Indian Premier League - 35th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 26 runs

Ryder and Paine to open

0.1

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, Zak starts with a fullish ball outside off, pushed towards extra cover

0.2

Khan to Paine, no run, that looked like a textbook off drive, except he except Paine couldn't get bat on it

0.3

Khan to Paine, 1 run, on the pads, seams in a touch, helped towards fine leg

0.4

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, jabbed towards deep backward point

0.5

Khan to Paine, 1 wide, starts outside off and carries on further with the angle, too far away from the stumps

0.5

Khan to Paine, no run, short of length ball jags away from the outside edge, Paine prods at it and misses

0.6

Khan to Paine, 1 run, short of length ball on the legstump, Paine waltzes down the track, hit on the thigh pad, the ball rolls to square leg

End of over 1 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 5/0 (177 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.31)
TD Paine    2* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-5-0
JD Ryder    2* (2b)     

1.1

Aravind to Paine, 1 wide, Aravind starts with a wide outside off

1.1

Aravind to Paine, 1 wide, again he sprays it much too far outside off

1.1

Aravind to Paine, no run, on target this time, a length ball on middle, defended down the track

1.2

Aravind to Paine, no run, length ball on middle and leg, mistimed back towards the bowler

1.3

Aravind to Paine, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, whipped towards square leg

1.4

Aravind to Ryder, no run, fullish and on offstump, punched back to the bowler

1.5

Aravind to Ryder, FOUR, poor delivery from Aravind, sliding down the leg side, easily helped past short fine leg for four

1.6

Aravind to Ryder, 1 run, whacked towards wide mid-on for a single

Hemu: "To everyone complaining about the lack of local flavour in the teams.Did you notice that there is lack of local talent amongst the cheerleaders as well.Double standards huh."

End of over 2 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 13/0 (169 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.38)
JD Ryder    7* (5b 1x4)      S Aravind    1-0-8-0
TD Paine    3* (7b)      Z Khan    1-0-5-0

2.1

Khan to Ryder, SIX, outside edges flying for six here, short of length ball curves away from Ryder, who wanted to send the ball flying over long-on, thick outside edge flies over third man

2.2

Khan to Ryder, no run, lovely delivery from Zak, jags away after pitching just outside off, Ryder is beaten

2.3

Khan to Ryder, 2 runs, on legstump this time, helped along to fine leg, where a sharp bit of fielding keeps the ball from bounding over the boundary

2.4

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder is timing is brilliantly here, this time he hoicks a shortish ball from Zak over long-on for four

2.5

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, worked towards the leg side for a single

2.6

Khan to Paine, 1 run, length ball angling across, Paine guides the ball towards third man for a single to end the over

End of over 3 (14 runs) Pune Warriors 27/0 (155 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 9.11)
TD Paine    4* (8b)      Z Khan    2-0-19-0
JD Ryder    20* (10b 2x4 1x6)      S Aravind    1-0-8-0

3.1

Aravind to Paine, no run, short of length ball flies over the top of middle stump as Paine backs away and looks to slap the ball to point

3.2

Aravind to Paine, no run, short of length ball that Paine wanted to smash to deep midwicket, he misses, keeper thinks there was a bottom edge, umpire doesn't

3.3

Aravind to Paine, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, whipped towards mid-on where Mithun makes a diving stop

3.4

Aravind to Ryder, 1 run, Aravind falls over after delivering the ball, which Ryder defends to the bowler's left and ambles a single

3.5

Aravind to Paine, 1 run, moves across the stumps, cramped by the middle and leg line, that was short of length, defended to square leg

3.6

Aravind to Ryder, no run, well outside off, shortish again, Ryder skips towards leg and looks to flatbat the ball, bottom edges it towards the bowler

End of over 4 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 30/0 (152 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 9.50)
JD Ryder    21* (12b 2x4 1x6)      S Aravind    2-0-11-0
TD Paine    6* (12b)      Z Khan    2-0-19-0

Abhimanyu Mithun into the attack, He has one wide slip

4.1

Mithun to Paine, 1 run, starts with a short ball outside off, again the batsman bottom-edges the ball towards the bowler

4.2

Mithun to Ryder, 1 run, shortish on legstump, a short arm jab sends the ball to deep backward square leg

4.3

Mithun to Paine, no run, horribly mistimed, Piane looks to smash a shortish ball through off, the ball bounces several times before it reaches mid-off

4.4

Mithun to Paine, 1 run, Mithun keeps it short of length, just outside off, dabbed towards backward point

4.5

Mithun to Ryder, 1 run, on legstump, whipped towards Gayle at midwicket, a direct hit would have made it interesting as the batsmen scrambled a single

4.6

Mithun to Paine, 1 leg bye, a good over from Mithun to start, Paine looks to work the ball to the leg side, off the body towards cover

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 35/0 (147 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 9.80)
TD Paine    8* (16b)      A Mithun    1-0-4-0
JD Ryder    23* (14b 2x4 1x6)      S Aravind    2-0-11-0

5.1

Aravind to Paine, OUT, Paine's torture is over, he swings a short ball to short fine leg, it was just over waist high on legstump, Paine could have slammed that anywhere on the leg side, instead he picks out short fine

TD Paine c Vettori b Aravind 8 (17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Ojas: "Can't really comprehend the PWI management's techniques. Right from Nathan Mcculum being dropped in the last match to Yuvraj/Uthappa coming in the lower order and now Paine's selection. Was never a fan of Yuraj's captaincy, this doesn't help his case."

Manish Pandey comes out to play in front of his home crowd

5.2

Aravind to Pandey, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nudged behind square leg

5.3

Aravind to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, Ryder slaps the ball towards cover

5.4

Aravind to Ryder, no run, a big swipe from Ryder, no contact and the ball sails harmlessly past the offstump

5.5

Aravind to Ryder, FOUR, length ball outside off, Ryder looking to drive through the off, gets the outside edge wide enough to beat the keeper and fine enough to beat short third man, four more

5.6

Aravind to Ryder, 2 runs, length ball on middle,. Ryder comes down the track and taps the ball back to the bowler, there was no room for him to swing the arms there

End of over 6 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 42/1 (140 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.00)
JD Ryder    29* (18b 3x4 1x6)      S Aravind    3-0-18-1
MK Pandey    1* (1b)      A Mithun    1-0-4-0

6.1

Mithun to Pandey, no run, length ball speared into off, defended back down the pitch

6.2

Mithun to Pandey, no run, shorter this time, on middle and off, Pandey pokes the ball towards point, Rydere wants one, Pandey doesn't, Ryder has to turn back, scramble and dive to get back

6.3

Mithun to Pandey, no run, 139kmh delivery outside off, jags away a touch to beat the outside edge of Pandey's bat, looking to drive that one through off

6.4

Mithun to Pandey, 1 run, short ball, pulled by Pandey, loops towards deep midwicket, reaches the fielder on the bouncer

6.5

Mithun to Ryder, 1 run, length ball on offstump, Ryder shuffles across and whips the ball to deep backward square leg

6.6

Mithun to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey wants to scythe this over through the covers, gets a thick edge and the ball flies towards sweeper cover

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 45/1 (137 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 10.53)
MK Pandey    3* (6b)      A Mithun    2-0-7-0
JD Ryder    30* (19b 3x4 1x6)      S Aravind    3-0-18-1

7.1

Vettori to Pandey, 1 run, Vettori starts with a short ball, it turns away a touch, Pandey plays it back to the bowler

7.2

Vettori to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder tucks this off his pads towards square leg

7.3

Vettori to Pandey, FOUR, Pandey gets Pune a much-needed boundary, he slugs the ball towards deep midwicket, where Syed dives to get a hand on the ball but can't stop it from trickling over

7.4

Vettori to Pandey, 1 run, chopped towards point for a single

7.5

Vettori to Ryder, 1 run, 'Catch,' was the desperate cry from Vettori as Ryder carved the ball towards deep point

7.6

Vettori to Pandey, no run, dabbed towards cover by Pandey

Aditya: "How badly are Warriors missing Angelo Mathews?"

End of over 8 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 53/1 (129 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 10.75)
MK Pandey    9* (10b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-8-0
JD Ryder    32* (21b 3x4 1x6)      A Mithun    2-0-7-0

Gayle into the attack. Pune need someone to bat like Gayle if they are to makea match of this

8.1

Gayle to Ryder, 2 runs, fired in full, on legstump, Ryder skips away and works the ball to sweeper cover, and steals a couple

8.2

Gayle to Ryder, 1 run, on the pads, tapped towards midwicket, Kohli charges in and fires in the throw to keep the batsmen to a single

Nick: "Chasing high score of 182, can someone explain me why "in-form" players worth 1.8M & 2.1M are still in dugout while Paine & Pandey are eating balls." Yes, this asking rate is becoming worrying high now

8.3

Gayle to Pandey, 1 run, a low full toss on offstump, thumped towards mid-off

8.4

Gayle to Ryder, 1 run, another low full toss, Ryder can't get it past extra cover

8.5

Gayle to Pandey, 1 run, punched down the ground for a single

8.6

Gayle to Ryder, 1 run, innovative from Ryder, jumps across the stumps and tips a legstump ball fine, couldn't beat the man at short fine though

Aseem: "PWI is in dire need of an exceptional and inspirational performance from one of its players to break this loosing streak and who can be a better candidate than Yuvi,MOS World cup'11."

Karan: "@Aditya... not too badly when they still have Ferguson without a game!"

End of over 9 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 60/1 (122 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 11.09)
JD Ryder    37* (25b 3x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0
MK Pandey    11* (12b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-8-0

The time-out is done with. Pune need a new approach to make a match of this.

9.1

Vettori to Ryder, 1 run, length ball fired in towards leg, tapped towards mid-on

9.2

Vettori to Pandey, no run, short of length and outside off, Pandey dabs the ball towards point, there's confusion whether to take a run, Pandey dives back to make his ground

9.3

Vettori to Pandey, no run, once more Pandey makes room and chops the ball but can't beat Dilshan at backward point

9.4

Vettori to Pandey, no run, gets on one knee and powers that one to midwicket, Gayle fields that one well, just a single off the over so far, what are Pune doing?

9.5

Vettori to Pandey, 1 run, carved towards sweeper cover for a single, superb over from Vettori

9.6

Vettori to Ryder, 1 run, full and just outside off, punched to mid-off

63 for 1 in 10 overs chasing 182? Are they giving the first hour to the bowlers, like good Test batsmen?

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 63/1 (119 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.30, RRR: 11.90)
JD Ryder    39* (27b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-11-0
MK Pandey    12* (16b 1x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-7-0

10.1

Mithun to Ryder, 1 run, Pune just can't find the boundary, short ball on legstump, Ryder had scuttled across,can't place it fine enough to beat fine leg

10.2

Mithun to Pandey, 1 run, horribly mistimed by Pandey, who is looking badly out of touch, a shortish ball is flat batted past the bowler

10.3

Mithun to Ryder, SIX, that's more of what Pune need, Ryder raises the front leg as he swivels and pulls a shortish ball for six over square leg

10.4

Mithun to Ryder, no run, extra bounce from Mithun, beats Ryder outside off

10.5

Mithun to Ryder, FOUR, whips another short ball down to fine leg, this time he does beat the fielder, gets four to bring up his half-century

10.6

Mithun to Ryder, 1 leg bye, off the thigh pad towards fine leg

End of over 11 (13 runs) Pune Warriors 76/1 (106 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 11.77)
JD Ryder    50* (32b 4x4 2x6)      A Mithun    3-0-19-0
MK Pandey    13* (17b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-11-0

11.1

Syed Mohammad to Ryder, 1 run, full ball to start from Syed, Ryder whips it to midwicket for a single

11.2

Syed Mohammad to Pandey, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, past the pads for a wide

11.2

Syed Mohammad to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey's troubles continues, he tries to swing the ball to midwicket, botom-edges it past the keeper

11.3

Syed Mohammad to Ryder, OUT, the end of Ryder, Syed strikes, the big runs were needed, Ryder tried to get that by clearing midwicket, he doesn't get hold of the ball, Mohammad Kaif lies it wait at the midwicket boundary

JD Ryder c Kaif b Syed Mohammad 51 (34b 4x4 2x6) SR: 150.00

Yuvraj Singh in the middle

11.4

Syed Mohammad to Pandey, no run, darted into the pads, Pandey can't get it away, off the pads towards the leg side

11.5

Syed Mohammad to Pandey, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, length ball just outside off, hurries on to Pandey, who can't connect well with the swipe once more

11.6

Syed Mohammad to Pandey, FOUR, nicely done by Pandey, he's not been too fluent today, but this was a clever shot, full and outside leg, Pandey gets on one knee and helps the ball wide past short fine for four, not a great ball that from Syed

End of over 12 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 83/2 (99 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.91, RRR: 12.37)
MK Pandey    18* (21b 2x4)      J Syed Mohammad    1-0-7-1
Yuvraj Singh    0* (0b)      A Mithun    3-0-19-0

12.1

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Yuvraj looks to loft his first ball for six, can't get the distance and ends up bisecting long-on and long-off

12.2

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj has an everything-must-go mindset here, attempts to powerfully pull a short ball from Zaheer but can't connect

12.3

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, 'Two, two' is the call from Yuvraj as soon as he whipped the ball to wide long-on

12.4

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, superb hit from Yuvraj, placement was great, it was a short of length ball from Zaheer, Yuvraj sashays down the track and slams the ball on-the-up to wide long-off

12.5

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller ball on offstump, blocked by Yuvraj

12.6

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, length ball, follows Yuvraj who was skipping past leg, Yuvraj gets an inside-edge towards deep backward square leg

End of over 13 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 92/2 (90 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 12.85)
Yuvraj Singh    9* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0
MK Pandey    18* (21b 2x4)      J Syed Mohammad    1-0-7-1

13.1

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a low full toss on legstump, tucked towards midwicket

13.2

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuvraj is making a match of this, a length ball turning in towards Yuvraj, a swing of the bat sends the ball sailing over long-on for six

13.3

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, doesn't get hold of it as he sweeps the ball towards midwicket

13.4

Vettori to Pandey, 1 run, length ball outside off, another mistimed, ugly flat-batted hit from Pandey sends the ball rolling past the bowler

13.5

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj survives, another mishit goes to no man's land, this time his attempt to clear long-on just about clears the inner circle

13.6

Vettori to Pandey, OUT, Pandey's troubled stay is over, he takes on long-off and loses, Tiwary doesn't have to move as the ball comes straight to him

MK Pandey c Tiwary b Vettori 19 (23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

End of over 14 (9 runs) Pune Warriors 101/3 (81 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 13.50)
     DL Vettori    3-0-20-1
Yuvraj Singh    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0

Pune's two main batsmen in the middle now

14.1

Mithun to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, swiped towards deep midwicket by Yuvraj

14.2

Mithun to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball from Mithun, Yuvraj's eye light up but he can't punish it, a cross-batted attempted mow misses, and the ball zips through to the keeper

14.3

Mithun to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this is shorter from Mithun and just outside off, Yuvraj makes room and tries to tap the ball towards point, again Yuvraj can't get bat on ball

14.4

Mithun to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, carved towards sweeper cover, short of length and outside off from Mithun, just a single

Uthappa has smashed many a six in the Chinnaswamy. Can he pull it off for Pune here?

14.5

Mithun to Uthappa, no run, Mithun greets his Karnataka team-mate with a 142 kmh bouncer, Uthappa ducks under that one

Just three off the over so far.

14.6

Mithun to Uthappa, FOUR, a boundary to make it seven off the over, slides it down leg, easy for Uthappa who whips the ball past short fine leg

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 108/3 (74 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 14.80)
RV Uthappa    4* (2b 1x4)      A Mithun    4-0-26-0
Yuvraj Singh    20* (14b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-20-1

15.1

Syed Mohammad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Shot! Yuvraj Singh is in a murderous mood here, first ball of the over is hammered over the bowler's head for six, powerful hit that

15.2

Syed Mohammad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, this time he drags it short, Yuvraj mows that for a one-bounce for to midwicket

15.3

Syed Mohammad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuvraj Singh looking unstoppable here, this was a dreadful ball from Syed, very short and wide, swiped over midwicket for the 300th six of the tournament

15.4

Syed Mohammad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fired in full and fast, just outside off, Yuvraj can't get under it

15.5

Syed Mohammad to Uthappa, 1 run, short of length and outside off, nudged to the leg side to get back Yuvraj on strike

15.6

Syed Mohammad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, nicely bowled by Syed, full delivery on middle, Yuvraj can only dig that out towards mid-off

End of over 16 (19 runs) Pune Warriors 127/3 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.93, RRR: 13.75)
Yuvraj Singh    38* (19b 2x4 3x6)      J Syed Mohammad    2-0-26-1
RV Uthappa    5* (3b 1x4)      A Mithun    4-0-26-0

Crucial over coming up. Zak to Yuvi after the time-out

16.1

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and just outside off, narrowly missing the stumps

16.2

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, cross-batted it towards midwicket, where a dive from Syed keeps the batsmen to a single, Bangalore's fielding has been sharp today

16.3

Khan to Uthappa, 1 leg bye, Uthappa attempts an innovative whip over fine leg after moving across the stumps, off the thigh pad and over the keeper

16.4

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Zak fires it in full, outside off, lashes it towards wide long-off, where Kaif does the fielding

16.5

Khan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Zak has done the job, a length ball that Yuvraj wanted to smash out of the park, hit on the splice of the bat and the ball swirls to Syed for an easy catch, end of Pune's challenge?

Yuvraj Singh c Syed Mohammad b Khan 41 (23b 2x4 3x6) SR: 178.26

Syed has another over to bowl, he'll be feeling a lot better now

16.6

Khan to Manhas, 2 runs, Manhas gets off the mark by jabbing the ball to point for a couple

End of over 17 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 133/4 (49 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.82, RRR: 16.33)
M Manhas    2* (1b)      Z Khan    4-0-33-1
RV Uthappa    5* (4b 1x4)      J Syed Mohammad    2-0-26-1

Abhi: "I would name Zaheer 'Crisis Manager' from now on."

17.1

Vettori to Uthappa, 1 run, length ball is clubbed down to long-on for a single

17.2

Vettori to Manhas, no run, driven to the bowler's left, Vettori is across quickly to cut that off

17.3

Vettori to Manhas, 1 run, Bangalore's fielding once again is good, Manhas carves the ball to backward point, where Mithun throws himself to his left to field

17.4

Vettori to Uthappa, no run, once again the cut, once again Mithun fields, no run this time

17.5

Vettori to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa swipes towards wide long-on this time

17.6

Vettori to Manhas, no run, Vettori completes an outstanding over, for the third time in the over Mithun does the fielding, dot ball

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 136/4 (46 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.55, RRR: 23.00)
M Manhas    3* (4b)      DL Vettori    4-0-23-1
RV Uthappa    7* (7b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-33-1

46 needed off 12. Gayle to bowl. Aravind will probably bowl the final one.

18.1

Gayle to Uthappa, no run, fullish on middle, swiped towards midwicket, can't beat the fielder

Ninad Garude: "Yuvraj should have played out Zaheer's over ... in last 3 overs, he could have turned it around !!"

18.2

Gayle to Uthappa, 1 run, whacked towards fine leg this time

18.3

Gayle to Manhas, OUT, Manhas is gone, a length ball that Manhas can't get the power behind, he tries to smash the ball over long-on, only find Kaif

M Manhas c Kaif b Gayle 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

18.4

Gayle to Uthappa, no run, a yorker on middle and leg, punched back towards the bowler

18.5

Gayle to Uthappa, no run, fired in full again by Gayle, quicker, Uthappa pushes it towards mid-off

18.6

Gayle to Uthappa, 1 leg bye, a fantastic over from Gayle kills off the game, he's seems happy with it, the final ball is sent to short fine for a single

End of over 19 (2 runs) Pune Warriors 138/5 (44 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.26, RRR: 44.00)
RV Uthappa    8* (12b 1x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-1
Harpreet Singh    0* (0b)      DL Vettori    4-0-23-1

19.1

Aravind to Uthappa, FOUR, slower ball to start the over, Uthappa gets it away to fine leg, not too convincing

19.2

Aravind to Uthappa, 1 wide, slower and full, well outside off, called a wide, Aravind can't believe the call

19.2

Aravind to Uthappa, FOUR, another boundary to fine leg for Uthappa, a length ball is helped along with the angle for four more

19.3

Aravind to Uthappa, SIX, finally, the Uthappa for whom the millions were splashed makes an appearance, a nonchalant swipe sends the length ball over the midwicket boundary

19.4

Aravind to Uthappa, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, punched to mid-off by Uthappa

19.5

Aravind to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, slower ball is lashed towards long-off

Gayle is having some fun with the crowd

19.6

Aravind to Uthappa, no run, Bangalore celebrate, Pune slump to their fifth straight defeat, their time at the top of the table seems a very very long time ago, the final ball was full and angling across Uthappa, who can't get bat on it

Bangalore run out victors by 26 runs. The only phase of nervousness was when Yuvraj was muscling the bowling around the park. Too many of the Pune batsmen couldn't time the ball - Paine, Pandey and Uthappa.

Chris Gayle can't stop beaming: "Very happy, three wins in a row. There's going to be a big celebration tonight, I'm looking forward to that as well." About his performance, he says "Looking very sharp, eh?" and laughs. And he says he can't understand a word of what AB de Villiers says when he (AB) starts drinking. Gotta love Gayle!

Kohli: "First time in four years that I'm getting the Orange Cap. It's a big honour for me. I've always wanted to bat at No. 3, and I have got the opportunity this time. Gayle is a big asset, a big plus for the team as he strikes at around 150."

Nick sums up what many people are sending in: "It is infuriating for me that Pune underutilized in-form batsmen Yuvi and Uthappa. They should have come up the order instead of Pandey."

Here's the latest points table. Bangalore up to second spot now.

Sriram: "A man has just scored 23 off 17 balls with 3 4s and a 6, yet he's termed "couldn't time the ball :-(", hmm welcome to IPL T20." Well, he did make 15 off those in the final over, when the match was finished as a contest.

Presentation ceremony:

Yuvraj Singh doesn't not look like a happy man: "Well, I think we didn't get enough runs in the first six overs. We gave 20 runs extra on the field. We decided not to lose too many wickets at the top, but Jesse and Manish couldn't get enough runs, and Bangalore's bowlers were good."

Daniel Vettori: "There were a few scares along the way. The bowlers have stepped up in the previous two matches. Zaheer's our best bowler, we took a chance bringing him on a little earlier, and luckily it worked."

Kohli is the Man of the Match: "I think as a cricketer you have to take pressure, if the franchise retained me they have shown faith in me. The first two matches I didn't score well, but the next few it got better. Very happy winning three in a row."

That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo. Join us for tomorrow's games when, at long last, we will reach the halfway stage of the tournament.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Pune Warriors 155/5 (27 runs required)
RV Uthappa    23* (17b 3x4 1x6)      S Aravind    4-0-35-1
Harpreet Singh    1* (1b)      CH Gayle    2-0-8-1
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Photos

Apr 29, 2011

Chris Gayle and Abhimanyu Mithun celebrate the fall of Mithun Manhas, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Bangalore, April 29, 2011

Chris Gayle and Abhimanyu Mithun celebrate the fall of Mithun Manhas

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Apr 29, 2011

Yuvraj Singh lofts one straight down the ground, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Bangalore, April 29, 2011

Yuvraj Singh lofts one straight down the ground

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