Openers Kings XI Punjab played its second match of the Indian Premiur League season 2010 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Chinnaswamy Stadium of Chennai on 16th March. It was a closely fought match which kept the spectators as well as the players at their toes through out both the innings. It was a nerve wrecking match which kept all busy throughout the match and the cheerleaders most. It was a batting track and it proved to be a graveyard for the bowlers. There was a little help as ball bounced a little during the initial overs but it faded away as the ball became older. Manvinder Bisla and Ravi Bopara provided a steady start to the Kings XI Punjab. They were at 35 off 5 overs without any loss. After it Bisla opened up and hit Jaques Kallis for three consecutive boundaries, the last one of which was a huge six and thus scored 15 runs of the 6th over. After it he did not spare any bowler without paying any attention to their reputation and even Kallis and Kumble were not spared. Kumble bowled the 9th over and was welcomed with a six by Bisla. He completed his half century just in 36 balls by taking a single on the next ball. In the same over Bopara played straight shots but ball hit Kumble twice. Luckily he survived from getting injured. On the last ball Bopara hit a six. Manvinder was in his flow and he welcomed the next bowler with a six. Bopara also hit a boundary in the same over. After 10 overs, Kings XI Punjab were on 87 without any loss.
Ravi Bopara Virat Kohli bowled the 11th over and slipped when he was about to throw the very first ball. Luckily he did not meet with any fatal injury. In the next over of Virat Kohli 15 runs were scored by the Punjab openers. In the 14th over, Ravi Bopara hit Dale Styen for a flat straight six thus Punjab had 129 run mark on the score board without any loss. It was Kallis who provided the much needed break through on the very first ball of the 15 over. Bisla mistimed his shot and got caught by Eoin Morgan in the deep. He scored 75 runs just in 51 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Bopara was very lucky on 47 as one of his shot fell short of Rahul Dravid otherwise he could have been back into the pavilion. Yuvraj once again disappointed his fans as Dale Styen got him caught in the hands of Eoin Morgan. He scored only 9 runs from 6 balls with a boundary. He fell victim to RCB’s game plan as the bowler deliberately attacked his leg stump with short balls and he was caught on the boundary line in the leg side. Mahela Jayawardene, who came to bat after Yuvraj’s departure, lowered the pressure by hitting a straight six and a four on his leg side in Kumble’s last over. Bopara completed his half century in the 18th over and hit three consecutive fours on the last three balls of the same over. Praveen Kumar bowled the last over for his side and was welcomed with a six by Bopara which was followed with a four. On the very next ball Praveen got him caught by Kumble. He scored 77 runs just off 50 balls with the help of 9 fours and 2 sixes. Finally Punjab presented the victory target of 204 runs for the RCB from 20 overs with the loss of 3 wickets.
Panday and Kallis 203 was really a big score that Royal Challengers Bangalore had to contemplate. RCB needed 10.20 runs per over which was a stiff task under the lights. Manish Panday took the strike for RCB with Jacques Kallis one the non-striker end. There was no swing for Irfan Pathan so the slip was taken away to protect the circle. There was some extra bounce and Irfan teased the batsman with his accurate line and length. After 3 overs RCB were on 20 without any loss and thus pressure mounting with the increasing required run rate. Sreesnath bowled a no-ball which passed the batsman as well and as the keeper and crossed the boundary line thus providing an opportunity of a free hit to the batsman to ease the pressure. Kallis made the free ball count by hitting it for a four. Yusuf Abdullah (South Africa) was brought into attack to bowl the 5th over. Kallis hit two boundaries in his over, the second one of which was a huge six. Thus RCB were on 43 after 5 overs without any loss. Manish Panday welcome Pathan with and four which was followed by 89 meter long six. Kallis also hit a six on the last ball of the same over. It was Piyush Chawla who provided some relief to his team and got Panday caught in the hands of Irfan Pathan at the backward offside. Kallis mistimed a short in the same over and the ball went high but he was lucky enough as the ball landed at the no-mans land.
Uthappa and Kallis After 10 overs and with the loss of 1 wicket RCB were on 89 and thus pressure mounting on Kallis. Uthappa opened up a little and hit two boundaries in P Chawla’s over. It was enough to ease pressure from Kallis. RCB completed its 100 runs in the 11th over. At this juncture match looked in a balanced state. Abdullah bowled the 12th over and 14 runs were scored in this over with the help of a six and a four by the RCB batsmen. It was the 13 over that switched the pendulum into the favor of RCB. 24 runs were scored by Uthappa in this over with the help of 3 sixes and a four. After 13 overs RCB were at at 139 for 1 as compared to KXIP’s 119 without any loss. Uthappa completed his half century just in 18 balls which is the second fastest half century in the history of IPL Tournament. Bipul Sharma got him caught by M Kaif. After his departure Virat Kohli came into to bat and assisted Kallis well to lead his side to a victory. Rest of the work was completed by Kallis who stayed out tall through out the innings and hit 89 runs off 55 balls which included 8 fours and 5 sixes. He was adjudged Man of the Match for his impressive batting performance.