Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Johannesburg


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Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Johannesburg

KXP v RCB, Match 11: Bopara guides Punjab to first victory

Ravi Bopara smashed 84 off 59 balls Friday to lead Kings XI Punjab to a seven-wicket win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.
After Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat to total 168-9, Punjab reached 173-3 with an over to spare with Bopara putting on stands of 52 with Karan Goel (19), 40 with Kumar Sangakkara (26) and 66 with captain Yuvraj Singh (30 not out) at Kingsmead. Bopara hit five sixes and four boundaries to steer Punjab its first win in the IPL, hitting 49 runs from overs 15, 16 and 17.
Earlier, left-arm seamers Yusuf Abdulla (4-31) and Irfan Pathan (3-35) helped restrict Bangalore. Jacques Kallis scored 62, while Ross Taylor collected 35 and Jesse Ryder 32. Kallis smashed five boundaries and two sixes in 46 balls and shared in a 61-run stand with Taylor. Abdulla dismissed Ryder, Pietersen two deliveries later for 0, Kallis and Taylor.
Pathan got out Robin Uthappa in the first over for 0, then bagged the wickets of Praveen Kumar for 13 and Pankaj Singh for 0.
KXP v RCB, Match 11: Kings XI Punjab 173-3 (19 ov) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 168-9 (20.0 ov) by 7 wickets

Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Johannesburg

Scores

Kings XI Punjab: 173-3 (19 ov)
Kallis 62, Taylor 35
Abdulla 31-4, Pathan 35-3 Royal Challengers Bangalore: 168-9 (20.0 ov)
Bopara 84, Yuvrraj 30*
Kumble 19-1

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.