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IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Kings XI Punjab: Punjab win comfortably by 5 wickets

Monday, 28 April 2014 - 6:16pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
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Venue: Dubai
Start time: 8 pm IST

This is, on paper, a cracker of a match. The batting strength of Royal Challengers Bangalore goes up against the batting genius of Kings XI Punjab. Both sides' bowling attacks have also performed well so far.

For Punjab, Glenn Maxwell is in superb form and David Miller is playing the second fiddle really well. One big innings from Virender Sehwag, who top scored in Punjab's last game, could put the opposition under massive pressure as well.

Bangalore, even without Chris Gayle, are a major batting force. AB DeVilliers and Virat Kohli are two of the best batsmen in the world, and both are in fine form. Bangalore would have beaten Kolkata on Thursday had it not been for Chris Lynn's superb catch to send back DeVilliers. 

Their last batting effort, however, was very embarrassing and should be quickly erased from memory. Also, Yuvraj Singh, bought for a huge amount due to his reputation for big hitting, looks woefully out of form and has been slowing down the run rate instead of raising it.

Chris Gayle's return will boost the Bangalore side, but more importantly, a win against table toppers Punjab will restore their confidence after a horror match against Rajasthan on Sunday.

Bangalore's bowling, considered their weak link before the season, has risen up to the challenge. Even the much-criticised Ashok Dinda has bowled tightly. Bangalore are likely to bring back Varun Aaron for the match today.

Punjab, on the other hand, will be very pleased they were able to defend a low score against Kolkata even without Maxwell and Miller firing. Sehwag was responsible for Punjab reaching a defendable score, but it was really the bowlers who delivered the win. Mitchell Johnson's improving form after returning from an injury will be of particular concern to Yuvraj Singh, who has struggled against Johnson ever since India's ODI series against Australia last October. 

Punjab are favourites to win this match only because they are collectively in fine form, and Bangalore have stumbled after winning the first two games. Gayle's return, if it happens, might provide a psychological advantage to Bangalore though.

The team winning the toss should bat first and put up a large total, as is the blueprint in most games in the UAE.

 

19:31 IST Monday, 28 April 2014

Chris Gayle has been spotted having a hit on a spare pitch. Is he fit? Hope is all we have.

Kings XI Punjab win the toss and will bowl first

Chris Gayle will be playing this match. Was it a wise decision from Punjab to bowl first?

Gayle is on strike.

Four. Outside edge past first slip. 

Four. Hits the outside half of the bat and slices away for four

Six. Down the track, big swing and six over long off

Six. Another swing of the arms and another six, this time over long on.

RCB 20/0

What a start. No rust for Chris Gayle. What an amazing start.

OUT! And he is out now. The all too brief fun is over. Gayle came down the track and his middle stump was taken out.

Gayle 20 off 7 balls

OUT! Kohli smashed the first ball for four, now he is struck on the front pad and Billy Bowden says it is out, Kohli cannot believe it.

Yogesh Takawale is in. The euphoria of Gayle's first over blast is all but over. Bangalore are back in trouble.

Bangalore 25/2 after 2 overs

This describes Gayle's innings quite well:

Gone. Bangalore have gone from euphoria to despair. Takawale edges Johnson to the keeper.

Bangalore 26/3

AB DeVilliers is in. He is the man for Bangalore now.

Meanwhile, Twitterati is venting out its frustrations over Virat Kohli's dismissal:

OUT! Now Parthiv is out, are they chasing their score against Rajasthan on Saturday? Edges to the keeper.

Bangalore 26/4 after 4 overs

That was a wicket maiden

Johnson to DeVilliers

Four. Crisp on drive to the boundary

Yuvraj Singh is in. This is a great opportunity for him to right a few wrongs.

Bangalore 34/4 after 5 overs

Four. Yuvraj pulls Sandeep Sharma for four

Four. Now AB steers it through the off side for four

Bangalore 44/4 after 6 overs

Mitchell Johnson has been given a third over

People are now criticising Bangalore on Twitter for their collapse:

Meanwhile, Bangalore are 50/4 after 7 overs

L Balaji to bowl

Yuvraj swings at a short ball and it goes for four

Bangalore 56/4 after 8 overs

SIX! Akshar Patel to Yuvraj Singh, swatted over cow corner for six

Yuvraj has hit some form in this match

RCB 66/4 after 9 overs

Back from the timeout

Also Read: Did Chris Gayle's absence severely hurt Bangalore?

OUT. AB is out. He went at a short and wide ball and slapped it to backward point.

Bangalore 68/5

Bangalore 69/5 after 10 overs. Albie Morkel is in.

Everything depends on Yuvi now.

Bangalore 76/5 after 11 overs

Bangalore 80/5 after 12 overs

SIX. Maxwell bowls to Albie, who goes down on one knee and smashes it over deep midwicket for six.

Four. Now Yuvraj slog sweeps for four.

RCB 93/5 after 13 overs

Sandeep Sharma celebrates after Virat Kohli was controversially given out LBW

Balaji to continue

Balaji to Morkel, no run

OUT! Morkel swings hard at a ball outside off, but he plays it onto his own stumps

RCB 93/6

A KXIP fan is very excited after Albie Morkel's dismissal:

The long tail begins. Mitchell Starc is in. 

RCB 97/6 after 14 overs

Rishi Dhawan is back

OUT! Yuvraj Singh is out and Bangalore are in real trouble now. Caught by Miller for 35.

Varun Aaron is in

Bangalore 98/7 after 15 overs

Bangalore now seem to be merely fighting for survival...at least for the next few overs

Balaji is throwing darts at Starc and Aaron

1 run off five balls

100 up. Bangalore 100/7 after 16 overs

Yuvi D.I.A. has an interesting statistic for us:

Four. It's leg byes but its four nonetheless. What a relief.

That leg bye for four saved the over. 5 off it. RCB 105/7 after 17 overs.

1,1,1,1 so far this over

Now a dot ball

Single to end the over. RCB 110/7 after 18 overs

Good perspective from Paras on Twitter:

Four leg byes. These are boons for RCB. Another 4 leg byes. For the record, neither Starc nor Aaron have scored a boundary off the bat.

Aaron scores a couple twice off the last ball of the over.

Bangalore 120/7 after 19 overs

OUT. Mitchell Starc is out. Yorked off a slower ball from Mitchell Johnson.

Ashok Dinda is out to bat

RCB 123/8, last ball coming up.

Dinda makes room and swings hard, it takes the edge of the bat and flies to third man for one.

RCB 124/8 after 20 overs

Very mediocre score from RCB, especially after Gayle smashed 20 off the first over.

 

22:00 IST Monday, 28 April 2014

Pujara and Sehwag are the openers for Punjab. 

Pujara is in really awful form. He has already been beaten twice in the first over

Now he creams one through the leg side and the fielder barely manages to stop it after a slide

KXIP 2/0 after 1 over

Albie Morkel to share the new ball

Sehwag gets off strike off the first ball he faces.

Kohli makes a rare misfield now

Wide ball

Could this twitter user's tweet be important today?

Four. Pujara whips it away for four through the leg side

Punjab 12/0 after 2 overs

Mitchell Starc to continue.

Pujara has had the majority of the strike so far

Also Read: Punjab restrict Bangalore to 124/8 

Punjab 14/0 after 2 overs

Four. Shot. Sehwag drives through the covers, not much foot movement but the hand-eye coordination is magnificent.

Picked away over square leg for one

Pujara hoicks wildly at a short ball but can't connect

Pujara seems really out of place in a T20 game

Now a single to end the over, KXIP 22/0 after 4 overs

OUT! Pujara is out, his woeful run continues. Dinda was bowling, Pujara edged it behind to the keeper

Punjab 22/1

Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman

This user has an interesting take on Pujara:

Four by Sehwag. Half-pull, half-drive for four

Four again. What a shot. He flicked a good length ball from outside off through midwicket for four by rolling his arms.

Sehwag has played Dinda really well so far

KXIP 31/1 after 5 overs

Oh. Almost a run out as Sehwag tucked a short ball to short fine and set off

OUT! Saha is out now, good catch! He tried to clear the on side and was caught superbly on the boundary. But what an unnecesasary shot

Punjab 33/2 after 6 overs

Boom Boom Maxwell is in.

Yuzi to bowl now

Maxwell looks in fine form as he biffs three runs of his first two balls

KXIP 40/2 after 7 overs

OUT! Maxwell is out, he tried to pull a short ball over the long leg boundary and the fielder coming in took a sharp catch.

Four. What a shot. Swinging yorker on the legs and Sehwag crunches it through the on side for four.

The other dangerous guy - David Miller is out to the middle

Short ball, Sehwag took evasive action but it hit his helmet and sped away for four. Four 'leg byes'.

KXIP 51/3 after 8 overs

Yuzi continues

Sehwag swings at an offspinner and misses. No feet.

Now he clubs it down to long on for one

Punjab 56/3 after 9 overs and its time for the timeout

Swing and a miss from Sehwag. He went hard at that slow, inviting offspinner outside off stump.

Punjab 70/3 after 11 overs

Short ball, Miller goes hard at it but finds square leg

Flicked away to deep square leg and they run two

What a shot. Pulled over midwicket for four with the greatest of ease

He goes again, this was short as Miller gave himself room, the bowler followed him but Miller pulled to the square leg boundary for four

Four more. Short ball outside leg this time and pulled for four.

He goes squarer each time, with the same result.

'Sir Ravindra Jadeja' tweets our feelings about Sehwag:

OUT! Now Maxwell is out, he fished at an offspinner outside off and was caught by the keeper 

Punjab 85/4

Yuzi has done it again for RCB

Bailey sweeps his second ball loosely for one

Sehwag biffs down the ground, the fielder from long on cuts it off as they score two

OUT! Similar dismissal and this time it is Sehwag. Ball turning away, Sehwag tries to cut it and edges it to the keeper.

Punjab are suddenly in some trouble

Rishi Dhawan is the new batsman

Punjab 88/5 after 13 overs

Four. Slapped away by Rishi Dhawan for four

Punjab 93/5 after 14 overs

32 needed off 36 balls. Still Punjab's game to lose.

Time for the timeout

Yuvraj Singh will bowl

Good shot from Dhawan, he steered it past short third man for four

100 up for Punjab in the 15th over

Poor over from Yuvraj, KXIP 101/5 after 15 overs

Wide ball from Mitchell Starc, Bailey tried to go after it but missed

This time he cuts hard and is almost run out because the fielder fielded it really well and threw at the stumps

Glenn Maxwell hjas socred 300 runs in this IPL now, despite failing in the last two games

Dhawan drives outside off and misses

Swung into the pads and driven away for two.

Punjab 105/5 after 16 overs

Just 18 needed now. All Punjab need to do is keep their cool

A CSK fan who also likes Preity Zinta and believes her charm can work. But we are not sure RCB are winning at this point:

Ashok Dinda is back. Punjab are 110/5 after 17 overs

Slow yorker swung to long on for one

Driven to wide long off for one

Punjab 115/5 off 18 overs

10 needed off 12

What a shot. Takes off the pressure immediately. Swivel-pulled for four to long leg. Poor delivery from Aaron and Bailey didn't hold back

Now dug out for a single and they are one hit away from a win

Preity Zinta seems very pleased in the stands

Rishi Dhawan goes for the big slog, but can only find short mid on

Four needed now

Almost a beamer, Bailey backed away and hit it to third man, called a no ball for height

That is the end! Short ball from Aaron, slow as well, Dhawan pulls it over midwicket for four and KXIP have won by 5 wickets

A convincing win in the end for Punjab who go 5-0 in this tournament.




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