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Bangalore beat Punjab to win a thriller

The Bangalore Royal Challengers beat the Kings XI Punjab by 8 runs to win a thrilling match in the second edition of the Indian Premier League at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.

Chasing a victory target of 146 runs, Punjab managed 137/7 as Bangalore bowlers held their nerves till the end to win a cliffhanger.

Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the Man of the Match for taking a hat-trick and slamming a half-century.

Anil Kumble, Roelof van der Merwe and Praveen Kumar took 2 wickets each as Bangalore won their second match in a row.

Punjab needed 13 runs off the last over but Praveen gave away only 4 runs and more imporatantly dismissed Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla off successive deliveries. Pathan (12) hit a full toss to long-on for Virat Kohli to take the catch and on the next ball Chawla edged a delivery onto his stumps.

Kumble struck a vital blow in the previous when he clean bowled Kumar Sangakkara (17) with the wrong 'un.

Kumble had earlier dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 50 to put Kings XI Punjab at 70/1 in 10 overs.

Punjab captain reached his second IPL fifty off 33 balls with a six over mid-wicket off Kumble. But on the next delivery, Kumble had his revenge when he had Yuvraj caught at mid-wicket by Jacques Kallis. Yuvraj hit 4 sixes and 3 fours in his swashbuckling knock. One of those sixes was over square leg, that went out of the stadium and that was the 200th six of this IPL.

Earlier, Yusuf Abdulla took 4 wickets and Yuvraj took a hat-trick as Bangalore Royal Challengers scored 145/9 in 20 overs.

Yuvraj dismissed Robin Uthappa (19), Jacques Kallis (27) and Mark Boucher for the first hat-trick of this IPL and fourth overall.

Yuvraj first had Uthappa caught at deep mid-wicket by Simon Katich, then clean bowled Kallis with an arm-ball and on the first delivery of his next over, Boucher tried to play across the line and was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by an arm ball, as the Punjab captain completed the hat-trick on the ground in which he hit 6 sixes in an over in Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.

It was Roelof van der Merwe who took Bangalore to a respectable total with a 35-run knock that came off 19 balls and was studded with 3 sixes and 3 fours before Abdulla had him caught at deep extra cover by Irfan Pathan.

Abdulla, who became the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 13 wickets, could have had his fifth wicket of the match had Piyush Chawla not dropped a catch at third man on the last ball of the Bangalore innings.

Bangalore Royal Challengers were 62/3 in 10 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss, Bangalore got off to a poor start as Pathan had Jesse Ryder (2) caught at first slip by Mahela Jayawardene on the fifth ball of the match.

Abdulla then took two wickets in two overs to reduce Bangalore to 38/3.

Yusuf Abdulla then took two wickets in two overs to reduce Bangalore to 38/3.

Abdulla first had pinch hitter Rajesh Bishnoi (20) caught in the covers by Chawla and in his next over, Shreevats Goswami (10) hit over the covers and Chawla came running in from the boundary to take the catch.

Anil Kumble is leading Bangalore because Kevin Pietersen has returned to England to play a Test series against the West Indies.

Bangalore have brought in Jesse Ryder, Rajesh Bishnoi and Robin Uthappa, while for Punjab, the injured Wilkin Mota makes way for Tanmay Srivastava and Simon Katich comes in for Ravi Bopara who has returned to England.

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