Kolkata v Bangalore, IPL 2011, Kolkata April 22, 2011

Gayle announces himself with ton

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 175 for 1 (Gayle 102*, Balaji 1-43) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 171 for 5 (Gambhir 48, Aravind 2-37 ) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle has arrived. He smashed his way to his first IPL century, the second-fastest in this edition of the competition, and was the architect of Bangalore's victory over his former team, Kolkata. Gayle formed powerful partnerships with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kohli as Bangalore were untroubled in their chase of 172, winning by nine wickets.

The pitch was proving to be tricky for the quicks and Kolkata opted to start with a spinner after having posted 171. Yusuf Pathan, who was battling a knee niggle, opened the bowling. After three good deliveries, Yusuf strayed on the leg stump and Dilshan cashed in with four through square leg. With that, the flood gates were opened.

In the fourth over, Gayle had scored just three singles - while Dilshan had notched up 19 - when he was offered a full toss. He drove it down past the non-striker for the first of his 17 boundaries. It didn't matter what Bangalore tried after that. Jaidev Unadkat was dispatched with disdain as Gayle went down on one knee, smacking him for six over long-on. Shakib Al Hasan was tossed around like a limp ragdoll, slogged over midwicket and mowed over deep square. Yusuf was smoked through the covers. Gayle even showed a touch of deftness, playing one fine to the third man boundary.

It didn't matter who was given the ball, even though spin proved difficult to get away during the Kolkata innings. Manoj Tiwary was slapped over long-on and even mishit for six. Medium pacer Rajat Bhatia was hit for 17 runs in his second over, 16 off Gayle's bat. At the end of 12 overs, Bangalore were cruising on 123 for 1 when Dilshan was bowled by L Balaji, who controlled the swing admirably.

The Gayle force blew on though. Together with Kohli, he brought the required run rate down to less than a run a ball. Kohli was given some room to express himself too, taking advantage of full balls offered by Balaji and showing off his wrist work against Bhatia. Kohli almost had too much fun and denied Gayle a century with a boundary off the first ball of the 18th over, that left Bangalore with just two to win. He blocked out the rest of the over to make amends.

Even a wide from Iqbal Abdulla couldn't stop Gayle, who ended the innings with a smashing shot through the covers, winning the match with 11 balls to spare. Gayle, who was picked up by Bangalore as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes, wore a jersey with 333 - his highest Test score - on the back and made light work of a total that Kolkata should have been able to defend.

Their innings was held together by a classy 48 from captain Gautam Gambhir, patience from Jacques Kallis and a measured assault by Yusuf.

Things started disastrously for Bangalore with Zaheer Khan's first over going for 19 runs. It consisted of three wides, one of which went for four, and three boundaries, all off the bat of Kallis. Sreenath Aravind fared a little better, his first over going for 14.

Daniel Vettori rung in the changes immediately, replacing Khan with left-arm spinner Syed Mohammed. Together with Dilshan, he hauled the run rate back to reasonable 8.33 per over. Mohammed was impressive in his initial two-over spell and was rewarded for tight bowling when Haddin tried to hit him over mid-off but got an edge that Kohli collected at point.

Kallis and Gambhir batted with patience against the slower bowlers and unleashed when Khan was brought back in the 11th over. Gayle played a role in the field as well, taking the catch that sent Kallis on his way. Vettori bowled a shorter one which Kallis drove on the up towards extra cover where Gayle dived to his left and plucked the ball out of the sky.

Yusuf, batting at four, allowed himself five balls to settle before depositing a Mohammed delivery over long-on. After Gambhir was caught by Dilshan at extra cover, Yusuf unleashed. He destroyed Aravind, pulling the short one for four, smashing the full one for six and dispatching the low full toss to the boundary.

The quicks redeemed themselves a bit with Khan bowling a decent last over, mixing up slower balls and yorkers, and Aravind claiming the wicket of Yusuf, who was trying to force the ball over long off but only got it as far as Kohli.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Rushikey on April 23, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Gayle killed two birds in one arrow with this inning. He expressed his frustration against WICB for pressure comments and low pay and wrath against his old team KKR for dropping him in this season! Bravooo!

  • on April 23, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    As far as the results have shown, WICB 1 Gayle 1. Hey, we won without CG, CG won it for Bang. If we are true West Indies and Gayle fans, why not wish and hope that the trend continues? Bangalore wins and West Indies wins. And while we are at it, West Indians, stop this insularity. CG is Jamaican. CG is West Indian

  • on April 23, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    chris gayle announced his entry 3times in single innings 1st with a six of 101mts, 2nd with a six of 105mtrs and 3rd with unbeaten century, i wish chennai to buy for replacement of hayden, but they didnt have enough budget to buy him... let us see more from gayle and for the 1st time in ipl, smart move by RCB....

  • rdwights on April 23, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    For those of you who keep harping about Gayles consistency, check this out Gayle has a higher battibg average in ODIs than Sewag 39 to 35 he has more centurries 19 to 14 despite playing less ODIs Do we say Sewag is inconsistent? In fact he has a better avergae than several top ODI openers. The problem is that he is playing on a lsoing team and has to score big everytime fior them to win

  • rohanblue on April 23, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    SRK plz leave kkr team, its full of losers, i am a huge fan of yours , its feel very disgusting to see u sad after evey match...

  • on April 23, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    When gayle hit it stays hit and even mishits do carry all the way! I think this was a pressure innings and gayle sailed through it

  • AsangaBandara on April 23, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Christopher Henry Gayle !! You showed them , didn't ya . 102 Runs from Just 55 balls with 7 Sixers !! and 10 Boundaries !! against Kolkata Knight Riders . They thought to keep you on the bench and squish you like a bug . But you came out the Winner Yet again . That is why You are called a Legend Man A L e g e n d !!!!!!!

  • hoLLa on April 23, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Third para: I think you meant - "It didn't matter what Kolkata tried after that." ... when you wrote " It didn't matter what Bangalore tried after that.

  • eomer17 on April 23, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Gayle's one of those guys who'll always get a big score here and there but never be consistent.Gayle will win u matches single handedly but 2-3 matches really wont make a difference overall.WICB has nothing to lose ,they've never been on top even with gayle ,WI currently are just a notch above bangladesh.

  • aditya_bkk on April 23, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    KKR CHANGED THE ENTIRE TEAM. DROPED GANGULY GAYLE ETC. THEY HAVE CHANGED THE COACH , TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING BUT STILL THE TEAM IS SINKING. I THINK NOW THEY SHOULD CHANGE THE OWNER.GIVE AWAY SHAHRUKH AND GET NEW OWNER, MAY BE THAT SAVES KKR

  • Rushikey on April 23, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Gayle killed two birds in one arrow with this inning. He expressed his frustration against WICB for pressure comments and low pay and wrath against his old team KKR for dropping him in this season! Bravooo!

  • on April 23, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    As far as the results have shown, WICB 1 Gayle 1. Hey, we won without CG, CG won it for Bang. If we are true West Indies and Gayle fans, why not wish and hope that the trend continues? Bangalore wins and West Indies wins. And while we are at it, West Indians, stop this insularity. CG is Jamaican. CG is West Indian

  • on April 23, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    chris gayle announced his entry 3times in single innings 1st with a six of 101mts, 2nd with a six of 105mtrs and 3rd with unbeaten century, i wish chennai to buy for replacement of hayden, but they didnt have enough budget to buy him... let us see more from gayle and for the 1st time in ipl, smart move by RCB....

  • rdwights on April 23, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    For those of you who keep harping about Gayles consistency, check this out Gayle has a higher battibg average in ODIs than Sewag 39 to 35 he has more centurries 19 to 14 despite playing less ODIs Do we say Sewag is inconsistent? In fact he has a better avergae than several top ODI openers. The problem is that he is playing on a lsoing team and has to score big everytime fior them to win

  • rohanblue on April 23, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    SRK plz leave kkr team, its full of losers, i am a huge fan of yours , its feel very disgusting to see u sad after evey match...

  • on April 23, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    When gayle hit it stays hit and even mishits do carry all the way! I think this was a pressure innings and gayle sailed through it

  • AsangaBandara on April 23, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Christopher Henry Gayle !! You showed them , didn't ya . 102 Runs from Just 55 balls with 7 Sixers !! and 10 Boundaries !! against Kolkata Knight Riders . They thought to keep you on the bench and squish you like a bug . But you came out the Winner Yet again . That is why You are called a Legend Man A L e g e n d !!!!!!!

  • hoLLa on April 23, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Third para: I think you meant - "It didn't matter what Kolkata tried after that." ... when you wrote " It didn't matter what Bangalore tried after that.

  • eomer17 on April 23, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Gayle's one of those guys who'll always get a big score here and there but never be consistent.Gayle will win u matches single handedly but 2-3 matches really wont make a difference overall.WICB has nothing to lose ,they've never been on top even with gayle ,WI currently are just a notch above bangladesh.

  • aditya_bkk on April 23, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    KKR CHANGED THE ENTIRE TEAM. DROPED GANGULY GAYLE ETC. THEY HAVE CHANGED THE COACH , TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING BUT STILL THE TEAM IS SINKING. I THINK NOW THEY SHOULD CHANGE THE OWNER.GIVE AWAY SHAHRUKH AND GET NEW OWNER, MAY BE THAT SAVES KKR

  • Latha2620 on April 23, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I'm very happy for Gayle. Take that WICB & KKR (of course). I jst hope Gayle continues this form throughout the tournament. Best of luck Chris. looking fwd to more such entertaining innings from u big fella.

  • ricardowill on April 23, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Unfortunately West Indies can now boast a team of outcasts where individuals earn a living and make a name for themselves not playing for the West Indies. Hopefully Gayle with take his batting seriously and stop his one-hit-wonders knowing that he doesn't have a team to return to and he has to perform to earn a living.

  • on April 23, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    just awesome...would like to see more from him..

  • on April 23, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    One Match 3 sixes in top five including biggest of the tournament. Catch of the match, man of the match and averaging over 100. This from the man that none of ten franchises though to bid on during auction, how conceited of them.

  • on April 23, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    will he get another score like this for the rest of the tournament ?

  • bluhunter on April 23, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Well,was that inning a statement or what!!!!!Take note WI selectors.

  • on April 23, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Congratulations to Gayle for his powerful performance. I was glued to my seat and looked at this with delight. Great innings, and I hope he develops that consistency..

  • b4u8me2 on April 23, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    I read a lot of comments commenting on Gayle being inconsistent. I would advice those people to check their stats. In 159 test innings, Gayle has passed fifty 46times - that's a score of fifty or more every 3.46 innings. This is better than the great WI opener Desmond Haynes who passed fifty 57times in 202 test innings for an average of a score of fifty or more every 3.54 innings. This is also better than the other great WI opener Gordon Greenidge who passed fifty 53times in 183 test innings at an average of a score of fifty or more every 3.49 innings. The thing is that like Brian Lara, Chris Gayle is playing in a team where if he fails the entire team fails so unless he makes a hundred every time he bats it seems as if he has failed even if he made 40 runs. Gayle also averages a score of fifty or more every 3.60 innings in ODI. He is not as inconsistent as it seems. The team he plays for is inconsistent. We all wish he could play Gayle force innings every time he bats but he is human.

  • on April 23, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    It is good to see Gayle get in the runs but it would have been great if he had scored this way in the World Cup.

  • on April 22, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    His OD and test averages dont look like those of an inconsistent player

  • on April 22, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    I hope all you guys know that Gayle's not making any more notable scores. He's not consistent and makes most of his runs in the first and last matches so people will remember him. Mark my words.

  • InsideHedge on April 22, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Just curious: how did they get a uniform ready so quickly?

  • Finn92 on April 22, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    I've never seen a guy hit the ball so far so easily, he hit 5 of his sixes close to the 100 metre mark and it was just all timing. When you see Yusuf, Watson and Uthappa hit big you can see that they are really putting all their might into it but Gayle just looks so at ease. This just highlights a)what the WI are missing and may never see again and b)the stupidty of the IPL auction where Dan Christian was bought for $900,000+ and Gayle left unsold!

  • cricPassion2009 on April 22, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    What a player... Chris Chris Chris Gayle Gayle gayle.. awesome guy. Lesson not just to WICB but to all bureaucratic administrations around the world. You need to know how to treat an artiste, a creative guy, a champion, a great athlete. Sometimes they don't do well, but do not trash them at such times; lend them support. They'll pay you back before you know.

  • Quazar on April 22, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    As already mentioned, Gayle went unsold as the franchises thought he would be unavailable due to WI Vs Pak series...Mallya should thank the WICB (and Nannes' injury).

  • on April 22, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    well done chris.......eden garden luks like smaller ground when he hit 6...... its one of best innings of t 20.......and its nice answer to ipl auction as well as wicb... how can u ignore chris gayle....... keep going man

  • Quazar on April 22, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Fantastic striking! And justice for Gayle... his first T20 century - a brilliant 115* in the 1st T20 WC in SA - had ended in a loss... but this century must be oh so sweet! (given the current circumstance for him)

  • on April 22, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Chris, congratulations on your entertaining innings. Be inspired by the words of the Lord on this day which is "Good Friday", his crusification anniversary : "Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake for they shall inherit the kingdom of God". It was befitting for you, at the man of the match presentation, to start off with the words "God is Great". The Pakistan team in the Caribbean, must be echoing your words in their language- Allah-ho-Akbar" for your absence from their tour. Prophets are honored everywhere save in their own country. Let's have a new look WICB by dropping the administrators and the illustrious obscures as selectors so that we can have as our players the fittest of the fit and the ablest of the able. After all we turn up to the grounds, to see our best players in motion within the boundary and not to see the administrators having a motion beyond the boundary.

  • on April 22, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    As a Gayle and West Indies fan, I am not too sure I blame WICB for this turn of events, Gayle must take some. Consistency is the word and so I am happy for him but still watching to see if this is not one of those one off innings! A good enough batsman to be nore consistent!

  • parmi4u on April 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    I wish to see him(gayle) smash mumbai team in mumbai... man that would be fun...

  • cgtboy87 on April 22, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    i am goign to guyana for one of the odi and i make my plans before the wicb stupid moves but i will still support the west indies. i really wanted to see chris sarwan and shiv

  • on April 22, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    It was unbelievable in IPL auction when I found that the player who scored the first T20 international hundred have no buyer. Now after this massive stroke play, I'm certain many teams must be regretting their decision. Gayle made his century more valuable by scoring it against his previous team. Good Luck for rest of the matches Gayle. Be consistent.....

  • maja2834 on April 22, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Why would people spend 2.2 million on GAUTAM GAMBHIR and not retain or buy GAYLE for 400000..Gayle will win you matches single handedly and can bowl too..Something which Gauti cant..And it was easy against the poor helpless rajasthan side for KKR but against others GAMBHIR Captaincy is lot to be desired..

  • bigdhonifan on April 22, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Gayle went unsold becoz, franchises thought that he will be unavailable due to WI Vs Pak series.... WICB dropped him ...next moment the Mallya's send him the check and Flight ticket!!! so thats it!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    its been control and terific knc from Chrisss! at last rcb back with winning moment! thanks to chrisss!

  • on April 22, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Dropping Lee was a bad decision and Iqbal Abdulla should have been tried earlier. KKR openers also became too much defensive against the spinners, then sending Morgan ahead of Manoj Tiwary was baffling- a few more runs could have been added. Gayle was fantastic and no point blaming KKR... he should have been playing for West Indies now....that's why nobody picked him.

  • krazzyking on April 22, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    and to think Gayle went unsold in the auction :D hilarious now

  • wasi_3 on April 22, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    a wrong decision by kkr , shud hav dropped eoin instead of brett . gautam is a brilliant batsman bt captaincy is not for him . kkr shud assign a captain who has da experience of being a captain ...... chris was awesome !

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Gayle's century proves how dumb West Indies cricket administration has become. But then again let's see how Gayle fares in the whole tournament. Inconsistency has been the greatest drawback in Gayle

  • manish053 on April 22, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Now kkr managment would have been feeling sorry for themselves for not to retain gayle as he has come with blistered start. RCB is now on their way and their enggering of his team being seen. Bowling and bating both departments are well settled by their team management and Vijay malya can proud of them. Other hand kkr ruined thair chanece to pick up sutable players and they are paying for this.

  • punksavin on April 22, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Gayle proved the ipl franchises tht he is not one of those players goin unsold for nothing,... this is the best answer anyone can give to when you are degraded... prove them tht they were wrong !!!! go RCB!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 22, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    TAKE THAT WICB !! you axe a champion like Gayle he will make you pay. Too late now though. He's a Bangalore boy now. He surely did enjoy his knock tonight. Looks like RCB have made a superb tactical call here by signing Gayle. One could see the anguish on SRK's face in the KKR camp. I hope the Bangalore boys win everything from here. Congratulations Chris.

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    THE IPL has begun ! GaYLE force on the up WICB what were u thinking?

  • hillybaba on April 22, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    great great knock fron christopher gayle

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Ahhhhhhh shut up just give it a rest will ya one slug don't make a summer.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    finally its turned to be a "GOOD" friday

  • Desijatt4u on April 22, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Gayle showed tht shahrukh missjudged him,srk,s face lukd funny after kkr loss the game,ganguly will be happy to see tht:::)))

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    All KKR fans minus Dada minus gayle Plus Gayle in RCB = RCB fans:-)

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @ Debropratim gayle is inconsistent trust me this will be his last 80+ score in ipl 2011

  • ramgoat on April 22, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Chris way to go,you rocks man exciting hundred.i think you made the right decision to hell with the wicb who wants to play cricket to an empty stand in the wi,where as the IPL stand is full to capacity.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Can't say i never told you so. IPL is not the same without CHRIS GAYLE, and the dude can get any score once he puts his head to it. He said on radio here in Jamaica with regards to his fitness that he will let his bat do the talking and he did. Also told him on twitter to get a century in his maiden match which he also did. Lets hope he can remain focused. Gayle Force is Back! and the IPL just start or me.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    What a magical innings, he is really making a statement to the WI selectors and other IPL franchises who were ignorant enough to keep him out...

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    it is pretty much clear that the former Knights are coming to Kolkata and immediately putting an assault on the current Knights.......tit for tat.....

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Gayle brought a new colour to the IPL, '2011. It's wonderful watching him batting. Thanks WICB for watchful fore see and not picking him at the first place for the series.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Ex-kkr player slams kkr hahaha loved SRK's face.....just a fitting reply to the franchisees not bidding for him.....its just the beginning of gayle show...... go gayle

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    What a knock from Gayle, other franchises might be scratching their heads for not picking him earlier. Hope he does not play like that against Chargers :)

  • saqd on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    this match proven that Gambhir is the worst captain in this year IPL..he is undoubtely good batsman but captain no way... why he not given bowling to JACQUE KALLIS ...the best allrounder he is having in his team..he already taken some wickets in first 2 matches ...giving bowling to Bhatia & Tiwary instead of Kallis is big blunder..bad bowling changres & field placing...Gambhir should learn his lessons otherwise KKR will not going to come in last four..last year Kallis was among top five wicket takers in IPL..did Gambhir ddnt knw this.. and yes Gayle plays superb innnigs & proves tht WI board & other IPL teams was wrong in sidelined him. Cricket fan..Saquib

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    That's what am use too!! That's what am talking about, and against who? KKR his old club, wonder if the have mixed feelings now? Gayle force indeed!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    chris GAYLE is a boss........... in your face windies selectors!!! im sure that his innings was to make a statement to the selectors....... an also the other IPL franchise, lookin forward for more bib scores gayle, an lets see wat the press will sayy noww.

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  • on April 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    chris GAYLE is a boss........... in your face windies selectors!!! im sure that his innings was to make a statement to the selectors....... an also the other IPL franchise, lookin forward for more bib scores gayle, an lets see wat the press will sayy noww.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    That's what am use too!! That's what am talking about, and against who? KKR his old club, wonder if the have mixed feelings now? Gayle force indeed!!!

  • saqd on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    this match proven that Gambhir is the worst captain in this year IPL..he is undoubtely good batsman but captain no way... why he not given bowling to JACQUE KALLIS ...the best allrounder he is having in his team..he already taken some wickets in first 2 matches ...giving bowling to Bhatia & Tiwary instead of Kallis is big blunder..bad bowling changres & field placing...Gambhir should learn his lessons otherwise KKR will not going to come in last four..last year Kallis was among top five wicket takers in IPL..did Gambhir ddnt knw this.. and yes Gayle plays superb innnigs & proves tht WI board & other IPL teams was wrong in sidelined him. Cricket fan..Saquib

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    What a knock from Gayle, other franchises might be scratching their heads for not picking him earlier. Hope he does not play like that against Chargers :)

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Ex-kkr player slams kkr hahaha loved SRK's face.....just a fitting reply to the franchisees not bidding for him.....its just the beginning of gayle show...... go gayle

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Gayle brought a new colour to the IPL, '2011. It's wonderful watching him batting. Thanks WICB for watchful fore see and not picking him at the first place for the series.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    it is pretty much clear that the former Knights are coming to Kolkata and immediately putting an assault on the current Knights.......tit for tat.....

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    What a magical innings, he is really making a statement to the WI selectors and other IPL franchises who were ignorant enough to keep him out...

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Can't say i never told you so. IPL is not the same without CHRIS GAYLE, and the dude can get any score once he puts his head to it. He said on radio here in Jamaica with regards to his fitness that he will let his bat do the talking and he did. Also told him on twitter to get a century in his maiden match which he also did. Lets hope he can remain focused. Gayle Force is Back! and the IPL just start or me.

  • ramgoat on April 22, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Chris way to go,you rocks man exciting hundred.i think you made the right decision to hell with the wicb who wants to play cricket to an empty stand in the wi,where as the IPL stand is full to capacity.