Indian Premier League, 31st match: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali, Apr 2, 2010
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
2 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Right we are ready to. Manvinvder Bisla and Shaun Marsh will open for Punjab. Praveen Kumar to bowl to Marsh

Toss Kumar Sangakkara feels good to be back. Says he wants his side to keep things simple. Anil Kumble says "every game is important. Today's game is really important". Seriously?

Anyway Sangakkara has won the toss and will bat first. "We will take it one over at a time," he says. You don't say Kumar.

Kumble says they were tempted to play Ross Taylor, but he has just come off a 24-hour flight, and hence they want him to take it easy.

7.25pm Match 31. Welcome. Mahela Jayawardene sits out of this one, and Kumar Sangakkara - banned for continuous slow over-rates - comes back as captain for Kings XI Punjab. Also Sreesanth and Bipul Sharma are back ahead of Vikramjeet Malik and Karan Goel. They are up against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are unchanged. Toss in five minutes


Kumar to Marsh, no run, swing away from Marsh, who lets it go through to Uthappa. PK not happy with the bounce it almost bounces twice before reaching the keeper


Kumar to Marsh, no run, looks to run a fullish balll down to third man, gets a bottom edge


Kumar to Marsh, no run, massive swing there, pitches leg - maybe even outside - and beats a defensive shot outside off


Kumar to Marsh, no run, gets in line this time and defended solidly towards point

Mridul Shandilya: "I am happy that Bangalore have not dropped Praveen after two pathetic performances.. He is a wicket taker and needs to be backed proprerly.." Goes round the wicket to Marsh


Kumar to Marsh, no run, looks to pull this one, but swings over the ball, not short enough for the shot


Kumar to Marsh, 1 run, tips and runs to cover, and makes sure this is not a maiden

End of over 1 (1 run) Kings XI Punjab 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • SE Marsh 1 (6b)
    • MS Bisla 0 (0b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-1-0

R Vinay Kumar is the surprise opening bowler, ahead of Steyn


Vinay Kumar to Marsh, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, steered away to third man


Vinay Kumar to Bisla, 1 run, back of a length again, Bisla places it wide of a diving Kallis at midwicket


Vinay Kumar to Marsh, no run, another bottom edge on a Marsh attempt to run it down for a single


Vinay Kumar to Marsh, OUT, and VK strikes early, what a bowling combination change! the effort ball, quicker than his three previous deliveries, pitches middle and off and makes him play and leaves him enough to take the edge, and Dravid at wide slip is placed perfectly for it

SE Marsh c Dravid b Vinay Kumar 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Sanga is in now


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, and he gets the sparse crowd involved with a trademark languid square-drive, VK gave him the width and he sends it crashing between point and cover


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, and follows it up with a bunted single to square leg

End of over 2 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 8/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 5 (2b 1x4)
    • MS Bisla 1 (1b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-7-1
    • P Kumar 1-0-1-0

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, looks to open the face on on but it's too close to him


Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, makes room, PK follows him, no room there, and he hits it straight to mid-on


Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, another trademark Sanga shot, punched away square, just enough room for him, and he leaves two men - point and third man - diving in vain

one slip comes out and joins the cover ring


Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, and PK strays on the pads, asking to be punished, and Sanga obliges by flicking him to square leg

fine leg comes up


Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, and he drops it to cover and pinches a single

Dylan: "Anil Kumble has proved a point by not changing the playing XI. He wants to show that backing a cricketer gives him a lot of confidence."


Kumar to Bisla, no run, Bisla gets a bouncer, and ducks under it easily

End of over 3 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • MS Bisla 1 (2b)
    • KC Sangakkara 14 (7b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-7-1

Dale Steyn replaces Vinay now


Steyn to Sangakkara, FOUR, and he has been crunched through covers first ball, full and wide and smashed away. Bring it on, says Sanga


Steyn to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, and he works it wide of mid-on for a single


Steyn to Bisla, FOUR, poor bowling and good batting, a half-volley on the middle stump and Bisla just meets it with a full face, no power, all timing, and mid-on has no chance


Steyn to Bisla, no run, slightly shorter, and again nicely driven but straight to mid-off

Kumble not on the field for some reason, and KP is leading the side


Steyn to Bisla, no run, yorker from Steyn, good comeback, dug out with incident


Steyn to Bisla, FOUR, cracking shot, reeking of disdain, makes room to a back-of-a-length delivery, takes it from middle and leg, and forces it past point

End of over 4 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 30/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • MS Bisla 9 (6b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 19 (9b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-13-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0

change of ends for Vinay. And Kumble is back on the field


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets an inside edge onto the pad as he looks to play it to third man, but steals a single, good calling from Bisla


Vinay Kumar to Bisla, no run, plays across the line of a straight delivery and misses


Vinay Kumar to Bisla, no run, again looking to turn a back-of-a-length delivery to on, and gets a leading edge that bounces before reaching cover


Vinay Kumar to Bisla, FOUR, loose delivery, full on the pads, and all Bisla has to do is get it wide of short fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Bisla, 1 run, short outside off, and he drags it to deep midwicket for one


Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga comes down, Vinay slips in the bouncer, a sharp one, taking him by the surprise and making him sway out of the way in a hurry

End of over 5 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 36/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 20 (11b 4x4)
    • MS Bisla 14 (10b 3x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-13-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-13-0

Kallis on now


Kallis to Bisla, no run, and Bisla starts jumping out of the track soon as he is done sending the telegram stating his intent, and Kallis accordingly bowls it short and beats him


Kallis to Bisla, no run, looking to manufacture another shot, making room this time, Kallis stays back of a length, and on the stumps. Bisla hits this one to mid-off


Kallis to Bisla, 1 run, gets a top edge on a premeditated flick over the infield on the leg side, it falls short of the deep fielder


Kallis to Sangakkara, no run, lovely offcutter, breaks as much as Murali manages it, pitches leg and beats him outside off on the cut


Kallis to Sangakkara, no run, straight delivery this time, no room, Sanga hits it to cover


Kallis to Sangakkara, FOUR, not the best of his shots, clears his body out of the line, Kallis slips in a slower ball, and Sanga gets the inside half of the bat, but also gets enough power to beat mid-on and go for four

End of over 6 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 41/1 (RR: 6.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 24 (14b 5x4)
    • MS Bisla 15 (13b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-5-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-13-1

Anil Kumble to bowl now


Kumble to Bisla, no run, and Bisla is beaten right away as he steps out of the crease too early, the inside edge hits the pad and he is saved


Kumble to Bisla, 2 runs, flat, angling in, worked away between the two men deep on the on side


Kumble to Bisla, no run, plays across the line of a flighted delivery, is beaten, saved by the fact that the ball didn't turn enough - Hawkeye says it was hitting, but there was no big appeal from Kumble


Kumble to Bisla, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single


Kumble to Sangakkara, 1 run, flat on the pads, and helped away to deep midwicket for one


Kumble to Bisla, 1 run, Bisla trying to get out here, makes room and deliberately cuts him in the air. Good thing that he hasn't connected well, because it bounces short of deep point

End of over 7 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 46/1 (RR: 6.57)

    • MS Bisla 19 (18b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 25 (15b 5x4)
    • A Kumble 1-0-5-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-5-0

Kallis to Bisla, FOUR, misfielded by Steen by deep square leg, it was hit nicely with the angle, and Steyn makes good ground to his right but the slight wobble beats his slide


Kallis to Bisla, no run, looks to cut but it is too close to him, and also keeps chasing him


Kallis to Bisla, 5 wides, sharp bouncer, 141ks, but dug in a bit too short, beats Uthappa too


Kallis to Bisla, 2 runs, worked away into the leg side, and they chance Steyn's arm and make it - just


Kallis to Bisla, 1 run, dabbed away to third man for one


Kallis to Sangakkara, 1 run, offcutter, pitched outside leg, turning towards middle and leg, worked away to square leg

Prabhath: "The so called young mans game is being dominated by aged veterans. In the present season of IPL till date Kallis is the leading scorer, Muralitharan is the leading wicket taker, Kumble has the best economy and Tendulkar has hit the most number of boundaries."


Kallis to Bisla, 1 run, guides a full delivery to third man for a single

End of over 8 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 60/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • MS Bisla 27 (23b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 26 (16b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-19-0
    • A Kumble 1-0-5-0

Kumble to Bisla, 1 run, sees him come down and flights this generously, Bisla hits it down to long-off, along the ground


Kumble to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga gives him the charge, and has to defend a flat delivery, close to 100ks


Kumble to Sangakkara, FOUR, an almighty biff here, sees the flighted delivery, stands his ground, and sweeps it between square leg and long-on


Kumble to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room, places a googly to wide of extra cover for one


Kumble to Bisla, no run, Bisla makes room and has to contend with a fiery delivery that keeps following him


Kumble to Bisla, OUT, Man wins the Man v Boy game! This time Bisla looks to scoop Kumble (seriously?) over short fine, and leaves the stumps exposed, and Kumble nails the off stick with a straight delivery

MS Bisla b Kumble 28 (26b 4x4 0x6) SR: 107.69


End of over 9 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 66/2 (RR: 7.33)

    • KC Sangakkara 31 (19b 6x4)
    • A Kumble 2-0-11-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-19-0

Bopara is the new batsman, KP the new bowler, but Sanga to face


Pietersen to Sangakkara, FOUR, and what a lovely lofted shot down the ground, beats long-off easily, just the extension of the arms


Pietersen to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads and worked away for one


Pietersen to Bopara, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away to short fine


Pietersen to Sangakkara, 1 run, hit softly into the leg side where nobody is in the circle, but KP does the chasing and keeps them down to one


Pietersen to Bopara, no run, sharp turn, from wide of off to cramping him up


Pietersen to Bopara, 1 run, takes the risk of cutting against the turn, and manages a single wide of short third man

End of over 10 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 74/2 (RR: 7.40)

    • RS Bopara 2 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 37 (22b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-8-0
    • A Kumble 2-0-11-1

PK comes back


Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, dabs this to short third man


Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, drama! Sanga hits it straight to long-on, Bopara wants two but is sent back, VK's throw is at the right end but Uthappa has to come down the wicket to collect it, and goes for the blind flick to try and catch Bopara short. Uthappa misses and Kolhi from short fine dives to prevent five: the ball is headed straight towards the helmet


Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, good bouncer, catches him on the front foot, but the top edge falls short of fine leg


Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga! makes room, goes deep into the crease and flat-bats a length ball straight, bisecting long-on and long-off


Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, soft hands this time, and runs hard enough to come back for two before Vinay from long-on can come around and throw


Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, cut away to sweeper-cover for a single

End of over 11 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 84/2 (RR: 7.63)

    • KC Sangakkara 45 (26b 8x4)
    • RS Bopara 4 (5b)
    • P Kumar 3-0-20-0
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-8-0

Steyn comes back


Steyn to Sangakkara, OUT, soft end to a dangerous-looking innings, Sanga picks a short ball, pulls it nicely but also picks out Kallis at deep square leg

KC Sangakkara c Kallis b Steyn 45 (27b 8x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Yuvraj is the new batsman, but Bopara is the new man


Steyn to Bopara, no run, 148ks, and Bopara is beaten by the pace on the square cut

Dravid moves to first slip


Steyn to Bopara, no run, back of a length, quick, no room, defended


Steyn to Bopara, no run, again he is quick, and there isn't much room, Bopara hits it to cover


Steyn to Bopara, 1 wide, short, quick, but wide outside off


Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, drops to cover and runs, and KP gets a bad bounce else this would have been interesting


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, full and straight, 149.4ks, Yuvi moves across the stumps and flicks the first ball he faces - clean stroke, wide of fine leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 88/3 (RR: 7.33)

    • Yuvraj Singh 2 (1b)
    • RS Bopara 5 (9b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-17-1
    • P Kumar 3-0-20-0

Kumble comes back


Kumble to Bopara, 2 runs, paddled away, from in front of stumps, gets it fine of fine leg


Kumble to Bopara, 1 run, shorter, quicker 96ks, cuts it away to sweeper-cover


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flighted around off, bunted into the covers for a single


Kumble to Bopara, no run, straight and fast, 99ks, no room either, defended


Kumble to Bopara, 1 run, googly, Bopara is cramped on the pull, but gets a single


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, flighted on the pads and nicely swept away, square enough of fine leg to beat Vinay Kumar and fetch him four

End of over 13 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 97/3 (RR: 7.46)

    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (3b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 9 (13b)
    • A Kumble 3-0-20-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-17-1

Steyn to Bopara, FOUR, makes room, uses Steyn's pace, and cuts him past point - smart batting after being kept quiet last over


Steyn to Bopara, 2 runs, slower ball, and again uses whatever pace there is on it, to run it fine of third man


Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, another slower ball, sliding into the leg side, worked away for one


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, phew! 151Ks bouncer, gets Yuvraj in the back shoulder, he was caught in the headlights here


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another bouncer, this time it's slower than the one before and Yuvraj gets out of the line


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, backs away and is followed by Steyn, gets a single to long-on

End of over 14 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 105/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 8 (6b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 16 (16b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-25-1
    • A Kumble 3-0-20-1

Crazy Bones from Canada: "Still no appearance by Adrian Barath even after what TnT did in the 20/20 champions league and a personal endorsement by the prince Lara? Wow I guess he should be Sri Lankan to get a spot. That cost him a spot in the WI 20/20 squad for the selectors did not get an IPL look at him!"


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Kallis tries a bouncer too, and Yuvraj is expecting it! Princely pull shot, comfortable height, and it's deposited into the midwicket stand


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller ball, hit to mid-off, Pandey's throw is wild and Uthappa collects it where short third man would be - an extra single there


Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, steered to third man to bring Yuvi back on strike


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Kallis's quicker bouncer, 138ks, and Yuvi is caught in an awkward spot on the pull but the top edge clears Uthappa with ease


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower ball, on the pads, hit to square leg


Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, overpitched delivery just outside off and driven down to long-off for one

End of over 15 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 119/3 (RR: 7.93)

    • RS Bopara 18 (18b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 20 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-33-0
    • DW Steyn 3-0-25-1

Kumble comes back


Kumble to Bopara, 1 run, full delivery, worked across the line for a single


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuviiiiiii! gives him the charge, gets close to the ball, and the googly goes flying into the crowd behind long-on

Mohan: "Sometimes, I wonder if Bangalore overdoes it with the bouncer tactic. A good number of runs have come over the keeper's head in the last match against CSK and in this one as well. Need to use it appropriately. Too much of something is always going to be counter-productive."


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, (no ball) 1 run, gives him the charge again, looks to go inside-out but gets too close to it and hits it to long-off for one. And it's a massive no-ball by the way



Kumble to Bopara, 1 run, short, fast, and Bopara is hurried into the pull, gets a single to long-on


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, plays it delicately late, off the pads, and works it fine of fine leg, and comes back for two


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes slightly round arm, and flights it right into the block hole, and Yuvraj drills it back to him


Kumble to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, nicely tosses-up googly, Yuvraj reads and sweeps against the turn, all along the ground to deep midwicket


End of over 16 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 132/3 (RR: 8.25)

    • Yuvraj Singh 30 (15b 2x4 2x6)
    • RS Bopara 20 (20b 1x4)
    • A Kumble 4-0-33-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-33-0

Zahran: "Adrian bharath did play a match and failed...I guess if he's not needed in WI...playin on these slow wickets will be impossible for him" Steyn to bowl now


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushes a full and fast delivery to long-on for a single


Steyn to Bopara, 2 runs, slower ball, 107ks, but it is short and he manges to pull it wide of deep square


Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, yorker outside off, pushed to extra cover for one


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj backs away and Steyn follows him with a slower delivery, gets a single to extra cover


Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, bouncer, gets onto him too fast, and the pull would have been swallowed by mid-off had it been in place


Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 2 byes, another solid bouncer, Yuvraj is late into the shot, and the ball swerves away from Uthappa after crossing the batsman, Uthappa does well to get a left hand to it. Billy Bowden delays the bye signal, and by the time he raises his arm Steyn has given Uthappa a dirty look or three

End of over 17 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 140/3 (RR: 8.23)

    • Yuvraj Singh 32 (18b 2x4 2x6)
    • RS Bopara 24 (23b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-31-1
    • A Kumble 4-0-33-1

Kallis to bowl now


Kallis to Bopara, FOUR, Bopara walks down the track and places a high full toss perfectly between long-on and deep midwicket


Kallis to Bopara, 1 run, yorker and he digs it out for one


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, full toss on the pads, and Yuvraj doesn't need to be told how to despatch those to the square leg boundary - Steyn dives full length from square leg but can't get a hand to it


Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, don't tell me this was a plan! another full toss on the pads and he has timed it sweetly straight down deep midwicket's throat. Big wicket, Yuvraj could have taken this innings to an imposing total

Yuvraj Singh c White b Kallis 36 (20b 3x4 2x6) SR: 180.00


Kallis to Bopara, no run, slower ball outside off, Bopara looks to chip it over extra cover but is beaten


Kallis to Bopara, 3 runs, nicely played inside-out, but White makes a superb full-length dive at cover boundary and ends up saving one run, and a lovely throw right over the stumps, making Bopara dive

End of over 18 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 152/4 (RR: 8.44)

    • RS Bopara 32 (27b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-45-1
    • DW Steyn 4-0-31-1

Vinay Kumar to bowl his last over


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, and he is lucky to get away with a single with the fine leg up

Irfan to face for the first time. Round the wicket comes VK


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, FOUR, slower ball gone wrong, ends up a juicy full toss outside off, and he has lofted it over extra cover, easy does it


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, goes for the safe yorker, gives away a single to cover


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 2 runs, slower ball too short, pulled in front of square, Bopara gets a couple


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 2 runs, yorker, hit straight to long-off, and Uthappa fails to collect cleanly a powerful throw from Kohli and gives away an overthrow


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, moves across the stumps and mows this one to deep midwicket

End of over 19 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 163/4 (RR: 8.57)

    • RS Bopara 38 (31b 2x4)
    • IK Pathan 5 (2b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-24-1
    • JH Kallis 4-0-45-1

PK comes back


Kumar to Bopara, FOUR, and Bopara moves back and way across and gets under a low full toss and gets it over short fine leg - smart batting


Kumar to Bopara, 1 leg bye, slower ball, and it beats Bopara who is moving across al the time, will get a leg-bye


Kumar to Pathan, FOUR, slower ball and Irfan is waiting for it, and nicely pulls it over square leg


Kumar to Pathan, 1 wide, goes for a full and wide delivery but bowls it too wide


Kumar to Pathan, SIX, lovely clean strike, PK misses the yorker slightly and he gets under it and lofts him over long-off


Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, OUT, Bopara wants Irfan on strike and risks a second that is not on as it has gone straight to long-on, and Pandey's flat throw is right by the stumps and a new man now will face the last ball

IK Pathan run out 16 (5b 2x4 1x6) SR: 320.00

Lee to face it


Kumar to Lee, 1 run, length ball hit over the infield on the leg side and substitute KP Apanna puts in a desperate dive to prevent the boundary. Strangely they run only one run

So a competitive total here, set up by Sangakkara and Yuvraj cameos, and the anchor role played by Bopara. Join us for the chase

End of over 20 (18 runs) Kings XI Punjab 181/5

    • B Lee 1 (1b)
    • RS Bopara 42 (33b 3x4)
    • P Kumar 4-0-37-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-24-1





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