Dravid shores up struggling BRC to a modest 126

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Bangalore, May 5 (UNI) The poor run of Bangalore Royal Challengers (BRC) continued as they were bundled out for just 126 by Kings XI Punjab, despite a fighting knock of 66 by skipper Rahul Dravid, in the DLF-Indian Premier League played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

The local team, who scored a morale boosting win against Deccan Chargers after a series of losses, again found themselves in rut as Kerala Speedster S Sreesanth rattled the top order with two wickets in the very first over. Challengers never recovered after the disastrous start and it was left to Dravid to plough a lone borough to take the Challengers past the century mark.

Wickets fell in a heap after Dravid added 54 runs for the fourth wicket with Virat Kohli (34) but the home team was never in hunt for a challenging score and could not even play the full overs as they crashed to a disappointing score with four balls still left in their innings.

Kohli, The World Cup winning under-19 captain, was the only other notable scorer even as while the Challengers created a dubious record with five of its batsmen getting out without score, first such happening in the cash rich IPL.

Sreesanth troubled the Bangalore batsmen with pace and movement, both in the air and off the wicket, in his first spell of 3-0-9-2 and this put the skids on the Challengers who could never recover from the early blues.

Dravid, who came to the wicket at the fall of Kallis who was run out going for a non existent run in the fourth over and stayed till the penultimate over but couldn't help his team to recover the way he wanted.

But still it was a masterly knock from the batsman, who remains excluded from the national one-day squad. Dravid struck nine boundaries and the lone six of the innings in his 51-ball stay.

Pathan proved an able folly for Sreesanth and conceded just 13 runs in 3.2 overs he bowled while the former conceded just 16 runs in his full quota of four overs.

Piyush Chawla was the most successful bowler for Punjab claiming three for 23.

The local team could make just 51 runs in the first ten overs that reflected the way they struggled. Only during the last five overs, which brought them 29 runs, they made any some brisk progress.

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