Royal Challengers registered their first win thanks to a wonderfully paced innings from Kallis(Current Orange Cap holder), whirlwind 51 from Robin and a cameo from Manish. Both the teams had lost their opening matches and one of them would end up slumping to their 2nd loss at the end of the game and sadly for Priety Zinta it was her team who despite making 203 were not able to defend it. RCB were out thought, outwitted and outplayed in their first game and had to come back strongly and Boy what a game it turned out to be. It was a home game for RCB and Punjab were looking to breach Bangalore’s fortress if you can call that since RCB has lost 6 of their 7 home matches in IPL1. RCB bowlers were sent on a leather hunt. It was the second instance that the opposition managed to score a 100 against them without losing a wicket. The bowling looked ordinary but thankfully for the RCB their batting which looked out of sorts against KKR came good against Kings XI. PHOTOS
Set to chase a mammoth score of 204 on a placid track, RCB got off to their best ever start in IPL reaching 74/0 in 8 overs. Pandey hit some lusty blows before he edged a dolly to Irfan pathan. Uthappa was promoted to No 3 as the required rate jumped to 11. He along with Kallis got the scoreboard moving quickly and never allowed the required RRO jump over 12. In a T20 one over can make a hell lot of a difference and today it was the 13th over when Uthappa hit Sreesanth for 25 runs and the crowd went mad. Uthappa fell after reaching the second fastest IPL fifty off 19 balls. Bipul Sharma who was making his debut got him and Kings XI must have heaved a sigh of relief but it was not to be as Kallis took over and plundered 23 runs of the very same bowler and got the RCB to the target with 7 balls to spare.
Kings XI Punjab
Earlier in the day Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and decided to bat. Kings XI openers Bisla and Bopara got off to a steady start reaching 50 in the first 6 overs. There were lots of hits and misses especially from Bisla but the Royal Challengers were unlucky to get a wicket. Once settled Bisla took the RCB bowlers on and Kings X1 reached 87 at half time. Bisla’s clean hitting and powerful bat speed outscored the more fancied Bopara and caught the bowlers unawares as they didn’t know what to expect. He blazed to 75 of just 51 deliveries before Kallis got him. Yuvraj couldn’t do much and scored just 9. Jayewardene with his clever shot selection and audacious hitting gave good support to Bopara who pressed his foot on the accelerator in the latter part of the innings to ensure that Kings XI got to a score of over 200. For the 5th time out of 7 games a side managed to score over 100 runs in the final 10 which goes to show that if you have wickets in hand then you can accelerate in the end.
Player of the Match: Jacques Kallis