Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers scored sparkling half centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs in Chennai on Sunday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, RCB started badly by losing skipper Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar to Varun Chakravarthy in the second over.
The pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Glenn Maxwell resurrected the innings with a valuable 86 run stand for the third wicket, before the former was dismissed by Prasidh Krishna for 25.
Ab De Villiers along with Maxwell took on the Knight Riders bowlers by smashing them to all parts of the ground. The pair added 53 runs for the fourth wicket before the Australian all rounder top edged a Pat Cummins delivery to Harbhajan Singh at short fine leg for a 49 ball 78.
The former South African star took on Andre Russell by smashing him for 38 runs in his two overs as Royal Challengers Bangalore ended up with a mammoth total of 204/4. De Villiers remained unbeaten on 76 off 34 balls. His knock comprised of 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Varun Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39.
Chasing 205, Kolkata Knight Riders pair of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana got their team of to a quickfire start.
Gill smashed Kyle Jamieson for two sixes and a boundary before falling to a brilliant catch at mid on by substitute Dan Christian for a 9 ball 21.
Rahul Tripathi looked good in his innings of 25 before he top edged a Washington Sundar ball to Mohammed Siraj.
Yuzvendra Chahal got into the act by dismissing the in form Rana and then trapping Dinesh Karthik leg before wicket leaving KKR in a spot of bother at 74/4.
Eoin Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan steadied the ship with a 40-run partnership for the fifth wicket before the former was caught by skipper Kohli off Harshal Patel.
With 84 needed off 30 balls, Andre Russell clobbered Yuzvendra Chahal for three consecutive fours and a six to bring the equation down to 59 off the last 3 overs.
Russell smashed Jamieson for a monstrous six but the Kiwi bowler fought back by knocking over both Shakib and Pat Cummins in the same over.
Harshal Patel dismissed the West Indies all rounder Russell for 31 as Kolkata Knight Riders ended up with 166/8 to give Bangalore their third consecutive win of the season.