Felix Austin | cricket20
Ravi Bopara batted superbly scoring 56 runs to rescue the Kings XI Punjab after they had lost 4 early wickets against the Delhi DareDevils at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.
Bopara was the only player to offer any sort of resistantís as the Kings XI ended their innings 142-9 to leave the DareDevils dangerous batting line an easy target to chase.
Having been put into bat by the DareDevils the Kings XI suffered a torrid time losing 4 early wickets to slump to 44-4 leaving opener Bopara watching on from the non strikers end as his teammates gave away their wickets.
The Kings XI lost opener Mavinder Bisla (2) in the second over of the game after he was brilliantly ran out by Mithun Manhas who hit the stumps with a direct hit to silence the home fans.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (17) soon followed when he was caught by Pradeep Sangwan at short fine leg after attempting to flick a delivery from Farveez Maharoof away for a boundary.
With two of the Kings XIís most experienced batsman still to come the home side werenít worried too much but when Yuvraj Singh (4) and Mahela Jayawardene (0) were dismissed in consecutive balls the panic button could have easily been pressed.
But, to their credit, the Kings XI remained calm with Bopara batting brilliantly to slowly build a 5th wicket partnership with Irfan Pathan. The pairs partnership had reached 60 when Pathan (21) was stumped by Dinesh Karthik.
The wicket of Pathan signalled another collapse as Mohammed Kaif (6) and then danger man Bopara soon departed to leave the Kings XI 113-7 and in danger of being bowled out inside 20 overs.