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Mohali Kings XI rub salt into Royal Challengers~~ wounds

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Stock pic..Sreesanth's (3/29) fiery first spell set the tone for Mohali Kings' victory over Royal ChallengersMohali: Bruised and battered with six defeats of the last eight games, Royal Challengers' misery in the IPL was compounded when the Dravid-led Bangalore outfit suffered a humiliating 9-wkt loss to the Mohali Kings XI at the PCA Stadium here on Monday.

Bangalore opting to bat first in their must-win match crawled to 143/8, thanks to some mediocre batting and some accurate bolwing from Mohali seamers. Dravid and Boucher made 29 and 39 respectively to ensure some respectability to Bangalore total.

In reply Mohali made short work of reaching a modest target of 144 to edge closer to semis' berth. The local outfit routed Bangalore by nine wickets with 4.2 overs to spare.

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The chip of the old block Shaun Marsh (son of former Aussie opener Geoff Marsh) hit a majestic 51-ball 74 studded with nine boundaries and two sixes. He shared 42-run opening stand with James Hopes (27 off 19) and then forged an unbroken 102-run partnership with Luke Pomersbach (34 off 24, 3X4s&2X6s).

This win pushed Yuvraj-led Mohali up to second spot while Bangalore languish at the bottom of points tally.

Earlier Royal Challengers reeling under a great pressure to pull off a badly needed win came up with yet another listless performance with the bat.

B'lore reshuffled its line-up promoting the hitters up-the-order to get some early momuntum but to no avail. B'lore lost three wickets including Misbah and Kohli in quick succession and continued to struggle against the disciplined Mohali attack.

Sreesanth bowled exceptionally well in his first spell to return with 3/29 while big-hearted Chawla despite leaking 12 runs in his first over finished his quota with 2/32. VRV Singh tied down batsmen with a hoard of fuller lengths and yorkers. The burly Punjab seamer conceded as few as 15 besides claiming the wicket of Vinay Kumar in his four oves. Pathan too bowled a measly spell for his 1 for 23 in five overs.

Challengers got off to a bumpiest of starts losing Arunkumar in the third over with literally nothing on the scoreboard.

In came Misbah and out he went ball after ball to score 7-ball 21 before he kept his reputation of getting out in a bizarre way intact. The big-hitting Pakistani shuffled across and back to negotiate an nipping in delivery from Sreesanth and nudged off-stump in the process.

Kohli, who was circumspect to start with, swept and lofted the first change bowler Piyush Chawla for three boundaries on trot before being castled by a skidder from the wily leggie. Kohli's departure left B'lore in some sort of bother at 49/3 in the sixth over.

Five overs later Chawla had Cameron White caught and bowled. Boucher joined Dravid in the middle and the pair was content with milking the ball in gaps for singles and twos. The duo never looked in a mood to take the attack to the rival camp. Dravid's 27-ball knock yielded only two boundaries while Boucher's 31-ball knock was inclusive of four hits to fence and one over.

Bangalore managed to score only 41 runs in the final five overs, thanks to some accurate bolwing from VRV and Pathan and some mediocre batting from middle and lower-order batters.

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