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34th match (N), Mohali, May 12, 2008, Indian Premier League
(15.4/20 ov, T:144) 144/1

Kings XI won by 9 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

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Well this just shows you the immense depth in talent in Australia. Heck, Marsh and Pomersbach still can't make the national team! It's a real treat having them here to show off their talents and credit to Marsh especially for playing another superb innings. Thanks to him, Punjab have notched up their sixth victory.

One suspects the knives will be out in the Bangalore camp. They really don't look like budging from their 8th spot. Even if they win the next five, they will only end up with 14 points, which is what Rajasthan have right now. Stay with us for the post-match presentation.

Here's Dravid: "They played great cricket, restricting us to 140 was a great effort. We kept getting the momentum and losing wickets. We needed 175-180 but we were well short of that. We have to keep raising our game."

Yuvraj: "Big relief after the last game. Great stuff by Marsh and Pomersbach. I thought I hit the ball harder. These shots were something else. This win gives us a lot of confidence."

Shaun Marsh is the Man of the Match: "It's good that me and Luke finished it off. We just got out there and watch the ball. As long as the team wins, it's all that matters. My dad (Geoff) says he has played shots like this but I reckon he didn't!"

Thanks for your company, and the mails! We got plenty bashing the Bangalore camp. Do join us for tomorrow's game between Delhi and Kolkata. Till then, on behalf of Binoy and Raymond, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

Praveen to Marsh, 1 run

that's it! Praveen bowls another slower one, he gently steers it in front of cover and takes the single

Praveen to Marsh, no run

that's a dot ball, a rarity here, Praveen bowls the slow yorker and he can't dig it out

Praveen to Pomersbach, 1 run

slides on the pads again and he whips it through the line to deep midwicket

Praveen to Marsh, 1 run

full on the pads, he pushes this to long-on

end of over 1518 runs
PBKS: 141/1CRR: 9.40 RRR: 0.60
Luke Pomersbach33 (23b 3x4 2x6)
Shaun Marsh72 (48b 9x4 2x6)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-35-0
Anil Kumble 4-0-36-0
Khan to Pomersbach, FOUR runs

he bludgeons a low full toss and nearly cleans up Zaheer in the process, he just manages to evade it

Khan to Marsh, 1 leg bye

tries to nudge it down to fine leg, the ball clips his pads and they pick up a legbye

Khan to Marsh, FOUR runs

bangs it in short and he plays a short arm pull, he bludgeons it past square leg, he wants to finish this NOW

Khan to Marsh, FOUR runs

Marsh now edges this one down towards third man, the fielder at third man slides and initially cuts it off, the ball deflects off his palm and he gathers himself and attempts to pull it back again, he does and throws it back, replays showed the ball just touching the rope on the second attempt

Khan to Marsh, FOUR runs

stand and deliver! Zaheer pitches it up outside off and Marsh plays the most elegant of straight drives, the ball hits the meat of the bat and beats mid-off

Khan to Pomersbach, 1 run

Zaheer returns for a new spell, he takes a few paces down the track, fails to cover the length of the ball and hence mistimes it to the on side

Srikanth: "Mallaya's investment in this team is running out like beer in hot summer..."

Raghavendra: "We should cut Dravid some slack. Mallya and his CEO have conveniently washed their hands off the matter, and put the blame square on Dravid. Why wasn't Mallya more responsible back then instead of whining now?"

end of over 1413 runs
PBKS: 123/1CRR: 8.78 RRR: 3.50
Shaun Marsh60 (44b 6x4 2x6)
Luke Pomersbach28 (21b 2x4 2x6)
Anil Kumble 4-0-36-0
Virat Kohli 1-0-9-0
Kumble to Marsh, no run

bowls the conventional legbreak, he slides on the pads and he tucks it to mid-on

Kumble to Marsh, FOUR runs

Kumble bowls a seam-up delivery, the ball comes on straight and Marsh plays the most delicate of late cuts as he glides it to third man

Kumble to Pomersbach, 1 run

tries to glance it late but he ends up chopping it down to the offside

Kumble to Pomersbach, no run

makes room and slashes it wide of point

Kumble to Pomersbach, SIX runs

shot! He bowls the googly but he takes a few paces down the track, smothers the turn and carts it high over deep square leg

Kumble to Marsh, 1 run

hits a fullish length outside off, he makes room and places it wide of point

Kumble to Marsh, 1 wide

sprays that a little too wide outside off, he decides not to chase it

end of over 139 runs
PBKS: 110/1CRR: 8.46 RRR: 4.85
Shaun Marsh55 (41b 5x4 2x6)
Luke Pomersbach21 (18b 2x4 1x6)
Virat Kohli 1-0-9-0
Anil Kumble 3-0-23-0
Kohli to Marsh, 1 run

fullish on the pads, he tucks it off his pads and places it wide of square leg

Kohli to Pomersbach, 1 run

goes for an across the line swipe but he mistimes it to square leg

Kohli to Marsh, 1 run

fullish outside off, he makes room and pushes it to long-off

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