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

Kohli, Gayle star as Bangalore sink Pune


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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  • sanjay 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Abhishek 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!

  • Guru 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 8:39 GMT

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

  • Jayaesh 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

  • harsha 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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