292dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Boucher seals thrilling win for Bangalore

In a match dominated by South African stars, the batting efforts of Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis edged the all-round contribution of Shaun Pollock

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RV Uthappa
48(38) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 11 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
10 11 13 4 3 2 0 5
MV Boucher
39(19) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 9 7 1 14 6

Best performances - Bowlers

Z Khan
O4
M0
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
B Akhil
O3
M0
R17
W2
Eco5.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Mumbai Indians , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

20 April 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Mumbai Indians 0

An encouraging win for Bangalore after a deflating loss in the IPL opener. Bangalore reshuffled their side but it came down to two old pros, Kallis and Boucher, to pull off this tense chase. Bangalore win by five wickets to get on the board and Mumbai lose their opening fixture. The Mumbai fans are a bit down but they've been treated to a tight match.

Mumbai batted and put up 165, but Boucher stuck around to see off the runs. A few cameos through the order was all Bangalore needed. Vijay Mallya will be a happy owner tonight.

Pollock, who played like a champion today, blames "those two blooming South Africans" for denying Mumbai victory. What a legend.

I'll have the post-match presentation for you shortly. Stick around.

Harbhajan isn't too deterred by this loss. Believes he had enough runs on the board. Another wicket and Mumbai were in, he says. Credits a great team and a special Mumbai crowd.

Dravid says Bangalore had to bounce back after the loss against Kolkata. Thanks Boucher and Kallis for their roles. Believes the youngsters in the side have absorbed well and will put it all to use.

Boucher is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 39 from 19. Says he was lucky to have Kallis at one end, who had a "calming" effect on him.

Do join us again for the sixth match, a fixture between the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (20:00 local, 14:30 GMT), tomorrow. Sriram Veera will have the commentary for you.

Until next time, on behalf of Sajan and the rest of the crew, this is Jamie Alter saying good night and good luck.

19.4
1
Kulkarni to Akhil, 1 run, and there it is, as Akhil drives to mid-on, who parries the ball towards mid-off and Boucher crosses for the winning run
19.3
0
Kulkarni to Akhil, no run, full toss swings into Akhil, who slogs and misses, then wants one off the pads but as Kulkarni and all swoop in Boucher says no

Harbhajan brings all the fielders into the circle

19.2
0
Kulkarni to Akhil, no run, gets some room but chops the ball to the fielder, scores are level
19.2
1w
Kulkarni to Akhil, 1 wide, and he's bowled a wide, very short outside off, nerves for Kulkarni
19.1
1
Kulkarni to Boucher, 1 run, hits a length and Boucher tries to cut loose, but mistimes the shot to mid-off

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 163/5 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.57, RRR: 3.00)

  • Balachandra Akhil2 (2b)
  • Mark Boucher38 (18b)
  • Harbhajan Singh4-0-36-2
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-45-1

One over to go, three to win. Should be very easy. Boucher on 38. Kulkarni will bowl.

18.6
0
Harbhajan Singh to Akhil, no run, flat on middle and off, driven with good use of the feet to cover

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st37S ChanderpaulR Dravid
2nd31R DravidLRPL Taylor
3rd8JH KallisLRPL Taylor
4th30JH KallisV Kohli
5th55JH KallisMV Boucher
6th5MV BoucherB Akhil

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467