Earlier, Kings XI wilted under pressure as a spirited RCB bundled them out for 88.
Kings XI started strong but lost their way in the recent matches.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are now placed in the seventh place on the league table with four wins from 11 games. Their stars are starting to click with the bat and the bowlers are executing their plans as well. Still they have two more matches to play, so RCB can not afford to lose a single match to stay alive in the tournament.
Umesh Yadav's short-pitched deliveries got the big wickets of Lokesh Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle (14) as Punjab was bowled out for 88 in 15.1 overs after Bangalore won the toss and opted to field. In the last match, 459 runs were scored collectively by the two teams which is the second highest in the history of IPL. For Punjab, the eyes will be on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul.
R Ashwin and his KXIP bowling unit barely posed a challenge as the RCB openers made merry in the small ground.
The middle-order has been an issue all season but that is not because they haven't tried many things.
De Villiers is also playing for the Royal Challengers in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the duo put on a show in the franchise's last match against the Delhi Daredevils. Kolkata play Rajasthan on Tuesday with the result to have major ramifications for both Punjab and Bangalore, Kings XI able to jump back into the four should Rajasthan succumb by more than 60 runs.
Virat Kohli who ended the night unbeaten on 48 is our "Batsman of the Match". His success has come with the ball so far, making up for scoring a combined 11 runs with the bat by conceding at an economical 6.28 runs an over, and returning particularly impressive figures of 1-25 in that Daredevils win. That means that although RCB has had a stop-start season, Kohli is still in the running for the Orange Cap. Last time RCB played against KIXP, the former had registered their first win of the season and Anushka was there to witness the victory. Our batsmen have struggled more often than not. They lost four wickets totally. Both openers had a lifeline each - Kohli was even dropped on 18 by Aaron Finch and Patel survived being caught in the deep by Mayank Agarwal on 32. One big partnership usually does the trick in T20s and the way me and AB bat, the opposition know what can happen.
Kohli later admitted he had been disappointed with his team's death bowling, but de Villiers helped him focus.
Ravichandran Ashwin (KXIP captain): That wasn't a professional effort at all for us. They have failed to get breakthroughs because of which betsmen have found it easy to rotate strike between wickets.