Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab at East London


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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab at East London

RCB v KXP, Match 24: Bangalore Royal Challengers win a thriller

Roelof van der Merwe scored 35 runs and took two wickets Friday to steer the Bangalore Royal Challengers to an eight-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
The South African allrounder hit three sixes and three boundaries to help Bangalore to 145-9, dominating a 44-run partnership with Praveen Kumar (nine not out) after Bangalore was in trouble at 84-6. Van der Merwe then took 2-22 off three overs as Punjab was held to 137-7 at Kingsmead.
Punjab needed 13 runs from the final over, but Kumar had Irfan Pathan caught on 12 by Virat Kohli off a full toss and bowled Piyush Chawla for three on the penultimate ball of the match. Kumar finished with 2-27, while captain Anil Kumble claimed 2-25.
Yuvraj Singh scored 50 for Punjab to add to his earlier hat trick to win the man-of-the-match award. Yuvraj hit three boundaries and four sixes in 34 balls, sharing an opening stand of 70 with Karan Goel (20 off 29 balls) before he was dismissed by Kumble attempting to sweep a full toss to be caught by Kallis at deep mid-wicket in the 10th over.
RCB v KXP, Match 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore 145-9 (20.0 ov) beat Kings XI Punjab 137-7 (20.0 ov) by 8 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab at East London

Scores

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 145-9 (20.0 ov)
Roelof van der Merwe 35, Kallis 27
Abdulla 36-4, Yuvraj 22-3 Kings XI Punjab: 137-7 (20.0 ov)
Yuvraj 50, Goel 20
Roelof van der Merwe 22-2

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.