Yuvraj and Bopara partnership rescues Kings XI
Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Bopara built a 4th wicket partnership of 65 to help the Kings XI Punjab reach 181-5 on a slow wicket against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Having won the toss the Kings XI decided to bat first but they suffered yet another poor start as Shaun Marsh (2), who scored 57 against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday was caught by Rahul Dravid in the slips to give Vinay Kumar the breakthrough in just the second over.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara came to the crease at number three and played a masterful innings scoring 45 supported by Manvinder Bisla (28) as they built a second wicket partnership of 63.
Sangakkara was caught by Jacques Kallis at deep square leg at the start of the 11th over to reduce the Kings XI to 84-3. Despuite the slow start the home side still had 7 wickets in hand as Yuvraj and Bopara built an important 4th wicket partnership.
The pair increased the scoring rate building a 50 run partnership from just 32 balls as Yuvraj attacked the Royal Challengers bowlers smashing Kallis and Anil Kumble for huge sixes over deep mid wicket as the Kings XI.
Yuvraj (36) continued his excellent innings until he was caught by Cameron White out on the boundary giving Kallis the important break though with 3 overs remain.
Irfan Pathan (16) joined Bopara (42) at the crease to face the last 14 balls of the innings to help the Kings XI reach 181-5 which included 15 runs from the last over to finish the inning with a competitive score.