Punjab Leaps Ahead With Its Fifth Consecutive Win

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

Punjab leaps ahead with its fifth consecutive win : The Kings XI Punjab today registered its fifth consecutive win in the IPL, defeating the Bangalore Royal Challengers by six wickets in a match played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

In a smart move today, Yuvraj Singh invited the Royal Challengers to bat first, after winning the toss. His decision reaped in results from the very first over bowled by Sreesanth as he captured two important wickets to push the home team on the back foot. Wasim Jaffer nicked an out-swinging delivery from Sreesanth, prior to an in-swinger which shattered the stumps of White. Bangalore found itself in deep blue in the first over, itself.

Rahul Dravid was left to battle it out alone for the Bagalore team, as five of their batsmen returned back to the pavilion without opening their account. Dravid fought like a true warrior scoring a brilliant 66 off 51 balls with 9 hits to the fence and one six. He contributed more than half to the total of 126/10 posted by the Royal Challengers.

Dravid played some exquisite shots to show why he is rated amongst the best in the contemperory lot of cricketers, the world over. Apart from Dravid, it was Virat Kohli's innings that needed mention as he stroked well to make 34 from 26 balls he faced.

In reply to the modest target set by the Royal Challengers, the Punjab team displayed a disciplined approach and kept a tight control over the game through out.

Shaun Marsh, once again, set the tone for the chase and scored 39 off 34 before he got out in the 15th over with his team requiring another 21 to win. Ramnaresh Sarvan contributed with a knock of 31 from 29 deliveries, he faced.

The finishing touches to the victory were provided by Mahela Jayavardane, 17 off 21 and Irfan Pathan scoring 17 from 17. Both remained unbeaten and ensured a smooth sail past the target to end with 127/4 in 18.2 overs.

S.Sreesanth was adjudged Man of the Match for his effort of 2/16 in a spell of 4 overs.

The Bangalore team will need to sort out their short-comings to strike a right combination to succeed, before it gets too late.

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