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Bangalore Royal Challengers won by 5 wickets.

Bangalore vs Kolkata

Boucher rises to the challenge

South African drags Bangalore to five-wicket victory

Boucher: match-winning innings

Indian Premier League
Kolkata Knight Riders 139-6 v Bangalore Royal Challengers 143-5
Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wkts

Mark Boucher hit the penultimate ball of the match for four to seal a five-wicket success for the Bangalore Royal Challengers against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Durban.

Boucher dispatched a full toss from off-spinner Chris Gayle to the boundary to allow the Royal Challengers to overhaul a target of 140.

The South African wicketkeeper finished unbeaten on 25 from 13 balls having rescued his side from a middle-order collapse.

Bangalore looked to have laid the platform for a comfortable victory when Shreevats Goswami and Jacques Kallis (23) put on an opening stand of 69 in 11 overs.

But occasional off-spinner Brad Hodge (3-29) took three wickets - Goswami (43), Kevin Pietersen (13) and Virat Kohli (19) - to help reduce the Royal Challengers to 107-4 at the end of the 16th over.

However, Boucher hit two fours and a six to see his side across the winning line in the final over.

KP strikes

Earlier, Royal Challengers skipper Pietersen had claimed a wicket with the first ball of the match.

The England batsman chose to open the bowling with his part-time off-spin and struck immediately when Kolkata captain Brendon McCullum cut straight to Kohli at point.

But a contribution of 40 from McCullum's opening partner Gayle and an unbeaten 43 from Morne van Wyk saw the Knight Riders up to 139-6 from their 20 allocation.

Bangalore's victory moves them above the Chennai Super Kings into sixth in the points table, while Kolkata remain bottom of the eight-team league with just one win from six.

Match Details

29th Apr 2009
M R Benson and T H Wijewardene

bangalore BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Kallis c van Wyk b Sharma 23
Goswami c van Wyk b Hodge 43
Pietersen c Saha b Hodge 13
Kohli c van Wyk b Hodge 19
Boucher not out 25
van der Merwe c van Wyk b Sharma 9
Pandey not out 2
Extras 7w, 1b, 1lb 9
Total Close, 19.5 Overs 143 - 5
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Sharma 4 0 15 2
Agarkar 2 0 23 0
Kartik 4 0 26 0
Gayle 3.5 0 31 0
Hodge 4 0 29 3
Ganguly 2 0 17 0
Full Bowling Card