Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
The Royal Challengers Bangalore won a big hitting shoot out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium beating the Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in a game which saw the bowlers concede over 400 runs.
Faced with a target of 204 for victory Jaques Kallis (89) and Robin Uthappa (51) made the most of the batsman friendly conditions seeing the Royal Challengers home to kick start their campaign after losing against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the weekend.
The defeat leaves the Kings XI with two defeats out of two despite Ravi Bopara (77) and Manvinder Bisla (75) both scoring half centuries as the visitors frustrated the Royal Challengers with an opening partnership of 129.
On a flat lifeless wicket Kallis and Manis Pandey (38) made a great start for the Royal Challengers in their run chase building a first wicket partnership of 74 before Pandey was caught by Irfan Pathan.
The lost of Pandey brought Robin Uthappa to the crease who began his innings in style smashing Piyush Chawla for consecutive boundaries in the 10th over.
The 24 year old continued his brutal innings smashing Sreesanth for 25 runs two overs later to reach his half century from just 19 balls, the second fastest in IPL history.
Uthappa was finally dismissed by Bipul Sharma but the Royals Challengers continued their run chase untroubled with Kallis smashing 24 runs off Sharma’s 17th over to lead th home side to a much needed victory.
The Kings XI won toss and elected to bat with Bopara and Bisla slowly building a formidable opening partnership which helped the Kings XI set the Royal Challengers a seemingly difficult run chase.
After a slow start Bisla opened up his bat to dispatch Kallis into the stands for a big six in the third over to signal his intent. Supported by Bopara, who was happy to turn the strike over, Bisla attacked the Royal Challengers bowlers racing along to half century in just 36 balls.
Unable to force the openers into any mistakes the Royal Challengers could only watch on as the Bopara and Bisla’s partnership reached three figures. With a century in his sights Bisla (75) was finally dismissed by Kallis but the damaged had already been done.
Yuvraj Singh (9) suffered another failure with the bat but with Bisla departed Bopara came to the fore smashing Praveen Kumar for three consecutive fours to race past 50.
Bopara (77) enjoyed a rapid partnership of 53 with Mahela Jayawardene (26) before he was finally dismissed in the last over to help the Kings XI reach 203-3 and leave the Royal Challengers a big run chase under the lights.