and there it is, as Akhil drives to mid-on, who parries the ball towards mid-off and Boucher crosses for the winning run
RCB won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
|Balachandra Akhil||RCB||42.35||3(5)||3||- 0.41||2/17||1.65||42.76|
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.
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
gets some room but chops the ball to the fielder, scores are level
and he's bowled a wide, very short outside off, nerves for Kulkarni
hits a length and Boucher tries to cut loose, but mistimes the shot to mid-off
One over to go, three to win. Should be very easy. Boucher on 38. Kulkarni will bowl.
flat on middle and off, driven with good use of the feet to cover
smartly done, shuffling and paddling past short fine leg for two
I wouldn't say there's a twist in the tale yet, given the runs needed. In comes Akhil.
what a catch! Brilliant! Kallis kneels down and slogs Harbhajan and Nayar dives forward at deep midwicket to pluck his third, and by far best, take of the evening
flat again and this time he drives the other side of point ... five to win ...
What an innings from Boucher. Cool hand Luke.
flat and wide, Boucher makes room and slashes past backward point
well bowled, flat on middle and leg, worked to mid-on very coolly
good grief, he's smoked it! Thats the biggest we've seen tonight! Nehra pitches in the slot and Boucher sends the ball nearly out of the stadium, hitting the roof and falling back... 19 runs from the over
clinical hit! Boucher! Backs himself, clears the front leg, and heaves it over midwicket for four more, what placement
makes room and drills this along the ground to long-off
A very experienced duo in Kallis and Boucher. A tight contest here.
back of a length and he chops into the ground at midwicket for one
full outside off stump, driven through the covers out to the sweeper
bang, big hit! Kallis gets a full toss and hammers it into the sightscreen! At this stage of Mumbai's innings, Pollock took 20 off the over, mind you ...
Eighteen balls, 30 needed. Nehra continues. Thats ten runs an over. Who buckles first?
well bowled, full and flat and Boucher just plays it back to him
steps down and drives down to Uthappa again
again he uses the feet and drives this down to long-on, where Uthappa covers ground well and returns a good throw to keep them to one
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Mumbai Indians, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|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 (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Mumbai Indians 0|
Over 20 • RCB 166/5RCB won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Mumbai Indians v Bangalore Royal Challengers, IPL, Mumbai
The IPL's identity challenge
An innings to divide opinion
|MV Boucher||not out||39||19|
|B Akhil||not out||3||5|
|Total||166(5 wkts; 19.4 ovs)|