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IPL updates! Bailey, Dhawan take Punjab to fifth straight win

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April 28, 2014


Punjab: 127-5 (18.5 overs)
Bangalore: 124-8 (20 overs)

Yuvraj Singh is handed the ball after resumption. Dhawan welcomes him with a boundary past the slip as seven runs come off the over. 

Starc is back in the attack.  He gives away just four runs to end with decent figures (4-0-15-0). 

Seven runs come off Dinda's third over as Punjab inch further close. 

It's all over in the penultimate over of the innings, bowled by Aaron, Dhawan (23 not out) sealing it with a boundary.

Captain George Bailey remains unbeaten on 16, having added 39 in an unbeaten sixth wicket stand, as his team earns its fifth straight win of the competition. 

Punjab: 93-5 (14 overs)
Bangalore: 124-8 (20 overs)

Starc is handed the ball after the first strategic timeout. He gives away seven. 

Miller eases the pressure first with a boundary of Chahal, before hitting three successive boundaries off Morkel.

However, Chahal cuts short Miller's (26) stay at the crease, having him caught behind.  

Chahal also has Sehwag (32) dismissed of the last ball of his spell to end with figures of two for 23. Time for the second strategic timeout.

Punjab: 56-3 (9 overs)
Bangalore: 123-8 (20 overs)

Yuzvendra Chahal is handed the ball in the seventh over. He gives away seven runs first up. 

Aaron picks up a second wicket in his third over, Starc again taking a brilliant catch, inches off the ground. It's a big wicket, Glenn Maxwell is dismissed for just six. 

An Aaron bouncer goes off Sehwag's helmet and to the fence, helping Punjab get past the 50-run mark, in the eighth over. 

Punjab: 33-2 (6 overs)
Bangalore: 123-8 (20 overs)

Ashok Dinda replaces Starc (2-0-4-0) in the attack in the fifth over. He strikes with his first ball, having Pujara (10) caught behind. 

Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman in. Sehwag eases the pressure with successive boundaries in the over. 

A brilliant catch by Starc cuts short Saha's (2) stay at the crease, giving Aaron his first wicket.

Punjab: 22-0 (4 overs)
Bangalore: 123-8 (20 overs)

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag open the batting for Punjab and it will be Mitchell Starc first up for Bangalore. Just two runs off the first over. 

Albie Morkel bowls the second over and goes for 10, Pujara finding the fence. Starc's second also yields just two. 

However, Sehwag gets his first boundary in Varun Aaron's first over. 

Bangalore: 124-8 (20 overs)

A single by Aaron, off Balaji, helps Bangalore get to the 100-run mark, in the 16th over.

The Bangalore innings is moving at snail's pace at the moment. Balaji has ended his spell with figures of one for 17. 

Johnson cleans up Starc (8) in the first ball of the final over. Just three runs come off the over as Punjab restrict Bangalore to 124 for eight.

Punjab should have it easy now. A fifth straight win seems the likely result.

Bangalore: 98-7 (15 overs)

Morkel eases the pressure with a huge six (87 metres) off Maxwell. The Australian's third over is an expensive one with Yuvraj also finding the boundary. 

However, Morkel (15) doesn't last long, Balaji crashing through his defenses. Mitchell Starc is the new man in. 

However, the procession of wickets doesn't stop for Bangalore, Dhawan having Yuvraj Singh (35) caught by David Miller at deep midwicket.

Bangalore: 69-5 (10 overs)

Rishi Dhawan to bowl the first ball after resumption. He strikes with his second ball, having De Villiers (17) caught by Maxwell at backward point. 

De Villiers' 15-ball knock was inclusive of two boundaries and he helped Yuvraj add 41 runs for the fifth wicket. 

Albie Morkel is the new batsman in. 

Bangalore: 66-4 (9 overs)

Yuvraj Singh joins De Villiers at the crease with Bangalore in all sorts of trouble. 

Lakshmipathy Balaji replaces Sandeep Sharma (3-1-15-3) in the attack in the eighth over. He gives away six runs first up, including a boundary to Yuvraj. 

It's a twin bowling change, Akshar Patel replacing Mitchell Johnson (3-01-5-1). He gives away 10 runs, with Yuvraj hitting a six over cow corner. 

Strategic timeout.

Bangalore: 26-4 (4 overs)

Yogesh Takawale is the new batsman in. Maxwell is taken off after just one over. 

Mitchell Johnson to bowl the third over. He strikes with his last ball, having Takawale (0) caught behind. 

AB de Villiers is the new man in. Sandeep Sharma strikes for a third time in his second over, having Parthiv (2) caught behind. 

Bangalore: 25-2 (2 overs)

Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel to open the batting for Bangalore and it will be Glenn Maxwell first up for Punjab. 

Gayle announces his arrival in style, hitting a couple of boundaries off the first three balls. He hits successive sixes of the last two as 20 runs come off the first over, one where Gayle survived twice.

Sandeep Sharma to bowl the second over. He strikes second ball, getting past gayle's (20) defenses.  

In comes captain Virat Kohli and he begins with a boundary. However, he is adjudged leg before of the next ball by Billy Bowden. 
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and invited Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first in their Indian Premier League in Dubai. 

"There's no particular reason but we have been chasing well," reasons captain George Bailey. Virat Kohli, his opposite number, concurs.

"I would have liked to bowl first as well," admits Kohli, adding, "But it looks like a pretty good batting wicket, nice and hard."

The good news for Bangalore is Chris Gayle is back, and will be playing his first match in this tournament. He replaces Ravi Rampaul while Varun Aaron returns in place of Sachin Rana.

There are no changes in the Punjab team.