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IPL 2017: AB De Villiers’ valiant knock could not save Royal Challengers Bangalore as Kings XI Punjab outshine

By Tarun Mazumdar / 2017.04.10
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AB de Villiers' spectacular knock at Indore against Kings XI Punjab set the tone for the evening. However, De Villiers did not get any support in terms of partnership from other Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kings XI Punjab easily chased the target of 148 in just 14.3 overs.

This is Kings XI Punjab's second consecutive win in IPL 2017 and they look pretty strong in all the department. Axar Patel was declared the man of the match for his superb spell of 1/12 in 4 overs.

After the match, Glenn Maxwell, captain of Kings XI Punjab praised the bowlers for setting up an excellent game for the team. He also talked about Hashim Amla's knock (58 not out) and called him a "world-class" player. He stated that Patel is a "true professional."

"Really good, we would like to have a few more games here. The bowlers set things up nicely for us. It's been great for them to execute their skills on a small ground. Great start, boys are backing that up nicely. Amla is world-class. Couldn't have gotten any better. Axar is a true professional and he delivered. He is a quality spinner and he continued to showcase his class and that's what we asked from him," Maxwell said at the post-match ceremony via Cricbuzz.

Meanwhile, Shane Watson blamed himself for Royal Challengers Bangalore's shaky start.

"AB was brilliant tonight. The others needed to support him a bit more. Little bit more dew than I thought it would be. He (Stanlake) has got some serious skill; pace and bounce, and is going to get better with more experience. AB was incredible as he always is and it would have been nice if we had supported him," Watson said.

The IPL 2017 action continues on Apr. 11 as Rising Pune Supergiants take on Delhi Daredevils in Pune.

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