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Pietersen leads Bangalore home
Kevin Pietersen scored a commanding half-century to help Bangalore snatch a six-wicket victory over Mohali in their IPL clash.
Pietersen (66 not out), Virat Kohli (42) and Robin Uthappa (22) all chipped in to chase basement side Mohali's total of 181.
Mohali can only blame themselves for losing the match as they dropped many catches and gave away 48 runs in the last four overs.
Mohali skipper Kumar Sangakkara's decision to bat first seemed to have backfired when Vinay Kumar sent Shaun Marsh packing in the second over, but the Sri Lankan steadied the ship for Mohali with Manvinder Bisla.
The duo's 64-run stand came to an end in the ninth over when Kumble clean bowled Bisla (28 off 26 balls).
Ravi Bopara joined his skipper in the middle but soon had to wait for a new partner as Sangakkara's quick-fire innings of 45 in 27 balls ended in the 12th over.
The Mohali captain - who returned after serving a one-match ban due to slow over rate - tried to hit Dale Steyn for a six to up the run-rate but found Jacques Kallis at deep square leg.
Bopara's new partner Yuvraj Singh was under pressure to end his bad run in the IPL and he chose this match to get his form back.
The left-hander hit Kallis for a six and a four in the 15th over and gave the same treatment to Kumble in the next over.
Bopara also hit Kallis for a boundary in the 18th over but the party did not last long as the England middle-order batsman lost his partner again. Yuvraj hit a full-toss straight down the deep mid-wicket's throat in the same over. He hit three fours and two sixes for his 36 off 20 balls.
Irfan Pathan's (16 off five balls) clean hitting at the death made sure Mohali posted a respectable total. Bopara remained unbeaten at 42 off 33 balls.
In reply, Bangalore's openers Manish Pandey and Kallis gave their side a slow but steady start as they posted 24 runs in four overs.
Shalabh Srivastava broke the partnership when he removed the IPL top-scorer Kallis on the first delivery of the fifth over.
Pietersen started in style by smashing Srivastava for a boundary straight down the wicket in the same over. But another straight drive from the England batsman proved costly for Bangalore as it hit the non-striker's stumps after grazing bowler Bipul Sharma's fingers and Pandey was well short of the crease.
The fall of two wickets put the brakes on Bangalore's scoring as Mohali's bowlers kept a leash on the batsmen.
But Pietersen along with Virat Kohli brought their side back into the game as they paced the innings nicely in the middle overs.
Kohli fell to Sharma in the 16th over but that did not stop Bangalore from scoring at a brisk pace.
Pietersen along with his new partner and in-form batsman Robin Uthappa took his side home with five balls to spare.
 
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