Nokia Champions League T20, Group B: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Somerset at Bangalore, Oct 3, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 51 runs
3 October 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Here come Gayle and Dilshan. Thomas has the new ball

Dave: "Bring the games back to South Africa! Never will you see empty stands #fact." I somehow see myself agreeing to that.

7.55 pm RCB are introduced by the announcer with a combination of rhyming words like way, say, mission and demolition. I was so caught up in them I missed Somerset's introduction.

Bob: "There's more rain in Bangalore than there are people in the stands." When in Bangalore, blame the rain

The latest from Grant on Dougie: "If Doug Bollinger somehow shows up and plays for one of these teams, I'm in. If not, I'm out of here."

rakesh: "It has already rained heavily in noon over here at bangalore, being a true bangalorean i doubt any more rain to interupt the match!!!" Spoken like a true Bangalorean too! Strange is the word when it comes to rain and Bangalore.

It is a Bangalore evening, and there could be rain around. Siddarth Ravindran, our man at the Chinnaswamy, cryptically tells me that all "seems clear" at the moment. Somerset won't mind two wash-outs, that will give them five points and a semi-final berth.

That is an improbable scenario though and for more plausible ones, S Rajesh, our stats editor, has more on what each Group B team needs to do to make the semi-finals.

7.30 pm Alfonso Thomas wins the toss, and Somerset will have a bowl

Thomas: "I think there is a bit of moisture around, and we have a couple of swing bowlers."

Vettori: "We know it is better to chase here. Arun Karthik is in for Kaif. If we get somewhere around there (winning by 30 runs) it would be great."

7.25 pm Kepler Wessels doing the pitch report says that there used to be a bit of grass on the track, but now there is nothing. Spinners might get something out of the surface, but it is going to be brilliant for batting.

Add the small Chinnaswamy boundaries to that. No wonder Murali Kartik thought of becoming a batsman.

7.20 pm We are heading towards the close of the group stages of the Champions League, but the semi-finalists are still to be decided. That shows how close this tournament has been, with Super Overs and last-ball finishes. Even 98 was almost defended successfully. Now if only the grounds would fill up

Another loss and Royal Challengers Bangalore will become the first side to be eliminated from the Champions League. Siddarth Ravindran has more in his preview.

0.1

Thomas to Gayle, 1 leg bye, on the pads to start with from a length, trickles towards square leg limply

Slip in place

0.2

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, there is some away movement now, pitched full, Dilshan will go after them till eternity, gets it in the air as he is not to the pitch, falls well short of cover

0.3

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, now Thomas beats him outside off stump with some lift, Dilshan feels for the ball, and fortunately makes no contact

0.4

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, it could turn out to be a good decision to win the toss for Thomas, he has made this delivery kick and bite nastily from back of a length, Dilshan has no clue where that one came from, beaten

0.5

Thomas to Dilshan, FOUR, once you beat the infield at the Chinnaswamy, do not bother to run, Dilshan gets a length ball and plays that slap-drive of his past extra cover and it has too much on it to be cut off by mid off

0.6

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, Thomas ends the first over with another lovely delivery that holds its line outside off stump, Dilshan has another poke and is beaten again

End of over 1 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • TM Dilshan 4 (5b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 0 (1b)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-4-0

Kirby comes on now

1.1

Kirby to Gayle, FOUR, and Gayle gives him the charge first ball, makes room at the same time, takes it on the full from around off, and lunges to chip it over extra cover, that will do, the practice pitches will take care of the rest

goes round the stumps

1.2

Kirby to Gayle, no run, and finds some movement away from Gayle, who has a close look at it and lets it go, was some way outside off

1.3

Kirby to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle is dropped. it is Buttler who the guilty man, Gayle made room and had another go at a full delivery, it went miles over extra cover, Buttler seemed to have it covered as it came down over his shoulder, but it was a tough take always, and he grabbed at it with both hands to spill it

1.4

Kirby to Gayle, no run, another charge down the track, but the length is shortish from Kirby and Gayle has a wild swing at it, makes no contact for once

1.5

Kirby to Gayle, 2 runs, squared him up, but the leading edge goes in the gap past point and third man runs around to field, well bowled by Kirby, he saw Gayle setting himself up again, and let it rip full and low with the angle on middle and leg

1.6

Kirby to Gayle, no run, not much action on this one, ah, some letdown that, Gayle gets a short of a length ball and plonks it down the track quietly

End of over 2 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • CH Gayle 8 (7b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 4 (5b 1x4)
    • SP Kirby 1-0-8-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-4-0

Trego comes on to have a bowl

2.1

Trego to Dilshan, no run, that is some movement, it was angled in back of a length, and moved away sharply to leave Dilshan prodding inside the line

2.2

Trego to Dilshan, FOUR, seaming wicket, damp conditions, does not matter when you can play shots like these, Dilshan goes down on a knee, takes a length ball from outside off and scoops it over short fine leg

2.3

Trego to Dilshan, FOUR, another drop. Dilshan goes for the scoop again, this time he does not get it far enough from short fine leg, who runs back, sees it going away from him, dives but can only parry it in to the boundary, now then

2.4

Trego to Dilshan, FOUR, crack, that is emphatic from Dilshan, down the track, making room and smashing a rising delivery flat and fast over cover, three in a row

2.5

Trego to Dilshan, 1 wide, eep, what was that, Trego banged this one in short, and it bounced and came in a long way, from outside off to down leg, and the keeper had some work to do

2.5

Trego to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan backs away and gives it a tennis forehand, but mistimes it to extra cover, on the court, that would have found the net

2.6

Trego to Dilshan, SIX, nothing mistimed about this, Dilshan bends the knee, gets under a slower one, and hammers it high over the long on boundary

End of over 3 (19 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 32/0 (RR: 10.66)

    • TM Dilshan 22 (11b 4x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 8 (7b 1x4)
    • PD Trego 1-0-19-0
    • SP Kirby 1-0-8-0
3.1

Kirby to Gayle, no run, more movement, but Gayle survives, it came in from round the stumps and curled away too much to leave him hanging his bat inside the line

3.2

Kirby to Gayle, no run, two throws, at one end, but Gayle is the man standing, he tucked one off his pads to square leg and trotted out, the throw came in on the bounce but missed, Gayle was still out of his crease, now point decided to have a go, didn't hit again, Gayle thought it was time to get back now

3.3

Kirby to Gayle, FOUR, this will go, on one leg, Gayle uses the angle from round the stumps to swing merrily in front of square leg

3.4

Kirby to Gayle, 1 run, turned towards square leg off the pads

arunkumar: "When there are empty stands for test matches, people start writing columns and articles about the possibility of the extinction of test matches.. Ur getting the same scenario for t20s these days.. Is this format gonna be extinct too???"

3.5

Kirby to Dilshan, no run, well done, bowls it fullish and wide outside off stump, Dilshan was not expecting it there, and could not put bat to ball as he reached out

3.6

Kirby to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, he has a go at this one, but closes the face and mistimes it towards mid on

End of over 4 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/0 (RR: 9.50)

    • TM Dilshan 23 (13b 4x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 13 (11b 2x4)
    • SP Kirby 2-0-14-0
    • PD Trego 1-0-19-0

Hugh: "Amazing to see an Irish international playing in a tournament like this, especially a 19-year old. Best of luck George."

van der Merwe comes on for some left-arm spin, slip in place, still

4.1

van der Merwe to Dilshan, no run, that has turned a mile, that has gone to slip, helped to have him there then, tossed up outside off, Dilshan tried to swing it over midwicket, but there was too much turn there

4.2

van der Merwe to Dilshan, no run, beaten outside off stump this time, turns and kicks from a length, I have lost count of how many times Dilshan has prodded and missed

4.3

van der Merwe to Dilshan, OUT, bowled 'em, round his legs, Dilshan had moved across his stumps, trying to get as close to the line as possible in order to play the slog sweep, but VDM outthought him with one fired in full around leg stump, Dilshan missed again, this time for the last time in this game, he's lost his off stump

TM Dilshan b van der Merwe 23 (16b 4x4 1x6) SR: 143.75

4.4

van der Merwe to Kohli, FOUR, pushes away from the body, but gets it behind point and in the gap off a thick edge, off the mark with a boundary first ball

4.5

van der Merwe to Kohli, 1 run, pushed down the ground past the bowler for a single

4.6

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, short, flat, and quick with the angle around off stump, Gayle displays a non-violent side as he quietly shuffles and tucks it in front of square leg

End of over 5 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/1 (RR: 8.80)

    • CH Gayle 14 (12b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 5 (2b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-1
    • SP Kirby 2-0-14-0

Fred: "It's not a surprise to see empty stands at all. If you played football every single day in Europe, I'm sure the stadiums would be empty too."

5.1

Thomas to Gayle, 1 run, coming in from round the stumps off a length, Gayle pushes in front of extra cover and sets off, Somerset hit the stumps on the first attempt this time, but Gayle is home

5.2

Thomas to Kohli, 1 run, Virat survives, Thomas finds away movement from a length well outside off, Virat was already forward and belatedly tried to withdraw his bat, ended up getting a thick edge to third man

5.3

Thomas to Gayle, 1 leg bye, this time Thomas hits the stumps, but Gayle is not giving Somerset another chance so soon, he missed the leg side heave but managed to scamper across quickly

5.4

Thomas to Kohli, no run, going away from back of a length, pushed down the track

5.5

Thomas to Kohli, no run, allows the length ball to come on outside off, and stays beside the line to push towards covers

5.6

Thomas to Kohli, FOUR, the slower one, but too wide, Virat waited, and when it arrived, he reached out to guide it past cover, RCB have raced to 50

End of over 6 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 51/1 (RR: 8.50)

    • V Kohli 10 (6b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 15 (14b 2x4)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-10-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-6-1

Rohith: "This match decides which team got the best left-arm orthodox spinners. Including Arul suppaih there are 6 of them and one of them already got a wicket."

6.1

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, fired in full on leg stump, tucked through square leg

Ranjit sees a bright side: "@ Fred- True, the matches happen every single day, but in different venues! Every stadium does not host a match daily."

6.2

van der Merwe to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up, he gets forward and drives to long off

6.3

van der Merwe to Gayle, FOUR, he's driven a yorker to the cover boundary, it was angled across him full and flat, he bent the knee and dug it out with superb timing, it fairly raced away

6.4

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, goes straight on with the angle, and Gayle ends up mistiming the pull

6.5

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, this one turns in to Gayle from outside leg and he cannot get hold of the sweep

6.6

van der Merwe to Gayle, SIX, that will go, Gayle picks up a low full toss from leg stump and mows it over the man at deep square leg who leaps in the air, there was too much power on that one though, and a bit of height too

End of over 7 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • CH Gayle 26 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 11 (7b 2x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-18-1
    • AC Thomas 2-0-10-0

Murali Kartik will bowl his left-armers now

7.1

Kartik to Kohli, no run, well bowled, tossed up in to the blockhole, dug out back to the bowler

Ashwin: "Take the matches out of the big cities and you will see enough crowd. Worth a try."

7.2

Kartik to Kohli, 1 run, Virat gets front foot out of the way and pulls out his whip-drive past extra cover, but long off is wide and he manages one

7.3

Kartik to Gayle, no run, another one full and close to the blockhole, Gayle remains near-motionless and digs it out on the leg side

7.4

Kartik to Gayle, no run, he is trying to wind up for the big swing over midwicket, but Kartik bowls it flat and quick, and Gayle has to defend

7.5

Kartik to Gayle, 1 run, low full toss on leg, but Gayle eagerly swings it straight to deep square leg

7.6

Kartik to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, tucked to deep midwicket off the back foot

End of over 8 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • V Kohli 13 (10b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 27 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 1-0-3-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-18-1

Here's young Dockrell

8.1

Dockrell to Kohli, 1 run, flat and holding its line on middle, guided towards point

8.2

Dockrell to Gayle, no run, tucked with the turn to midwicket

8.3

Dockrell to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle takes a step out and drills a fullish one hard, in the air and on the bounce to a sliding long off

8.4

Dockrell to Kohli, FOUR, Virat rocks back and gets the pull out of the middle of the bat, touch short, going on with the angle, and Virat easily beats deep midwicket

8.5

Dockrell to Kohli, no run, tossed up slowly, Virat waits and pushes to extra cover off the front foot

8.6

Dockrell to Kohli, 1 run, flighted full and widish outside off, Virat whip-drives with great bat speed along the ground to sweeper cover

End of over 9 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 73/1 (RR: 8.11)

    • V Kohli 19 (14b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 28 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-7-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-3-0
9.1

Kartik to Kohli, 1 run, reaches out to one on a length outside off and hits it towards sweeper cover

9.2

Kartik to Gayle, 1 run, he gets forward towards the line of the ball outside off and wills it down to long off with a firm push

9.3

Kartik to Kohli, 1 wide, fired in with the angle at 97 kph down the leg side

9.3

Kartik to Kohli, no run, comes down the track, but Kartik shortens the length just that little bit, he cannot get the push past extra cover

9.4

Kartik to Kohli, FOUR, there is no stopping him this time, chips down the track in a hurry, gets well inside the line, and lofts it with the turn in the air over extra cover

9.5

Kartik to Kohli, SIX, he'll get maximum this time, superb use of the feet, that is pure confidence, gets to the pitch and lofts with power over wide long off boundary

9.6

Kartik to Kohli, 1 run, tucked towards midwicket for a single

End of over 10 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 87/1 (RR: 8.70)

    • V Kohli 31 (19b 4x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 29 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 2-0-17-0
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-7-0
10.1

Dockrell to Kohli, 1 run, flatter and wide outside off to stop him coming down the track, so he stays back and cuts hard wide of sweeper cover

10.2

Dockrell to Gayle, SIX, low full toss and Gayle has a go at it, not with lots of power, he just seemed to take a step out and flick it over midwicket, it went all the way, phew

10.3

Dockrell to Gayle, SIX, this is more like Gayle, he gathers momentum with a step down the track, and lofts with the turn high over wide long on, the 100 is up

10.4

Dockrell to Gayle, 1 run, low full toss again, but he does not get hold of it, drilled down to long on on the bounce

10.5

Dockrell to Kohli, 1 run, Virat shuffles around and gets a single with a nudge towards square leg

Abhii: "So who's winning the battle of the left armers? I'd say none of them."

10.6

Dockrell to Gayle, SIX, this is a hammering that young Dockrell is taking, he tries to go full, he tries to go outside off, Gayle's range is humongous though, he calmly gets under it and crashes it over the sightscreen

End of over 11 (21 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/1 (RR: 9.81)

    • CH Gayle 48 (29b 3x4 4x6)
    • V Kohli 33 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-28-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-17-0
11.1

Kirby to Kohli, OUT, he's bowled Virat! it was bowled in the blockhole on leg, Virat closed the face early to tuck it in front of square leg, it crashed in to the stumps off the boot, Kirby lets loose a war-cry, Somerset engulf him

V Kohli b Kirby 33 (22b 4x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

11.2

Kirby to Tiwary, no run, hustles in and bowls a length ball right on middle which Tiwary has to defend

11.3

Kirby to Tiwary, no run, tries the drop and run on the off side, Gayle wisely motions him to stop

11.4

Kirby to Tiwary, 1 run, bowled full with the angle across the left-hander who squeezes the push past the bowler towards mid on

from round the stumps to Gayle

11.5

Kirby to Gayle, 1 run, uses the angle to tickle it off the pads to long leg

11.6

Kirby to Tiwary, no run, the slower one bowled with a fearsome look, Tiwary digs it out, Kirby runs all the way up to the batsman to pick up the ball, and while he is there, gives him a cold stare

End of over 12 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/2 (RR: 9.16)

    • SS Tiwary 1 (4b)
    • CH Gayle 49 (30b 3x4 4x6)
    • SP Kirby 3-0-16-1
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-28-0

the left-armers have disappeared, bowlers I mean

12.1

Trego to Gayle, FOUR, but Gayle is not done yet, he gets a gift from Trego on the pads and nudges it softly fine down the leg side to bring up his 50

12.2

Trego to Gayle, SIX, another one has disappeared, I wonder how Somerset will come back from this, Gayle plonks front foot out, gets under a length delivery and sends it soaring over the sightscreen

12.3

Trego to Gayle, 1 run, cannot get underneath this one bowled from round the stumps, squeezes it off the front foot through extra cover

12.4

Trego to Tiwary, 1 run, they even take the quick single, guided towards point and they rush through

12.5

Trego to Gayle, 1 run, smashed hard, that would have hurt even an inanimate object like a ball, straight to long off though

12.6

Trego to Tiwary, 1 wide, misses the leg side nudge, the ball trickles towards square leg

12.6

Trego to Tiwary, 1 run, very low full toss on the pads, Tiwary crouches and whips it to deep midwicket, with a followthrough that reminds one of his more illustrious statemate

End of over 13 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 125/2 (RR: 9.61)

    • SS Tiwary 3 (6b)
    • CH Gayle 61 (34b 4x4 5x6)
    • PD Trego 2-0-34-0
    • SP Kirby 3-0-16-1

Kartik is back

13.1

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 wide, but he turns this one well down the leg side

13.1

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, bowled quicker and fuller on the pads, tucked through square leg

Gaurav: "Dharamshala would have been a great venue to host few of these matches, Great crowds and this would have saved some sweating and bad weather for players too."

13.2

Kartik to Gayle, 1 wide, he is trying to fire them in full and on the pads, but he is overdoing it, another wide down leg

13.2

Kartik to Gayle, SIX, when you get it on the stumps, this is what happens, fullish on middle, Gayle gets front leg out of the way and wallops it over cow corner

13.3

Kartik to Gayle, no run, tries to work it away from a length, is hit high on the pad

13.4

Kartik to Gayle, 1 run, worked behind square leg for a single

13.5

Kartik to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary does the right thing, he gets off strike with a nudge behind square leg

13.6

Kartik to Gayle, SIX, this is brutal for the bowler, small boundaries, marauding Gayle, compressed format, and another one disappears in to the crowd, this time over deep square leg, on the pads and he was waiting with the monster swing

End of over 14 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 142/2 (RR: 10.14)

    • CH Gayle 74 (38b 4x4 7x6)
    • SS Tiwary 5 (8b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-34-0
    • PD Trego 2-0-34-0
14.1

van der Merwe to Tiwary, FOUR, Tiwary tries the slog sweep from miles outside off, but the ball eludes the keeper as well, and trickles in to the boundary, bit of a bottom edge on that

14.2

van der Merwe to Tiwary, SIX, Tiwary gets going as well, all these left-handers, they just love deep midwicket, shuffles outside the line and lifts a fullish one in the stands

14.3

van der Merwe to Tiwary, no run, floated widish with the angle across the left-hander, Tiwary misses the slog sweep, by a mile at least

14.4

van der Merwe to Tiwary, 1 run, whoa, VDM gets it to turn in from well outside leg, the attempted pull has to quickly transform in to a push towards extra cover

14.5

van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, worked on the leg side for a single

14.6

van der Merwe to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up slowly this time, and Tiwary seems undecided for a moment, before pushing it down to long off

End of over 15 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 155/2 (RR: 10.33)

    • SS Tiwary 17 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 75 (39b 4x4 7x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-31-1
    • M Kartik 3-0-34-0

Arvin: "Doesn't Saurabh Tiwary with his helmet on looks a bit like young Sourav Ganguly?" Does he?

15.1

Kirby to Tiwary, 1 run, Kirby goes for the blockhole, but Tiwary is able to shuffle and squeeze it past him towards long on

Nick: "Bangalore = Chris Gayle. If he plays like this, his team'll win. If he falls early, his team loses. Quite simple, cricket. Isn't it?"

round the stumps to Gayle

15.2

Kirby to Gayle, 1 run, the slower short ball, Gayle adjusts to slap it on a leg towards midwicket

15.3

Kirby to Tiwary, OUT, Somerset have caught something finally, Tiwary goes after a full delivery, it is also a slower one, and his attempted slog-swing goes high in the air but Suppiah at deep midwicket manages to get under it, he even holds on to it, the crowd descends in to silence

SS Tiwary c Suppiah b Kirby 18 (15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

15.4

Kirby to Gayle, 1 run, pacy full toss at 138 kph, Gayle seems a touch surprised, and pushes it awkwardly to sweeper cover

15.5

Kirby to Agarwal, 1 wide, gives him the short ball, Mayank tries to shuffle across and pull it behind square, but misses, because the ball has come in a long way and gone down leg

15.5

Kirby to Agarwal, 1 wide, another one of those that change direction too much, 104 kph and banged in very short, comes in sharply, bounces high, and ends up miles down leg, all that took the life out of it, it goes on the bounce to the keeper

15.5

Kirby to Agarwal, 1 run, slower one again, but this one is on target, on a length just outside off, inside edge as he presses forward

15.6

Kirby to Gayle, 1 run, dug in short of a length, with the angle in to Gayle, who calmly tucks it towards midwicket, and jogs across

End of over 16 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 162/3 (RR: 10.12)

    • CH Gayle 78 (42b 4x4 7x6)
    • MA Agarwal 1 (1b)
    • SP Kirby 4-0-23-2
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-31-1

Shashank: "If Rajat Bhatia is the Gavin Larsen of Indian cricket, surely Virat Kohli is its Chris Harris, yes?"

16.1

Trego to Gayle, 1 run, low full toss, he lunges forward and squeezes it down to long on

16.2

Trego to Agarwal, SIX, Mayank gets one away now, full and in the slot, Mayank gets front foot out, bends forward and lifts it high over long on

16.3

Trego to Agarwal, 1 run, low full toss, driven down to long on for a single

16.4

Trego to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle backs away now, Trego follows him, Gayle swings his bat hard, inside edge flies to deep square leg

16.5

Trego to Agarwal, 1 run, full delivery again, Mayank cannot time the swing in to the leg side, rolls away in front of square leg

16.6

Trego to Gayle, SIX, now then, this one was coming, Gayle wasn't going to let him go so easily, he made room outside leg, Trego fired it full towards the pads, but Gayle got the bat out well in front and launched it out of sight over long on

End of over 17 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 178/3 (RR: 10.47)

    • CH Gayle 86 (45b 4x4 8x6)
    • MA Agarwal 9 (4b 1x6)
    • PD Trego 3-0-50-0
    • SP Kirby 4-0-23-2
17.1

Thomas to Agarwal, SIX, now how did that one go for six? Mayank got a short ball in to his body, got the head out of the way, closed the eyes, and went for the hook, it was picked up from beyond deep square leg, 77 metres it went

17.2

Thomas to Agarwal, no run, gets a thick inside edge this time back towards the bowler

17.3

Thomas to Agarwal, FOUR, biff! that is well done, pitched up delivery, Mayank does not put front foot out that much, he clears the legs a shade and scythes the ball straight down the ground wide of long off, lovely golf swing that one

17.4

Thomas to Agarwal, OUT, he goes for the shot again, but ends up slicing it straight to sweeper cover

MA Agarwal c Suppiah b Thomas 19 (8b 1x4 2x6) SR: 237.50

17.5

Thomas to Gayle, OUT, now just where was Suppiah earlier? he has held another high catch, Gayle has to go finally, it was short of a length and Gayle tried to swing it over midwicket, got it high in the air and Suppiah was waiting, again, but Gayle has done enough damage you would reckon

CH Gayle c Suppiah b Thomas 86 (46b 4x4 8x6) SR: 186.95

17.6

Thomas to Vettori, no run, backs away and misses as thomas keeps it outside off on a length

End of over 18 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 188/5 (RR: 10.44)

    • DL Vettori 0 (1b)
    • RR Bhatkal 0 (0b)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-20-2
    • PD Trego 3-0-50-0
18.1

van der Merwe to Bhatkal, 1 run, high full toss, pushed firmly towards extra cover

18.2

van der Merwe to Vettori, 1 run, RVDM bowls the one that turns the other way again, he has bowled it well today, VEttori comes down the track but can only push on the off side

18.3

van der Merwe to Bhatkal, 1 run, OUT, Vettori has been run out, it was a fullish one hit hard through cover, Vettori charged back for the second, Mayank did not move at all, throw was to the correct end, gone

DL Vettori run out 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

18.4

van der Merwe to Arun Karthik, 1 run, inside edge past the keeper on the leg side as he misses the slog sweep

18.5

van der Merwe to Bhatkal, 1 run, lofted towards long off for a single

18.6

van der Merwe to Arun Karthik, no run, cannot connect with another swipe as RVDM bowls it flat and full with the angle

End of over 19 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 193/6 (RR: 10.15)

    • KB Arun Karthik 1 (2b)
    • RR Bhatkal 3 (3b)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-36-1
    • AC Thomas 3-0-20-2
19.1

Thomas to Bhatkal, 1 run, high full toss, he makes room and slices it hard, but it goes straight to short third man, lucky for the bowler

19.2

Thomas to Arun Karthik, no run, now the short ball, he misses with the wild swing, does not get the bye as well

19.3

Thomas to Arun Karthik, SIX, good connection this time, full on off stump, he bends the knee and hammers it straight down the ground

19.4

Thomas to Arun Karthik, 2 runs, reaches out to slap a widish one towards point

19.5

Thomas to Arun Karthik, 2 runs, swung hard but does not get the connection alright this time, squirts away through midwicket

19.6

Thomas to Arun Karthik, 2 runs, advances down the track, makes little contact with the pull, it squirts away on the leg side but they come back for two

Gayle: "It wasnt the best of wickets when we started, it was a bit slow and damp, Dilshan took some pressure off me. I set myself and took a few chances. It's good to get 200 runs. There was a lot of pressure having lost two games. It was good fun. Shot selection was very important for me. It came off and I am happy with that."

Somerset are up against it. They really are. They need 207 after Gayle's onslaught. Back in some minutes for the chase

End of over 20 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 206/6

    • KB Arun Karthik 13 (7b 1x6)
    • RR Bhatkal 4 (4b)
    • AC Thomas 4-0-33-2
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-36-1
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