Indian Premier League - 24th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 runs

The players are out. Irfan to start off.

16.40: We're about five minutes from the start. Bangalore are one position ahead of Kolkata and a win here will take them to No.5.

The action's back at Kingsmead in Durban for the second match of the double header between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Anil Kumble will lead Bangalore. Pietersen's back in England.

Toss: Kumble has won the toss and Bangalore will bat first.

Teams: Three changes for Bangalore. Ryder, Rajesh Bishnoi and Robin Uthappa come in.

Bangalore: JD Ryder, SP Goswami, JH Kallis, MV Boucher, V Kohli, P Kumar, RE van der Merwe, A Kumble (capt), KP Appanna, RV Uthappa, R Bishnoi

Two changes for Punjab. The injured Wilkin Mota makes way for Tanmay Srivastava and Simon Katich comes in for Ravi Bopara who has flown back.

Punjab: SM Katich, K Goel, Yuvraj Singh, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, IK Pathan, RR Powar, TM Srivastava, VS Malik, PP Chawla, YA Abdulla

0.1

Pathan to Ryder, no run, lands it oustide off and gets nice away movement and the ball bounces twice before reaching the keeper

0.2

Pathan to Ryder, no run, gets nicely behind the line and pushes it to mid-off

0.3

Pathan to Ryder, no run, slams it hard to the off side and Katich makes his presence felt with a brilliant save

0.4

Pathan to Ryder, 2 runs, rolls his wrists and clips a full delivery across the line and beats midwicket

0.5

Pathan to Ryder, OUT, Mahela's taken it! Ryder prods forward at a delivery which straightens outside the offstump and the thick outside edge is taken by Jayawardene who falls to his right at first slip

JD Ryder c Jayawardene b Pathan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

0.6

Pathan to Bishnoi, no run, appeal for an lbw! He really gets it to swing back in and lands it on a yorker length and it appears to strike him just outside the line of the offstump,, Dharmasena shakes his head, perhaps there was bat involved

End of over 1 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2/1 (RR: 2.00)
R Bishnoi    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-1
SP Goswami    0* (0b)     

1.1

Malik to Goswami, 1 wide, just slides down the legside and he tries to flick it away and misses

1.1

Malik to Goswami, 1 run, short of a length and he shuffles and clips it to square leg

1.2

Malik to Bishnoi, no run, Chance! Bishnoi pulls a short delivery from outside off and doesn't time it well, he ball dips in front of Srivastava at mid-on, good attempt though

1.3

Malik to Bishnoi, no run, short and wide outside off and chopped to point

1.4

Malik to Bishnoi, FOUR, streaky! Malik bangs it in short and Bishnoi swivels and pulls, the top edge lands safe and beats the fielder at fine leg

1.5

Malik to Bishnoi, no run, extra bounce and the ball hits his handle

1.6

Malik to Bishnoi, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he gets beside the line and taps it to the off side

End of over 2 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
R Bishnoi    4* (6b 1x4)      VS Malik    1-0-6-0
SP Goswami    1* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-1

2.1

Pathan to Goswami, no run, gets late swing and Goswami manages to get his bat down and keep away a yorker

2.2

Pathan to Goswami, no run, Goswami gets nicely behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler off the meat of the bat

2.3

Pathan to Goswami, no run, full and swinging away and he pushes a low full toss off the bottom of the bat to the covers

2.4

Pathan to Goswami, no run, gets forward and punches it off the front foot to the covers, he can;t beat the infield

2.5

Pathan to Goswami, 1 run, he opens the face of the bat and steers it late to third man

2.6

Pathan to Bishnoi, SIX, this time Bishnoi connects properly! He swivels after seeing a short delivery and hooks him high over long leg, that went quite a few rows back

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End of over 3 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/1 (RR: 5.00)
R Bishnoi    10* (7b 1x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-1
SP Goswami    2* (6b)      VS Malik    1-0-6-0

3.1

Malik to Goswami, 1 run

3.2

Malik to Bishnoi, SIX, take that! Malik drops it short of a length outside off and Bishnoi swivels and pulls powerfully over deep midwicket, lot of bottom hand on that shot

3.3

Malik to Bishnoi, 1 run, tries to whack a low full toss but he mistimes it and the ball dips in front of mid-on

3.4

Malik to Goswami, 2 runs, Dropped Goswami gets a thin outside edge to a delivery angling away from him and Sangakkara dives to his left and gets a glove to it, Powar mops up at third man, tough chance

3.5

Malik to Goswami, 1 run, drops it in front of mid-off and sets off for a quick single

3.6

Malik to Bishnoi, 1 run, rolls his wrists and clips a low full toss to mid-on

End of over 4 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 27/1 (RR: 6.75)
R Bishnoi    18* (10b 1x4 2x6)      VS Malik    2-0-18-0
SP Goswami    6* (9b)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-1

4.1

Abdulla to Bishnoi, no run, Abdulla bowls one full and has Bishnoi playing an airy drive, he misses it completely

4.2

Abdulla to Bishnoi, no run, yorker on the pads and he fails to whip it away, the ball rolls down the pitch

4.3

Abdulla to Bishnoi, no run, big swing and a miss, if you pitch it up to him he will flash hard, he hasn't connected those at all today

4.4

Abdulla to Bishnoi, OUT, Punjab saw it coming, Abdulla keeps it full outside the offstump and invites the uppish drive, Bishnoi obliges and ends up tamely chipping it to Chawla at short cover, there was a packed off side field waiting for that offering

R Bishnoi c Chawla b Abdulla 18 (14b 1x4 2x6) SR: 128.57

4.5

Abdulla to Kallis, no run, tests him out with a short one and that gets high on Kallis who defends

4.6

Abdulla to Kallis, no run, gets beside the line and steers it straight to point

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Royal Challengers Bangalore 27/2 (RR: 5.40)
JH Kallis    0* (2b)      YA Abdulla    1-1-0-1
SP Goswami    6* (9b)      VS Malik    2-0-18-0

5.1

Malik to Goswami, no run, cramps him for room on the offstump and Goswami gets behind the line and defends

5.2

Malik to Goswami, 2 runs, he frees his arms on seeing a bit of width and scoops him high over backward point, not well timed

5.3

Malik to Goswami, 1 run, gives him the charge and another one flies off the top edge, Abdulla tries to get around it at third man but the ball dips in front of him

5.4

Malik to Kallis, FOUR, Can't call that a drop! Very tough one, Kallis gets a leading edge as he tries to work it to the on side and Mahela leaps up at slip and tries to pull off a blinder

5.5

Malik to Kallis, 3 runs, chipped in the air just wide of midwicket and the cries of 'catch it' go up

5.6

Malik to Goswami, 1 run, reaches out and drives a full delivery down to the covers

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End of over 6 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/2 (RR: 6.33)
SP Goswami    10* (13b)      VS Malik    3-0-29-0
JH Kallis    7* (4b 1x4)      YA Abdulla    1-1-0-1

6.1

Abdulla to Goswami, OUT, Abdulla gets a bit of extra bounce and that wrecks Goswami's plan of timing it over the ropes, he tries to clear it over cover point but gets a top edge and Chawla runs forward from the boundary and catches it

SP Goswami c Chawla b Abdulla 10 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

6.2

Abdulla to Kallis, no run

6.3

Abdulla to Kallis, 1 run, drives to deep cover for a single

6.4

Abdulla to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa gets a lifter and he gets on his toes and tries to fend it off but the outside edge just falls short of Jayawardene's right at slip

6.5

Abdulla to Kallis, no run, good length outside off and driven to the off side

6.6

Abdulla to Kallis, FOUR, it's a half volley outside off and Kallis times the drive very crisply past the covers, the ball races past Powar who runs across and perhaps a dive could have saved a run or two

End of over 7 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/3 (RR: 6.28)
JH Kallis    12* (8b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    2-1-6-2
RV Uthappa    1* (1b)      VS Malik    3-0-29-0

Here's Powar

7.1

Powar to Uthappa, 1 run, stays back, waits for the turn and punches it to long-on

7.2

Powar to Kallis, 1 run, gives it a lot of flight and he pushes a low full toss to long-on

7.3

Powar to Uthappa, 1 run, pushes a full delivery down to long-on

7.4

Powar to Kallis, 1 run, clips it with the turn wide of midwicket

7.5

Powar to Uthappa, FOUR, risky shot in the end, he gives it a lot of flight and delivers it wide outside off, Uthappa reaches out to cut and gets a thick outside edge which beats the keeper

7.6

Powar to Uthappa, no run, flicked to midwicket

End of over 8 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/3 (RR: 6.50)
RV Uthappa    7* (5b 1x4)      RR Powar    1-0-8-0
JH Kallis    14* (10b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    2-1-6-2

8.1

Chawla to Kallis, no run, full outside off and pushed back to the bowler

8.2

Chawla to Kallis, no run, gets turn and bounce and beats the outside edge

8.3

Chawla to Kallis, 1 wide, strays wide down the leg side

8.3

Chawla to Kallis, 1 leg bye, slow off the pitch and he defends it away

8.4

Chawla to Uthappa, no run, rush of blood as he shapes to slog him from outside off, the ball turns sharply and the bat is nowhere close

8.5

Chawla to Uthappa, 1 run, steps down and whacks a full delivery to long-off

8.6

Chawla to Kallis, 1 run, gets forward and drives to deep cover

End of over 9 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/3 (RR: 6.22)
JH Kallis    15* (14b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0
RV Uthappa    8* (7b 1x4)      RR Powar    1-0-8-0

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, no run, goes for a wild cut and misses it, he doesn't pick the arm ball

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, FOUR, tosses it up and Kallis shapes to scoop it over cover but he changes his mind and carves it over point instead

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up outside off and pushed to the off side

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, no run, taps it softly to the off side and he thinks of a single but changes his mind

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, no run, pushes it flatter and shorter and he gets a thick edge onto his body as he shapes to pull

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, skids through, keeps low and he whips it towards midwicket for a single

At the time out Bangalore are just struggling a bit. Kallis will have to stick around till the end. They can send van der Merwe in next. He loves to swing the bat, irrespective of where he intends to place his shot.

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End of over 10 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 62/3 (RR: 6.20)
RV Uthappa    9* (10b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0
JH Kallis    20* (17b 3x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0

10.1

Chawla to Uthappa, 2 runs, fullish in length outside off and he slogs him to deep midwicket

10.2

Chawla to Uthappa, 1 run, gives him the charge and he lofts him over mid-off, the fielder in the deep mops up

10.3

Chawla to Kallis, 1 run, full outside off and driven to ex tra cover

10.4

Chawla to Uthappa, 1 run, he's not afraid to slog him against the turn, deep square picks it up

10.5

Chawla to Kallis, 1 run, tucks it to the right of Chawla and sets off for a quick single, Kallis is struggling to make his ground and the bowler fires the ball to the keeper, he whips off the bails and the batsman is home, the third umpire takes a look

10.6

Chawla to Uthappa, FOUR, gets on his knee and slogs him over midwicket, lot of power behind that shot

End of over 11 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/3 (RR: 6.54)
RV Uthappa    17* (14b 2x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0
JH Kallis    22* (19b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0

11.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, FOUR, full outside off and he slams it past the covers with brute force, that scorched to the boundary in a flash

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, 1 run, gets forward and drives to long-off

11.3

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, 2 runs, angles it towards the body and he clips it wide of midwicket

11.4

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, no run

11.5

Yuvraj Singh to Uthappa, OUT, Uthappa tries to go over the top with a slog and he gets a thick top edge, Katich runs forward from deep midwicket and takes the skier

RV Uthappa c Katich b Yuvraj Singh 19 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.76

11.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kallis, OUT, the arm ball foxes him! Lands on the offstump and goes straight through, Kallis is too late to get his bat down and the ball shaves the off stump

JH Kallis b Yuvraj Singh 27 (22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 122.72

End of over 12 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 80/5 (RR: 6.66)
     Yuvraj Singh    2-0-14-2
V Kohli    0* (0b)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0

12.1

Chawla to Kohli, no run, commits to the front foot and defends

12.2

Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, makes a bit of room and cuts with the turn to sweeper cover

12.3

Chawla to Boucher, no run, tries to sweep him but the ball hits his back leg outside the line of the offstump

12.4

Chawla to Boucher, 1 run, full on the pads and he sweeps him wide of square leg

12.5

Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he nudges it to short square leg for a single

12.6

Chawla to Boucher, 1 run, short on the offstump and he gets a bit of turn, he pulls from outside off and places it to deep square

End of over 13 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 84/5 (RR: 6.46)
MV Boucher    2* (3b)      PP Chawla    3-0-17-0
V Kohli    2* (3b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-14-2

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, OUT, That's hat-trick No.4 in the IPL! That's yet another arm ball which fetches him a wicket, he slips in the fast arm ball which lands on the offstump, skids through and clips his front pad in front of the stumps as he shapes to work it to the on side, the umpire lifts the finger immediately

MV Boucher lbw b Yuvraj Singh 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, no run

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, FOUR, drops it short and he frees his arms and scoops it over gully, well just wide of gully

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, no run, another appeal for an lbw, he lunges forward and he;s struck just outside the line of the offstiump

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, no run, shapes to cut but misses

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, no run

End of over 14 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/6 (RR: 6.28)
RE van der Merwe    4* (5b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-18-3
V Kohli    2* (3b)      PP Chawla    3-0-17-0

14.1

Chawla to Kohli, no run, the googly I reckon, he defends close to the pads and that prompts an appeal

14.2

Chawla to Kohli, 1 run

14.3

Chawla to van der Merwe, no run

14.4

Chawla to van der Merwe, SIX, tossed up outside off, he gets on his knee and slogs him from outside off and clears deep midwicket

14.5

Chawla to van der Merwe, 1 run, lands outside off and he drives to deep cover

14.6

Chawla to Kohli, FOUR, it's a half volley outside off and he gets on his knee and crashes it hard past deep extra cover

End of over 15 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 100/6 (RR: 6.66)
V Kohli    7* (6b 1x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-29-0
RE van der Merwe    11* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-18-3

15.1

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, no run, turn and bounce, beats him completely and sanga fumbles behind the stumps

15.2

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, 1 run, lands outside off and he chops it down to point

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, no run, chops it to the off side

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, 1 run, fired on the pads and he clips it against the turn to midwicket

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to van der Merwe, 1 run, full on middle and leg and pushed to long-on

15.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, 1 run, gets to the pitch and drives him to long-off

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End of over 16 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 104/6 (RR: 6.50)
V Kohli    9* (9b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-22-3
RE van der Merwe    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    4-0-29-0

16.1

Pathan to Kohli, 1 run, slower delivery from round the wicket and he pushes it softly to the covers

16.2

Pathan to van der Merwe, 1 run, comes over the wicket to van der Merwe, he taps it to the off side and sets off

16.3

Pathan to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and scampers a single to point, the throw was just wide

16.4

Pathan to van der Merwe, FOUR, slower delivery outside off, he gets on his knee and fetches it from outside off and tonks it over midwicket, just a few inches short of the rope

16.5

Pathan to van der Merwe, no run, inswinging yorker just misses the legstump, they try to steal a bye but Kohli turns back and just makes his ground before Irfan hits the stumps

16.6

Pathan to van der Merwe, 1 run, bowls it on the blovkhole and he jams it to point

End of over 17 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 112/6 (RR: 6.58)
RE van der Merwe    19* (15b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-17-1
V Kohli    11* (11b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-22-3

17.1

Abdulla to van der Merwe, SIX, makes room and lofts him downtown and tries to clear long-on, Srivastava tries to get underneath it and he leaps up and palms it over the rope, very tough one

17.2

Abdulla to van der Merwe, FOUR, makes room and crashes a half volley past deep extra cover, he just slaps it with brute power

17.3

Abdulla to van der Merwe, SIX, that's a mis-hit! He specialises in those shots alright, his leg moves back as he tries to crash it over the onside but he sends it over wide long -off instead

17.4

Abdulla to van der Merwe, OUT, another mis-hit and it lands down Irfan's throat at deep extra cover! He gets on his knee and tries to pick him over the on side but it goes the other way and Irfan completes the catch while looking into the lights

RE van der Merwe c Pathan b Abdulla 35 (19b 3x4 3x6) SR: 184.21

17.5

Abdulla to Kohli, FOUR, angles it on the pads and he clips it high over square leg, what timing

17.6

Abdulla to Kohli, 1 run, full and driven to long-off

End of over 18 (21 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 133/7 (RR: 7.38)
V Kohli    16* (13b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    3-1-27-3
P Kumar    0* (0b)      IK Pathan    3-0-17-1

18.1

Pathan to Kohli, OUT, it's a full ball and he kneels down and tries to scoop him over the sight screen but he doesn't get the elevation and Chawla takes the catch running to his left from long-on

V Kohli c Chawla b Pathan 16 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

18.2

Pathan to Kumar, no run, full toss outside off and he fails to make contact

18.3

Pathan to Kumar, 1 run, fires it full on the offstump and he jams it out hard to long-off

18.4

Pathan to Kumble, no run, makes room, tries to steer it to the off side but misses it

18.5

Pathan to Kumble, 1 run, makes room, gets to the pitch of the ball and scoops it to wide long-off

18.6

Pathan to Kumar, no run, backs away to a low full toss and he gets a faint edge which trickles to the keeper

End of over 19 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 135/8 (RR: 7.10)
P Kumar    1* (3b)      IK Pathan    4-0-19-2
A Kumble    1* (2b)      YA Abdulla    3-1-27-3

19.1

Abdulla to Kumble, 1 wide, bangs in the bouncer in seeing the batsman back away, right call by the umpire

19.1

Abdulla to Kumble, OUT, he follows up the bouncer with a straight yorker which goes right through the gate and pushes the legstump back, Kumble had exposed all 3 stumps

A Kumble b Abdulla 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

19.2

Abdulla to Appanna, 1 bye, he swings and misses and they steal a bye, the keeper under arms it to the bowler who has a shy at the stumps at his end as well

19.3

Abdulla to Kumar, 2 runs, jams out a yorker and the ball just spins away from Chawla at short third man

19.4

Abdulla to Kumar, FOUR, throws the kitchen sink at that one after backing away and he gets a lucky inside edge which beats the keeper

19.5

Abdulla to Kumar, no run, makes room and Abdulla fires it wide outside off and the batsman swings and misses

19.6

Abdulla to Kumar, 2 runs, Dropped Kumar backs away and gets a thick edge which swirls to Chawla at third man, he covered enough ground but the ball slips through his fingers, that denies Abdulla a five-for

Tricky target for Punjab under lights. Both teams are in with a chance I reckon. The situation looked bleak for Bangalore after the Yuvraj's hat-trick but van der Merwe's cameo changed things.

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End of over 20 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 145/9
P Kumar    9* (7b 1x4)      YA Abdulla    4-1-36-4
KP Appanna    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    4-0-19-2
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May 1, 2009

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