It was an all round effort from the Kings XI Punjab that gave them their ninth victory of the tournament. First they manage to restrict the Deccan Chargers to 175/4 and then with some cool headed batting they pull of last over win over Deccan Chargers.
Needing 176 runs for victory Kings XI Punjab got of to flying start with Kumar Sangkara (50 runs of 25 balls) and S.Marsh (60 runs of 44 balls) put on 84 runs for the first wicket in just 7.4 overs. The first breakthrough came on the bowling of Rohit Sharma when K.Sangkara tried to hit him out of the park but in the end manage a simple catch to long of.
After the departure of K.Sangkara, Kings XI Punjab kept their required rate in check in between Deccan Chargers did manage to pick up some crucial wickets in the middle of Yuvraj Singh (17 runs of 15 balls) and L. Pomersbach (13 runs of 12 balls). But in the end some cool heade batting by young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (16 runs of 9 balls) and M.Jayawardne (14 runs of 10 balls) guided their team to yet another victory.
Earlier Yuvraj Singh won the toss and put Deccan Chargers into bat. First time in the tournament H.Gibbs shows some sign of getting back into the form as he smashed44 runs of just 34 balls and put on 79 runs for the first wicket with A.Gilchrist (50 runs of 42 balls). Rohit Sharma also made quick fire 50 runs of just 34 balls but no batsman able to carry their momentum till the end of their innings and they manage just 175/4 in their 20 overs. All the credit goes to Kings XI Punjab spinners P.Chawla and R.Powar who bowled wicket to wicket in the middle overs and kept Deccan Chargers run rate in control.
S.Marsh was declared Man of the Match.
Deccan Chargers– 175/4 in 20 Overs
R.Sharma– 50A.Gilchrist – 50
R.Pawar– 4-0-20-1S.Sreesanth– 4-0-29-1
Kings XI Punjab– 178/4 in 19.3 Overs
S.Marsh– 60 K.Sangkara- 50
P.Ojha– 4-0-30-2R.Sharma– 4-0-25-1
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