Royal Challengers v NSW, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Bangalore October 7, 2011

RCB rip through second consecutive 200-plus target

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 204 for 4 (Gayle 92, Kolhi 84*, Cummins 4-45) beat New South Wales 203 for 2 (Warner 123*, D Smith 62) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Bring the ramparts from Galle, the wall from China, the many castles from Europe. Bring all the defence buildings, tanks, experts. Place them in the Chinnaswamy Stadium, fast becoming the Wanderers of the northern hemisphere. Hide your 200-plus targets behind them. Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kolhi will still chase them down at this venue. David Warner tonight became the first man to score back-to-back Twenty20 centuries, but even more incredibly the Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team to chase down 200-plus scores in consecutive matches, that too with nine balls to spare.

Before the match, Gayle and Warner, soon to be opening partners for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, were seen chatting with each other. When walking back, Warner took a look at Gayle's bat. He held it sideways, and his jaw dropped looking at the thickness of the leading edge. They both had a laugh, and went their separate ways for the night. Gayle laughed the final laugh, though, as his 92 off 41 in company with Kohli's unbeaten 84 off 49 outdid Warner's extraordinary 123 off 68 and Daniel Smith's 62 off 42. That leading edge was never hit on a night when clean hits tested the size of the stadium, and the half-hits managed to clear the short boundaries. Warner and Gayle dented the roof once each, but Gayle - symbolically - managed to send one out of the stadium. Records fell like crops during a hurricane, and the crowd - who must tire of this some day - matched the hitting with their incredible noise, appreciating both teams, only the home side more loudly.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore chose to chase again, packing their side with an extra batsman. Clearly all their eggs were in the basket woven together by Dilshan, Gayle and Kolhi. The basket proved to be strong enough. Incredible as it may sound, it was perhaps Dilshan who made the most crucial contribution even though he managed just four off nine. On a night that the other 34.3 overs went for 397 runs, Dilshan bowled his four overs for 10 runs at the top of the NSW innings. On a night that 26 sixes and 34 fours were hit, Dilshan went for none, as the Royal Challengers registered their least expensive Powerplay overs of this tournament, going for 47 runs. That Dilshan registered the Royal Challengers' most economic four-over figures was perhaps the most crucial record on a night that must have sent statisticians into frenzy.

Daniel Vettori's captaincy has come in for a bit of criticism in this event, mainly for under-using his part-time spinners, but he got it right when he asked Dilshan to bowl the first over of the night. It is hard to say if it was the batsmen were a touch too circumspect. The question must only arise because the contrast between his figures and the rest was stark. He did seem to do the right things, though: he didn't give the batsmen the pace or the rank bad deliveries. That he managed to frustrate Shane Watson into the rare injudicious shot of the night, costing him his wicket, drew a bit of caution, and he rushed through his quota.

Apart from that, the rest of the NSW innings - the whole match in fact - was carnage, par for the Chinnaswamy course. Daniel Smith cheeked his way to a maiden fifty, even managing to out-hit Warner for a while. He late-cut delicately, drove over cover with aplomb, slogged savagely, and enjoyed a few edges, even as Warner sized up the bowlers and the field, a time bomb ticking over.

Once he got into acceleration mode in the 10th over, hitting a full toss from S Aravind for four past long-on, there was no stopping Warner. He scored 81 off the last 33 balls he faced as NSW looted 131 from the last 10.1 overs. Of the 11 sixes that Warner hit, two stood out: the regulation slog over midwicket that hit the roof, and the switch-slog off the medium-pace of Raju Bhatkal, which cleared wide long-off with ease. Dirk Nannes, who many believe shouldn't have been allowed to play this tournament, went for 51 in his four, reaching a tournament economy-rate of 10.42 for a solitary wicket.

Even after 23 runs off the last over, once again damaging poor Aravind's figures, there was uncertainty around the total. NSW would need to cut singles, keep twos down to one, and take miraculous catches. They dropped three of them. Dilshan's miss didn't hurt them much, but Kohli made them pay for two lives. One of them was a sitter dropped by Pat Cummins when Kohli was on 44. Ironically, after Cummins had taken three wickets to give NSW another life, the miraculous catch offered itself. Kohli had been under pressure then, the last 14 balls had brought nine runs, and they now needed 24 off 16. A highly unreliable lower order waited. Kohli slogged, the mis-hit went to the right and in front of long-on, Moises Henriques charged after it, but couldn't convert the half chance.

Kolhi proceeded to knock off the rest of the target with ease. Just as easy as it had earlier seemed for Kohli and Gayle. It seemed all they needed to do was raise the bat high; by some sort of design, they would hit the ball well and in the gaps. At times Gayle wouldn't even need the back lift. He just caressed a few full deliveries for parallel sixes and fours. It was a highlights package that had to be further edited for time. A good old friend, the yorker, was sorely missed among the crowd of fancy slower balls of all varieties. The only one produced got NSW a wicket.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hyclass on October 10, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Warner has never made a hundred on a track with pace,bounce or seam. Hes never made a hundred against a top class attack. All of his 2- 1st class, 2 List A and 3 -20/20 hundreds over his 4.5 year career have come on spinning flat tracks. The attack he faced had only Nannes with credentials and then,a left armer against a left hand bat on a flat track with 4 overs. Warner has undoubtedly worked on his game, but when one considers that Chris Rogers has scored 8000 runs and 28 1st class centuries in the same period and isnt being considered,reasonable people should understand the need for perspective.

  • vinayespn on October 9, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    nice article which highlights the contribution of Dilshan.. very few would've expected him to bowl so early and he took NSW by surprise.. good captaincy n credit to RCB think tank.. NSW might have scored in excess of 250 if Watson had been around for some more time..

  • Apoorv_Says on October 8, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Warner,it seems,has finally got his feet in international arena....he is so different player frm wat he was when he first burst on international scene.....he plays a lot more sensibly than he used to....his innings showed responsibility....i guess dis will earn a call in australia's limited over side....it will take atleast a year or so to earn dat baggy green....

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Chris Gayle the beast. He's a Minotaur as strong as a bull. No one not even Afridi hits as big a six then Christopher Gayle Period!!!

  • JG2704 on October 8, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    re man of the match - I can see why they would give it to Kohli , Gayle or Warner or even Dils for his bowling. The latter's batting wasn't great so maybe that cancelled out his bowling stats. Warner was a one man team and without Warner NSW would more than likely not got near the 200 mark and had the game gone their way their surely could only have been one winner of the MOM award. Gayle's inns was blistering but then Kohli saw the game through , so I guess it depends on what you thought was more important

  • samp1988 on October 8, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    what a match it has been! Chris Gayle Virat kohli you beaty! Huge sixes from gayle seems unbelievable. Warner too seemed extraordinary.

  • chesumsne on October 8, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Gayle/Warner did really well. Such a run fest is almost nauseating to view, however. I prefer a match where bowlers have some semblance of an input other than offering balls to be hit. Cudoes to Dilshan for his spell in such circumstances.

  • on October 8, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    The chris gayle took away the match from NSW in first 10 overs..he deserved man of the match ratherthan kohli..shocked...

  • on October 8, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    NSW 20 OVERS 203 RCB 18.3 OVERS 204

    WANER 123 (68) SMITH 62 (42) GAYLE 92 (41) KOHLI 84 (49)

    BUT DILSHAN MANAGED TO BOWL FANTASTIC SPELL

    4 OVERS, 10 RUNS, 1 WICKET

  • on October 8, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    RCB had good batting line up but the bowling is so worse they have to improve their bowling .and kohli deserves the MOM

  • hyclass on October 10, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Warner has never made a hundred on a track with pace,bounce or seam. Hes never made a hundred against a top class attack. All of his 2- 1st class, 2 List A and 3 -20/20 hundreds over his 4.5 year career have come on spinning flat tracks. The attack he faced had only Nannes with credentials and then,a left armer against a left hand bat on a flat track with 4 overs. Warner has undoubtedly worked on his game, but when one considers that Chris Rogers has scored 8000 runs and 28 1st class centuries in the same period and isnt being considered,reasonable people should understand the need for perspective.

  • vinayespn on October 9, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    nice article which highlights the contribution of Dilshan.. very few would've expected him to bowl so early and he took NSW by surprise.. good captaincy n credit to RCB think tank.. NSW might have scored in excess of 250 if Watson had been around for some more time..

  • Apoorv_Says on October 8, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Warner,it seems,has finally got his feet in international arena....he is so different player frm wat he was when he first burst on international scene.....he plays a lot more sensibly than he used to....his innings showed responsibility....i guess dis will earn a call in australia's limited over side....it will take atleast a year or so to earn dat baggy green....

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Chris Gayle the beast. He's a Minotaur as strong as a bull. No one not even Afridi hits as big a six then Christopher Gayle Period!!!

  • JG2704 on October 8, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    re man of the match - I can see why they would give it to Kohli , Gayle or Warner or even Dils for his bowling. The latter's batting wasn't great so maybe that cancelled out his bowling stats. Warner was a one man team and without Warner NSW would more than likely not got near the 200 mark and had the game gone their way their surely could only have been one winner of the MOM award. Gayle's inns was blistering but then Kohli saw the game through , so I guess it depends on what you thought was more important

  • samp1988 on October 8, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    what a match it has been! Chris Gayle Virat kohli you beaty! Huge sixes from gayle seems unbelievable. Warner too seemed extraordinary.

  • chesumsne on October 8, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Gayle/Warner did really well. Such a run fest is almost nauseating to view, however. I prefer a match where bowlers have some semblance of an input other than offering balls to be hit. Cudoes to Dilshan for his spell in such circumstances.

  • on October 8, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    The chris gayle took away the match from NSW in first 10 overs..he deserved man of the match ratherthan kohli..shocked...

  • on October 8, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    NSW 20 OVERS 203 RCB 18.3 OVERS 204

    WANER 123 (68) SMITH 62 (42) GAYLE 92 (41) KOHLI 84 (49)

    BUT DILSHAN MANAGED TO BOWL FANTASTIC SPELL

    4 OVERS, 10 RUNS, 1 WICKET

  • on October 8, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    RCB had good batting line up but the bowling is so worse they have to improve their bowling .and kohli deserves the MOM

  • BULTY on October 8, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    It was a cracker of a match for the second night in running and RCB proved that the first successful chase of 200+ was no flash in the pan. They deserve it. Just as Sunny remarked in the post match analysis, it was no one man show in both the matches. A super spell of 1-10 in 4 overs by Dilshan, a hurricane second wicket partnership by Gayle.Kohli, a superb middle over flash by Kohli, a few reprieved catches by NSW and a final finish by the old war horse Mohd.Kaif. A back to back 100 in T20 by Warner (who incidentally did not perform to potential playing for Delhi Daredevils) was perhaps the only highlight for NSW. So the talk of only Gayle bringing them to CLT20 is out of context; yes he played a major role in this no doubt but one swallow doesn't make a summer especially in cricket. Hats off to RCB and ALL THE BEST FOR FINALS AT CHENNAI

  • jmcilhinney on October 8, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    This just goes to show how important fielding can be. While nothing is guaranteed, if Kolhi hadn't been dropped then I would expect that NSW would have won. If Somerset hadn't dropped Gayle in their group game then things may well have been different there too, and RCB wouldn't have made the semis. I know that RCB still beat Somerset by a significant margin but Gayle was the main reason for that. If RCB had still won but by a smaller margin then they would have been out on NRR. If the target was smaller then Somerset would have been under less pressure and may have lost fewer wickets and possibly won. That's all academic though. I'm not trying to compare teams. The point I'm trying to make is that luck can play a big part in any sport, but T20 cricket is particularly susceptible and you simply cannot afford to put down catches against such dangerous players because they will make you pay more often than not.

  • Vikram_Rathore on October 8, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    @ AIDEN & ALL OTHER CRIBBING AUSSIES: If you thought the pitch was a flat bed, go back and look at Dilshan's overs and also Smith's overs. The ball turned viciously. Secondly, when India rolls out a turner, Aussies crib (remember you lost a test match in about 3 days in the same ground just 7 months back... and you cribbed!) and when India rolls out a batsman friendly pitch, you crib again... So you want perfect pitches? Well, I am all for it. So, what defines perfect pitch according to you? Let me guess, a FAST & BOUNCY pitch that suits your bowlers and batsmen... huh!? I know you would want to take Sydney pitch everywhere you go... Get a life! Get off your ideal world syndrome and get off the 'our way is the best way attitude'...

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 8, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    I think CLT20 has given a excellent platform to all upcoming cricketers and Warner is no different.....I think these 2 100's will surely make him a future superstar.....

  • adillove on October 8, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    First of all RCB must be thanking henriques first to drop good chances of gayle and kohli. And second that gayle was the man of the match no way to give that award to kohli! I'm really shocked to see it!

  • on October 8, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Congrats to RCB. Relieved to see the form & consistency of Kohli, with England team hovering around, guys like Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer & Bhajji not in the Indian ODI team, tiredness and/or poor form of Dhoni & Raina, and new bowlers like S Arvind & Sharma not showing up to national standards. Of course just one guy can't make a difference, but his performance might be the trigger to ignite others.Hats off to Warner, Dilshan, & Gayle -- all three are better MOMs than Kohli, in this match, especially considering the reprieve/s Kohli got. Kohli deserves all the congrats , though.

  • 0xay0 on October 8, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Gayle, the definite man of the match

  • on October 8, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    ridiculous that kohli got the man of the match award . on a day when the average run rate was 10 per over, dilshan had 2.5 runs per over! incredible figures that in hindsight dave warner must be kicking himslef for now having attacked the "part-timer" ! Dilshan hands down man of the match !

  • on October 8, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Gayle was clearly the man of the match, not Kohli. However, Kohli was very gracious in his comments towards Gayle.

  • on October 8, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    If they would have given Kohli man of the match, then they should have given Gayle and Warner MoMs too. Gayle cut down the excess deficit in no time whereas Warner became the 1st man in t20 cricket to score back to back centuries. And he ended up almost 40 more than what Kohli could manage. I didn't understand this choice. Although Kohli played a spectacular knock, the one who deserves, deserves. At least Warner should be made man of the tournament. Congrats RCB.

  • on October 8, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Cracker of a match !! Gayle hits them with utter disdain !! I am hoping RCB improves on the bowling front and have lesser targets to chase or defend ..Kohli,gayle look in sublime touch and can be more than just be boosted by some decent bowling... Awaiting the final ! :D :D

  • on October 8, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    gaylee was deprived of the man f the match award..

  • satanswish on October 8, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    poor bowling by Blues...deserved defeat.

  • on October 8, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    kohli didn''t deserve the man of match..gayle did...

  • on October 8, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    great Match.....SOME MONSTROUS Hitting From WARNER,GAYLE and Elegance By KOHLI.....A Great Entertainment..

  • maddy20 on October 8, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Gayle should have been man of the match. I thought Kohli beindg adjudged is not fair. Anyways well played guys. Just one more obstacle to clear, the biggest one of them all and one we have failed to clear in two IPLs.

  • AidanFX on October 8, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Dilshan was man of the match for mine. Ultimately he was the difference on the night. Second to him would be Gayle I guess then Warner with yet another unbeaten century. Kohli winning is hard to take seriously just as the ridiculous short boundaries and flat pitch is. We have a few dire slow wickets, why does the over reaction have to be followed by a flat track wicket? Can there not be a median? I guess though the match served up to expectations with Warner, Gayle, Koholi firing so there would have been a push for such a pitch.

  • on October 8, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    gayle not kholi should hav bin man of the match... smh

  • on October 8, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    NSW lost match in over confidence. once agian virat and gayle batted well ,specially virat batted in critcal situation and what a inning this virat kohli has played superb.......

  • on October 8, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    All credit goes to Gayle n Virat. Especially Virat because he helped Gayle to play his natural innings. India is lucky that after Dravid, they got another aggressive version of Dravid named Virat Kohli. Everytime i see him playing, i feel India's New Great Wall is taking time to be the Grand Wall of India. Cheers to Dilshan Gayle Kohli & Dan

  • SanjivAwesome on October 8, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Why can't they issue joint-player of the match - for Dilshan, Gayle, Kohli and Warner.

  • AidanFX on October 8, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Well done to Bangalore for chasing down a big total again. When does to Kohli and Gayle for yet and another very good batting performance, good consistency on their part. Special praise to Warner for his performance, two centuries in a row, he has performed throughout the tournament. The guy is a serious talent. Acknowledgments to Dilshan. Now that I have recongnised those guys I will also say it is hard to take this match that seriously. The charge that T 20 is a lottery is valid. Once again you have a side loosing couple of wickets set the total and lose the match. I admit similar comparisons could be made to chases of big scores in 50 cricket but that said that still involves a more technical run chase. Ultimately this match went down to the side that hit a few more boundaries. When I heard Cummins took four surprised he took all the wickets, good to keep track on him. Worried about Wattos form.

  • Brumby90 on October 8, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Another day, another pathetic bowling display from an Australian team. These guys are professionals who cant get within a mile of a yorker or a good length delivery to players trying to hit. Wonder when Aussie cricket is going to get over bowling short balls and half volleys.

  • number-09 on October 8, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Without Chris Gayle's unbelievable strike rate RCB would have lost the last 2 games. And yes Kholi is a fantastic finisher, and I think will be a legend.

  • Meety on October 8, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Good effort by the Royal Whatchamacallits. Doh! It wasn't really even close in the end! Clark was tight, Cummins took wickets, but the rest were crud. Not to take anything away from the Royals, but really bigger boundaries would of had some more catches for NSW. Warner is on a roll! Cummins has justified a crack at the short forms for Oz, but as I've said previously - he is at least a yr away from earning a Baggy Green!

  • on October 8, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Naming Kohli as man of the match is a prime example of why I do not watch Y20 anymore. Warner was my far the man of the match. This is just Indian judges favoring other Indians.

  • NRI- on October 8, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Dilshan should have been the man of the match - otherwise Gayle, whose scoring came at well over a 200 strike rate

  • on October 8, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    weel done gayle, you made us proud, i hope Ottis Gibson was watching, if there was a choice between ottis and Chris Gayle , bye bye ottis, what is ottis gibson claim to fame, nothing about you dont need Chris Gayle, you bright and fasty eh, its time for ottis to knock the chip of his shoulder and bring back gayle, the man is in the best form of his life.

  • devalyagnik2003 on October 8, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    huh... small ground!!! watch the highlights and make sure you watch the length of all the sixes!! almost all of them were clean hits.. It was entertaining (not for the bowlers though)... and at some extent bowlers were responsible for that more then the size of ground... CSK's bowlers were way to predictable with their slow pace and Nannes was predictable because of lake of variations, NSW's bowler's had pace but they bowled too many over pitched deliveries.. ground size and poor bowling can't take credit from warner, gayle and kohli though!

  • Chris_Howard on October 8, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    The thickness of the edge of bats should be a concern for the ICC. It's taking the "leading edge" out of the game as wicket opportunity. How long before batsmen will be hitting boundaries at will off the edge of the bat? Time to set a maximum edge width of say 15mm. We gotta give something back to the bowlers.

  • D.V.C. on October 8, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Forget Gayle and Warner, the headline should be about Dilshan's bowling! 4 overs at an economy rate 5 rpo better than ANY OTHER BOWLER in the match!!! How he didn't get player of the match I'll never know.

  • on October 8, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    David Warner most improved player in the Australian scene

  • ribtuhud on October 8, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Chris Gayle the magnificent!

  • Nampally on October 7, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    Great victory for RCB. Gayle & Kohli stood up once more and really smashed the NSW bowling to shreds.RCB bowling was poor at best. Dilshan's bowling saved RCB from rout, albeit he failed in batting. The 2 batsmen who have failed consistently for the RCB are Tiwary & Agarwal. It was good Kaif was brought in. For the final match RCB should bring in one more bowler and drop one of these consistenly failing batsmen.Kaif should be promoted to follow Kohli. I expect Mumbai to be no match to Somerset. So it will be a final between Somerset & RCB.I do hope Kohli produces the same form for the ODI's against England. If he does and if Gambhir, Raina & Dhoni rise up to the occasion, Indian batting will be tough on England.Good Luck in the Final to RCB. I hope they go all the way to win the CLT 20.

  • Precioustar84 on October 7, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    I was SHOCKED when I heard 2nd consecutive aware goes to ... Kohli?? Why? Because he was not out at the end of the innings? What a stupid choice that was today!! I'm happy for RCB and I love Kohli, don't get me wrong but it was pure Gayle's show today!! Second choice would have been Dilshan had he batted until at least 50 today but he didn't sadly. Gayle 92 from just 41 balls. C'mon!! Easy choice!! Gayle get's praised with words only and never gets rewarded correctly. Gayle was the reason RCB won today, not Kohli.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 7, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Once again we have been treated to an excellent batting performance. How vital the opening 4 overs by Dilshan proved to be. Kholi has been a man on a mission. Gayle cool but audacious as usual. The ideal venue for a T20 game. Pure entertainment. We need to congratulate the two teams or should we say the 4 batsmen for the excellent batting display that they have put on show for us. Seeing that there were four batsmen who performed, in my opinion the bowling of Dilshan merited the man-of-match award. That bowling spell made the difference. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Lahori_Munde on October 7, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    @Shamshir Hussain - Just enjoy the game. Why do you guys always look to find something to criticise? :)

  • on October 7, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Both Aussie teams scored over 200 with fantastic centuries to Dan Harris and David Warner. But Bangalore's big-hitting imports pulled off two amazing run-chases. Just a little bit of luck and SA & NSW could have been playing in the Final!

  • filizant on October 7, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    And to think that Gayle and Warner will soon open together for Sydney Thunder...scary indeed for everyone else...

  • on October 7, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Thats really ridiculous to name Kohli as man of the match, no never when we have warner and Gayle's innings, and then we have Dilshan's bowling. kohli will be 4th on the list of man of the match candidates. Frankly, it was Gayle who snatched the match from opposition.

  • smith49 on October 7, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    NSW would have won if they just had everyone bowling like Cummins, Clark and Steve Smith.

  • JG2704 on October 7, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Wow - RCB don't do dull do they? JOSHUA JOHNSON - I think Vettori is actually underrated. It was only him and Dilshan for RCB who went for under 10 per over. SHASHIDHARHUNDI - The ground was the same size for both teams and it has made for 2 blockbusting games. Besides , pitches/grounds arealways prepared to try and suit the home team. Nothing new or wrong with that , all over the world. Also you are presuming Mumbai will beat Somerset. They probably will but I hope they end up having to deal with Thomas and co rather than Malinga and co. Feel sorry for Warner . What form has he been it and what is his average for the group games? I was surprised they didn't Keep Smith bowling through when he seemed to have them under some pressure. I'm not a fan of IPL teams but any team that scores 200+ 3 matches running deserves some credit , no matter what size the ground is.

  • TeamSelector on October 7, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Why was Kohli named the Man-of-Match ahead of Warner or Gayle ??? (Personally, I would have given the award to Dilshan for his 4-0-10-1).

  • agam99 on October 7, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Kohli has bee architect of both wins and has played proper cricketing shots and not wild slogs.

  • 200ondebut on October 7, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Well played Chris Gayle - a true one man team.

  • andrewedwards on October 7, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Did any one look at dilshan's dismisal? I think the fielder was beyond the thirty yard circle. I don't think he ran back to take the catch. If that was the case assuming drs was there could he have reviewed and be not out?

  • jonesy2 on October 7, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    i dont care what happened here warner needs to be in the aus teams and all of them, he is pretty much the batsman of the world right now. cummins could almost claim a test spot and start dominating straight away that kid is a freak and will be a superstar

  • ian_ghose on October 7, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Save the tiger....save the bowler!!! How about a change in rules just to make it a bit more even? How about - 6 down and you're all out! Meaning, only 7 out of the 11 are allowed to bat. That increases the risk for the batters and bowlers can actually go for the wickets. The 98 all out plays 99-9 for was the game that I enjoyed the most by far. 210 plays 210 every day, doesnt have the same thrill.

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It was funny how the during RCB innings all the RCB haters were going on about field being small. During NSW innings there weren't much talk about the field. I bet these people are disheartened Chennai fans...IN YOUR FACE>>>

  • ShashidharHundi on October 7, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Why ICC don't insist on making the ground sizes standard all over the world ? It is not fair to have small grounds and then blame the batsment for taking full advantage. Hope none of the bowlers bowled in the last 2 matches commit suicide for the kind of hammering they received. Move to Chennai, it will be a different ball & different ground game. Looking forward to see Dilishan & Gayle V/s Malinga... can't wait....

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    A PROUD day to be a Bangalore supporter. Bangalore was the land of my forefathers. It is the Garden City and now this year, hopefully, Vettori and the boys can bring a cup home. It's been a 4 year drought and I cannot see anyone BUT RCB winning this year's CLT20. However, the conditions will be different in Chennai. RCB needs to pick the best bowling combination. I think Sreenath Arvind is nothing more than a B-League cricketer. His inclusion in the Indian squad for the England series just goes to show the lack of depth and quality in India's bowling ranks.

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Insane match! Hate Daniel Vettori as captain because he is overrated but loved the massive chase down. Chris Gayle is showing the world how to play T20!

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    This guy Gayle needs to be in the Otis Gibson owned team use to name the west indies

  • mgurudatt on October 7, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Gayle has had a huge impact for RCB. IPL and now CL. Good man.

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  • mgurudatt on October 7, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Gayle has had a huge impact for RCB. IPL and now CL. Good man.

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    This guy Gayle needs to be in the Otis Gibson owned team use to name the west indies

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Insane match! Hate Daniel Vettori as captain because he is overrated but loved the massive chase down. Chris Gayle is showing the world how to play T20!

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    A PROUD day to be a Bangalore supporter. Bangalore was the land of my forefathers. It is the Garden City and now this year, hopefully, Vettori and the boys can bring a cup home. It's been a 4 year drought and I cannot see anyone BUT RCB winning this year's CLT20. However, the conditions will be different in Chennai. RCB needs to pick the best bowling combination. I think Sreenath Arvind is nothing more than a B-League cricketer. His inclusion in the Indian squad for the England series just goes to show the lack of depth and quality in India's bowling ranks.

  • ShashidharHundi on October 7, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Why ICC don't insist on making the ground sizes standard all over the world ? It is not fair to have small grounds and then blame the batsment for taking full advantage. Hope none of the bowlers bowled in the last 2 matches commit suicide for the kind of hammering they received. Move to Chennai, it will be a different ball & different ground game. Looking forward to see Dilishan & Gayle V/s Malinga... can't wait....

  • on October 7, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It was funny how the during RCB innings all the RCB haters were going on about field being small. During NSW innings there weren't much talk about the field. I bet these people are disheartened Chennai fans...IN YOUR FACE>>>

  • ian_ghose on October 7, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Save the tiger....save the bowler!!! How about a change in rules just to make it a bit more even? How about - 6 down and you're all out! Meaning, only 7 out of the 11 are allowed to bat. That increases the risk for the batters and bowlers can actually go for the wickets. The 98 all out plays 99-9 for was the game that I enjoyed the most by far. 210 plays 210 every day, doesnt have the same thrill.

  • jonesy2 on October 7, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    i dont care what happened here warner needs to be in the aus teams and all of them, he is pretty much the batsman of the world right now. cummins could almost claim a test spot and start dominating straight away that kid is a freak and will be a superstar

  • andrewedwards on October 7, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Did any one look at dilshan's dismisal? I think the fielder was beyond the thirty yard circle. I don't think he ran back to take the catch. If that was the case assuming drs was there could he have reviewed and be not out?

  • 200ondebut on October 7, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Well played Chris Gayle - a true one man team.