Bangalore poses no challenge to Mohali Kings XI

Published: Monday, May 5, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sreesanth's (2/16) opening burst sets up the match for Mohali Kings XIBangalore: Kings XI bowling attack spearheaded by Sreesanth produced a disciplined effort as the Mohali outfit annihilate the insipid Bangalore Royal Challengers with a six-wicket win in the IPL league encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Monday.

Challengers wilted under the pressure exerted by Sreesanth and Chawla as B'lore unit's innings was folded up for measly 126 in 19.2 overs despite Dravid's cultured half-century.

In reply Kings XI riding on the blistering knocks from Shaun Marsh (39 off 34) and Sarwan (31 off 29) hunted down the meagre target in 18.2 overs with six wickets in hand.


Mohali chasing a small target got off to a blazing start with Shaun Marsh and Sarwan stroking freely as their side raced to 50 in 6th over. The pair hit four boundaries and a six apiece in their knocks that wrested the momuntum in Mohali's favour. The duo shared a quickfire 54-run stand for the second wicket to edge Mohali a notch closer before conceding their wickets.

Jayawardene (17* off 22) and Pathan (17* off 17) dug in and saw their side home.

Earlier B'lore skipper Dravid stood tall amidst his side's batting ruins with 51-ball 66 while young Virat Kohli made a run-a-ball 34. They revived B'lore innings with a 54-run stand but eventually it was insufficient for their side's cause on a good batting strip.

Poor shot selections, some indecisive running between the wickets by batsmen proved dearly for local outfit. Kallis and Misbah yet again failed to leave up to their high standards.

Leggie Piyush Chawla was the pick of the Kings XI bowlers with 3 for 25 in his fours.

However it was Sreesanth who set the tone for the rest of the innings with a fiery first over packing off Jaffer and White to reduced the local outfit to 1 for 2.

His partner Pathan too troubled the B'lore batters with probing line besides plucking the vital scalp of set Kohli in his second spell. The opening attack duo conceded as little as four runs per over in their quota of four overs.

Royal Challengers having put in to bat first started off disastrously losing two wickets in the shape of Jaffer and Cameron White -in for Chipli- in the very first over of the innings bowled by Sreesanth. Sree extracted good swing bowling at 135ks.

He removed Jaffer with a short of good length ball that swung away to take a faint edge thro to gloveman Kaul. In the subsequent ball the temperamental pacer from Kerala castled White with a peach of a ball pitched three quarter and nipped back to defeat batsman all ends up before uprooting the off and middle-stump.

As though this wasn't enough for Challengers they lost Kallis in the shape of run out. This left B'lore unit in a spot of bother at 15/3 in the fourth over.

At this critical juncture Dravid joined Kohli in the middle and the pair was content in singles and twos with odd boundary hits as Challengers crawled to 51/3 at half-way thro' their innings.

Kohli cut loose in the eleventh over bowled by Hopes carting the Aussie pacer for two successive boundaries. However he tried one too many and for a wrong bowler Pathan as a big heave off a slower from the wily customer of Baroda landed straight into the hands of Sreesanth at long-off.

And than it was Chawla all the way mixing up the deliveries ran thro' the middle-order to leave B'lore in deep trouble at 116/8 in 18th over. The leggie for UP got his wickets from the well deceived googlies.

However unpurterbed Dravid stuck to his task and played some eye-ctaching cover-drives and flicks to the fence. He took 15 runs including three boundaries in the 17th over bowled by VRV. He ran out of partners in the end as Challengers's innings was folded up for nothing to defend.


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