Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Bangalore April 29, 2011

Kohli, Gayle star as Bangalore sink Pune

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 181 for 4 (Kohli 67, Gayle 49, Thomas 2-23, Rahul 2-27) beat Pune Warriors 155 for 5 (Ryder 51, Yuvraj 41) by 26 runs
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Pune Warriors went up against Murphy's Law at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and came a distant second-best, as they hurtled to their fifth successive defeat. Everything they tried backfired spectacularly: they included Kamran Khan to add an extra dimension to their attack, and Tim Paine for solidity at the top. As it transpired, Kamran bled 47 in three overs, allowing Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli to unleash a rain of sixes that lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 181. In the reply, Paine ended up providing more solidity than was bargained for, sleep-walking to 8 off 17 balls as the chase lost steam early.

Paine's problems, and Manish Pandey's after him, meant Jesse Ryder struggled to roll at his usual pace. Pune dawdled listlessly to 63 for 1 by the 10th over, with their two best batsmen still waiting for a hit. By the time Yuvraj Singh took guard, Pune needed 103 off 51 balls. Had he left it for too late?

Pandey continued to struggle, and Yuvraj took it upon himself to pull off the unthinkable. He began to target left-arm spinners Daniel Vettori and Syed Mohammad, and carted them for three sixes and a four with the spin to reduce the equation to 55 needed off the last four overs. Zaheer Khan, who had struggled in his first spell, came on and produced exemplary lengths to force Yuvraj into a mis-hit. Vettori and Gayle followed that up with two unhittable overs to close the game out.

Earlier, Bangalore played the typical IPL innings: keep out the good bowlers, and go after the weakest link. They did not have to wait long to capitalise on Pune's hit-me bowler. Kamran ran in for the third over, slipped in his delivery stride and lay sprawled on the turf. He managed to recover from that fall, but was soon floored once again by a murderous assault from Gayle. Pune kept slipping from the moment Kamran slipped.

Kamran's lengths were straight out of Chris Gayle heaven. He began with a short-of-a-length delivery. Gayle pranced out of his crease and carved through the covers. Kamran went fuller with the third ball, and Gayle launched him over long-off. Kamran promptly dropped short, and Gayle swung him almost onto the roof of the stadium. The next one was too full, and Gayle scythed through the off side. Twenty off the over, and the home crowd was dancing in joy.

Two more quiet overs followed before the carnage resumed against Kamran. The length did not seem to matter anymore, as Gayle just looked to get behind the line and lash at everything. Two length balls were mowed through the leg side, before a very full delivery outside off was knifed over the point boundary, as Bangalore soared to 57 off the Powerplay.

Rahul Sharma pulled things back by zipping a quicker one past Tillakaratne Dilshan's pull, before winning a dodgy lbw appeal against Gayle when he was on 49. Only one boundary came in the next five overs - a six off who else but Kamran - as Kohli and AB de Villiers coiled up for the closing assault. Rahul's first three overs went for 13 as he bowled clever lengths and kept varying the pace. His last over, however, was the start of Bangalore's final fling.

Kohli, who had moved to 27 off 26 balls by the end of the 14th over, went berserk thereafter, looting 40 off the last 16 balls he faced. The shot that stood out in his closing blitz was the swat-flick off the front foot through wide mid-on, with the bottom hand imparting unreal power. He redirected Rahul through the leg side twice in the 15th over before driving Ryder on either side of the wicket for elegant fours.

Jerome Taylor was too full in the 18th over, and Kohli pummelled him for another six over square leg before mis-hitting him for six more over third man. In the meantime, de Villiers thumped Ryder straight for the biggest six of the day. As if that violence wasn't enough, Saurabh Tiwary slugged Taylor into the midwicket stands as Bangalore's total soared out of control. That, despite Rahul and Alfonso Thomas bowling out of their skins to pick up 4 for 50 off their eight overs. It's fair to say it just wasn't Pune's night.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SSB1972 on May 2, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I do not understand what yuvraj is looking in Murali Kartik, he is no more strike bowler. Rahul Sharma kept on turning fortunes in Pune's way and Murali Kartik kept on doing opposite. YUVI Get RID of MURALI KARTIK......give chance to some one new.

  • on May 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Chris Gayle's inclusion has been key to RCB's turnaround in fortunes and has covered up for Tillekeratne Dilshan's horrible run of form.He is not only an explosive batsman but is more than a handy off-break bowler as he showed when he bowled the penultimate over of the innings.RCB's show of faith in Virat Kohli also has paid off and he is showing once again why he is so highly rated among his peers.It's upto Virat now to stay grounded and keep scoring the runs which have made him a household name in Indian cricket.

  • on May 1, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    i think that gayle should get the man of the match .kohli had only 18 runs more than gayle thats all .gayle got 49 .1 wicket and two over for 8 come on people

  • analyseabhishek on April 30, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Chris Gayle has seriously rejuvenated the RCB! They now have one more bowler, a frighteningly explosive opener and a guy who makes others also relax and enjoy a bit, as it looks!

  • GEEPY on April 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Dr. Mallya selection of the team composition has started giving its true colour now. RCB fortunes changed after Super Gayle joining the team. Hope this will continue and lift the team to the eluded pinacle two years back. Go RCB , Best of luck!! for future endevours.

  • on April 30, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    yesterday was all royals day even in cricket,gayle not doing too much he just enjoying cricket

  • anshu.s on April 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Hi Shamshudin Manish Pandey is one of the most promising player in India...he is jst out of form but i agree with you on Tim Paine n Yuvi n Robin could come up in batting order

  • harshacc on April 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Some men are good players but bad captains.Yuvi is one such guy.I know that there are some days that nothing can go your ways.Yuvi has seen more bad days than anyone starting from Season 2 of IPL as a captain.No doubt Kohli and Gayle played brilliantly but considering the target Yuvi should have come in at No 3 and Uthappa at 4.Ryder would also have played his natural game.Dunno if it is Marsh or Yuvi but they need to put their thinking caps on

  • on April 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    As long as Pune has Manish Pandey and Minhas in their line up, defeats will follow them. Manish Pandey single handedly helped the defeat of Pune warriors with his pathetic batting with 22 ball 18 runs. Almost 4 overs out of 20 overs match. Being a great fan of Pune warriors and Yuvi, I prayed for him to get out but he stayed for 22 balls and made sure they don't win as I wonder what he was thinking while at the crease. Very good for Indian Cricket that he and Uthappa are not in the Indian Team. Uthappa not timing the ball in a batting friendly wicket is something strange. Without Yuvi and Raider no Pune warriors.

  • on April 30, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    I wonder how danger is Gayle.. Love his batting n Hitting sixes without moving 4m the crease, Kholi was Hilarious and he deserve Orange CAP.

  • SSB1972 on May 2, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I do not understand what yuvraj is looking in Murali Kartik, he is no more strike bowler. Rahul Sharma kept on turning fortunes in Pune's way and Murali Kartik kept on doing opposite. YUVI Get RID of MURALI KARTIK......give chance to some one new.

  • on May 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Chris Gayle's inclusion has been key to RCB's turnaround in fortunes and has covered up for Tillekeratne Dilshan's horrible run of form.He is not only an explosive batsman but is more than a handy off-break bowler as he showed when he bowled the penultimate over of the innings.RCB's show of faith in Virat Kohli also has paid off and he is showing once again why he is so highly rated among his peers.It's upto Virat now to stay grounded and keep scoring the runs which have made him a household name in Indian cricket.

  • on May 1, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    i think that gayle should get the man of the match .kohli had only 18 runs more than gayle thats all .gayle got 49 .1 wicket and two over for 8 come on people

  • analyseabhishek on April 30, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Chris Gayle has seriously rejuvenated the RCB! They now have one more bowler, a frighteningly explosive opener and a guy who makes others also relax and enjoy a bit, as it looks!

  • GEEPY on April 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Dr. Mallya selection of the team composition has started giving its true colour now. RCB fortunes changed after Super Gayle joining the team. Hope this will continue and lift the team to the eluded pinacle two years back. Go RCB , Best of luck!! for future endevours.

  • on April 30, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    yesterday was all royals day even in cricket,gayle not doing too much he just enjoying cricket

  • anshu.s on April 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Hi Shamshudin Manish Pandey is one of the most promising player in India...he is jst out of form but i agree with you on Tim Paine n Yuvi n Robin could come up in batting order

  • harshacc on April 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Some men are good players but bad captains.Yuvi is one such guy.I know that there are some days that nothing can go your ways.Yuvi has seen more bad days than anyone starting from Season 2 of IPL as a captain.No doubt Kohli and Gayle played brilliantly but considering the target Yuvi should have come in at No 3 and Uthappa at 4.Ryder would also have played his natural game.Dunno if it is Marsh or Yuvi but they need to put their thinking caps on

  • on April 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    As long as Pune has Manish Pandey and Minhas in their line up, defeats will follow them. Manish Pandey single handedly helped the defeat of Pune warriors with his pathetic batting with 22 ball 18 runs. Almost 4 overs out of 20 overs match. Being a great fan of Pune warriors and Yuvi, I prayed for him to get out but he stayed for 22 balls and made sure they don't win as I wonder what he was thinking while at the crease. Very good for Indian Cricket that he and Uthappa are not in the Indian Team. Uthappa not timing the ball in a batting friendly wicket is something strange. Without Yuvi and Raider no Pune warriors.

  • on April 30, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    I wonder how danger is Gayle.. Love his batting n Hitting sixes without moving 4m the crease, Kholi was Hilarious and he deserve Orange CAP.

  • R8omanch4 on April 30, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    I think gayle should be awarded by Man of the Match, his 49 runs inning in just 26 balls was better then kohli's 67 runs inning in 42 balls, and gayle's 2 over for only 8 runs with 1 wicket of manhas was also very important....

  • BULTY on April 30, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    With the shifting of Dravid, Vinay, Pandey and other key foreign players like Kallis, Taylor, I had stopped following RCB for sometime. But a storm did come in favour of RCB and that too a "Gayle" storm and RCB seems to have made the turn around. All the three matches Gayle has played so far, were positive results for RCB with superb contributions from him. With Virat Kohli clicking in almost every match, the two make a awesome combination. Yuvraj was left clueless y'day. He appears for gaping for breath at times and needs a rest for a match or two. This IPL has evened out in terms of competition among the teams and that has raised the level of performance from all players, young, old, senior, junior, foreign, Indian without exception. It's really hotting up and we spectators are left guessing as to who will ultimately make the top four. Tussle between bat & ball is even now and there is less of glamour & more of cricket in IPL4;that's good.

  • on April 30, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Kolhi made a beautiful half senctury. keep it up huh!!

  • on April 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Since Gayle's first game century, I have been wondering if RCB are going to lose a game at all. And the toss winning Yuvi invites the wolf into his parlor when he has only a muddled plan for the chase; more hope than intent.

  • on April 30, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    RCB, with murderous Gayle and a marauding Kohli deserved the win. One could say Pune could have planned the chase better by delaying Paine and promoting Yuvi and Uthappa. Dropping N. McCullum for Paine was ill judged. Kamran misfired badly.

    Gayle received a poor LBW on 49 and in a mood to sweep away the game.

    I do not think Yuvi is ever going to enjoy being in the hot seat.

  • sammykent on April 29, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Well put cking. If Pune want to win they need explosive batsmen at the top. Yuvraj and Ryder should open with Utthapa at 3. There are plenty of capable batsmen to work up a defendable total if they fail.

  • SRT_GENIUS on April 29, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Fastest Indian bowlers: 1. Ishant Sharma 2. Aaron whatisisname 3. Umesh Yadav 4. Kamran Khan 5. Sreesanth. 6. RP Singh. Did I miss anyone ?

  • on April 29, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Kohli, Gayle, Dilshan -to the world keep it up entertaining OH hope Pollard getting the experience and improving his skills for the West Indies :)

  • crichype on April 29, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    I guess wrong selection. Gayle Smashed Kamran all over the place. Paine could not play RCB's seamers. Hope PWI comes strong for future Games.....

  • on April 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Awesome hitting by Gayle & Kohli. They also looked to be having fun with eachother in the field indulging in an elaborate celebration once or twice !

    From the interviews with Gayle & de Villiers it's also apparent that the team spirit within the group is excellent and RCB looks certain for a top 4 finish.

    Pune needs Yuvraj to bat at # 3 or # 4 as he is leaving himself far too much to do at the moment. Graeme Smith's return and leadership qualities have been missed as well.

  • adithya.siva on April 29, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    kohli was so good in this match! keep it up, mate!

  • NCassie on April 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Well done Gayle I wish you were playing back home though with the WI team, we miss your har dhitting as the WI team need alot of it as they play for pride back home 3-0 with 2 more ODI's to go.

  • skn005 on April 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    wow... for a such an awesome batsmen, yuvi does suck at being a captain....!!!1 no wonder he was passed over for dhoni for the indian captaincy few years back.....

  • philibert on April 29, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Chris gayle was a brilliant addition to the team because with is super hitting alow other batsmen to play there nature game. I think he is the best purchase in the IPL!

  • Dreama on April 29, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    WICB got rid of Chris Gayle but RCB has a three game winning streak since he began to play for them. What a difference a solid player makes even if he is self sufficient in nature.

  • cking on April 29, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    What part Geoff Marsh (Pune Coach) does not understand that his team revolves around Ryder, Yuvraj and Uthapa so play to your strength and give them more time to spend on wicket and dont let this run rate climb so high.

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  • cking on April 29, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    What part Geoff Marsh (Pune Coach) does not understand that his team revolves around Ryder, Yuvraj and Uthapa so play to your strength and give them more time to spend on wicket and dont let this run rate climb so high.

  • Dreama on April 29, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    WICB got rid of Chris Gayle but RCB has a three game winning streak since he began to play for them. What a difference a solid player makes even if he is self sufficient in nature.

  • philibert on April 29, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Chris gayle was a brilliant addition to the team because with is super hitting alow other batsmen to play there nature game. I think he is the best purchase in the IPL!

  • skn005 on April 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    wow... for a such an awesome batsmen, yuvi does suck at being a captain....!!!1 no wonder he was passed over for dhoni for the indian captaincy few years back.....

  • NCassie on April 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Well done Gayle I wish you were playing back home though with the WI team, we miss your har dhitting as the WI team need alot of it as they play for pride back home 3-0 with 2 more ODI's to go.

  • adithya.siva on April 29, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    kohli was so good in this match! keep it up, mate!

  • on April 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Awesome hitting by Gayle & Kohli. They also looked to be having fun with eachother in the field indulging in an elaborate celebration once or twice !

    From the interviews with Gayle & de Villiers it's also apparent that the team spirit within the group is excellent and RCB looks certain for a top 4 finish.

    Pune needs Yuvraj to bat at # 3 or # 4 as he is leaving himself far too much to do at the moment. Graeme Smith's return and leadership qualities have been missed as well.

  • crichype on April 29, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    I guess wrong selection. Gayle Smashed Kamran all over the place. Paine could not play RCB's seamers. Hope PWI comes strong for future Games.....

  • on April 29, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Kohli, Gayle, Dilshan -to the world keep it up entertaining OH hope Pollard getting the experience and improving his skills for the West Indies :)

  • SRT_GENIUS on April 29, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Fastest Indian bowlers: 1. Ishant Sharma 2. Aaron whatisisname 3. Umesh Yadav 4. Kamran Khan 5. Sreesanth. 6. RP Singh. Did I miss anyone ?