Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, Bangalore April 17, 2012

De Villiers, Gayle help Bangalore edge thriller

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 186 for 4 (Gayle 81, Tiwary 36*, de Villiers 33*) beat Pune Warriors 182 for 6 (Uthappa 69, Ryder 34, Samuels 34) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle was going at around a run a ball against some tight bowling. Then he calmly decided to shift gears. The bowling ceased to matter; five consecutive sixes came against the bowler with one of the best economy-rates in the IPL, Rahul Sharma. Treating that Rahul over as an aberration, Pune Warriors responded with more tight bowling, with Ashish Nehra yorking Gayle. But AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary hit 24 off the final over, bowled by Nehra, to pull off an improbable win, Royal Challengers Bangalore's first in four games.

For more than three-quarters of the game, the Royal Challengers had played catch-up to the Warriors. After Robin Uthappa's 69 took the visitors to 182, they had kept the Royal Challengers, and Gayle, in check for 12 overs. Gayle and Virat Kohli, game-changers both, had crawled along in a partnership of 30 in 35 deliveries. The asking-rate had ballooned to over 13, with 111 needed from 50. It claimed Kohli, who found deep point as he tried to hit out.

Kohli's dismissal fired up Gayle, who was on 37 off 35 then. Rahul bowled short, he bowled full, he went around the stumps, he went wide of the crease, he went wide of Gayle. To no avail. Five consecutive sixes later, the asking-rate was down by more than a couple of runs.

Warriors were stunned but they recovered quickly. Ashok Dinda, battling a painful side strain, conceded just 12 in two overs, including seven off the penultimate one with Royal Challengers needing 28 from 12. In between, Nehra had, for once, found the perfect yorker to send Gayle back for 81 off 48.

De Villiers and Tiwary kept the Royal Challengers in the hunt, hitting a six each to take 16 off the 18th over bowled by Angelo Mathews. Dinda's final over, the19th, seemed to have left Royal Challengers too much to get in the 20th over - 21.

De Villiers scrambled outside off to play the scoop off the second delivery in the final over, arming it past the wicketkeeper for four. Nehra delivered a low full toss and a length ball next. De Villiers smoked one straight down the ground for six; the next one was scooped nervelessly for another six over fine leg. With three needed off the last ball, Tiwary swung a length ball over the long-on boundary even as the rain came pouring down. Marlon Samuels, who had gone for under three an over, had two overs left.

Somehow, the Royal Challengers' batsmen had delivered after their bowlers had once again conceded a substantial score. Uthappa did most of the scoring with a power-packed half-century at the top of the order with Jesse Ryder and Samuels chipping in with smaller contributions.

The opening partnership between Uthappa and Ryder was worth 63 in seven overs. By then, Uthappa was in complete control. He timed three consecutive reverse-sweeps off Dilshan, with two of them beating short third man. He was put down by KP Appanna at long-off, a tough diving chance off Vinay Kumar in the 12th over but departed in the next as he sliced Daniel Vettori to point. The Warriors went at the same rate of around nine an over after Uthappa's dismissal with Samuels smashing the spinners for a couple of sixes. As it turned out, though, even 13 an over wasn't enough to deny Gayle, De Villiers and Tiwary.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 19, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    First of all congrats to RCB for this stunning victory. It is apparent that RCB almost always win if Gayle plays to his potential, but I am of the opinion that RCB shld play as a team and not depend on his brilliance alone as it may become too much of a strain for Gayle and may start to under perform eventually. Virat seems to be playing under a strain and the bowlers are sadly lacking in discipline. Even the experienced Zak will find it a strain eventually if bowlers such as Arvind and Mithun play as they did last year (their wayward bowling cost RCB the final). Another aspect is that Murali shld not play if he is not 100% fit. A half fit Murali playing will hand over the game to the other side as he did at the final of the World Cup. Dilshan if selected shld curb his impetuousness and play first to get his eye in and then launch without being a burden to Gayle and co. Hope they get better bowlers for the next IPL in 2013. l

  • on April 19, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @Abhishek Purohit ....... u got some stats wrong buddy... article is good but check for the errors next time.. gud luck.....

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Dilshan has not been playing much for RCB. Even his last IPL season was quite bad excluding two or three. Muralitharan should not have been dropped. Gayle played superbly. Because of him the match was very entertaining (except for pune supporters). Gayle just turns the game around. He should be taken in the West Indies team. West Indian Board is losing very badly and they are just too proud to admit that they need Gayle! Hopefully, just like the last season Gayle and Kohli will play well and take RCB to the final. But RCB should learn to play as a team not just ride their hopes on Gayle and put pressure on him. The bowlers should do well and everyone should field well. Then RCB will play as a team and will reach the finals like CSK does. CSK doesn't depend on one person. Different people fire in different matches and make them win. But this year CSK is playing quite badly and I hope they don't reach the finals. MI and RCB should be at the finals.

  • harshthakor on April 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    This match was a victory or the 20 over game and for I.P.l.It was like witnessing an unexpected climax to a Hollywood thriller.It has proved that now batsman are far more mentally prepared to chase down mammoth totals and blistering scoring rates.Batsman today are far more mentally prepared and technically organized to achieve targets at breathtaking scoring rates.In previous years we could hardly imagine sides achieving victories requiring to score at a run rate at over 15 runs per over.It proves the importance of innovation in batting as executed by Devilliers.Chris Gayle launched the greatest assault ever witnessed in I.P.L.in a single over.No game better illustrated that the ultimate victory is in the mind.

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    What a thriller!!!!!!! Amazing match with the winner undecided till the final delivery of the match. The Article could have been better. The article does not bring the thrill intensity which was there. AB De Villers was truly astonishing. If Gayle can't get you, ABD will!!!!!!!! Yet another tactical error by Vettori. Dropping your best bowler Murali was foolish. RCB's problem has been bowling and if any one had to be dropped to bring in Dilshan, it should have been Vettori himself. And besides, what was the rationale of promoting S.Tiwary before ABD. Since Gayle was batting so well, sending ABD would have maintained the left-right combination too and ABD would have time to settle down. But, Thankfully S.Tiwary seems to have found his touch and hope he will justify his huge price tag. RCB should seriously consider dropping Vettori, bring in Murali and make Virat the skipper. RCB should also consider bringing Abhimanyu Mithun in place of KP Appanna.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Oh Boy, wt a match. Truly superb. Confidence of both the teams ( Esp. AB) is very high. Its just that someone have to lose & someone to win. These kind of matches make IPL more lively

  • eZoha on April 18, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    People should remember that last year's Pune team was actually stronger than the current one, mainly because of Yuvi in the playing eleven. But it's Sourav's captaincy which has brought the team together. Most members of this team are fringe players (except Mathews) and low in confidence. Credit should be given to the team and its captain for putting up such fights with last year's top 4 teams. nonetheless, Sourav should score some runs, at least to keep one distraction aside.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    only one man in RCB................. a big Jamaican left hander CHRIS GAYLE

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 18, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Bishu_XI: I totally agree with you. Though the Warriors have lost the match, I am happy that it was such a good fight. In cricket every one, team and individual need a bit of luck to win. But what matters is that the Warriors fought and fought hard. Btw, Ganguly has not had luck with the bat yet, but he looks comfortable at the crease and doesn't hang around, he has got out while trying to up the ante or attempting to take a run. I am sure soon he will have his day...

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 18, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Juniorklassy, ProdigyB, pai11: spot on! ganguly must be replaced by Tamim at the top. tamim is a very talented player, and is just warming bench. hope this decision be taken asap! as i said earlier, angelo matthews might take over as captain, with ganguly as a coach/mentor/12th man!

  • on April 19, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    First of all congrats to RCB for this stunning victory. It is apparent that RCB almost always win if Gayle plays to his potential, but I am of the opinion that RCB shld play as a team and not depend on his brilliance alone as it may become too much of a strain for Gayle and may start to under perform eventually. Virat seems to be playing under a strain and the bowlers are sadly lacking in discipline. Even the experienced Zak will find it a strain eventually if bowlers such as Arvind and Mithun play as they did last year (their wayward bowling cost RCB the final). Another aspect is that Murali shld not play if he is not 100% fit. A half fit Murali playing will hand over the game to the other side as he did at the final of the World Cup. Dilshan if selected shld curb his impetuousness and play first to get his eye in and then launch without being a burden to Gayle and co. Hope they get better bowlers for the next IPL in 2013. l

  • on April 19, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @Abhishek Purohit ....... u got some stats wrong buddy... article is good but check for the errors next time.. gud luck.....

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Dilshan has not been playing much for RCB. Even his last IPL season was quite bad excluding two or three. Muralitharan should not have been dropped. Gayle played superbly. Because of him the match was very entertaining (except for pune supporters). Gayle just turns the game around. He should be taken in the West Indies team. West Indian Board is losing very badly and they are just too proud to admit that they need Gayle! Hopefully, just like the last season Gayle and Kohli will play well and take RCB to the final. But RCB should learn to play as a team not just ride their hopes on Gayle and put pressure on him. The bowlers should do well and everyone should field well. Then RCB will play as a team and will reach the finals like CSK does. CSK doesn't depend on one person. Different people fire in different matches and make them win. But this year CSK is playing quite badly and I hope they don't reach the finals. MI and RCB should be at the finals.

  • harshthakor on April 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    This match was a victory or the 20 over game and for I.P.l.It was like witnessing an unexpected climax to a Hollywood thriller.It has proved that now batsman are far more mentally prepared to chase down mammoth totals and blistering scoring rates.Batsman today are far more mentally prepared and technically organized to achieve targets at breathtaking scoring rates.In previous years we could hardly imagine sides achieving victories requiring to score at a run rate at over 15 runs per over.It proves the importance of innovation in batting as executed by Devilliers.Chris Gayle launched the greatest assault ever witnessed in I.P.L.in a single over.No game better illustrated that the ultimate victory is in the mind.

  • on April 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    What a thriller!!!!!!! Amazing match with the winner undecided till the final delivery of the match. The Article could have been better. The article does not bring the thrill intensity which was there. AB De Villers was truly astonishing. If Gayle can't get you, ABD will!!!!!!!! Yet another tactical error by Vettori. Dropping your best bowler Murali was foolish. RCB's problem has been bowling and if any one had to be dropped to bring in Dilshan, it should have been Vettori himself. And besides, what was the rationale of promoting S.Tiwary before ABD. Since Gayle was batting so well, sending ABD would have maintained the left-right combination too and ABD would have time to settle down. But, Thankfully S.Tiwary seems to have found his touch and hope he will justify his huge price tag. RCB should seriously consider dropping Vettori, bring in Murali and make Virat the skipper. RCB should also consider bringing Abhimanyu Mithun in place of KP Appanna.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Oh Boy, wt a match. Truly superb. Confidence of both the teams ( Esp. AB) is very high. Its just that someone have to lose & someone to win. These kind of matches make IPL more lively

  • eZoha on April 18, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    People should remember that last year's Pune team was actually stronger than the current one, mainly because of Yuvi in the playing eleven. But it's Sourav's captaincy which has brought the team together. Most members of this team are fringe players (except Mathews) and low in confidence. Credit should be given to the team and its captain for putting up such fights with last year's top 4 teams. nonetheless, Sourav should score some runs, at least to keep one distraction aside.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    only one man in RCB................. a big Jamaican left hander CHRIS GAYLE

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 18, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Bishu_XI: I totally agree with you. Though the Warriors have lost the match, I am happy that it was such a good fight. In cricket every one, team and individual need a bit of luck to win. But what matters is that the Warriors fought and fought hard. Btw, Ganguly has not had luck with the bat yet, but he looks comfortable at the crease and doesn't hang around, he has got out while trying to up the ante or attempting to take a run. I am sure soon he will have his day...

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 18, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Juniorklassy, ProdigyB, pai11: spot on! ganguly must be replaced by Tamim at the top. tamim is a very talented player, and is just warming bench. hope this decision be taken asap! as i said earlier, angelo matthews might take over as captain, with ganguly as a coach/mentor/12th man!

  • on April 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    AB oly Hero this match all player war struggling on dada,,captionsy,but ab have change movemention and try to sweep and reb=verse sweep,,,that it was happend,,

  • Philip_Gnana on April 18, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Lets forget that innings played by Gayle. This is what changed the game. Sarauv can only rely on bowlers who have been good up to a point. Mathews was good until that over. It is nothing to do with the captaincy. Credit needs to be given to the batsmen for having done their jobs superbly. I feel Sorry for Sharma. Wrong bowler at the wrong time. It was not his fault. It was Gayle who was magician. Take nothing away from any of the teams. It was such a fantastic match to watch over here in London. This years IPL has given us the best that T20 can ever give. Not even the World T20 has given us this entertainment. Well done to both the teams. Even Raul playing like Mahela J at times with his improvisation. Excellent. Keep the good cricket coming. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • kesy777 on April 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Nehera again throw the game to the opposition in the final ball. Even struggling Tiwary can hit him out of the park. AB should have come ahead of Tiwary, coz he doesn't give any value to the team.

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    a good advert from IPL. Well played AB - special inns esp considering he had no time to get himself in. Also well played Gayle and Tiwary. Must admit I've been disappointed with Kohli and I wonder if Dilshan's heroics are now a thing of the past

  • sendilnathan_P on April 18, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    only southafrican dominating this ipl 5 come u southafrican rockkkkkksssss STYNE ,ALBIE AND MORNE,FAU DU PLESISand t 20 captain ABD ALL ROCKKKINGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • JG2704 on April 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @JustIPL - It is a shame that those WI players have not made themselves available for their country but would they have made that much difference? I mean which players are we talking about here?

  • boston_pride on April 18, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    If dada's captaincy was so spot on... why dint he bowl samuels instead of mathews or nehra?? We all know samuels is not exactly a spinner n fires them at 120 clicks at the pads

  • JustIPL on April 18, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    What a pity on West Indies. Main players denying national duty to play IPL. Result would have been entirely different for Aussies had these windies players represented their country. Just a 20-20 game does not even give enough time for Indian youngsters for which atleast a one day game might be sufficient. Furthermore, each IPL edition many unknown faces prop up and then cool down. One good idea can be breking IPL into sessions one T20 and other ODI to give Indian youngsters a fair chance to play alongside greats and bring some significence to their talent.

  • on April 18, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    The worst thing of match Rahul sharma & the death over looser Ashish nehra but RCB have great luck and again Vettory showing his bad cap. De Villiers not got his position but Luck* with RCB

  • anshu.s on April 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    It is surprising to see that some fans are pointing fingers at Saurabh Tiwary,what they forget is That Pune's bowling was top class even the mighty Chris Gayle apart from that 5 six blitz of Rahul Sharma was finding it difficult to clear boundries.S.Tiwary is a good batsmen we have seen it in last editions of IPL and in Ranji trophy /list A matches where he averages 50 and for India A.AB Devilliers however was the main proponent with his brilliant innovative batting.Ganguly is struggling with the bat and he is blocking the place of Manish Pandey,how come Samuels,Mathews and Manhas bat and play ahead of Pandey defies cricketing logic.Ganguly has done great service for India in the past and he is a fine leader but his batting is just not there.

  • sundeep.11 on April 18, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Super run chase by RCB so far in this IPL matches.. credit goes Gayle nd AB who fought the battle...

  • Bishu_XI on April 18, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    I don't know why people are after Ganguly. I agree that he is in poor form with the bat but it is his charisma on and off the field that has put new life to the PWI side. It was really heart breaking that PWI lost yesterday but one positive thing is that it is proved that they can compete fiercely with any team in the IPL. They have washed away their last years pathetic performance and this would not have happened without Ganguly's motivated captaincy. A mentor sitting outside cannot win you a game but his presence inside the field surely motivates players as he can take decisions according to the match situation.

  • on April 18, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Dada is the best captain for India no doubt..... but he lacks the quality to lead from the front.... like Rahul do......

  • Jaazz on April 18, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    It is the last over heroics of AB Devilliers and Gayle thunder changed the result of Pune. Dada captaincy was good, he given last over to nehra because he was the other seamer having one over balance and he bowled Gayle by perfect yorker. Dada need to score more runs but his captiancy is far better than any other teams if you guys see the number of fours and sixes RCB scored. they couldn't find gap for hitting fours because of the excellent fielding placement though they tried to hit over the fielders and they did it fantastically.Even younger Zaheer Khan and Mathews misfieled in the fast out field because of variance in bounce, so did Ganguly

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Don't RCB have any better batsmen then S. Tiwary? He almost cost the match today.. He is highly inconsistent and struggles to find gaps. Yes he got the winning runs, but would have been nothing to celebrate without ABD heroics..

  • avani on April 18, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Among the Indian Captains Dada, Viru, Dravid, Bajji and Dhoni I liked Dravid for the way he lead his team by example. He is cinsistent in his performance that boosts the performance of his team. In all the matches he has given stable start for his team while batting. Wel done Rahul. So far you are the best captain among all the IPL teams. Rahane seems to be enjoying batting in your comapny. His style of batting and other movements on the pitch resembles you a lot.

  • axdfg on April 18, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Pune's 4 foreign players are all rounders. I think better we throw nehra out of team and get any good batsman. I think Pune requested 5 foreign Players. They can even bring Tamim in playing XI. if its applicable. Any how Happy the way Dinda bowled. Hope he will soon replace Vinay Kumar in playing XI for India. Nehra please forget about your re-entry on Indian Cricket. You simply waste.

  • maxkuiters on April 18, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Not convinced by Tiwary, yes he hit the winning six, but he put RCB under immense pressure struggling to find the boundary. Don't think you can credit Tiwary with this win, Gayle helped him out in the middle and De Villiers saved him at the end. De Villiers the best T20 batsman at the moment? He is amazing.

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    In hindsight, it really was not a bad decision by Ganguly to bowl last over by Nehra. All through the game, Nehra was bowling real tight and on right line. But then this is T20 which means anything can happen to anybody. Ganguly is a wonderful captain and this is showing the way he carries himself on the field, motivates his team-mates, and overall Pune has been playing well. However, Ganguly is not contributing with the bat, as well as he is struggling hard to field and stop fast travelling boundaries. Overall, full marks to AB ad Gayle for playign the way they did, and they deserved to win since they believed in themselves.

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Rahul Sharma could have bowled another over or maybe Steve Smith. Maybe the 18th over? Then it could have given Saurav more options. Well Gayle "edged" a six to long off. Morkel edged Kholi twice. De Villiers scored a 4 of his shoulders. So not much can be done. Basically you need a bit of luck and pluck.

  • Juniorklassy on April 18, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly.. hahaha a joke..!! his is complete useless , pathetic in the fielding n battin dept.. n as a captain well., poor ..... had he been a good captain, KKR wouldnt have dropped him, his captaincy as well batting performance with KKR was poor n so is with PWI also.... they should get rid of him.. he is wasting one place... i m from Pune but i hate this team because of the Captain... !

  • nzcricket174 on April 18, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @LoftedShot Nehra is terrible in the last two years! Against NZ he was India's worst bowling (almost gifting Franklin a hundred) and he proved today why he is way past his used by date.

  • Heat11 on April 18, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Dada should be 12th man and do the captaincy like coach behind the boundry lines..he is taking place of Manish pandey who can score and save more runs for his team..dada form is terrible...Everyone says dada captaincy is great...captain is good as your team..currently uthappa, ryder, samuels and smith are in good form hence PWI getting good runs on the board..Dada is not doing any magic..he can do that job outside the boundary line and Include Manish pandey in place of dada...

  • lg234 on April 18, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    I don't know people are trying to take away the credit from Gyle/ADV/ Saurabh Tiwari by blaming Ganguly or Nehera or pitch. Gyle was splendid ,Saurabh was fantastic but nothing can take ADV heroic in last over... he was awesonme. Though i missed the game watched the highlight over and over again..

  • on April 18, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @LoftedShot.....rohit sharma has scored 26 in last over against kkr bowler murtaza from bangladesh.

  • on April 18, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Always fantastic to watch players like Chris Gayle.... What an innings!

  • indianphysio on April 18, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    dada is a good captain but i was surprised to see nehra bowling last over,either it should be samuals or dinda should have bowel last and not 19th over...and why steven smith is not used for bowling at all...on other side i think tiwari prrove why he is 1 million paide batsman for ipl

  • rohanblue on April 18, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    pune should get rid of ganguly, he is nt good fr t20, after 5-6 mtches he will score a 45 ball 50 nd his stupid fans starts shouting dada is this dada is that, RCB rocks by the way, most stylish team in IPL, go A.B U ROCK......

  • Karunk on April 18, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    In all the three matches (KKR, RR and PW), RCB has batted second at Bangalore which seems to be slightly difficult as compared to batting first on Bangalore pitch. Bisla of KKR, Rahane & Shah of RR and Uttappa & Ryder of PW have batted freely while batting first and good bowlers like Zaheer & VinayKumar have found it difficult to contain the batsman. Guys like Kohli, De Villiers, Gayle, Dilsha, Tiwari have struggled to score at faster rate while batting second in first ten overs. Lee & Kallis of KKR, Pankaj Singh & Trivedi of RR and yesterday Dinda & B Kumar were good and able to put pressure on RCB batsman. Ball keeps low while bowling second and bowlers get extra nip which was visible in bowling of Kallis, Pankaj Singh, Dinda & BKumar... Vettori has to win the toss and bat first to win l on home ground....

  • priceless1 on April 18, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    When the Nehra had the ball to bowl the last over most of us knew that he will give all this runs easily .he is the official match seller for Indian for longer time and now he is doing it for Pune

  • purna478 on April 18, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    very poor decision frm dada they had other 2 all rounders left ryder nd regular bowler smith hw can u go for tosses bowling nehra

  • on April 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    great game by RCB nice won

  • pai11 on April 18, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    DADA is a true warrior & a great leader... but his stats so far in the 5 games in this year's IPL is 61 runs off 57 deliveries faced.. this does not make a good reading. add to that the runs given away in fielding & its clear that it would be better if he makes himself a non-playing captain (as PWI definitely require his leadership skills) & gives other Indian players a chance. players like Manish pandey are warming the benches. they will definitely perform better... (I know i will get lots of rebuts for this!)

  • LoftedShot on April 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    At times I wonder whether so many of cricket fans understand even one bit of cricket.

    It is T-20 for God's sake. Same day, Nehra got smacked for 24 in his final over, Dale Steyn got creamed up by Brad Hodge and conceded 44 runs in his 3.4 overs bowling for Deccans. Does that make Dale Steyn a useless bowler?

    Has any Indian batsman, EVER, smacked 24 runs off the last over in any format of the game? Press memory hard and try to name one. All greats included!

    If you can't name one Indian batsman who has ever matched what AB Devilliers did yesterday, then why not understand the whole thing in right perspective and appreciate his superb batting skills and exceptional batting performance?

    It was a one off performance. Fact is, Nehra is not a bad bowler. Ever since he made his comeback two years ago, he has the maximum wickets and Dhoni's most reliable man in death overs. He rocked Pakistan at Mohali in 2011 World Cup before splitting his palm webbing & getting injured unfortunately!

  • on April 18, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Only change for Pune should be Murali Kartik in for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar .... I know he bowled well today but u need the guile of Kartik as Pune do not have a quality spinner

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Young Yuvi did not make a good captain either... Ganguly's captaincy was excellent yesterday too. The match was not lost due to warriors captain, mate. the wicket was a batting paradise made for Gayle...

  • sskpln on April 18, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    the game was evenly poised till the end swinging on both sides.Samuels would have been allowed to bowl last over.this is very the tactics comes into play.Dhoni would have used Samuels in this situation.Whatever! 20+ in the last over is way out of whacky.

  • CRICFAN_007 on April 18, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    RCB ROCKS...!! Vettori made big BLUNDER by sending Saurabh Tiwary before AB de villers.... STILL HAPPY THAT RCB PULLED OUT TO WIN A STUNNING GAME..:)

  • ProdigyA on April 18, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Im a big fan of Saurav Ganguly and his captaincy but to be honest he is a major weak link in the Warriors team. He is unable to contribute with the bat and is a burden as a fielder and looks terribly unfit. His best option to contribute would be as a mentor and try to captain from the dugout.

  • on April 18, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Villie[R]s [C]hris Saura[B]h!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 18, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Why did RCB not listen to the people and get Andrew Mcdonald, rather than Dilshan, the only match we had won had his name written all over it, he got runs, he got a wicket and we won the match, wtf ?

  • on April 18, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Nehra had become ineffective in the death overs for quite some time. In fact Zahir's prowess has also has declined in the death overs. He just relies on low full tosses, some of which turns out too easy for the batsmen to hit. Even for the national team, death overs have, often, become the death knell for the team. Long long ago, Munaf used to be a specialist for that purpose. Recently, we haven'e seen him in that role, often. So, can't comment about him. Then, who is left to do that job? Not Vinay! Anyone else? This comment is from India's perspective; not Pune's or Bangalore's.

  • Ra_Thore on April 18, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Vetorri, let ABD bat up. RCB almost lost the game today. Can someone explain why Ganguly wouldn't let Smith bowl? Legbreak Googly? C'mon give him a chance.

  • on April 18, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    tat was a grt game!!!!! difference is AB DE villers!!!!!! scoops have humiliated nehra!!! tats made the difference!!

  • Highflyer_GP on April 18, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    The link says "Tiwary shines in last-ball win"... uhm, he almost cost them the match in the first place.

  • Farce-Follower on April 17, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    It was all down to that brilliant performer - De Villiers. RCB's Indian duo - Kohli and Tiwary have been very disappointing. Tiwary seemed to be in better touch, but it was the inventive genius of AB that got RCB out of jail. And yes, Dada caannot be a Tennis like non-playing captain.

  • on April 17, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Pune deserved to win this but somehow nehra ruined it for them....nevertheless good performance by pune except for the last over..if they keep going like this they will win more matches than loosing....common dada time for u to stand up and score

  • Munkeymomo on April 17, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    An excellent game I hope the IPL has some more of these tight contests to silence the critics a bit. Gayle is something else though, lets hope he can play for the west indies sooner rather than later, who knows, with Gayle performing they could win the world T20!! Pune should bring in Alfonso Thomas, one of the best death bowlers I've seen and a very wise cricketer, Ganguly and Thomas could be a tactical dream team.

  • derpherp on April 17, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Chris gayle you beast!! well played mate

  • on April 17, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Gayle is definitely the best batsman of the IPL,all bowlers respect this guy,I cant wait to see him demolish all the other opponents.

  • dmqi on April 17, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    An old man can not be as good as a young man when it comes to batting and running. Need 23 years in place of 40 years to win for pune.

  • baranasai on April 17, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    It is very Unfortunate that whenever Nehra bowls the death overs his Team loses as he gifts so many runs .Look the penultimate over was bowled by a younger bowler with side strain who gave only 7 runs .When Nehra started bowling I did not have any hopes whatsoever as he is not ideal to bowl in that over,I dont know who else could have done it but he was a big loser in that circumnstances.Again I have seen his bad luck on many matches -I dont have any thing personal against him -it is only my observation that he is not cut out to bowl last over where he keeps giving free runs to the opponents and he does not know how to bowl that over economically

  • BHARATLIFE on April 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Even when they what required 120 off the last 10 overs..... believe it or not.... i still had some reservations as long as Gayle was there......I swear to god, this is what i thought "He is certainly not an idiot not to go after the bowling,i think he will go for a 30 run over...." I did not know a gut feeling... and also 20 runs off the last over....hm.... still dicey,......I did not look like PWI broke a sweat when they were batting...so 180 was an ordinary score on that pitch... but the way PWI bowled...barring (Rahul Sharma and Nehra's last...) It was amazing!!!!! I seems they lost their marbles just for 2 over... and boom.....take them out and give RCB a 15 run over... Still PWI woon!!!!!But De Viller and Gayle... well played no superlatives can describe that. I think Gayle has just won himself an orange cap tonight(virtually). He just smashed the most "economical" spinner now nobody has nothing against him... "WATCH OUT"

  • samsez on April 17, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    this is by far one of the best game ipl has ever produced. and i believe it will remain true for some time. thankyou ipl

  • MCC_Tie on April 17, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    They should seriously consider having AB at 3 the more time Gayle and AB spend at the crease the bigger the final score will be. AB is wasted at 6!!

  • warrior88 on April 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Being a RCB fan, match was definitely exciting. Funny thing to notice was being the fifth bowler in previous matches - Harshal Patel had one of the better economy rate today while the other fifth bowlers(for today) didn't. Anyways would have been wise choice to keep Murli. And yes Article is really not well written which is usually not the case with cricinfo

  • Hayat22 on April 17, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Why is Ganguly coming one down? At best he can score 16-20 runs in as many deliveries; up the order so how does that help the side? If at all they need him for leadership, he should be 'held' back for when the spinners come, or better doesn't get to bat considering they have other power hitters!

  • phendel on April 17, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    not bowling samuels seemed to cost Pune today....maybe Ganguly is not bowling him so much because of his 1st warning....or maybe he forgot....much like what Vettori did last year with his own bowling also cost him tht match

  • johnathonjosephs on April 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Vettori's horrible captaincy almost ruined Bangalore's chances. Sending Saurabh Tiwary before De Villiers when the run rate was above 12? What was Vettori thinking? Saurabh was mounting pressure initially by only being like 10 runs off 10 balls when the Required Run Rate was close to 13. The other mistake Vettori made was bringing in Dilshan in replacement for Murali? Did Vettori not learn from the other match? Did he not say he has a problem with his 5th bowler? Why would he drop his best bowler in place for a part timer then? Pune would have gotten 200+ if not for those 2 run outs

  • oddpotency on April 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Are they ever going to let Tamim play?

  • on April 17, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    its grt to c these records when u do nt have enough time to c live it

  • Ha8rick on April 17, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Although I am supporting the Pune Warriors and obviously sad the way Gayle & DeVilliers took the game away from then but in this match Cricket was definitely the winner!

    I feel bad for Rahul Sharma. He has bowled so well in the last few games but it was Gayle he was up against today.

    It was a perfect batting track and Good job to all the batsmen who scored. Ashish Nehra = *sighs*. Good bowling from Ashok Dinda!!

    Looking forward to more exciting games like these.

  • SurlyCynic on April 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Sending De Villiers in at 6 almost cost RCB the match. Of the batsmen who went in before him, only Gayle went at a decent rate given the big target. Even Tiwary, who finished well, wasted too many balls earlier on. No batsman can fire every time but, like Gayle, if AB fires you win the match. Great game to watch.

    As for Pune, what was Ganguly thinking only bowling Samuels for 2 overs? Madness. Hard to hit him for boundaries with that 'action'.

  • datewithdestiny on April 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    It was such a drama filled exciting finish. Wat a poorly written article...

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  • datewithdestiny on April 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    It was such a drama filled exciting finish. Wat a poorly written article...

  • SurlyCynic on April 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Sending De Villiers in at 6 almost cost RCB the match. Of the batsmen who went in before him, only Gayle went at a decent rate given the big target. Even Tiwary, who finished well, wasted too many balls earlier on. No batsman can fire every time but, like Gayle, if AB fires you win the match. Great game to watch.

    As for Pune, what was Ganguly thinking only bowling Samuels for 2 overs? Madness. Hard to hit him for boundaries with that 'action'.

  • Ha8rick on April 17, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Although I am supporting the Pune Warriors and obviously sad the way Gayle & DeVilliers took the game away from then but in this match Cricket was definitely the winner!

    I feel bad for Rahul Sharma. He has bowled so well in the last few games but it was Gayle he was up against today.

    It was a perfect batting track and Good job to all the batsmen who scored. Ashish Nehra = *sighs*. Good bowling from Ashok Dinda!!

    Looking forward to more exciting games like these.

  • on April 17, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    its grt to c these records when u do nt have enough time to c live it

  • oddpotency on April 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Are they ever going to let Tamim play?

  • johnathonjosephs on April 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Vettori's horrible captaincy almost ruined Bangalore's chances. Sending Saurabh Tiwary before De Villiers when the run rate was above 12? What was Vettori thinking? Saurabh was mounting pressure initially by only being like 10 runs off 10 balls when the Required Run Rate was close to 13. The other mistake Vettori made was bringing in Dilshan in replacement for Murali? Did Vettori not learn from the other match? Did he not say he has a problem with his 5th bowler? Why would he drop his best bowler in place for a part timer then? Pune would have gotten 200+ if not for those 2 run outs

  • phendel on April 17, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    not bowling samuels seemed to cost Pune today....maybe Ganguly is not bowling him so much because of his 1st warning....or maybe he forgot....much like what Vettori did last year with his own bowling also cost him tht match

  • Hayat22 on April 17, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Why is Ganguly coming one down? At best he can score 16-20 runs in as many deliveries; up the order so how does that help the side? If at all they need him for leadership, he should be 'held' back for when the spinners come, or better doesn't get to bat considering they have other power hitters!

  • warrior88 on April 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Being a RCB fan, match was definitely exciting. Funny thing to notice was being the fifth bowler in previous matches - Harshal Patel had one of the better economy rate today while the other fifth bowlers(for today) didn't. Anyways would have been wise choice to keep Murli. And yes Article is really not well written which is usually not the case with cricinfo

  • MCC_Tie on April 17, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    They should seriously consider having AB at 3 the more time Gayle and AB spend at the crease the bigger the final score will be. AB is wasted at 6!!