RCB v NSW, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Bangalore

A mammoth six and Warner's payback

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first Champions League Twenty20 semi-final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and New South Wales

Siddarth Ravindran at the Chinnaswamy Stadium

October 7, 2011

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David Warner smashes the ball down the ground, RCB v NSW, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Bangalore, October 7, 2011
David Warner gave Chris Gayle a taste of his own medicine © Associated Press

The biggest six
During the warm-up session before the match, Chris Gayle and David Warner had a chat, joking around as Warner tested Gayle's bat. They might well have struck a wager over who would hit the biggest six in the game. Gayle warmed up by matching Warner's feat of hitting the roof by mauling Moises Henriques over midwicket in the 11th over of the chase. Then, in the 14th over, came the main event, as Gayle launched a mammoth hit off Pat Cummins, a brutal straight shot that sailed out of the stadium and was recorded as a 112-metre six, the longest of the tournament.

The switch-hit
Another highlight of Warner's Chennai century was a series of jaw-dropping switch-hits, through which he made 22 off six deliveries. This time the shot didn't make as frequent an appearance, but when it did, it was just as effective. Medium-pacer Raju Bhatkal was the bowler to be punished, as Warner powered the ball over midwicket (what would have been extra cover) with the assurance of a natural right-hand batsman.

The payback
Gayle is used to whipping bowlers around the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Today, though, he was at the receiving end after being brought on to bowl in the eighth over. Having already been hit for four by Daniel Smith, Gayle bowled to Warner with two deliveries left in the over. He floated one full, Warner got down on one knee and unleashed a slog sweep for six. The high point of Warner's innings in Chennai was a straight six that sailed out of the ground. He couldn't replicate that today, muscling the ball only as far as the roof of the stadium. It was the only over Gayle would bowl.

The cheeky shot
Tillakaratne Dilshan had a fidgety start to his innings. He was dropped at point off his second ball, got a leading edge towards the bowler on the third, and missed an attempted swipe on the fourth. That left one more delivery in the first over. Watchfully defend so you will get time to compose yourself? Not what Dilshan did. His response was an audacious scoop over the keeper's head for four.

The placement
Just three of Warner's 123 runs came behind point. Daniel Smith made more use of that region though. In the 12th over, Daniel Smith backed away and dabbed an S Aravind delivery fine of short third man and towards the New South Wales dugout for four. 'Placement!' was the message on the giant screen. Two balls later, Smith picked up another boundary, this time to the right of short third man and towards the Royal Challengers Bangalore dugout.

The drop
After 11 overs of the chase, Gayle and Virat Kohli has powered Royal Challengers to a strong position, but NSW still weren't out of it. They would have evened up the game if they had gobbled up the chance Kohli provided them in the 12th over. When on 44, he cracked Steven Smith towards the sweeper cover boundary, straight to the hands of Patrick Cummins, who shelled a simple catch, and Kohli stayed on to guide Royal Challengers to victory.

The yorker
There weren't too many deliveries bowled in the blockhole in the entire match. Cummins greeted Saurabh Tiwary with the perfect yorker, though, in the 14th over. Coming round the wicket, he fired in a delivery that zeroed in on the base of middle wicket. It was far too good for Tiwary, who picked up a golden duck.

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Posted by   on (October 8, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

I believe Chris Gayle should have been man of the match.

Posted by devalyagnik2003 on (October 8, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

@ian_ghose: let me make it more clear with records... Ricky Ponting averages only 26 in India having average of 53 over all... he should be called fast track bullies!! Sachin averages almost 59 in Aus, more then his overall average of 57... huh... after the India England series everyone has started talking rubbish for Indian batsman but the fact is that, India drew two out of 3 series IN south africa in last decade, won last to last series in England and played way better in Australia then what Australia did in India in last two series... any ways some of the youngsters in Indian team has problems with short balls though and they do need to improve for sure.. but before generalizing a tag like this make sure you knows the facts and figures... if Raina is a flat track bullies Ponting MUST be called fast track bullies ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

Posted by Venkat.Chak on (October 7, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

@ian_ghose..flat track bullies are far better players of spin than mr.ponting who just cant play spin. to say the least, check his record against spin. also, dont forget to check his record in india

Posted by srriaj317 on (October 7, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur: Sorry to disturb your IPL-infested dreams...but Warner shot to prominence with his T20 debut against SA where he made 89 hitting Steyn for consecutive sixes. This was well before the IPL started. Obviously most Indians don't follow other games around the world so it's no surprise you credit IPL and CLT20 for everything!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur: Sorry to disturb your IPL-infested dreams...but Warner shot to prominence with his T20 debut against SA where he made 89 hitting Steyn for consecutive sixes. This was well before the IPL started. Obviously most Indians don't follow other games around the world so it's no surprise you credit IPL and CLT20 for everything!

Posted by KirGop on (October 7, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

thanks for making me forget indias tour of england.

Posted by KingOwl on (October 7, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

Mediocre bowlers made the batsmen look like supermen! There were only three bowlers of any worth - Vittori, Clarke and may be Dilshan. Dilshan was simply brilliant with the ball, the other two did pretty OK. The rest were nobodies and were treated as such. Club cricket is a bit of joke, really.

Posted by ian_ghose on (October 7, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

@Gupta....I'm so sure about that mate! Might turn him into a flat-track bully like all the Indian batters ;)

Posted by logistics on (October 7, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

Just curious, how does one record the actual distance on a six that sailed out of the stadium?

Posted by SnowSnake on (October 7, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

Warner is turning out to be an excellent batsman for Australia. Aussi should start considering him their ODIs plans.

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