Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kochi Tuskers, IPL 2011, Bangalore May 8, 2011

Brilliant Bangalore demolish Kochi

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 128 for 1 (Dilshan 52*, Gayle 44) beat Kochi Tuskers Kerala 125 for 9 (Aravind 2-20, Vettori 2-24) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If you aren't a fan of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, there's good news and bad news. The good news first: Tillakaratne Dilshan has found form late, and will not unleash any more violence in the IPL, since he is headed to England. The bad news is that Chris Gayle is in such form that you probably wouldn't notice Dilshan's absence. And then there is worse news - Bangalore are fielding like a team possessed. The hapless Kochi Tuskers Kerala ran into each of these facets of Bangalore's brilliance, and were brushed away by nine wickets, with 6.5 overs to spare.

On a day when their franchise went green, Gayle and Dilshan did more than their bit for the environment, setting up a finish before the floodlights took full effect. Gayle began the mayhem by depositing RP Singh into the second tier behind long-off in the first over. Dilshan responded by looting 20 runs off Ramesh Powar in the second over. What followed was not for children and the faint-hearted.

At the start of Prasanth Parameswaran's over, if you had stopped him and said he was going to do worse than concede six sixes, he would have laughed it off. After all, he was a man who had stared Virender Sehwag in the face and nailed him in his first IPL over. Today was a different day, though.

Parameswaran chugged in and delivered a length ball first up, and Gayle carved it over point for a six. Parameswaran did not flinch; Sehwag had done likewise the other day before perishing. Today, Parameswaran's second ball was a slower ball. Bad idea. Worse, it was a no-ball. Gayle slashed him for six more. The free-hit was thumped through midwicket. The next ball was thundered through the covers. By now, Parameswaran was clearly rattled, and he ran in robotically to delivery two more length balls. Six over cover, followed by a shimmy down the track and a 91 metre six over long-off. The last ball was a high full toss, and Gayle inside-edged for four more. The over had gone for 37, and Parameswaran had a story his grandchildren would ask him to relate years from now. Kochi, meanwhile were looking for an early flight out. Dilshan ensured they would have enough time to beat the Bangalore traffic and make it to the airport in time.

Incredibly, Bangalore were just as clinical on the field. Daniel Vettori made masterly bowling changes on a sluggish track. He came on after his fast bowlers had allowed Kochi to get off to a good start, and stalled them with two huge wickets. His fielders - from the usually nimble AB de Villiers, to the rarely agile Zaheer Khan - responded with brilliance, and Kochi lurched from 64 for 1 in eight overs to 89 for 5 in 14, before finishing on 125 for 9.

Kochi's problems began with Brendon McCullum's inability to adapt to the slowness of the strip, though Michael Klinger's smart footwork got them early boundaries. Vettori switched to Plan B after four overs, bringing Gayle and himself on. McCullum charged Gayle for two fours, but Vettori lulled him into an awry swipe with a smart variation in length.

Parthiv Patel kept looking for boundaries, and Kochi had managed at least one in each of the first eight overs. The party was about to end though: Bangalore struck in each of the next three overs. Klinger yorked himself by charging out to Gayle, before Vettori cracked the game open by getting Mahela Jayawardene to edge behind. Bangalore's fielding then took centre-stage.

Brad Hodge nudged his first ball behind point and took off for a non-existent single. Parthiv responded before pulling out of the run, and was soon running alongside Hodge towards the bowler's end. AB de Villiers pouched the wide throw on the dive with his left glove and, not knowing that both batsmen were stranded close to the other end, threw down the stumps in one smooth, graceful motion as he tumbled.

Three overs later, Zaheer bettered the effort: Hodge whipped S Aravind off the hips and the ball was hurtling towards the boundary when Zaheer jumped up full length and intercepted with one hand at short fine leg. Kochi were visibly stunned, and never looked like recovering. Bangalore's fielding kept bettering itself right up to the last over, when Mohammad Kaif took a brilliant catch running forward, and de Villiers slung-shot another run-out. What followed after the break was just plain cartoonish violence.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 11, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    all the best to RCB for todays most important match against RR.

  • Mr.CHAMP on May 9, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    THE GREEN COLOR HAS REALLY HELPED THE ROYA CHALLENGERS ALOT.BECAUSE OS THIS LIGHT GREEN COLOR,THE OPPOSITION BATTING TEAM CAN NOT EASILY IDENTIFY THE FIELDERS IN THE 'GREEN' GRASS.SO GOOD JOB MALLYAS,IN THE NAME OF ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE CONFUSING THE OPPONENTS AND NO NEED TO DO ANY TRICKS IN THE BATTING SIDE COZ ONLY GAYLE IS ENOUGH.

  • fajju.fajju on May 9, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    GAYLE vs SHANE WARNE AND TAIT Would Be Very Very Interesting

  • philibert on May 9, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    @ Rakudubai you are talking crop!!!! If that is the case why arent the other batsmen not doing the same!!

  • gyro555in on May 9, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Poor PP..got whacked for 37 runs..Gayle made him pee is his pants..

  • Valavan on May 9, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Most of them who are her either wondering about gayles form, look back at 2002, it was gayle who demolished India in India in 7 odi series, Probably those sour grapes who doubt his calibre, will shut their mouths when they see the headline in CRICINFO GAYLE STORM BLOWS MUMBAI OUT IN THE QUALIFIER 2.

  • on May 9, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Chris Gayle batting has been awesome. But believe me this hitting will not continue for a long time as he is not a very consistent performer. This is his basic problem and again he has hit only in Bangalore. Lets wait and see. But it is a treat to watch him bat.

  • MKLNarayan on May 9, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Vinay bowled Gayle with Malinga's action. Not sure how Gayle would fare when he faces Malinga himself :)

  • on May 9, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Definitely Gayle is only second to Sanath Jayasuriya when it comes to brutal power hitting. We really enjoyed watching gale storm. Credit should also goto Dilshan for his wonderful 50. When Dili is on song and Gayle is going mad at the bowlers like that I feel RCB have produced the most disastrous demolishing opening pair in the history of world cricket.

  • Rakudubai on May 9, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    With due respect to Gayle, we cannot judge batsmen who are demolishing such weak bowling attacks. the main drawback of IPL is poor bowling line-ups.. tahts why teams are posting such huge totals and batsmen getting 100s twice! it explains.. IPL shows the true quality of a bowler, rather than a batsman..Gayle is a good batsman..but not great or terriffic bcos he has done little good to his WI team, as much as Gilly/Sehwag/Sanath, etc have done to their respective teams...

  • on May 11, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    all the best to RCB for todays most important match against RR.

  • Mr.CHAMP on May 9, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    THE GREEN COLOR HAS REALLY HELPED THE ROYA CHALLENGERS ALOT.BECAUSE OS THIS LIGHT GREEN COLOR,THE OPPOSITION BATTING TEAM CAN NOT EASILY IDENTIFY THE FIELDERS IN THE 'GREEN' GRASS.SO GOOD JOB MALLYAS,IN THE NAME OF ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE CONFUSING THE OPPONENTS AND NO NEED TO DO ANY TRICKS IN THE BATTING SIDE COZ ONLY GAYLE IS ENOUGH.

  • fajju.fajju on May 9, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    GAYLE vs SHANE WARNE AND TAIT Would Be Very Very Interesting

  • philibert on May 9, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    @ Rakudubai you are talking crop!!!! If that is the case why arent the other batsmen not doing the same!!

  • gyro555in on May 9, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Poor PP..got whacked for 37 runs..Gayle made him pee is his pants..

  • Valavan on May 9, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Most of them who are her either wondering about gayles form, look back at 2002, it was gayle who demolished India in India in 7 odi series, Probably those sour grapes who doubt his calibre, will shut their mouths when they see the headline in CRICINFO GAYLE STORM BLOWS MUMBAI OUT IN THE QUALIFIER 2.

  • on May 9, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Chris Gayle batting has been awesome. But believe me this hitting will not continue for a long time as he is not a very consistent performer. This is his basic problem and again he has hit only in Bangalore. Lets wait and see. But it is a treat to watch him bat.

  • MKLNarayan on May 9, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Vinay bowled Gayle with Malinga's action. Not sure how Gayle would fare when he faces Malinga himself :)

  • on May 9, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Definitely Gayle is only second to Sanath Jayasuriya when it comes to brutal power hitting. We really enjoyed watching gale storm. Credit should also goto Dilshan for his wonderful 50. When Dili is on song and Gayle is going mad at the bowlers like that I feel RCB have produced the most disastrous demolishing opening pair in the history of world cricket.

  • Rakudubai on May 9, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    With due respect to Gayle, we cannot judge batsmen who are demolishing such weak bowling attacks. the main drawback of IPL is poor bowling line-ups.. tahts why teams are posting such huge totals and batsmen getting 100s twice! it explains.. IPL shows the true quality of a bowler, rather than a batsman..Gayle is a good batsman..but not great or terriffic bcos he has done little good to his WI team, as much as Gilly/Sehwag/Sanath, etc have done to their respective teams...

  • on May 9, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    just awesome, would watch the replays again and again.

  • on May 9, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Congrats Chris !! You are making your Caribbean supporters proud , keep it up , Rasta .

  • xylo on May 8, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Gayle vs Malinga could be a treat to watch. If Bangalore gets to bat first and Gayle is successful against Malinga, it would bring the famed batting order that chokes when chasing into the spotlight.

  • on May 8, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    y was'nt he bought in d first place? he seems way more valuable than pollard or yosuf patan put together an they went for millions

  • on May 8, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Mumbai royals is best team.

  • raghu1122000 on May 8, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    everyone is so much in awe of this chris gayle hitting they are forgetting bangalore has not only other quality players in AB and Virat but also incresed their game multiple folds, be it fielding and bowling.. All of which contributed to the win. I am really looking forward to bangalore vs Mumbai/ bangalore vs chennai

  • MeowCat on May 8, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I actually enjoyed watching someone bat! That was veryyyyyyy nice and fast paced,just what you need from T20

  • on May 8, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Well Done Bangalore! And hats off to Cris. He must have been going after the fastest IPL fifty or he may have been in a hurry to get home given that he only went to sleep at 6am! Great to see him enjoying his game. My favourite teams are now Mumbai, and the two Royals, Rajistan and Bangalore. Hoping these three make it to the semi finals. But its Mumbai all the way!!!!!!

  • RockyAnIndianFan on May 8, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    There is no other Batsman like Gayle with such a brutal power. He is Kings of Hitters.

  • vatsa13 on May 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    after watching GAYLE's power hitting, i'm speechless, Parameswaran poor guy went for 37 runs in one over, now bowlers have FEAR OF GAYLE, FEAR OF RCB...

  • on May 8, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    gayle makes th pitch report luk as insignificant as th bowlers he faces!

  • gouthamkotera on May 8, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    4 more victories and RCB will be heading to Mumbai to take them on in the first qualifier. what a game that will be with Malinga, the only bowler who looks like stopping the Gayle Storm, trying to ensure Mumbai doesnt go thru the mayhem other teams are put thru now, if not, expect bloodshed at Wankhede's short boundaries. "H(G)ail RCB".

  • Dani27 on May 8, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Dilshan he been in bad form!!So this match he did his best to get his wonderful 58 and i think he will do his best in few matches

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I am yet to see a batsman or bowler who is enjoying himself more playing in the IPL than Gayle. The chap seem like he has broken a jail.

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    lol..hahaha ..I ENJOY WATCHING GAYLE BAT THAN WATCHING WEST INDIES LOSS OR WIN .........JAMICAN POWER YUH DONE NO !!

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    My assertion that it was difficult for RCB to lose ever since Gayle joined up still stands. Gayle is a massive asset in this format.

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Damn. Such awesomeness.. almost looks criminal!

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    no words what a brutal innings from the jamaican

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Gale could hav done all this for WI if not for a lapse of communication

  • Farce-Follower on May 8, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    What a pity that Dilshan would have to leave just as he was beginning to enjoy the party. Vijay Mallya has surely turned it around with some smart moves.

  • on May 8, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    This is awesome performance by RCB. Jai Ho Gayle

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  • on May 8, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    This is awesome performance by RCB. Jai Ho Gayle

  • Farce-Follower on May 8, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    What a pity that Dilshan would have to leave just as he was beginning to enjoy the party. Vijay Mallya has surely turned it around with some smart moves.

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Gale could hav done all this for WI if not for a lapse of communication

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    no words what a brutal innings from the jamaican

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Damn. Such awesomeness.. almost looks criminal!

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    My assertion that it was difficult for RCB to lose ever since Gayle joined up still stands. Gayle is a massive asset in this format.

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    lol..hahaha ..I ENJOY WATCHING GAYLE BAT THAN WATCHING WEST INDIES LOSS OR WIN .........JAMICAN POWER YUH DONE NO !!

  • on May 8, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I am yet to see a batsman or bowler who is enjoying himself more playing in the IPL than Gayle. The chap seem like he has broken a jail.

  • Dani27 on May 8, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Dilshan he been in bad form!!So this match he did his best to get his wonderful 58 and i think he will do his best in few matches

  • gouthamkotera on May 8, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    4 more victories and RCB will be heading to Mumbai to take them on in the first qualifier. what a game that will be with Malinga, the only bowler who looks like stopping the Gayle Storm, trying to ensure Mumbai doesnt go thru the mayhem other teams are put thru now, if not, expect bloodshed at Wankhede's short boundaries. "H(G)ail RCB".