IPL Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, AB de Villiers hammers fifty

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PUNJAB's great Australian Aaron Finch fell to a golden spirit before being given a lesson by AB de Villiers, who scored 57 rounds of 40 balls when Royal Challenger Bangalore secured a first win in the IPL campaign.

Finch was caught in front of first ball by Umesh Yadav after opening Mayank Agarwal went to 15.

De Villiers hit two four and four six to save his team from an insecure 4-87, requiring 156 to victory. He dropped with the score at 146 and Bangalore won with three balls left over and ended at 6-159.

"I really wanted (team) over the line," said de Villers. "I love to lead the team to victory, unbeaten, unfortunately I could not do it."

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Although the modest began to start, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum started out for a golden duck from Axar Patel's second ball while 17-year-old Afghanistan offspinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was awarded the prize block to the wealthy Virat Kohli (21).

Kohli warms up for a big bench with four four. South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock held the top order with 45 out of 34 balls, including seven four and six. But Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin hit twice in two balls to remove him and Sarfaraz Khan into a golden spirit.

De Villiers, outstanding in South Africa's latest series, won home to Australia, took control of the situation in a typical compound style. He put 59 runs on the fifth wicket with Mandeep Singh, scoring a valuable 22.

Previously, Lokesh Rahul opens the score for Punjab with 47 out of 30 balls. But Umesh Yadav's fast middle voice pointed Punjab back from 0-32 to 3-36. He produced his brilliant triple strike over six balls, removed Agarwal, the dangerous Finch and then Yuvraj Singh for four.

Ashwin's aggressive 33 out of 21 balls helped Punjab to slip past 150, but it was not enough to apply severe pressure.

"I always thought we had our back against the wall because we were around 20-30 short," Ashwin said. "We still struggled hard."

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