh Tiwary, who batted brilliantly against Pune Warriors, mistimed his pull shot that went straight to keeper Nitin Saini's hand.

Punjab's seamer struck twice in his first over to dismiss Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli missed out again as he went for the drive, got an inside edge and Shaun Marsh took spectacular catch at point while Agarwal was caught plumb in front of the wicket.

A solid start by openers and mind boggling blitz by debutant Azhar Mehmood propelled Kings XI Punjab to set a defendable target of 164 runs before Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kings XI Punjab struggled as they lost wickets at regular intervals against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Harshal Patel joined the party to pile more misery on Punjab after removing the big fish David Hussey, who played 41-run knock off 34 balls.

David Miller, who replaced injured skipper Adam Gilchrist, failed to grab the opportunity as he mistimed his shot which was caught by Zaheer Khan at extra cover off Andrew McDonald.

McDonald gave Kings XI Punjab their third blow when he got rid of well-settled Shaun Marsh, who scored a 17-ball 26 with the help of three fours and one six.

Speedster Zaheer Khan gave Royal Challengers Bangalore double breakthrough as he scalped Nitin Saini (14) and Paul Valthaty (6) in his successive overs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and opted to field against Kings XI Punjab.

Bangalore made one change, bringing in Andrew McDonald in place of Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Three players are making their debut for Kings XI Punjab as Azhar Mehmood, Nitin Saini and David Miller have been included in place of injured Adam Gilchrist and Dimitri Mascarenhas.

West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle's devastating form will be a cause of immense worry for the inconsistent Kings XI Punjab when they clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
   
Punjab slumped to their third defeat, first in their own backyard, when Kolkata Knight Riders beat them comprehensively by eight wickets Wednesday night. Inconsistent batting has been the chief cause of concern for the Adam Gilchrist-led side, which managed only 124/7 against KKR here after electing to bat first.
   
RCB, on the other hand, displayed sensational batting in the win over Pune Warriors in their previous match. Gayle's sensational knock of 81 of 48, studded with eight sixes including five in a single over, helped the franchise snatch a thrilling last ball win over Warriors in Bangalore this week when they chased down a formidable 182.
   
Kings XI and RCB have so far played five matches each and are placed at number seven and eighth in the points table respectively, but the Bangalore side will go into this match high on confidence.
   
Punjab suffered two initial losses to start with and then had back-to-back wins under their belt, but slipped against KKR again, whom they had beaten only a few days back.
   
Inconsistent form of their top order, that includes Gilchrist, who pulled a hamstring in last night's match, has been the local franchise's main concern. The skipper is yet to hit a big knock, with Wednesday's 40 being his top score.
   
Gilchrist's Aussie compatriot, Shaun Marsh has also not yet shown his full potential and the batting hero of last year's edition Paul Valthaty has failed miserably and may face the axe.
   
Punjab's batting has been revolving around Gilchrist, Marsh and David Hussey and it's the inconsistency which worries Gilchrist. Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who now has a multi-city visa to play for Punjab, may now be included in the side soon to boost the middle order.

Teams:

Kings XI Punjab:
Shaun Marsh, Paul Valthaty, David Miller, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, Nitin Saini, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Harmeet Bansal, Parvinder Awana

Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Andrew McDonald, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, AB de Villiers, Arun Karthik, Daniel Vettori, Vinay Kumar, Harshal Patel, Zaheer Khan

(JPN/Agencies)