Yuvraj heroics not enough

Incredible all round display from Yuvraj, but Kings XI still lose

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Yuvraj heroics not enough

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Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by eight runs on Friday, despite a hat-trick and a half-century from opposition captain Yuvraj Singh.

South African all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe spurred Bangalore to victory, hitting 35 off 19 balls, taking two wickets for 22 runs and pulling off a crucial run-out.

Bangalore seemed in desperate trouble at 84 for six after Yuvraj dismissed Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher with successive deliveries.

But Van der Merwe chanced his arm and hit three sixes and three fours to take Bangalore to reach 145 for nine batting first.

Playing on the ground where he hit six sixes in an over for India against England in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, Yuvraj then opened the batting for the Kings XI with Karan Goel and the pair seemed to have put their side well on the way to victory with an opening stand of 70.

But the game changed dramatically when Anil Kumble had the big-hitting India international (50) caught in the deep in the tenth over.

Van der Merwe dismissed Goel in the next over and then ran out Simon Katich with a superb diving stop and quick throw.

The Kings XI were unable to regain their momentum and their target became almost impossible when Van der Merwe had Mahela Jayawardene caught in the covers, leaving Punjab needing 30 off 18 balls.

Struggling with a wet ball, Van der Merwe's over cost 13 runs including four leg byes and a wide, but Kumble - captaining the Challengers following the return of Kevin Pietersen to England - bowled Kumar Sangakarra in the next over and Praveen Kumar killed Punjab's hopes with two wickets in the final over.

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