Royal Challengers Bangalore survived a last over scare to beat Kings XI Punjab at Chandigarh yesterday. Chasing 175, Bangalore required 17 runs off the last over.
Farhaan Behardien took a single off the first ball and gave the strike to Marcus Stoinis. With 16 required off five balls, Stoinis smashed the first ball he faced for a four through extra cover. He then cleared the long-off boundary and smacked a six off the next all.
With six required off three balls, it seemed as though the tides had shifted and that Punjab were on their way home. However, the very next ball from Chris Jordan produced a dot. It was a wide delivery which left Stoinis in two minds.
He wanted to scoop it but his shot was half-hearted. At the end all he could do was watch the ball go towards the keeper. He hoped for a wide, but the umpire didn't get it. With five runs required off two balls, the tides changed again. The next ball was a full-toss which Stoinis could only carve through the offside for a double.
He needed to hit a boundary off the last ball but managed just two runs again. At the end of it all Bangalore won by one run.
Earlier a 35-ball 64 from AB de Villiers helped Bangalore post 175. Punjab began the chase well with their skipper Murali Vijay smacking 89 off 57 with 12 fours and a six. Unfortunately though, they fell one run short.