Ravi Bopara brilliant inning of 84 runs helped Kings XI Punjab to register an easy win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. At one stage the win was looking tough for them, though they have wickets in hand but required run rate was almost 12.5 runs per over. But Yuvraj Singh (30 runs of 17 balls) and R.Bopara (84 runs of 59 balls) achieve the target quite easily in the end.
Now in four matches Royal Challengers have just one win to their name and now they have to play really well in the rest of tournament if they would like to make it into the semifinals of IPL season two.
On the other hand Kings XI Punjab registered their first win of the tournament out of three games they have played so far.
Earlier Kevin Pietersen won the toss and decided to bat first at Kingsmead wicket. But their top orders once again failed to deliver for the team, R.Uthappa out for first ball duck. However Jessy Ryder (32 runs of 21 balls) and J.Kallis put on quick 42 runs of just 25 balls for the second wicket to bring Bangalore back on track. In the sixth over of Bangalore innings left arm local boy Yusuf Abdulla strike twice for his team by removing dangerous looking J.Ryder and K.Pietersen (another duck in IPL for KP) to peg back Royal Challengers Bangalore inning.
South African all rounder J.Kallis (62 runs of 46 balls) and Ross Taylor (35 runs of 22 balls) played really well to get Bangalore score pass 150 run mark. At one stage they were looking to get closer to even 180 but both batsmen dismissed at wrong time to allow Kings XI Punjab to bounce back into the match.
Yusuf Abdulla and Irfan Pathan were the two top pick bowlers for Kings XI Punjab as they picked up four and three wickets respectively.
Ravi Bopara was declared Man of the Match for his quick fire 84 runs of 59 balls.
Match Summary (Kings XI Punjab won by 7 Wickets)
Royal Challenger Bangalore – 168/9 in 20 Overs
J.Kallis- 62 R.Taylor –35
Y.Abdulla – 4-0-31-4 I.Pathan– 4-0-35-3
Kings XI Punjab – 173/3 in 19 Overs
R.Bopara- 84 Y.Singh –30* A.Kumble– 4-0-19-1 J.Kallis– 4-0-51-1