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Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets to win the 19th match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.

Mark Boucher sealed the victory for his team by hitting a boundary as Bangalore finished at 143/5 in 19.5 overs. He was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Bangalore openers Jacques Kallis and Shreevats Goswami started well playing the toothless Kolkata bowling attack with ease and hardly looked in any trouble, but after the strategic timeout, Kolkata took wickets at regular intervals to take the match to a tense finish.

Brad Hodge took 3 wickets, incuding 2 in one over, to rattle Bangalore, who in the end were taken to victory by an unbeaten 14-run partnership between Boucher and Manish pandey.

Boucher hit a six and a four in his 25-run knock that came off 13 balls.

Hodge dismissed Virat Kohli (19) and Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen (13) in one over after Goswami and Kallis put up an opening stand of 69 runs.

Goswami top scored for Bnagalore in his 43-run knock that came off 46 balls and was studded with 6 fours.

Earlier, Bangalore restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 139/6 in 20 overs.

Morne van Wyk top scored for Kolkata with an unbeaten 44 that came off 35 balls and was studded with 4 fours. West Indian captain Chris Gayle hit 6 fours in 37-ball 40.

Gayle was dismissed when he hit a KP Appanna delivery to long on where Shreevats Goswami came running from deep mid-wicket and dived to take the catch.

Anil Kumble took 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs as Kolkata kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Kolkata were 61/3 in 10 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss, Kolkata got off to a worst start possible as captain Brendon McCullum cut the first delivery of the match by his Bangalore counterpart Kevin Pietersen to backward point for Virat Kohli to take the catch.

Bangalore are playing three frontline spinners, but Pietersen, a part-time spinner, opened the bolwing and struck with his first delivery.

Kumble struck in his first over when trapped Brad Hodge (17) plumb in front of the wicket by a straighter delivery. Hodge hit a six and a four in his 17-run knock that came off 15 balls.

Former captain Sourav Ganguly pulled a Praveen Kumar delivery to deep mid-wicket for Jacuqes Kallis to take the catch in the ninth over.


Bangalore Royal Challengers: Kevin Pietersen (Capt.), Shreevats Goswami, Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Roelof van der Werwe, Mark Boucher, Balachandra Akhil, Praveen Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Anil Kumble, KP Appanna.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Brendon McCullum (Capt.), Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge, Morne van Wyk, Wriddhiman Saha, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ajit Agarkar, Ishant Sharma, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda.



pathan_3922Centurion, April 29 (IANS) Yusuf Pathan struck a blazing unbeaten half-century as defending champions Rajasthan Royals snapped Delhi Daredevils’ winning streak with a five-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at SuperSport Park here Tuesday.

Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers managed well to restrict the powerful batting line-up of Delhi Daredevils to 147 with A B de Villiers top-scoring with 50.

The shuffling of the batting order worked wonders for Royals as Pathan, coming down the order, smacked 61 of just 30 balls while Graeme Smith scored an unbeaten 44 to see the team through with nine balls to spare.

After three straight wins, Dardevils slumped to their first loss, even as Rajasthan Royals continue to impress with their depleted side, registering their second win in five matches.

Master strategist Shane Warne again came up trumps with his plans as his changes in the batting order and clever shuffling of the bowlers caught the Daredevils unaware.

In-form Pathan, who helped Royals clinch a cliff-hanger against Kolkata Knight Riders through the Super Over, came at seventh down and was at his belligerent best, hitting six sixes and three boundaries to end the match in a jiffy.

Pathan, though, lived dangerously as was dropped by Pradeep Sangwan once while mistiming some of his shots in vacant areas.

Rajastahn Royals lost their first three wickets for 34 runs before Smith and Ravindra Jadeja added 29 runs. Jadeja and Warne fell in the same over of Amit Mishra (3-34) and Royals were staring down the barrel at 64 for five in 11 overs.

The game looked to be slipping away from Royals but Pathan’s telling blows dramatically changed the equation. Smith anchored the innings at the other end with Pathan ripping apart the bowlers.

He cut loose against Daniel Vettori, hitting him for two sixes and a four in the 13th over and kept up the pressure on the bowlers from there on.

Earlier, Warne kept shuffling his bolwers, never allowing the Daredevils’ batsmen to settle down.

It seemed as if Daredevils were in for a run-feast as Virender Sehwag disdainful flicked Dmitri Mascarenhas (2-28) to the fine-leg boundary for a six in the first over. But Mascarenhas struck twice in the next over, dismissing the dangerous opening duo of Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

Warne (2-32) held on to a blinder at slip to get rid of Gambhir while Sehwag mistimed his shot and was safely pouched by Kamran Khan. They were soon reduced to four for 49.

The Rajasthan bowlers gave nothing away and AB De Villiers took his time to score 50 off 40 balls with five fours and one six. Vettori scored 29 while Mithun Manhas hit an unbeaten 23.

Munaf Patel was the pick of the bowlers, giving away only 14 runs for two wickets in four overs


Durban: Ravi Bopara clubbed Kings XI Punjab to its first IPL victory this season with a rock solid 85 against Bangalore Royal Challengers here on Friday. Bopara’s 59-ball knock contained five sixes and four fours.

boparaSet a target of 169 to win, Punjab knocked off the runs for the loss of just three wickets with one over to spare.

Kings XI’s opening pair began watchfully and saw off a stingy Praveen Kumar to add 52 in 6.4 overs, before Karan Goel was caught short of his ground by Vinay Kumar’s precise throw from the third man boundary.

Missed chance

In came Kumar Sangakkara, who was handed a reprieve almost immediately when his thick top edge off Pietersen was fumbled by Rahul Dravid at midwicket.

Bopara continued unabated, cracking Kallis for six over midwicket and edging one to the third man boundary; Kings XI sat pretty on 80 for one at the midway tactical timeout, requiring another 89 runs in 10 overs to win.

Kumble consistent

Anil Kumble and Jesse Ryder slowed things down after the break. Sangakkara made 26 (18 balls) before he attempted to go after Kumble and was caught at long off. Kumble finished his quota of four overs with one wicket for a tidy 19 runs.

Bopara reached his fifty with a clubbed six over long on off Praveen Kumar, the 16th over of Punjab’s innings, and followed it with another huge hit over deep square leg, taking 19 runs from the over.

The England batsman swung two more sixes off Ryder in the 18th over and by the time he was out in the 19th, Kings XI required just 11 runs at a run-a-ball with seven wickets in hand.

Yuvraj Singh’s 17-ball 30 ensured there were no hiccups for Punjab.

Breezy knock by Kallis

Earlier, Kallis’ brisk 62 helped Bangalore Royal Challengers compile 168 for nine. He struck two sixes and five fours in his 46-ball knock.

Electing to bat, Challengers lost Robin Uthappa to the first ball he faced. New Zealand import and opener Jesse Ryder raced to 32 (21 balls, 6×4). He picked Ranadeb Bose for special treatment, smacking four fours in the third over of the innings.

Ryder departed to a slowish off-swinger from Y. Abdullah that evaded his swipe and dislodged the bails.

Lazy swing

New man Pietersen was handed his walking papers almost immediately after. Abdullah’s slower one just outside the off stump met with Pietersen’s lazy swing and ended in the hands of Karan Goel at short cover. This was the $ 1.55 million Pietersen’s second duck in the IPL this season.

Challengers was 71 for three at the ten over tactical timeout, with Kings’ Piyush Chawla managing to keep Kallis and Rahul Dravid quiet. Bogged down, the new, improved and slash-happy Dravid perished to his own impatience. He chipped a Chawla floater that sailed high up and was snatched by V.R.V. Singh running in from long on.

Meanwhile, Kallis held one end steady, running hard and adding 61 in six overs with Ross Taylor.

Kallis became Abdullah’s third victim when his miscued pull went straight to Jayawardane at mid wicket. Taylor chipped in with a useful 35 (22 balls, 4×4, 2×6).


Royal Challengers Bangalore: J. Ryder b Abdulla 32, R. Uthappa c Yuvraj b Pathan 0, J. Kallis c Jayawardene b Abdulla 62, K. Pietersen c Goel b Abdulla 0, R. Dravid c V.R.V. Singh b Chawla 10, R. Taylor c Jayawardene b Abdulla 35, V. Kohli c Bopara b V.R.V. Singh 2, Praveen b Pathan 13, R. Vinay Kumar (not out) 1, Pankaj Singh b Pathan 0, A. Kumble (not out) 5, Extras (b-4, lb-1, w-3) 8, Total (for nine wkts. in 20 overs) 168.

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-48, 3-48, 4-73, 5-134, 6-142, 7-159, 8-162, 9-162.

Kings XI Punjab bowling: Bose 2-0-24-0, Pathan 4-0-35-3, Abdulla 4- 0-31-4, Chawla 4-0-19-1, Yuvraj 3-0- 28-0, Bopara 1-0-4-0, V.R.V. Singh 2-0-22-1.

Kings XI Punjab: R. Bopara c Ryder b Kallis 84, K Goel (run out) 19, K. Sangakkara c Pankaj b Kumble 26; Yuvraj (not out) 30, M. Jayawardene (not out) 1, Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-9) 13, Total (for three wkts. in 19 overs) 173.

Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-92, 3-158.

Royal Challengers bowling: Praveen 4-0-36-0, Pankaj 2-0-20-0, Kallis 4-0-51-1, Vinay Kumar 1-0-4-0, Pietersen 2-0-16-0, Kumble 4-0-19-1, Ryder 2-0-23-0.


Gayle Storm Lashes PunjabDurban: Chris Gayle’s blitzkrieg fashioned Kolkata Knight Riders’ 11-run win over Kings XI Punjab by the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rained-marred DLF-Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday.

Chasing 159 for its first win of the tournament, Knight Riders was 79 for one after 9.2 overs when the heavens opened up and Kings XI Punjab found itself at the receiving end of the rain god’s whims for the second time on the trot. It had earlier lost to Delhi Daredevils, which chased down a meagre revised target in the rain-affected tie.

Dropped twice, Gayle (44 not out) butchered the Kings XI Punjab attack during his 26-ball stay, hitting four sixes and two fours in the process.

Put in to bat, Kings XI Punjab had earlier posted 158 for six in its allotted 20 overs, with captain Yuvraj Singh (38), Irfan Pathan (32) and Mahela Jayawardene (31 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs.

Flying start

In reply, Knight Riders got off to a flying start with Gayle and captain Brendon McCullum (21) imposing themselves on the bowlers.

To make matters worse, the Mohali side failed to latch on to chances that came its way. When on three, Gayle pulled Yusuf Abdulla, but Karan Goel grassed a sitter at mid-wicket.

Again on 32, Piyush Chawla’s googly kissed Gayle’s bat, but Kumar Sangakkara could not pouch the ball behind the stumps. Gayle made them pay heavily for those lapses and hit Pathan and Abdulla for two towering sixes.

Pathan’s ordeal was not over yet. Gayle hit him for back-to-back fours and followed it up with a six and his aggression proved contagious as McCullum followed suit, hitting Abdulla into the crowd.

McCullum greeted Vikramjeet Malik with a four and a six but nicked the next delivery to perish caught behind. But by then, he had added 57 quick runs with Gayle in 5.3 overs.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab got off to a sluggish start before Irfan Pathan 32 (17 balls) came up with a brisk knock to revive the run-rate. After Pathan’s exit, things looked gloomy again, but Yuvraj’s breezy 38 and Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 19-ball cameo of 31 helped Kings XI cross the 150-mark.

Kings XI found the going tough as Ishant Sharma drew first blood in his second over when Gayle rose to pouch Karan Goel’s (zero) slash in the slips.

Promoted to No. 3, Pathan did justice to his role and runs soon started pouring in.

The first ball he faced from Ishant scorched the point region grass before crossing the rope and Pathan later heaved the bowler over deep mid-wicket for a six. Moises Henriques was also greeted with two fours in his first over before Sourav Ganguly intervened.

Ganguly strikes

Stripped of the captaincy, Ganguly was in the thick of action with his military medium-pace and removed Pathan and Ravi Bopara (15) in the space of three balls to peg back the opposition. — PTI

scoreboard Kings XI Punjab: R. Bopara c McCullum b Ganguly 15, K. Goel c Gayle b Ishant 0, I. Pathan c Kartik b Ganguly 32, K. Sangakkara (run out) 26, Yuvraj c Yashpal b Henriques 38, M. Jayawardene (not out) 31, T. Kohli c McCullum b Dinda 1, P. Chawla (not out) 3, Extras (b-1, w-11): 12; Total (For six wkts. in 20 overs): 158. Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-47, 3-48, 4-104, 5-122, 6-131.

Kolkata Knight Riders bowling: Ishant 4-0-24-1, Dinda 4-0-34-1, Henriques 4-0-32-1, Ganguly 4-0-24-2, Shukla 2-0-22-0, Gayle 1-0-14-0, Kartik 1-0-7-0.

Kolkata Knight Riders: (D/L target: 69 from 9.2 overs): B. McCullum c Sangakkara b Malik 21, C. Gayle (not out) 44, B. Hodge (not out) 10; Extras (w-4) 4; Total (for one wkt. in 9.2 overs) 79.

Fall of wicket: 1-57.

Kings XI Punjab bowling: Pathan 3-0-27-0, Abdulla 2-0-20-0, Malik 2-0- 23-1, Chawla 2-0-8-0, Bopara 0.2-0- 1-0.


Port Elizabeth:Chennai Super Kings Hayden The Chennai Super Kings put their title defence back on track in stunning fashion with a massive 92-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here Monday.

The Chennai side first scored 179 for five, riding on Australian Matthew Hayden’s blistering 35-ball 65, and then bundled out Bangalore for just 87 in 15.2 overs.

Hayden, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, was at his dominating best, picking gaps at will to reach his third IPL half-century in just 22 balls, and in the process, helping the Chennai side to the highest Twenty20 score at St George’s Park here.

If Hayden was the batsman around whom the Chennai innings built their innings after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, it was Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralidharan, who bamboozled the Bangalore batsmen with his variations and turn, returning figures of 3/11 from four overs. Laxmipathi Balaji took two wickets while Manpreet Gony, Andrew Flintoff, Albie Morkel and Joginder Sharma chipped with one wicket each to throttle the Bangalore batsmen.

Set a huge target of 180 at nine per over, Bangalore were never in with a chance as their top five were gone by the eighth over for a mere 50 runs.


kkrDon’t make the mistake of terming this an upset. Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t deserve to win as Deccan Chargers

scripted their burial in clinical fashion on Sunday. They batted, bowled and fielded their much-fancied and flamboyant opponents out of the game winning by eight wickets with lots to spare.
Knight Riders have been the most talked about team in the lead up to the second edition of the Indian Premier League. Cricket manager John Buchanan’s multiple captains doctrine finally culminated in Brendon McCullum replacing Sourav Ganguly as captain but that hardly had any effect on the team’s dwindling fortunes.
Pitted against a side that finished at the bottom of the table last year, they failed miserably as Adam Gilchrist’s men dug Shah Rukh Khan’s Knights into a hole at Newlands Cricket Stadium.
Korbo, lorbo jeetbo re was a fading theme, and tonight it sounded hollow, if not farcical. The smile on the Bollywood badshah’s face had turned into a frown by the close.
After delays caused by rain and a floodlight failure, the match finally got under way nearly one-and-a-half hours behind schedule. McCullum, who provided a blistering start to the tournament in its inaugural year, elected to bat.
Deccan Chargers pacers, led by Fidel Edwards and Rudra Pratap Singh, made full use of the conditions as the batsmen failed to apply themselves. While the West Indies pacer was fast and furious besides being economical, RP made the batsmen pay dearly with his discipline.
The dismissals of the three big guns with only 16 runs on the board spelt Knight Riders’ doom. New captain McCullum began the slide, falling to RP’s first ball. As the New Zealand vice-captain tried to work it fine on the leg side, he ended up getting a tickle on the gloves as Gilchrist lapped it up.
Chris Gayle tried to get on top of the bowling with some lusty hitting. A boundary and six off consecutive deliveries off RP set the tone but the West Indies captain perished in his next attempt. RP pushed it much fuller and on a length, and as Gayle tried to clip it over mid-wicket, Harmeet Singh ran in from long-off to take a well-judged catch.
Unknown Punjab pacer Harmeet then ended Sourav’s 12-ball resistance. The deposed Knight Riders captain, who never looked in control, was tempted by a wide delivery. After having stretched himself to play it in the direction of cover, he managed only a thick edge to first slip.
Knight Riders never recovered from the early setbacks as they failed to last their full quota of overs. Brad Hodge was the highest scorer with 31 off 34 balls, including four boundaries. Only four of the batsmen reached double figures.
Amid the catastrophic batting, Hodge, the Twenty20 specialist, played a sensible innings. He worked the ball into the gaps and waited for the loose balls. Herschelle Gibbs took a smart catch at point to end his challenge.
Knight Riders did raise a glimmer of hope with the dismissals of Gilchrist and V.V.S. Laxman, but that only proved to be a blip on the radar. Gibbs (43 not out off 26 balls, 5×4, 1×6) and Rohit Sharma (36 not out off 32 balls, 3×4, 2×6) added 69 runs in an unbroken third wicket partnership that saw them home comfortably.
McCullum, however, dropped Rohit off Ajit Agarkar in the tenth over. But going by the trend of the match, that would have hardly made a difference to the outcome.
If the batsmen lacked application, the bowlers didn’t fare any better. Simply put, the team didn’t show the attitude and the determination needed to bounce back.
The absence of Ajantha Mendis in the Knight Riders team did raise quite a few eyebrows, especially after the success of Anil Kumble and Shane Warne on the opening day. McCullum certainly felt his absence in the middle stages of the Deccan Chargers innings.


2009041961081701Cape Town: Royal Challengers Bangalore – defending 133 with resolve – stunned defending champion Rajasthan Royals by 75 runs in the second match of the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.

After the pacemen blew away the top and middle-order, champion leg-spinner Anil Kumble sliced through the second half of the line-up with a deadly mix of precision and subtle variations. Kumble finished with five for five off 3.1 probing overs. Royals was bundled out for 58, the lowest total in the IPL. Earlier, Man-of-the-Match Rahul Dravid’s 48-ball 66 — a fighting innings under adverse circumstances — had given Royal Challengers something to bowl at. The Bangalore team came back hard on the field.

Praveen Kumar struck with the new ball when Swapnil Asnodkar (0) miscued an attempted swipe over mid-wicket. Soon, Graeme Smith (2) was walking back after failing to keep a steer down and being picked up in the slips.

Royal Challengers was full of beans. And Jesse Ryder made further inroads with his stump-to-stump medium pace bowling.

Niraj Patel (4) was held at mid-on by Kumble while a struggling Tyron Hendersen (11) was done in by Ryder’s slower one.


Royal Challengers: J. Ryder c Rawat b Mascarenhas 0, R. Uthappa c Rawat b Mascarenhas 3, R. Taylor b Mascarenhas 0, K. Pietersen c Niraj b Henderson 32, R. Dravid c Warne b Munaf 66, V. Kohli b Warne 3, B. Akhil b Warne 9, Praveen c & b Munaf 8, R. Vinay Kumar (not out) 8, D. Steyn (not out) 0; Extras (lb-2, w-2): 4; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs): 133.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-17, 4-52, 5-63, 6-88, 7-119, 8-125.

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Mascarenhas 4-0-20-3, Kamran 3-0-21-0, Munaf 3-0-25-2, Henderson 4-0-30-1, Warne 4-0-18-2, Yusuf 2-0-17-0.

Rajasthan Royals: G. Smith c Dravid b Praveen 2, S. Asnodkar c Kohli b Praveen 0, N. Patel c Kumble b Ryder 4, T. Henderson b Ryder 11, Yusuf c Ryder b Kumble 11, D. Mascarenhas (run out) 0, R. Jadeja c Kohli b Kumble 11, S. Warne st. Uthappa b Kumble 3, M. Rawat (not out) 4, Munaf c Steyn b Kumble 0, Kamran c Uthappa b Kumble 3; Extras (lb-1, w-7, nb-1): 9; Total (in 15.1 overs): 58.

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-7, 3-14, 4-28, 5-28, 6-47, 7-47, 8-53, 9-53.

Royal Challengers bowling: Praveen 3-0-7-2, Steyn 2-0-6-0, Vinay 3-0-25-0, Ryder 4-0-14-2, Kumble 3.1-1-5-5.


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