Match : Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, match 44 of IPL 2012.
Venue/Date : M Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore, 2nd May 2012.
IPL Debut : none.
Toss : Punjab, elected to field.
Result : Punjab won by 4 wickets.
Man of the match : Azhar Mahmood.
Umpires : Billy Bowden (New Zealand) + S Shamsuddin (India) with Shahvir Tarapore (3rd umpire, from India).
Head to head10th Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab IPL match it was and now both teams have won 5 each.
Match summaryIPL is a sports show that overlaps soap operas on TV with some of incredible live drama like the one unfolded today at Chinnaswamy. Chasing considerable target of 159 in front of loyal Bangalore crowd, Punjab were cruising with 23 runs required off 24 balls with 8 wickets in hand thanks to impressive batting display from Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini backed up by counter attacking knock from captain David Hussey but suddenly, three run outs happened, setting panic in, leaving 5 runs off last over with two new batters at the crease. Thankfully, Piyush Chawla got a perfect ball to hit out of the park to seal the game visitors should have won a lot easily.
Earlier, Punjab tactically elected to bowl first and Praveen Kumar sent down his quota of overs, extracting little help from the pitch and restricting home team during the powerplays. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli went about run a ball untill the 10th over and then started to counter attack to bring up their century stand off 70 balls but Punjab stuck to their line and length towards the end, specially Azhar Mahmood, to keep Bangalore below the par total.