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
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!
down the leg side and wide
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
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
fullish on the pads and he clips it down to midwicket
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
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
49 off the last three overs. this match is only headed one way
fullish outside off and he scoops it down to third man
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
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
squirts it in the gap between square leg and midwicket for a single
the full toss is a suicidal delivery at this stage and Ryder pays for it as Bopara wallops it over wide long-on
full in length outside off and he squeezes it down to deep point
That makes it 32 off the last 2 overs
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
fullish outside off and he smashes it hard down to long-off
the ball stops on him a bit and he checks his shot and drives to long-off
drops it fuller and angles it across the left hander, KP mops up at deep midwicket
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
slides it full and on the pads and he clips it down to deep midwicket
I forgot to mention Bopara's 50. Apologies. That over cost 19. Like I said, Punjab needed on big over
that's a low full toss from round the wicket and he chips it down to long-on