Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mumbai May 9, 2012

Gayle does it again for Bangalore


Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 1 (Gayle 82*) beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 6 (Karthik 44) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It wasn't the easiest of pitches to bat on at the Wankhede Stadium, and Mumbai Indians possess the most potent bowling attack in the competition, but none of that mattered to Chris Gayle as he swung sixes on his way to the orange cap, 500 runs in the tournament and an unbeaten 82 that propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to the fourth spot.

Victories for Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday and Royal Challengers' win today has tightened the table again, with only three points separating the five teams in the middle.

Mumbai's batting has rarely been at its best this season, and continued to struggle today. The Royal Challengers bowling has had some off days this year, but turned in one of their more impressive performances as Vinay Kumar's double-strike in the second over and Muttiah Muralitharan's two wickets off successive deliveries later in the innings limited Mumbai to 141.

With the ball nipping around, it seemed a competitive score, particularly given the strength of Mumbai's bowling. Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan watchfully played out the main threat, Lasith Malinga, and focussed their energy on scoring plenty off the rest.

As he has been all season, Gayle was relatively cautious early on. Mumbai had two gilt-edged chances to dismiss him within the Powerplays: first, in the second over when a direct hit would have caught him well short, and then in the sixth over when Dwayne Smith put down a skier at cover. That potentially game-changing drop rounded off a horror outing for Smith, who also flopped with the bat a mere three days after his final-over heroics against Chennai Super Kings.

Dilshan was dismissed in the ninth over, and the asking rate began to climb towards nine, but it only took Gayle three deliveries to transform the match. Pragyan Ojha gifted him two friendly full tosses on leg stump which were contemptuously dispatched over the leg side; the second of those had been a no-ball as well, and Gayle dismissed the extra delivery for another six, over long-off for a change. That 22-run over brought the required rate closer to seven. Mumbai were never in the game after that as Virat Kohli found some form and helped Gayle finish it off with two overs to spare.

It hadn't begun well either for Mumbai with Zaheer Khan and Vinay troubling their top order. James Franklin upper cut a catch to third man, and Rohit Sharma was plumb lbw later in Vinay's over as Mumbai stuttered to 5 for 2 - the lowest score in the IPL after four overs.

Sachin Tendulkar then survived a close call for lbw, and was again reprieved when a Kohli throw from backward point was wide. Mumbai finally got some momentum in the sixth over as Tendulkar struck three successive boundaries - the first off the bat in the innings. Just as Mumbai were getting some stability, 21-year-old seamer Harshal Patel dismissed Tendulkar getting him to top-edge a pull.

The signing of Smith and the return of Kieron Pollard made the Mumbai batting seem more solid, and when Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik added 44 quick runs, the stage seemed set for a late onslaught from the two West Indians. Murali, though, removed both the well-set Karthik and Smith in the 16th over, seemingly denting Mumbai's recovery. Harbhajan, however, swung a couple of boundaries off Zaheer and Pollard powered two sixes in the final over from Vinay to lift Mumbai, but not to a total that was beyond Gayle's reach.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!!

  • surya on May 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    who is the one preparing pitches in wankede, is he worked previously in newzealand. franklin will struggle even in juicy bangalore pitch but mumbai will still have faith in him. "But look mumbai, you can play him only till the last league match, he will definitely not take you to playoffs".

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians so unpredictable, they are a good side but need to be stable. I feel that if tendulkar is opening the innings he needs a partner who can fire from the word go, someone like Levi, blizzard, smith or Pollard but the problem is they are not sure themselves and tendular takes his own sweet time settling down, what i felt was that MI wasted 4 good overs in the start, 6 runs in 4 overs is too less for a T20 game and then gayle dropped on 21 was the biggest mistake, that could have changed the game completely.. Ne ways hats off to RCB they really played well and MI really needs to learn from their mistakes and pull up their socks quick as the points table is really looking messed up and MI cannot afford loosing ne more games.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I dont know why MI is not giving chance to Suryakumar Yadav. He was the highest run-getter for Mumbai in Ranji 2011-12. Not only highest run getter but he scored runs at 85% strike rate, no other batsmen in Ranji 2011 scored so much runs at this strike rate. I dont know about his bowling ability but he took 6 wickets at about 2.65 economy rate and with strike rate of 14 balls! (if I am not forgetting)

    I know problem with MI is whom to drop? Mumbai batsmen are Tendulkar, Franklin, Sharma, Rayadu, Pollard and now Smith. But except Sharma and Tendulkar nobody has displayed consistency. Not a single batsman has strike rate of more than 125!! (Except Smith- thanks to his 3 balls 14 runs). MI needs to rethink once again to utiliise S Yadav before loosing the last opportunity. When other younger batsman like Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh are getting opportunity to display their ability, I think S Yadav is deprived of his opportunity.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Gyale has been ruling the IPL 2012 again

  • Anver on May 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!! Spectators, Umpires & Non strikers be ALERT !! & "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE" the Gayle Force is in full swing.

  • Satyajit on May 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @LoftedShot, wrong analysis about SRTs strike rate (88). you have to see it in the context of match situation. Initially playing wasn't easy and Tendulkar was more comfortable among the batsmen (surely not at his best). When Tendulkar got out, strike rate of others batsmen is as follows: Franklin 16, Rohit 0 and Karthik 56. Later on the pitch eased out and people could play some shots. There has to be synch between curator and team management as the home team isn't getting the pitch that they understand. About these senior folks Rahul, Sachin and Sourav, Rahul and Sachin are quite fit and still quick runners (they were never Jhonty Rodes) while Sourav isn't that quick, but PWI has a weak team and require a strong leader. I think once Yuvraj is back next year it will be slightly better but they still require some big hitters (possibly from overseas) as Clake is more of a classical player and Steve Smith is yet to mature.

  • Cricinfouser on May 10, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    CG is the coolest cricketer ever.. Whenever I see him on TV I get the impression that the man is content with his life. Nothing fazes him or worries him or scares him(I am not talking about opposing bowling here, but life in general). It seems like he's gotta a cool calypso song running in loop in his head and he's just in the swing of things..just chilling ! What a Gentle Gaint!

  • Hulk on May 10, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Wish Gayle had shown such massive consistency playing for WI.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    RCB just showed again that they have the best batting lineup. Do you know that yesterday was the 1st time this season that Malinga hasn't taken a wicket in a match!!

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