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Bangalore's poor run continues
May 12, 2008 23:15 IST
Kings XI Punjab beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by nine wickets in an IPL Twenty20 match at PCA stadium in Mohali on Monday.
Chasing 144 to win, Yuvraj Singh's [Images] men reached their target with 4.2 overs spare
Opener Shaun Marsh scored an impressive 74 not out to ensure it was an easy chase for the Mohali team.
Marsh first put on 42 for the opening wicket with compatriot James Hopes (27 with three sixes) and then was involved in an unbroken 102-run stand for the second-wicket with Luke Pomersbach (34 not out).
The win was the Mohali team's sixth in nine matches and keeps them in third place in the table.
On the other hand, Bangalore's defeat, their seventh in nine matches, keeps them at the bottom of the table and their chances of making the last four are now over.
Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers batsmen once again put up a flop show as they could manage just a modest 143 for eight.
The pace trio of S Sreesanth [Images], Irfan Pathan [Images] and VRV Singh bowled with discipline, kept their attack around the off-stump and did not offer width to opponents, making life difficult for them.
South African Mark Boucher [Images] (39) and skipper Rahul Dravid [Images] (29) were the only willowers who put up some resistance after electing to bat on a pitch, which did offer pace and movement to the bowlers.
Sreesanth was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he accounted for three batsmen, giving away just 29 runs in his quota of four overs.
Young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also impressed with his performance as he chipped in with two scalps.
Both the openers --J Arunkumar and Virat Kohli-- struggled right from the start as they attempted some flashy shots out side the off stump but only managed edges.
Sreesanth struck early when he got rid of Arunkumar (3) on the first ball of his second over when the batsman edged his delivery to first slip Mahela Jayawardene [Images].
Pakistani Misbah-ul-Haq (21) eased off the pressure by hitting some thunderous shots but did not last long as he once again perished in a strange manner.
Misbah trod on to his stumps while negotiating a Sreesanth delivery which came in, forcing him to begin a long trudge back to pavilion.
Kohli (21) followed his Pakistani teammate when he was castled by Chawla though not before hitting the young spinner for a couple of boundaries.
Skipper Rahul Dravid then joined Cameron White (10) but once again a strong partnership eluded the visitors.
White was undone by a stunning caught and bowled by Chawla, who ran about 15 yard towards mid-wicket to latch on to a mistimed shot.