Punjab v Bangalore, IPL 2011, Dharamsala May 17, 2011

Punjab turn the tables on Gayle

Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dharamsala

The deception
Johan van der Wath bowled a beauty to Paul Valthaty off the first ball of the day, hardly an indication that a punishment was in store. It landed on leg stump and zipped away to beat the outside edge. Some swing, some movement, encouragement for the bowlers, or so we thought.

The warm-up
Adam Gilchrist had been quiet the first six overs. Several attempts to glance the ball fine had resulted in leg-byes, a few deliveries were mistimed and he appeared more at ease, ceding floor to his opening partner. But we first got a sign of what was to come in the seventh over, when a short one from Abhimanyu Mithun disappeared into the stands behind deep square leg. It was Gilchrist's 100th six in Twenty20 cricket, and was just the beginning of the end for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sweet victory
Such has been his form this season, not many would have ruled out Bangalore's chances even in a chase of 233. Kings XI Punjab had succumbed to Chris Gayle's hurricane century when they last played Bangalore, but would have felt they had turned the tables when he failed to make contact with a single delivery in the first over of the chase against Praveen Kumar. He played and missed four deliveries and left two alone in a maiden over, and the first ball he did connect, he edged to be caught brilliantly by Gilchrist. A seven-ball duck and the result, despite Bangalore's batting line-up, seemed a foregone conclusion.

The hat-trick
Three different deliveries, but the result was the same. Charl Langeveldt varied his lengths thrice in as many balls, but his helplessness was apparent when each of them disappeared for sixes. The first one was a slower ball pitched up; smashed over long-off. The second, a waist high full toss; hammered over deep midwicket. And the third, a short ball on middle; pulled away over square leg. Virat Kohli was speechless, Langeveldt deflated and Gilchrist celebrated their misery by raising the bat for his half-century.

The nightmare
Shaun Marsh matched Gilchrist shot for shot, and left van der Wath scarred with a ruthless onslaught in his second spell, crushing any hopes Kohli had reposed in his seamer to contain the Australian pair. It was poor on the part of van der Wath to dole out length deliveries but Marsh ensured he was unforgiving in his treatment. A six over long-off, three consecutive drives through extra cover for four, a short ball pulled over the midwicket fence and to cap it all, a perfect, lofted straight six in an over that fetched 30.

The threat
It had rained prior to the match and it rained during its course. Right after Marsh had feasted on van der Wath, the rain picked up, threatening to ruin the flow of one of the most dominating displays this IPL. The umpires consulted, and called for the covers and just as the groundsmen ran in, almost as if it was out of pity for the packed house, the rain relented and the umpires changed their decision in a matter of seconds.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Shaun Marsh strokes are sexiest in present cricket. Why no mention about his game in these comments ? Haa, his straight hits are awesome and awesome to watch.

  • Anver on May 19, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    We all expected another Gayle-Force but unexpectedly a Gilly-Force dominated the match. Scored a whirlwind century filled with 9 sixes, then took a stunning catch to dismiss Gayle for a duck. I wonder this may be first instance that a player had won all 3 awards presented in a IPL game.......(Highest sixes/KK Catch/MOM) Certainly it was Gilly's day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    @valavan (chola), Gilly was only part of great Australian team which won 3 times Consecutively. There were many other great players in that Aussie team. Do you know how DC qualified to SF in IPL 2009? they were just waiting for CSK to defeat KXIP. Gilly lucky enough that time that CSK defeated KXIP. I accept Gilly is great and big match player, but Gilly alone cannot win match against quality sides like CSK, MI

  • Valavan on May 18, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    all MI fans, are peeing coz of gayle force

  • Valavan on May 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    @gobi thondaiman, Gilly is 3 times world champion and dhoni just once. Gilly done it for DC as CSK. so if you support just support. OK check history gilly hammaered pak, ind and SL in consecutive wcs

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @rahulcricindia, Mind some reading of newspapers/news sites before commenting? Gayle was not picked for the WI squad and that's how he became available for RCB. Since he is doing well, you're calling him selfish - there's Malinga who excuses from test cricket to play in lucrative T20 and that's God knows what according to you. Be fair...

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    @valavan , in ipl any team can defeat any team in any given day . similarly anybody can perform anyday , but the think is that people like GAYLE , ROHIT SHARMA etc are not dependable like ms dhoni or malinga . players like gayle , sharma etc can let their team down when their team needed them the most

  • Simeon on May 18, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I'm going to listen to the roses county championship match. Lancy I am. This is about 1000000000000 times more interesting than this self absorbed drivel called "the money IPL." You want to kill cricket. Well carry on because you are.

  • Simeon on May 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    This is not cricket. This is disgusting. Anybody can swing and hit every now and again. Where is the Gilchrist who found the gaps in test cricket like a young Viv Richards. Well he retired and he should stay there because this is boring.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Gayle Gilly cant do anything against CSK. CSK(in IPL) & INDIA (in WC) : 4 time semifinalist, 3 time Finalist, 2 Time Champions.

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