April 3, 2010

Royal Challengers Bangalore Won the match by 6 wickets

Kings XI Punjab played their home match against the visitors Royal Challengers Bangalore today at Mohali. Kings XI Punjab won the toss & elected to bat first. 
Openings their innings, Shaun Marsh & Manvinder Bisla were the opening batsmen for Kings XI Punjab. Things did not go well in the start for Kings XI Punjab as Shaun Marsh got out in the second over. But Kings XI Punjab batted well maintain good run rate throughout the innings. By the end of 20 overs Kings XI Punjab lost only 5 wickets & scored 181 runs in total. Yuvaraj Singh & Kumar Sangakkara scored 36 from 20 balls & 45 from 27 balls respectively. Dale Steyn was the economic bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore giving 7.75 runs per over.
Royal challengers Bangalore started their innings chasing the target of 182 runs with the openers Jacques Kallis & Manish Pandey. Man in Orange Cap, Jacques Kallis was out in the fifth over scoring only 9 runs which made Royal Challengers Bangalore to tremble. Even Manish Pandey could not make where he got out when Kevin Pietersen hit the ball straight to bowler's hand which further hit on the wicket. After this, Virat Kohli & Kevin Pietersen played till RCB reached 130 runs. Virat Kohli got out in the 16th over, the required run rate got to 11 runs per over which was little difficult to score. But, it all changed in the 17th over where Brett Lee bowled the over. It was Robin Uthappa who batted brilliantly hitting 2 sixes & a four, in this over RCB scored 25 runs in just 6 balls where the pressure completely released for them. In 19.1 overs Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 184 runs loosing just 4 wickets & winning the match by 6 wickets. This was RCB's 5th victory in 8 matches played in this IPL edition 3. Man of the match was Kevin Pietersen for his unbeaten 66 runs from 44 balls. Royals Challengers Bangalore after winning this match moved from 3rd place to 2nd place in the rankings table.

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