Yuvraj blitzkrieg powers Kings XI to 166/8

Published: Monday, April 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Mohali skipper Yuvraj's pyrotechnichs overshadowed his Jaipur counterpart Warne's (3/19) mesmerising spell as Kings XI posted 165/8 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tie against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Monday.

Yuvi struck six boundaries and three sixes for his 34-ball 57 and forged a quickfire 63-run partnership with Pathan to resurrect Mohali after Sheikh of tweak had left 'em in a spot of bother at 72/4 after ninth over. Chawla (24* off 11) played a gem of a cameo innings.

Young seamer Trivedi supported Warne well with 2 for 25.

Mohali opting to bat first in their first away tie got off to a flier with Karan Goel and James Hopes smacking Munaf and Watson for 35 runs in four overs.

Goel struck four boundaries and two sixes for his 21-ball 26 before being undone by Munaf with a toe crushing yorker that rearrenged Punjab southpaw's woodwork.

The next man in Sangakkara (20/8) took to the attack from the word go. The fiesty Lankan took to the ariel route as he dispatched Trivedi to the fence in as many balls as Mohali raced to 50 in the sixth over.

Warne introduced himself into the attack in the seventh over and in the third ball held on to the straight offering to send Sanga packing. In his following over the Wizard of Oz trapped his fellow countryman Hopes (16 off 16) after the talented leggie Salunkhe, the winner of the realty show Cricket Star,  deceived Jayawardene with a flighted one for easy stumping.  

Mohali outfit looked in some sort of bother at 72/4 in the ninth over before their skipper Yuvraj did a rescue act by taking the attack to the rival camp. The big-hitting lefthander rode his luck, reprieved by Aleem Dar before he could open his account and dropped by Kaif at point in the early part of his innings, and made Royals pay for it belting six boundaries and three sixes.

His stand with Irfan Pathan (12) yielded Kings a valuable 63 runs. Warne's ripper ended Yuvi's breathtaking innings in 18th over. Kings XI skipper while trying an audacious slog sweep was rapped on back foot in the line of middle and leg stump.

Chawla's innovative shots fetched his side some valuable runs in the final overs as Kings XI set the hosts a daunting 166-run target.


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