Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mohali April 20, 2012

Gayle, de Villiers seal comfortable Bangalore win

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 166 for 5 (Gayle 87, de Villiers 52, Awana 4-34) beat Kings XI Punjab 163 for 6 (Hussey 41, Mahmood 33*) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For a while, Kings XI Punjab showed some fight. Azhar Mahmood turned a middling total into a seemingly challenging one. Parvinder Awana jolted Royal Challengers Bangalore with three early strikes. But the visitors had Chris Gayle. And AB de Villiers. A nearly risk-free partnership of 131 at more than ten runs an over followed, shutting Kings XI out totally.

At 25 for 3 facing an asking-rate touching nine-and-a-half, Royal Challengers should have been pushed much more than they were. That they were not was down to the class of Gayle and de Villiers and the lack of depth in the Kings XI attack.

When they needed someone to increase the pressure after Awana's initial burst, Kings XI instead had Harmeet Singh delivering innocuous legbreaks from a long run-up on a greenish pitch. They were also confronted with two batsmen who were so much in control of the situation that they did not even bother to attack as much as they usually do.

Gayle kept the big strokes away as long as he could rein himself in but that did not deter him from scoring boundaries at will. Awana had just taken out Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli in the space of five deliveries. Gayle responded with consecutive fours off Praveen Kumar in the next over.

Awana had Saurabh Tiwary top-edging to the wicketkeeper off the first ball of the sixth over. Gayle responded with another pair of boundaries. He softly turned deliveries through square leg for runs while de Villiers found his timing as soon as he arrived.

De Villiers, in fact, went along at a faster clip than Gayle initially, tapering off towards the end as the latter finally decided to display his range with some huge straight hits.

The game went to the last over only because Gayle and de Villiers fell on the brink of victory. In the end, Royal Challengers had just too much power for a ragged Kings XI unit. That Kings XI even set the visitors a reasonable chase was down to Mahmood, the former Pakistan allrounder debuting in the IPL as a British citizen. He breathed life into a stuttering innings after Kings XI had once again been let down by their batsmen. Coming in at No. 7 in the 16th over, Mahmood smashed 33 off 14 deliveries as Kings XI posted their highest total of the season.

Despite three of five bowlers used going for around six runs an over, Royal Challengers discovered there were still enough weak links in their attack for even a shaky Kings XI line-up to exploit. Harshal Patel disappeared for 44 and Vinay Kumar for 40 as Kings XI took 51 off the final four overs.

Kings XI had sleepwalked to 105 by the 15th over, and the departure of David Hussey off the last ball of that over had further dented their hopes of posting a decent total. Mahmood walked in and completely changed the tempo of the innings. Harshal was thumped over mid-off and midwicket for consecutive boundaries; Vinay was calmly dabbed between the wicketkeeper and wide slip for four.

Royal Challengers had been on top till Mahmood's arrival. Only Shaun Marsh and Hussey had dominated them in a three-over span. Even that partnership had been terminated before it could cause much damage. After playing some pleasing cover drives, Marsh was bowled for 26 as he tried to late-cut Andrew McDonald.

Marsh's fall came after Zaheer Khan, enjoying the bounce on the Mohali pitch and bowling with control from both sides of the wicket, had removed the Kings XI openers early. Stand-in captain Hussey, leading in place of the injured Adam Gilchrist, kept the home side going steadily but fell when they were in need of a late boost. It was to come from Mahmood, and gave their medium-pacers some leeway to exploit a favourable pitch. Awana did that, but Gayle and de Villiers were unstoppable.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • india_ipl_fan on April 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    C'mon Anil or Siddarth, I know you've paid 1.6 million for this useless kid Tiwari....but you're still better off with him warming the bench, he just wastes balls and increases pressure on AB and Chris who are already under enough of it......

  • Cryptic_Daz on April 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    why is Tiwary up the order again? Looks like RCB can't celebrate without Gayle & ABD heroics... Wake up Virat, Vinay & Vettori.. Tiwary can remain out playing XI and enjoy the game.

  • catchpiscean on April 21, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    DelhiDaredevils is the strongest tean on paper!!!

  • FoollyFedUp on April 21, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Kohli, Vinay and Tiwari are hopeless cases. Atleast Vinay and Tiwari don't have the attitude. Kohli : One test century in about 15 innings, and he thinks he is a legend.

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    yeah please play Nayar and play him at 6....not higher....or probably 7...... he ll score quicker than HUSSEY..... 101 strike rate what a shame

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    come on Gayle is not a cutter....he did not score a single run in point region of a spinner....he kept nudging slow bowlers around his legs and kept the scoreboard ticking....

    where were the thinkers of the team?

    absolute mind freezer...no plaanning...

    they have to blame themselves for such a shoddy performance...

    but I must pay respects to the fielding unit and Chawla, Mahmood and Awana

  • SamRoy on April 21, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    I hope Imran Nazir does the same thing. Become a citizen of Britain so that he can play IPL in India. Or may be citizen of Bangladesh if it gives quicker citizenship!

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Man....I am just dying to see Chris Gayle playing for the Windies!!!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Why Nayar is warming bench ??? Seems Punjab Team Management have decided to take the wooden spoon......lol ! Team Composition is the worstttttttttttttttttttt !!!

    Priety i am sorry :(

  • riverlime on April 21, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Now let's see. If we could get some of these IPL stars to play together for the T20 world cup, they might have a good chance of winning. Let's put them in an impoverished(mostly) but beautiful group of islands. There are a lot of hurricanes there (and one significant Gayle) so lets call this team the Windies. If we take Pollard Bravo, Samuels, Cooper, Narine and a Mr Gayle and then add a Rampaul, Roach, Ramdin, Barath and young Bravo.......I wonder what would happen in September. Hmmmmmmm........

  • india_ipl_fan on April 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    C'mon Anil or Siddarth, I know you've paid 1.6 million for this useless kid Tiwari....but you're still better off with him warming the bench, he just wastes balls and increases pressure on AB and Chris who are already under enough of it......

  • Cryptic_Daz on April 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    why is Tiwary up the order again? Looks like RCB can't celebrate without Gayle & ABD heroics... Wake up Virat, Vinay & Vettori.. Tiwary can remain out playing XI and enjoy the game.

  • catchpiscean on April 21, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    DelhiDaredevils is the strongest tean on paper!!!

  • FoollyFedUp on April 21, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Kohli, Vinay and Tiwari are hopeless cases. Atleast Vinay and Tiwari don't have the attitude. Kohli : One test century in about 15 innings, and he thinks he is a legend.

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    yeah please play Nayar and play him at 6....not higher....or probably 7...... he ll score quicker than HUSSEY..... 101 strike rate what a shame

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    come on Gayle is not a cutter....he did not score a single run in point region of a spinner....he kept nudging slow bowlers around his legs and kept the scoreboard ticking....

    where were the thinkers of the team?

    absolute mind freezer...no plaanning...

    they have to blame themselves for such a shoddy performance...

    but I must pay respects to the fielding unit and Chawla, Mahmood and Awana

  • SamRoy on April 21, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    I hope Imran Nazir does the same thing. Become a citizen of Britain so that he can play IPL in India. Or may be citizen of Bangladesh if it gives quicker citizenship!

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Man....I am just dying to see Chris Gayle playing for the Windies!!!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Why Nayar is warming bench ??? Seems Punjab Team Management have decided to take the wooden spoon......lol ! Team Composition is the worstttttttttttttttttttt !!!

    Priety i am sorry :(

  • riverlime on April 21, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Now let's see. If we could get some of these IPL stars to play together for the T20 world cup, they might have a good chance of winning. Let's put them in an impoverished(mostly) but beautiful group of islands. There are a lot of hurricanes there (and one significant Gayle) so lets call this team the Windies. If we take Pollard Bravo, Samuels, Cooper, Narine and a Mr Gayle and then add a Rampaul, Roach, Ramdin, Barath and young Bravo.......I wonder what would happen in September. Hmmmmmmm........

  • NP_NY on April 21, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Good to see Azhar Mahmood shine in his first match in the IPL. It's time to bring in more Pakistani players and add to the entertainment. Previously there were some concerns about their security in India, but this shouldn't be a hindrance anymore. If Azhar can play, so can Umar Akmal.

  • on April 21, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    It is shocking only foreign players are playing well in IPL

  • rohanblue on April 21, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    good 2 see a pakistani playing in ipl, enough BCCI, help us 2 create a friendly atmosphere beetween ind-pak.......

  • anver777 on April 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    No real pressure was applied by KXI front line bowlers after that initial 3 wkts by an unknown Awana....... otherwise 163 was certainly a fighting score !!!

  • Gizza on April 21, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Well there's finally a Pakistani playing in the IPL albeit a British citizen now.

  • Bruisers on April 20, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    I haven't seen David Miller play one good innings for any team he has played for. Don't know why KXIP are so interested in him even when other players are available. Honestly Abhishek Nayar deserves a longer run.. He is a match winner.

  • Keepa-batsman on April 20, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    punjab with gilchrist would have probably meant a punjab victory

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 20, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    OMG, Gayle and AB is the pair to get. One of the most dangerous combos in IPL.

  • Meety on April 20, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Mahmood will be captaining England soon - LOL! Actually on 2nd thought, well only partly joking, maybe, just maybe, he could earn a cap for the Indian tour???? That would be GOLD!

  • on April 20, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    i dont see the point in sending saurabh tiwary ahead of A B De Vlliers .... ABDV is a class player in all formats of the game , the guy is a future legend . He is a perfect batsman . he should be given a chance to face as many deliveries as possible , ahead of sloggers like tiwary ... vettori should seriously get some of his decisions right ....

  • SurlyCynic on April 20, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Watching Gayle and AB bat together is as good as it gets in the IPL. At least AB didn't come in at 6 today but should still come in before 'dotball' Tiwary.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Don't forget that Azhar Mahmood was the most valuable foreign player in BPL.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    If Azhar Mahmood was given a chancee to come early, Punjab would have won the match.

  • on April 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Cool Gayle! I love the way you play now aday.

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Controlled batting by two champion players was a treat to watch. Harmeet played for RCB and not KXIP.

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Proud to an RCB supporter !

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Btw, I would like to congratulate Awana for wonderful bowling against good batting line-up. This must boost his confidence !

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    For how long Gayle and AB will keep rescuing RCB ? Kohli and Tiwary need to get back in form ! had Gayle been out early, I say, Punjab would have won the match ! Come on Tiwary, Learn the art of batting from Rahane - All proper Cricketing shots !

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    wooooooohooooooooooooo we win !!!... It's a Gayle & ABD show again... Why the hell is Tiwari up the order again? He has nothing to offer but pressure to other batsmen. It's high time for Vettori to re-think Tiwari in playing XI.. Virat & Vinay.. its time to wake up guys.. Stick to basics and discipline. Thanks Gayle and ABD.. you guys are AWESOME !!!

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    thats what pakistanies can do.. so dont care of Pakistani Playerz India.. let them have a chance in IPL.. they will show ..thay r the best

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    I do not understand, why David Hussey is not used as a bowler in IPL 2012??? He is much much better bowler than Harmeet Sing. Harmeet is a very loose bowler. He gives lots of loose balls and plenty of runs to opposition. I am looking forward to reach this msg to KXIP mgt.

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  • on April 20, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    I do not understand, why David Hussey is not used as a bowler in IPL 2012??? He is much much better bowler than Harmeet Sing. Harmeet is a very loose bowler. He gives lots of loose balls and plenty of runs to opposition. I am looking forward to reach this msg to KXIP mgt.

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    thats what pakistanies can do.. so dont care of Pakistani Playerz India.. let them have a chance in IPL.. they will show ..thay r the best

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    wooooooohooooooooooooo we win !!!... It's a Gayle & ABD show again... Why the hell is Tiwari up the order again? He has nothing to offer but pressure to other batsmen. It's high time for Vettori to re-think Tiwari in playing XI.. Virat & Vinay.. its time to wake up guys.. Stick to basics and discipline. Thanks Gayle and ABD.. you guys are AWESOME !!!

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    For how long Gayle and AB will keep rescuing RCB ? Kohli and Tiwary need to get back in form ! had Gayle been out early, I say, Punjab would have won the match ! Come on Tiwary, Learn the art of batting from Rahane - All proper Cricketing shots !

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Btw, I would like to congratulate Awana for wonderful bowling against good batting line-up. This must boost his confidence !

  • on April 20, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Proud to an RCB supporter !

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Controlled batting by two champion players was a treat to watch. Harmeet played for RCB and not KXIP.

  • on April 20, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Cool Gayle! I love the way you play now aday.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    If Azhar Mahmood was given a chancee to come early, Punjab would have won the match.

  • British_North_America on April 20, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Don't forget that Azhar Mahmood was the most valuable foreign player in BPL.