Star batsman AB de Villiers struck a brilliant 57 to go guide Royal Challengers Bengalure to an easy four wicket win against strong Kings XI Punjab in the IPL tie played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Friday.
Earlier, RCB captain called the toss right and asked the opponents to bat first as the Bengaluru wicket always favoured those, who chase a score and was rewarded as fast bowler Umesh Yadav struck telling blows claiming three wickets in the fourth over of the match helping the home team bundled out Punjab for 155 with four balls to spare in the T-20 game.
The 54-run partnership between de Kock and de Villiers did enough to take the pressure off the chase, after which Chris Woakes and Washington Sundar saw the team through to the win.
In the first innings, Kings K L Rahul (47) struck again providing visitors with a brilliant start with Mahyank Agarwal but the trible strike in the fourth over of the innings put the skids on the R Ashwin led side.
Later de Cock hit a valuable 47 while Villiers in the company of Mandeep Singh added a valuable 54 runs for the fifth wicket took the hosts to a comfortable win.