South African AB de Villiers announced his entry into the IPL 10 in style as he anchored a faltering Royal Challengers Bangalore innings and almost single-handedly helped the visitors post a target of 149 for Kings XI Punjab, His magnificant 89 from just 46 ball, In this innings De Villiers hits 9 sixes.
Maxwell start the attack with the spin and Axar Patel delivered with the wicket of Watson in the very first over, Vishnu and in-form Kedar Jadhav soon joined the captain back on the bench as KXIP seamers Sandeep Sharma and Varun Aaron struck.
Amla and Maxwell made short work of the 149-run target as Punjab won by 8 wickets in just 14.3 overs.
Punjab start innings with a good start as Hashim amla brought up his second fifty in IPL, Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra (34, 21b, 4×4, 1×6) adding 62 runs in exactly six overs, with the latter falling off the last ball of the Powerplay, trapped right in front by Tymal Mills’ slower ball.
That partnership meant Kings XI would get to their target as long as they played smart cricket, and with a classy Amla (58 n.o., 38b, 4×4, 3×6) at one end, and the belligerence and six-hitting ability of Maxwell (43 n.o., 22b, 3×4, 4×6) at the other, that was never going to be a problem.