Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kings Eleven Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Skipper Yuvraj Singh had been asking for a full session of play & he got that today against the Royal Challengers, Bangalore.
Pieterson won the toss foe DCB & elected to bat, but the decision backfired as Uthappa got out to the first ball of the innings to Pathan. However, next man in was Kallis, & in company with Ryder at the other end, decided to take the attack to the enemy camp. Just when they looked like running away with the match, Ryder got bowled out to local boy Abdulla, going for the slog for a well made 32 of 21 deliveries. Pieterson in next disappointed again going for a duck & DCH were ina spot of bother. Dravid in next tried hard to pull things back, but today was not his day & he holed out shortly getting only 10 & DCH were struggling with score at 73 for 4. Kallis continued to score this time along with Ross Taylor & took the score to 134 before getting out for a brilliant 62 of just 46 deliveries. However the later batsmen could not make much impact & the DCH innings folded at 168 for 9. Abdulla had taken 4 wickets for 31 runs & Pathan had taken 3 for 35. Decent competitive total.

However, KXIP started in style with Goel & Bopara & they put on 52 runs before Goel got run out. Sangakarra was the next man in & he too got into the act, as runs kept coming at a fair clip. Sanga finally holed out to Kumble with the score at 92 in the 13th over, bringing Yuvi to the crease. The scoring had fallen a bit, but Bopara & Yuvi were very sensible with their batting & the DCH could not apply much pressure. Bopara went beyond his half century with some brilliant batting, showing no signs of strain. He finally got out to an excellent 84 off 59 deliveries. Yuvi at the other end finished the match with a cool 30 off 17 balls & KXIP had scampered home with one over to spare. They really looked in control through the whole match & now with the first win under their belt, they should be able to make better impact ahead. For the DCH, it was another loss, their third in a row.

Ravi Bopara was the obvious choice for the Man of the Match.