IPL: KXIP thrash host RCB

BANGALORE: The Kings XI Punjab continued to roll as they convincingly thrashed hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore by 32 runs in an IPL match, collecting their seventh win of the tournament

After putting into bat, KXIP batsmen again fired unison to score an imposing 198 for eight with in-form David Miller smashing 66 off 29 balls.

In reply, RCB could manage only 166 for nine as AB de Villiers ran out of partners despite another heroic effort hitting 53 off 26 balls.

Sandeep Sharma again proved his mettle with early strikes as he had another terrific day with figures of 3 for 25. But the surprise package was an unheralded 20-year-old off-spinner Shivam Sharma playing his first competitive match at the senior level.

Bowling like a classical off-break bowler, who could both flight and turn the ball, Shivam had brilliant figures of two for 26 in four overs to show for his efforts.

KXIP remain on top of the table with 14 points from eight games while RCB stay on sixth place with six points from eight games.