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Then Maxwell, on 13, was dropped by Mandeep Singh at point, off Shane Watson.

This was Punjab's second win in the season.

At the helm, De Villiers was batting along-side Stuart Binny, who scored a causative 18 runs (not out). Thereafter, it was all "Ay Bee Dee". Not a very homely atmosphere for Kings XI Punjab, yet again.

In the 16th over, de Villiers slammed Aaron over mid-off to pick up his second six off the innings. Vishnu Vinod is likely to be pitched in at No.5. Looking to play a cut shot, Watson ended up dragging the ball on to his stumps. With two more dot deliveries, the pressure grew further. The explosive batsman turned the tide after a slow start. The feature of de Villiers' batting is the quickness with which he picks the length. On Monday, he batted like the way only he does.

"We have a good balance of fast bowlers and spinners". It was the same innings in which all the five other batsmen failed to score over run-a-ball. The absence of Kohli and AB De Villiers is definitely going to be felt in the RCB squad. MS Dhoni has been replaced by Steve Smith as the captain of the RPS. But talk about wicketkeeping and there arises his "awesomeness". The middle order perhaps will contain wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha along with the likes of Maxwell, Miller, Axar Patel and Stoinis. Among some awesome stops that he made behind the wicket, there was the catch to dismiss Mandeep Singh. Pacer Ishant Sharma, who went unsold in the auction, was named Vijay's replacement.

Chasing the target, Manan Vohra (34) and Amla (58) gave Punjab a flying start, sharing 62 off 35 balls for the opening wicket before Tymal Mills put the breaks by getting rid off the former in the sixth over.

The right-handed batsman struck a boundary off Sandeep Sharma to get off the mark. De Villiers didn't react. A pumped up Mills did not give up and removed Vohra on the last ball of the powerplay with an nearly unplayable slower ball.

Mohit, meanwhile, was just left staring into space, probably wondering what got into him.

On the prospects of risky batter Villiers on the team, Mills said the medical team would decide if he had recovered from back pain and was fit to play. He was also involved in a 72-run partnership with skipper Glenn Maxwell which clinch the match for KXIP who continue their unbeaten run in this year's competition. I never wanted to be a player who just gets into the side.

RCB were 61 for 3 at the halfway stage but Jadhav made a decision to score some quick runs as he hit Amit Mishra for two fours and as many sixes to take 24 runs from the 13th over.



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