result
11th match (D/N), Durban, Apr 24 2009, Indian Premier League
(19/20 ov, target 169)173/3
Kings XI won by 7 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
player of the match
Ravi Bopara
Punjab Kings
Article Thumbnail
12y
• The Bulletin by George Binoy

Bopara half-century leads Punjab to clinical victory

Ravi Bopara compiled a supremely-paced half-century, one that could rival AB de Villiers' century because it came during a run-chase, to give Kings XI Punjab their first victory of the tournament

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Royal Challengers Bangalore168/9(20 overs)
Kings XI Punjab173/3(19 overs)
end of over 1915 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 173/3CRR: 9.10 
Yuvraj Singh30 (17)
Mahela Jayawardene1 (1)
Jacques Kallis 4-0-51-1
Jesse Ryder 2-0-23-0

So Punjab finally open their account and it will be one relieved camp. What I really liked about this chase was here was no element of panic even when they were behind the eight ball just after the halfway stage. Bopara stuck to his task and it was almost as if they knew Bangalore would crumble and let loose on or two really expensive overs. Praveen's 19-run leak was the turning point and they proceeded to take 30 off the next two.

Ideally, they should have continued with Vinay Kumar and Ryder should have been allowed to continue after his first over. Not the best day in the office for Pietersen the batsman and the captain. We will bring you the presentation shortly.

Pietersen: "When u drop some u make it had for yourself. It's not nice losing and we'll try and turn it around. My little team-mate from England Bopara played like a super star."

Yuvraj: "Thank God no rain! 169 was a fair total to chase and the wicket was good. Ravi was outstanding and he kept the momentum. All our experiments worked."

Bopara is the Man of the Match: "We decided not to lose a wicket to Kumble so it was just a question of slamming it at the end. The ball was skidding through."

Thanks for joining us. We have the weekend double header tomorrow - Chennai take on Kolkata and Deccan take on Mumbai. Cheers!

18.6
6
Kallis to Yuvraj, SIX runs

and he finishes it off with a stylish six down long-off! He gets forward and scoops it effortlessly over long-off, that's the 100th six of the tournament

18.6
1w
Kallis to Yuvraj, 1 wide

down the leg side and wide

18.5
4
Kallis to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

all timing! And power too, it's a full delivery on the pads and Yuvraj chips it really hard past the bowler and long-on fails to get t it

18.4
1
Kallis to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

tucks him for room and Jayawardene adjusts well by tapping it softly in front of cover and setting off quickly

8 needed off 9 balls. Preity Zinta is out of her seat

18.3
1
Kallis to Yuvraj, 1 run

fullish on the pads and he clips it down to midwicket

18.2
2
Kallis to Yuvraj, 2 runs

full on the pads and he works it hard down to wide long-on

Bopara take a bow. It was a splendid innings without panic

18.1
W
Kallis to Bopara, OUT

Kallis bowls the slower one and it's a rare blip in concentration from Bopara who fails to read it early and gets a top edge as he tries to slog, Ryder runs forward and takes it at midwicket sliding forward

Ravi Bopara c Ryder b Kallis 84 (59b 4x4 5x6) SR: 142.37

49 off the last three overs. this match is only headed one way

end of over 1817 runs
PBKS: 158/2CRR: 8.77 RRR: 5.50
Ravi Bopara84 (58)
Yuvraj Singh17 (13)
Jesse Ryder 2-0-23-0
Jacques Kallis 3-0-36-0
17.6
1
Ryder to Bopara, 1 run

fullish outside off and he scoops it down to third man

17.5
6
Ryder to Bopara, SIX runs

That's out of Kingsmead! Can we have the ball back please? He stays at the crease and with little effort tonks it over wide long-on, the crowd had to crank their necks to see where it had gone

17.4
1lb
Ryder to Yuvraj, 1 leg bye

fires the yorker outside off and the ball just clips the pads and rolls to the keeper, Uthappa ges distracted by the appeal and tamely under arms the ball to the stumps

17.3
1
Ryder to Bopara, 1 run

squirts it in the gap between square leg and midwicket for a single

17.2
6
Ryder to Bopara, SIX runs

the full toss is a suicidal delivery at this stage and Ryder pays for it as Bopara wallops it over wide long-on

17.1
2
Ryder to Bopara, 2 runs

full in length outside off and he squeezes it down to deep point

end of over 1713 runs
PBKS: 141/2CRR: 8.29 RRR: 9.33
Yuvraj Singh17 (12)
Ravi Bopara68 (53)
Jacques Kallis 3-0-36-0
Praveen Kumar 4-0-36-0

That makes it 32 off the last 2 overs

16.6
4
Kallis to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

a costly error by Kallis as he slips this one down the legside and Yuvraj gets a faint trickle past the keeper, 13 off this over

16.5
1
Kallis to Bopara, 1 run

fullish outside off and he smashes it hard down to long-off

16.4
1
Kallis to Yuvraj, 1 run

the ball stops on him a bit and he checks his shot and drives to long-off

16.3
2
Kallis to Yuvraj, 2 runs

drops it fuller and angles it across the left hander, KP mops up at deep midwicket

16.2
4
Kallis to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

typical Yuvraj, he waits at the crease and seizes on the short delivery from round the wicket, he clubs it over deep midwicket

Ryder should have come on to bowl

16.1
1
Kallis to Bopara, 1 run

slides it full and on the pads and he clips it down to deep midwicket

end of over 1619 runs
PBKS: 128/2CRR: 8.00 RRR: 10.25
Ravi Bopara66 (51)
Yuvraj Singh6 (8)
Praveen Kumar 4-0-36-0
Anil Kumble 4-0-19-1

I forgot to mention Bopara's 50. Apologies. That over cost 19. Like I said, Punjab needed on big over

15.6
1
Praveen to Bopara, 1 run

that's a low full toss from round the wicket and he chips it down to long-on

Best performances - batters
Ravi Bopara portrait
RS Bopara PBKS
84 runs (59)
4 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
28 runs
2 fours
3 sixes
44118841431
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis RCB
62 runs (46)
5 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
36 runs
3 fours
1 six
00692110412
Best performances - bowlers
Yusuf Abdulla, player portrait
YA Abdulla PBKS
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
4
ECO
7.75
Irfan Pathan portrait
IK Pathan PBKS
O
4
M
0
R
35
W
3
ECO
8.75
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossRoyal Challengers Bangalore, elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara
Hours of play (local time)16.30 start, First Session 16.30-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.10, Second Session 18.10-19.30
Match days24 April 2009 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Sri Lanka Image
Tyron Wijewardene
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Zed Ndamane
Match Referee
South Africa Image
Dev Govindjee
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0