Nokia Champions League T20, 1st Semi-Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v New South Wales at Bengaluru, Oct 7, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
7 October 2011 - night match (20-over match)

7.57 pm All set for the start of the first semi-final. The two Ws to open for NSW. Dilshan to open with the ball, hmm

Dr Tam: "It's midnight here in Australia and we are all backing the last legion...NSW. After two W's of Pakistan we have two Ws of NSW Warner and Watto!"

Eric: "Everyone forgot this is the ground where T & T were bowled out for 98 and MI got there off the very last ball... Anybody betting on that type of a match today? Geez that could break a few hearts!!"

Kepler Wessels doing the pitch report sees a drier and harder surface and expects another high-scoring game. Ho hum

Prasanna: "Enough rough weeks... This will be the perfect close to my work week.. Getting ready for a hectic long weekend."

Mike: "Venky, I think you are referring to the current dearth of fast bowling across the globe. Even Steyn is getting carted in T20 and he is very very good. Still, I agree you can't imagine Ambrose getting this kind of stick, let alone Marshall/Garner/Holding."

Vidya: "hmmm what to say i am going to end my rough week this evening but this match might lighten up my week end." Any more rough weeks? Bring on the boundaries

Venky: "I sometimes wonder that if the erstwhile great West Indian bowlers had been bowling, would batsmen still be making these vulgar scores."

Gareth can't wait: "I've had a rotten week at work, but I'm staying up late to watch this game because I reckon it will be one of the most entertaining T20s ever. Buckle up!"

7.30 pm Vettori wins the toss and RCB will have a bowl

Vettori thinks there should be dew later and that will help the chase. He says that batting second suits RCB. Left-arm spinner Syed Mohammad is out with an injury and RCB have gone in with an additional batsman in Mohammad Kaif. Makes sense in a roundabout way, the bowling has hardly clicked for them in this tournament. Aravind keeps his place after his record-breakingly expensive figures against South Australia. Only four bowlers for RCB. Expect a lot of Gayle and Dilshan.

Katich is aware of the dew factor but now wants his side to put the runs on the board. NSW are unchanged for their first game outside Chennai in the tournament

7.15 pm Welcome to the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 in Bangalore. New South Wales take on Royal Challengers Bangalore who made the semis with Arun Karthik's last-ball six over South Australia's Daniel Christian. RCB chased 215 two nights ago, the first time an IPL side beat an Australian team. Can they do it again tonight?

While we wait for the toss, have a look at Sid Monga's preview. He likens this match to a T20 fan's fantasy, and also feels for the bowlers. "Imagine David Warner, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and Moises Henriques on this true Bangalore track with good skiddy bounce, with pace that aids stroke-making, with dew affecting the already small outfield."

The RCB-South Australia match on this ground had 62 boundaries being hit, 62. That is more than a boundary every four balls. That is supposedly complete entertainment, or so it is said. I had gone numb after about the 31st hit.


Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, turning on the pads from a fuller length, he gets forward and tucks it towards square leg, Watson is away

Gayle in at slip now


Dilshan to Warner, no run, tucks WArner up for room with a flat one on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler


Dilshan to Warner, no run, almost carried to Kohli at short extra cover, Warner pushes forward, it does not come on as well as he would have liked, kohli dives forward but it is out of his reach


Dilshan to Warner, no run, turned towards square leg, Dilshan keeping it tight on the stumps


Dilshan to Warner, no run, he could have hit this one anywhere, got on the knees to a short and flat ball and hammered it straight to square leg, the crowd likes that

Slip is gone now


Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, fine start from Dilshan, fires it in full from round the stumps, Warner squeezes it away in front of square leg

End of over 1 (2 runs) New South Wales 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • DA Warner 1 (5b)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0

Nannes to run in


Nannes to Warner, 1 wide, away swing from the left-hander, but too far outside off stump

Gayle is at a wide slip


Nannes to Warner, 1 wide, now he gets it down the leg side, drags it back of a length, no movement and the angle takes it down


Nannes to Warner, FOUR, that would have been wide had Warner not reached out to it, he just got a bit of bat on it and it flew to the right of third man


Nannes to Warner, no run, whoa, Warner has missed a low full toss, Nannes getting some away movement, and Warner ended up driving inside the line, that would have taken out the stump, the fourth one


Nannes to Warner, FOUR, Nannes goes for another boundary, this has been a wayward over, full again, but lots of width outside off, Warner rreaches out and carves it past two men lurking around cover


Nannes to Warner, no run, good comeback now from Nannes, beats Warner outside off stump from a length as he prods inside the line


Nannes to Warner, 1 run, this one stops a touch around middle from a length, he pushes, in the air for a while, but past the non-striker towards mid on


Nannes to Watson, 1 wide, Nannes is spraying it around a touch too much, now he sends a full ball down leg with the swing


Nannes to Watson, 1 run, fitting end to the over, high full toss, Watson cannot much with it though, he pushes it quietly towards extra cover

End of over 2 (13 runs) New South Wales 15/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • SR Watson 2 (2b)
    • DA Warner 10 (10b 2x4)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-13-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, Watson has had enough, he takes a step out and launches Dilshan over square leg with the turn, Mayank almost pulls off a stunner on the boundary as he goes one-handed for the catch, manages to slap it back, the ball trickles down close to the rope, has it touched it, apparently not


Dilshan to Warner, no run, nicely done, Dilshan is keeping it very tight to Warner, right on off stump, he stays back and dabs to short third man


Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, this one should have gone, as should have a similar one in the first over, but Warner has dragged this short one straight to short fine leg


Dilshan to Watson, OUT, they have got one big W, Watson has top-edged an attempted pull to long on, Dilshan has not given them much to hit, when he has they have found the fielders, Watson saw this one dropped a touch short and went back for the pull, it got on to him quickly, and the top edge looped tamely to long on

SR Watson c Kaif b Dilshan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00


Dilshan to Warner, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot


Dilshan to Warner, no run, this is superb stuff from Dilshan, tossed up now and ending on middle, Warner pushes forward, in defence

End of over 3 (2 runs) New South Wales 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • DA Warner 11 (14b 2x4)
    • DLR Smith 0 (0b)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-4-1
    • DP Nannes 1-0-13-0

Tejas cannot help himself: "Elementary, my dear Watson."

Nannes will continue


Nannes to DLR Smith, no run, better start to the over, fullish one at 145 kph hurrying on towards off stump, played out on the leg side


Nannes to DLR Smith, FOUR, bosh! that has silenced the crowd for the moment, Smith saw a pitched up delivery, and went after it, hammering it between the non-striker and the umpire,


Nannes to DLR Smith, 1 run, goes for the pull, but the length isn't short enough, the pace is right up there, the result is he hits it in to the ground


Nannes to Warner, FOUR, Warner likes the pace of Nannes, he absolutely loves the width, this delivery has both, and he reaches out to dispatch it over cover


Nannes to Warner, SIX, right then, bring 'em on, 144 kph and in to the body, but too short, and Warner sets himself up early and eagerly pulls, it goes flat over the deep midwicket boundary


Nannes to Warner, 1 run, well bowled, and nicely dealt with, Nannes does not quite get the yorker right, but it still has to be kept out, Warner does that, and manages a scampered single wide of extra cover

End of over 4 (16 runs) New South Wales 33/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • DA Warner 22 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • DLR Smith 5 (3b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-29-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-4-1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, he is paying a lot of respect to the ones on off stump by Dilshan, another forward defensive


Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, a bit of angle on this one on middle and leg, and he tucks it towards midwicket


Dilshan to DLR Smith, no run, almost carried to the bowler, he closed the face early for the tuck towards midwicket, leading edge went to the right of the non-striker


Dilshan to DLR Smith, no run, this is priceless from Dilshan, Smith tries to come out of the crease, he finds it fired in to the blockhole, dug out meekly


Dilshan to DLR Smith, 1 run, turned off the pads wide of short fine leg where big Gayle goes down sprawling to parry it awayy


Dilshan to Warner, no run, superb end to the over, fired fullish on the pads, he can only work it away towards square without power or timing

End of over 5 (2 runs) New South Wales 35/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • DA Warner 23 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • DLR Smith 6 (6b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-6-1
    • DP Nannes 2-0-29-0

the man who went at a run a ball in the run-fest comes on


Vettori to DLR Smith, no run, the third time a ball has fallen short of a fielder, this time at point, Vettori getting sMith to drive away from the body, and finding enough grip and turn to get the thick edge, just bouncing in front of the man diving forward


Vettori to DLR Smith, FOUR, he has got enough under this one though, a touch more flight, a bit straighter, and he lofts with the turn over extra cover


Vettori to DLR Smith, 1 run, shortish one slapped away off the back foot to sweeper cover


Vettori to Warner, SIX, Warner likes the left-armer's angle as well, he gets down on a knee, and fetches a full ball from outside off, it finds the crowd beyond deep midwicket


Vettori to Warner, no run, misses out this time, he has been finding short fine leg every time he gets a short one on leg


Vettori to Warner, 1 run, full ball fired in towards the pads, tucked towards midwicket

End of over 6 (12 runs) New South Wales 47/1 (RR: 7.83)

    • DA Warner 30 (23b 3x4 2x6)
    • DLR Smith 11 (9b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-12-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-6-1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, defended towards point, Dilshan is getting away with everything, they just dont want to take him on


Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, worked through midwicket for a single


Dilshan to DLR Smith, 1 run, goes for the sweep with the turn, but there is a man at deep square leg


Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, in the air, but it goes in the gap past extra cover, dilshan has hands on his head, it was a slower one outside off and Warner had to reach out for it


Dilshan to DLR Smith, 1 run, lofted down the ground, but there is a man at long off as well


Dilshan to Warner, no run, top stuff from Dilshan, ends with a fullish one, flat, straight on middle, Warner quietly pushes on the off side, he has absolutely refused to go after Dilshan

End of over 7 (4 runs) New South Wales 51/1 (RR: 7.28)

    • DA Warner 32 (27b 3x4 2x6)
    • DLR Smith 13 (11b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-10-1
    • DL Vettori 1-0-12-0

Dilshan done, Gayle gets a bowl


Gayle to DLR Smith, 1 run, tossed up full on off, he whips with the turn through midwicket


Gayle to Warner, 1 run, this is the closest Warner will get to buckling down to build an innings, Gayle has dragged this half way short on the pitch as he saw Warner making some room, it is down the leg side, but Warner has just helped it through square leg


Gayle to DLR Smith, FOUR, outside edge, no slip, four runs fine on the off side as Smith throws his bat at a flighted one


Gayle to DLR Smith, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square leg


Gayle to Warner, SIX, this is perfect length and line for the slog sweep, floated full on middle and off, Warner goes down on one knee, he has been patient enough, and dismisses it high over deep midwicket


Gayle to Warner, 1 run, now he goes fast and full outside off, Warner drives to sweeper cover,

Gayle's trajectory not as flat as Dilshan's in that last over

End of over 8 (14 runs) New South Wales 65/1 (RR: 8.12)

    • DA Warner 40 (30b 3x4 3x6)
    • DLR Smith 19 (14b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-14-0
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-10-1

Vettori to Warner, 1 run, turning on the pads from round the stumps, worked towards square leg


Vettori to DLR Smith, 1 run, short delivery, he goes back and cuts hard to sweeper cover


Vettori to Warner, no run, cramps him for room as he sees Warner coming down the track, Warner has to defend tightly


Vettori to Warner, 1 run, hits it hard through midwicket, but along the ground


Vettori to DLR Smith, no run, well bowled Vettori, flighted slowly and turning away,, draws him out and gets him to defend on the off side


Vettori to DLR Smith, no run, now flatter and a touch quicker, heading for middle, Smith tries to make room and dab it away, it reached him too quickly though

End of over 9 (3 runs) New South Wales 68/1 (RR: 7.55)

    • DLR Smith 20 (17b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 42 (33b 3x4 3x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-15-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-14-0

Gautam: "Even with Dilshans outstanding spell, NSW are 65 after 8.. Which means the rest of the bolwers have gone for more than 11 an over... phew.. what did Dilshan have for breakfast?"

Here is Aravind now


Aravind to Warner, no run, superb start this time, gets a bit of away movement from a length on off, WArner pushes inside the line to get beaten


Aravind to Warner, no run, now this one goes on with the angle in to Warner, he cannot do anything with it, nothing to work with


Aravind to Warner, 2 runs, just a shade fuller and Warner clips it through midwicket, and even comes back for the second


Aravind to Warner, 1 run, still fuller, around off now, driven down the ground


Aravind to DLR Smith, 1 leg bye, well bowled, the slower short ball, from the back of the hand, he is too early in to the pull and it rolls away after hitting him


Aravind to Warner, FOUR, whack! full toss, Warner is ready, he times it and powers it as well, big straight followthrough, too straight for long on running to his right

End of over 10 (8 runs) New South Wales 76/1 (RR: 7.60)

    • DA Warner 49 (38b 4x4 3x6)
    • DLR Smith 20 (18b 3x4)
    • S Aravind 1-0-7-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-15-0

Bhatkal comes on now


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, SIX, length ball, around off stump, Smith is ready with the swing, plonks front foot out and gets it just over deep midwicket


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, tries to repeat the shot, but only manages a single now

round the stumps


Bhatkal to Warner, no run, gets it to go away now from a length, Warner was allready coming forward and was beaten totally by the movement


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, 50 up for Warner, he waited this time in the crease, saw the ball moving away from back of a length, and cut it in front of point


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, Smith golf-swings, does not get hold of it, it goes Vettori at extra cover, he tries to run back and take it with a dive, gets his fingers to it but it eluded him


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, stays in the crease and cuts through point for a single

End of over 11 (10 runs) New South Wales 86/1 (RR: 7.81)

    • DA Warner 51 (41b 4x4 3x6)
    • DLR Smith 28 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • RR Bhatkal 1-0-10-0
    • S Aravind 1-0-7-0

Aravind to Warner, SIX, that gathered distance and speed as it flew flat over long on, Warner did not seem to have timed the length ball that well initially, it cleared the boundary by a long distance


Aravind to Warner, 1 run, pushed towards mid off for a single


Aravind to DLR Smith, FOUR, well done, Smith is no Warner, but he is proving effective, he gets down on a knee outside leg, and dabs a length ball late past the keeper


Aravind to DLR Smith, 1 wide, down the leg side goes Aravind, the seamers are letting RCB down


Aravind to DLR Smith, FOUR, he gets another one away after backing away outside leg, crouches low and slashes, it flies past short third man


Aravind to DLR Smith, no run, shuffles across and hits towards square leg


Aravind to DLR Smith, FOUR, Smith is playing a superb innings, all the attention has been on Warner, he gets on top of a short slower one and drags the pull wide of deep midwicket

End of over 12 (20 runs) New South Wales 106/1 (RR: 8.83)

    • DLR Smith 40 (25b 6x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 58 (43b 4x4 4x6)
    • S Aravind 2-0-27-0
    • RR Bhatkal 1-0-10-0

Nannes comes back


Nannes to Warner, 1 run, follows Warner as he sees him start to make some room outside leg, Warner adjusts to clip the low full toss off the pads to deep midwicket

DK: "Aravind has proved my fears right. He is being hammered all over the park."


Nannes to DLR Smith, FOUR, everything is working for Smith, he now moves outside leg and tries to pull a short delivery, the top edge flies fine on the off side over the keeper


Nannes to DLR Smith, no run, 144 kph near-yorker from Nannes, Smith was already well outside leg and could only squeeze it towards midwicket


Nannes to DLR Smith, 1 wide, appeal for caught behind, umpire Dharmasena is unmoved, Nannes is sure there was something on the short ball down the leg side as Smith tried to pull, Arun Karthik was convinced as well, Dharmaasena signals wide, Nannes manages not to tear his hair out,


Nannes to DLR Smith, no run, cannot get this one away, Nannes responds with one heading for the blockhole, dug out on the leg side


Nannes to DLR Smith, 1 bye, nannes has recovered well after that appeal was turned down, he follows Smith with a short of a length ball outside leg, Karthik cannot take it after the deflection, was a tough take alright as he was moving down leg


Nannes to Warner, no run, keeps WArner quite this time, with a short ball dug in high and outside off, Warner tries to reach for it and cut it in the air, misses

End of over 13 (7 runs) New South Wales 113/1 (RR: 8.69)

    • DA Warner 59 (45b 4x4 4x6)
    • DLR Smith 44 (29b 7x4 1x6)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-35-0
    • S Aravind 2-0-27-0

Bhatkal to DLR Smith, no run, how has that missed the leg stump, it has gone an inch over it, this time Smith decided to move outside off stump, but missed the sweep


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, length ball swung hard down to long on


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, slower one fullish and outside off stump, he mistimes the big swing along the ground to long off


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, no run, well done, he saw Smith backing away outside leg, and bowled a slow loopy full one in the blockhole on off, Smith could only dig it out


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, SIX, this will go, bhatkal drops it short at friendly pace, Smith eagerly hammers the pull over deep midwicket, that is also his 50

Shank: "Vettori should somehow break this partnership right now before it assumes monstrous proportions which it is threatening to."


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, fetched from outside off but not wide enough of long on

End of over 14 (9 runs) New South Wales 122/1 (RR: 8.71)

    • DLR Smith 52 (34b 7x4 2x6)
    • DA Warner 60 (46b 4x4 4x6)
    • RR Bhatkal 2-0-19-0
    • DP Nannes 3-0-35-0

Vettori to DLR Smith, 1 leg bye, Vettori turns around, bends the knee and shouts hard at the umpire who remains unmoved, smith had gone for the reverse paddle off a full one around off, did that hit him in line? Dharmasena does not think so


Vettori to Warner, no run, very full delivery, hit back to the bowler


Vettori to Warner, SIX, no stopping this one, Warner has found the deep midwicket boundary repeatedly today, here is another one


Vettori to Warner, 1 run, tries to launch another one, but will get only a single


Vettori to DLR Smith, SIX, superb shot, Smith will catch up with Warner soon at this rate, he steps out and lofts Vettori overr extra cover with the turn, lovely to watch


Vettori to DLR Smith, 1 run, hit down to long on for one

End of over 15 (15 runs) New South Wales 137/1 (RR: 9.13)

    • DLR Smith 59 (37b 7x4 3x6)
    • DA Warner 67 (49b 4x4 5x6)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-29-0
    • RR Bhatkal 2-0-19-0

Bhatkal to DLR Smith, no run, he stands in the crease beside the line and tries to scoop a length ball almost vertically over the keeper, misses


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, gets a single to sweeper cover now


Bhatkal to Warner, SIX, there is the switch hit, Warner has waited and waited, he has defended, he has nudged, he has slog-swept, and now he switch-hits a length, all the way over deep midwicket, or deep extra cover


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, Bhatkal comes back well, Warner digs out a full one for a single


Bhatkal to DLR Smith, 1 run, Smith walks outside off stump now, looking to go over square leg, the ball rolls towards point


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, that has just rocketed off the bat, woody emphatic sound, along the ground to sweeper cover

End of over 16 (10 runs) New South Wales 147/1 (RR: 9.18)

    • DA Warner 75 (52b 4x4 6x6)
    • DLR Smith 61 (40b 7x4 3x6)
    • RR Bhatkal 3-0-29-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-29-0

jatin: "i think rcb needs one more arun karthik today."


Nannes to Warner, 2 runs, he was eyeing that deep midwicket region, as he walked down the track, there was the angle in to him too, but he mistimed it in front of square leg, could not get enough bat under it ... for once


Nannes to Warner, SIX, and we have take off ... Nannes with the low full toss, in Warner's hitting zone, straight followthrough, this has been his hallmark, miles over long on went the ball


Nannes to Warner, 1 run, whoa, slower, shorter, wider outside off, Warner waited for an age before ultimately running out of patience and throwing his bat at it, managed a thick edge that went on the bounce to a diving keeper


Nannes to DLR Smith, 1 run, Smith has managed to time quite a few from his position outside leg stump, this one is cut in front of point


Nannes to Warner, SIX, Warner launches another straight hit, clears front leg, back leg is firmly anchored for maximum impact, and a huge clean straight swing takes the too full delivery over the sightscreen


Nannes to Warner, no run, Warner laughs, it was that slow short one outside off from Nannes again, this time he leaped at it and did not even manage the inside edge, he did manage to fall flat on the ground, has a wide grin in place as he gets up

End of over 17 (16 runs) New South Wales 163/1 (RR: 9.58)

    • DA Warner 90 (57b 4x4 8x6)
    • DLR Smith 62 (41b 7x4 3x6)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-51-0
    • RR Bhatkal 3-0-29-0

Aravind to DLR Smith, OUT, Smith's walkathon of an effective innings is over now, he has stepped outside off, Aravind has gone full, Smith has missed the flick, Aravind has found the base of middle, Aravind roars, that wicket means a lot to him

DLR Smith b Aravind 62 (42b 7x4 3x6) SR: 147.61


Aravind to Rohrer, 1 run, direct hit would have been close for Warner, they had taken on Tiwary at point with the single


Aravind to Warner, 1 run, Warner goes past 90 with a crouching push in front of point


Aravind to Rohrer, 1 run, slower one full outside off, Rohrer goes after it, thick outside edge falls in frnt of third man


Aravind to Warner, 1 run, he gets away witha full toss now, Warner makes room and times it straight to extra cover


Aravind to Rohrer, 1 run, fine over from Aravind, his first for a while, Rohrer cannot get much on the pull off a not so short one, goes to deep square leg

End of over 18 (5 runs) New South Wales 168/2 (RR: 9.33)

    • BJ Rohrer 3 (3b)
    • DA Warner 92 (59b 4x4 8x6)
    • S Aravind 3-0-32-1
    • DP Nannes 4-0-51-0

Bhatkal to Rohrer, 1 run, slower and full from round the stumps, he crouches and drags it through midwicket


Bhatkal to Warner, SIX, poor ball, high loopy full toss outside off, Warner will go to 98 with a flat six over long off


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, opens the face and runs a length ball to Gayle at backward point, one more to go


Bhatkal to Rohrer, 1 run, can't get much out of another slower fuller one, mistimes it past the non-striker


Bhatkal to Warner, 1 run, This has been a remarkably patient innings from Warner, I say patient because he had enough of it to resist the urge to smash Dilshan's flat ones out of the park initially when he was not set, he has reaped the fruits of that patience now, he gets to consecutive hundreds with a push that Aravind cannot stop in time, punches the air, as he did at Chepauk


Bhatkal to Rohrer, 2 runs, mistimes the slog through midwicket

End of over 19 (12 runs) New South Wales 180/2 (RR: 9.47)

    • BJ Rohrer 7 (6b)
    • DA Warner 100 (62b 4x4 9x6)
    • RR Bhatkal 4-0-41-0
    • S Aravind 3-0-32-1

Aravind to bowl the last over, again


Aravind to Warner, 2 runs, comes down the track and belts the full toss down the ground to long on, rohrer gets back for the second, keeps WArner on strike


Aravind to Warner, SIX, oh come on now, how did he get that one away for six, he was in no position to even reach the ball, he was totally off balance, it was miles outside off stump, he managed to stretch to it and slice it wide of long off, incredible is the word


Aravind to Warner, FOUR, clobber! RCB continue to cop it, Warner gets underneath a full delivery, the straight boundary is hammered again, Aravind and last overs are clearly not making for a good combination


Aravind to Warner, FOUR, another one to the straight boundary, this was not hit that straight, but incredibly Warner has managed to beat long on with sheer power and timing, the most dangerous combination for a batsman


Aravind to Warner, SIX, ho ho, this is a nightmare for Aravind, Warner is prepared for the shortish one with the keeper standing up, it gets on to him quickly, but he still murders it for maximum over deep midwicket


Aravind to Warner, 1 run, finishes one of the most well-paced T20 innings with a squeezed single on the off side

You'll struggle to find a cleaner striker of the ball down the ground than Warner. He knows his hitting areas, he loves the arc from cow corner to wide long off, and he kept peppering it with powerful well-timed swings. And this after Dilshan had kept him to 32 off 27 deliveries, to Warner's credit, he didn't play a false shot, looking almost respectful against Dilshan. But 200 is chaseable on this ground, we saw that a couple of nights ago

James: "Big improvement in Aravind's figures (as a spin doctor would put it)."

Sid Ravindran informs me that Daniel Vettori had one over left. He stuck with Aravind, and like in the game against South Australia, Aravind went for plenty

End of over 20 (23 runs) New South Wales 203/2

    • DA Warner 123 (68b 6x4 11x6)
    • BJ Rohrer 7 (6b)
    • S Aravind 4-0-55-1
    • RR Bhatkal 4-0-41-0





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