Delhi v Bangalore, IPL 2012, Kotla May 17, 2012

Gayle ton delivers crucial win for Bangalore

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 215 for 1 (Gayle 128*, Kohli 73*) beat Delhi Daredevils 194 for 9 (Taylor 55, Zaheer 3-38) by 21 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Royal Challengers Bangalore needed to win at the Kotla, to draw level with Chennai Super Kings on 17 points, to move one ahead of Kings XI Punjab, and to pull further away from Rajasthan Royals, their closest competitors. Defeat against league leaders Delhi Daredevils, who had already secured a playoff spot, would have been debilitating to their campaign. So the time and place Chris Gayle chose to score his season's first century - 128 off 62 balls with 13 sixes - was perfect. He and Virat Kohli took 204 runs, the second best Twenty20 partnership, off a Morne Morkel-less attack to lead Royal Challengers to the highest total of 2012, one that was ultimately a match-winning one.

In the end, Royal Challengers were glad Gayle and Kohli gave them 215, because their profligate bowlers needed that many. Daredevils were without Virender Sehwag, who was unwell, but their batsmen were aggressive from the outset and sustained the attack for a considerable period. Several batsmen made small but explosive contributions but it was Ross Taylor, the one Daredevils wanted desperately to find form, who led the chase. His 55, scored at a strike-rate 211, kept the home side abreast with the asking-rate. Taylor, however, was dismissed in the 17th over. Gayle had stayed for all 20, and that made the difference.

Believe it or not, Gayle had started slowly. He played out a maiden against Umesh Yadav, was scoreless for eight consecutive balls, and was one off nine deliveries. He let Kohli provide the initial propulsion after Tillakaratne Dilshan fell early. Royal Challengers were only 42 for 1 after six overs, when the fielding restrictions were lifted. Gayle had hit no sixes by then. At the end of the ninth over, both Gayle and Kohli were on 27, off 25 and 23 balls respectively. Kohli had been far more fluent than his partner, with his flicks through midwicket and drives off the back foot. Gayle was biding his time.

In the 13th over Gayle decided it was time, heaving left-arm spinner Pawan Negi over the midwicket boundary before driving to long-off, where Yadav mis-fielded and allowed the four. Yadav and Daredevils' fielding wasn't as sharp as it had been against Kings XI Punjab.

Thereafter, there was no respite. Gayle passed 50 off his 37th delivery and began to score through sixes. He hit three in the 14th over, from Irfan Pathan. The first just cleared long-off, where Negi leaped on the boundary but parried the ball over; the next two, off a long-hop and a full toss, went more than 100 metres over the leg side. Gayle hit three more, in a row this time, in the 16th over from Negi. While his favoured region was down the ground and over midwicket, Gayle also sliced Yadav and Varun Aaron over the point boundary. He got to his century, his third in the IPL, off 53 deliveries.

Kohli was no slouch either, finishing with 73 off 53 balls. He had provided the initial thrust and raised the run-rate while Gayle settled in. He hit only one six, though, and eventually the show was only about Gayle.

Faced with an asking-rate of over 10 from the start, Daredevils approached the chase in top gear. At the end of the 11th over, they were 105 for 3; Royal Challengers had been 83 for 1. Freed of pressure and with only one obvious way to play, Taylor slog-swept with abandon and made clean connection more often than not. He brought up his half-century, off 22 deliveries, by blitzing Muttiah Muralitharan over deep midwicket.

The shot of the day, however, came from Andre Russell. He was facing his first delivery of the season, and Zaheer Khan had just bowled three tight deliveries in the 16th over before dismissing Naman Ojha with the fourth. The fifth crashed into the second tier behind the bowler's head, more than 100 metres from the centre. Russell even held his front-foot pose with a straight bat for the cameras.

Daredevils then needed 58 off 24 balls but Taylor was dismissed soon after, holing out to deep midwicket. And with runs coming from only Russell's end, Daredevils quickly fell behind the asking-rate, never to recover.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 19, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Good win RCB... no team without Gayle & ABD.. Do rcb have a bowling coach? i heard this name Venkatesh Prasad!!! wonder what his roles and responsibilities are ??? Mr. Venkatesh Prasad can you explain us the value added by you so far to the team? I dont see a bowler in Vinay, Mithun or Aravind. You should be really ashamed of yourself !

  • class9ryan on May 19, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    well , thankfully it has not always been d gayle show dis year 4 RCB - Of 7 matches RCB has won this season - de villiers has contributed in 5 vs DD RR PWI KXIP & DC , Dilshan in 3 - RR DC PWI , Kohli vs DD, Tiwary twice against PWI, And Gayle in 4 - MI PWI DD KXIP, Appanna vs RR, Zak vs DD MI, Harshal vs MI PWI, Murali vs DD MI .... And on other occassions they've lost and u say it one-man show for RCB ...... Chris makes it difficult 4 others by himself smashing d ball everywhere & v dont realise d truth... WELL RCB dis Year Have been better than CSK and MI when d whole 11 men have fallen down in a single match 2 me d Best have been d KXIP when unusual men have contributed in a win

  • class9ryan on May 19, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    well d, Knight Riders looks d best side to win this ipl since d play-off venues suit their slow and spin attack : Pune- a slow & low track : Bangalore - a batsman's paradise and Chennai : one of d slowest..................... Unluckily Delhi with a pace prone attack will have 2 suffer d most

  • on May 18, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    am dying to see Deviliers and gayle batting together and destroying the bowling...But Kohli the captain won't let it happen...even if he himself plays around 30 odd dot balls in a 20-20 match..

  • on May 18, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE IS THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE BATSMAN IN WORLD CRICKET

  • on May 18, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    gayle was like storm and thunder if any one want touch him or try to beat him, nobody will alive

  • Jordan1 on May 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    well done - one man team - they dont have any hope if Gayle fails...

  • paps1889 on May 18, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If Gayle plays for 20 over Bangalore will win every of their remaining matches.

  • Rahulthevirufan on May 18, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i think more than rcb dd gained a lot from this match. the way ross has com back in 4m along wid venu i think it just strenghthens up dd and perhaps add that missing block in their arsenal. now we have viru-warner followed by ross, venu n pathan whu can hit and play real aggresively n likes of jaya n ojha whu can play calmly to get other batmen play round them and play finisher role. As 4 boling i thnk wid morkel bak dere wuld be zing back n lets not 4get dd didnot fielded very well on the day n bowlers can have off day like this. I guess if viru is fully fit and finds his touch back it will take just 2 wins from here 2 get dd lift the trophy... easy............

  • on May 18, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Wow - 6,6,6..another 6..more 6's..look here comes a 6..and what's this coming..oh it's a 6, and wait for it...more 6's and. Well who cares any more, this tin pot cricket has devalued one of the most thrilling currencies in the game to the point it's barely worth looking up over your breakfast cereal to watch them any more. Well done T20

  • on May 19, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Good win RCB... no team without Gayle & ABD.. Do rcb have a bowling coach? i heard this name Venkatesh Prasad!!! wonder what his roles and responsibilities are ??? Mr. Venkatesh Prasad can you explain us the value added by you so far to the team? I dont see a bowler in Vinay, Mithun or Aravind. You should be really ashamed of yourself !

  • class9ryan on May 19, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    well , thankfully it has not always been d gayle show dis year 4 RCB - Of 7 matches RCB has won this season - de villiers has contributed in 5 vs DD RR PWI KXIP & DC , Dilshan in 3 - RR DC PWI , Kohli vs DD, Tiwary twice against PWI, And Gayle in 4 - MI PWI DD KXIP, Appanna vs RR, Zak vs DD MI, Harshal vs MI PWI, Murali vs DD MI .... And on other occassions they've lost and u say it one-man show for RCB ...... Chris makes it difficult 4 others by himself smashing d ball everywhere & v dont realise d truth... WELL RCB dis Year Have been better than CSK and MI when d whole 11 men have fallen down in a single match 2 me d Best have been d KXIP when unusual men have contributed in a win

  • class9ryan on May 19, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    well d, Knight Riders looks d best side to win this ipl since d play-off venues suit their slow and spin attack : Pune- a slow & low track : Bangalore - a batsman's paradise and Chennai : one of d slowest..................... Unluckily Delhi with a pace prone attack will have 2 suffer d most

  • on May 18, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    am dying to see Deviliers and gayle batting together and destroying the bowling...But Kohli the captain won't let it happen...even if he himself plays around 30 odd dot balls in a 20-20 match..

  • on May 18, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE IS THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE BATSMAN IN WORLD CRICKET

  • on May 18, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    gayle was like storm and thunder if any one want touch him or try to beat him, nobody will alive

  • Jordan1 on May 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    well done - one man team - they dont have any hope if Gayle fails...

  • paps1889 on May 18, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If Gayle plays for 20 over Bangalore will win every of their remaining matches.

  • Rahulthevirufan on May 18, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i think more than rcb dd gained a lot from this match. the way ross has com back in 4m along wid venu i think it just strenghthens up dd and perhaps add that missing block in their arsenal. now we have viru-warner followed by ross, venu n pathan whu can hit and play real aggresively n likes of jaya n ojha whu can play calmly to get other batmen play round them and play finisher role. As 4 boling i thnk wid morkel bak dere wuld be zing back n lets not 4get dd didnot fielded very well on the day n bowlers can have off day like this. I guess if viru is fully fit and finds his touch back it will take just 2 wins from here 2 get dd lift the trophy... easy............

  • on May 18, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Wow - 6,6,6..another 6..more 6's..look here comes a 6..and what's this coming..oh it's a 6, and wait for it...more 6's and. Well who cares any more, this tin pot cricket has devalued one of the most thrilling currencies in the game to the point it's barely worth looking up over your breakfast cereal to watch them any more. Well done T20

  • priceless1 on May 18, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Way to go RCB , just one more win then your in the final 4

  • on May 18, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    watever ppl say!!! CSK rely on team work not individuals...look at RCB they win with the help of 5 players only (4 forgien players + kohli)....RCB dont deserve the title either MI or CSK or DD deserve this..!!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Even though DD have Lost this match there r somethings to fear about. Already the DD Batsmen were in form and it was frightening for any team to bowl to them. Now even more frightening is ROSS Taylor's Form, U know how devastating he can be as we saw him wen he was With RCB. For me DD are the favourites with a well balanced team. by the way i'm an RCB Fan. RCB is also a team to watch out with Kohli hitting the form.Come on RCB RCB RCB......

  • shrastogi on May 18, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I firmly believe 215 was achievable on the Kotla ground. Delhi lost it when Warner went away early. Warner should put more price on his wicket and would do well to emulate Gayle. If Delhi had seen RCB's innings they would have been happy to be 10 runs per over in first 10 rather than 12-13. The match Warner won them got finished in 17th chasing over 200. This RCB attack was better hence Warner needed to give more respect. Anyway Delhi's middle order got some practice though I would not read much into it. Delhi should finish in top 2 but shouldnt do any let off in the last match so the they can keep momentum for the playoffs. On paper RCB & MI look to be the other two teams poised for playoffs but I would fancy RR to cause upset. CSK looks to be a lost cause and Kings XI dont look to do a repeat in the last match though I would again expect a fast bowler friendly pitch but what with toss. CSK strategy was faulty compuonded by form and batting order blunders. Better luck to them in 2013.

  • pai11 on May 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @Pradeep Kumar Panda: mate I think you are a CSK fan.. that is why you are blaming DD as unprofessional team.. DD have qualified for playoff. and they would love to test their bench strength.. Taylor regained form, russel showed what he can do, Rao built up a good innings.. what else do we want?? it is better to rest the top players and see how others will perform. this will serve 2 purposes: can bring in "benched" players in playoffs if need be (in case someone is injured or sick) and be assured that he is match-ready. and also protect top-players like Sehwag & morkel from picking injuries during these Dead-rubber matches which can rule them out of tournament!! As a DD fan I wont mind, if we dont get Orange / Purple cap as long as we get the CUP:-)

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Look at the points table. Till the last day of the league phase (May 20th), we wouldn't know which 4 teams will play at the next stage. The only sure cases seem to be Delhi & Kolkatta.

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    despite loosing the match..a very good match for DD! scoring 194 w/o sehwag n warner not firing goes to show the batting firepower in DD lineup....... ross taylor and russel showing good touch with the bat is surely good news for the daredevils...daredevils are already guaranteed a top 2 finish...so they should try to make sure every possible member of the 11 is in top form going into the playoffs...

  • TsoroM on May 18, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I think we can all agree that the pitch for this match was just the perfect strip for batting. Kohli and Gayle showed and the DD batsmen showed that too. RCB have not been at their best with ball in hand but Murali has, but he also went the distance last nite with an economy of 11 (figures of 1 for 44). So all in all it was a well fought win for Bengalore. I hope they go all the way. I would certainly love to see what Gayle has in store for us in the play-offs plus with Kohli having announced his presence with the bat in the last couple of innings and with SA's golden boy (AB) being inventive and in good nick this tournament, RCB will be a well needed outfit in the play-offs for entertainment value if not anything else!

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I was an admirer of Kohli till I realized how selfish he is. I never understood how he could come ahead of ABD!

  • Chandanmm on May 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    kick dilshan and get back vettori ...rcb bowling is worse like deccan... rcb has enough of good hitters , so we dont need dilshan anymore

  • KukaSekhon on May 18, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    RCB Bowlers are useless Delhi got so close and earlier Chennai chased down 200+ against Vinay,Zaheer,Apanna,...

  • on May 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    DD is the most unprofessional team in the IPL... SEE TEAM COMPOSITION AGAINST RCB TODAY... IF U DONT WANT TO WIN PURPLE CAP, ORANGE CAP OR A MATCH, JUST WALK OUT OF THE TOUNAMENT... DNT PLAY...THIS TEAM IS AFTER A STRUGGLING WIN WITH PUNJAB...They should be ruled out of IPL.... If you dnt want to compete, go out... See all the records are broken in this match... DD most weak team in the ipl as they conceded highest run 215 ...

  • on May 18, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    i somehow think virat kohli is goin down the lane similar to sachin tendulkar playin for records n bein insufferably selfish..he shld hav just rotated playin singles n giving strike to gayle or gone full throttle to score 10-20 more runs for team total wen the team had hardly lost 1 wicket in 15overs n AB yet to bat...it almost cost them the match as it happen against csk luckily gayle stuck till the end else hmmm...tho rcb won but disappointed with kohli's batting hope he changes his attitude towards the game.. RCB..!!!

  • NisPunter on May 18, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Ausome match!!! Gaylestrome blew away DD!! Its raining 6's @ Firozshah Kotla b4 monsoon... RCB have won the match but DD had won the hearts..<3 <3.. ThanQ IPL.. ;)

  • on May 18, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    LET DEM BOWL, Bass Gayle. And LASH DEM PROPER!!. Lash dem everyday. Go to England and lash them too. MEK DEM grovel. Only then the pathetic WICB will stop their nonsense and Windies cricket will recover. You and Chanders, Pollard and Narine will make England grovel this summer. Mek the WICB see you is the BASS!!

  • JonnyPMS on May 18, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    While you look at this seasons stats and Murali is ahead on economy, look at all 20/20 matches and Dans economy rate is better. So Travis not completely baseless

  • on May 18, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Noticed that at this stage Delhi Daredevils have scored the exact number of runs as has been scored against them- 2220 for and against. But they have won more matches since they have taken less number of overs to reach the same

  • on May 18, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Chris will be above ICON status the next time out in the 2013 edition. This edition it was simply 'Royal Chris Challenge'.

  • anver777 on May 18, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    RCB is back in the business.... a thrilling finish to the match in the end !!!!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Venky Prasad should stop giving interviews in accented English and start on concentrating on his bowlers problems. Look at Vinay Kumar his last overs are predictable that even my little son can get ready to smash him. His first ball is always is a slower one, Second ball also a slower one But his third ball and the fourth balls are definitely slow bouncers and good for whacking even if you have missed the first two. Look at the length of the balls that he bowls in the final overs. He has possibly never bowled a yorker in the end overs and almost all his balls in the last overs are either short or just short to enable good hitting. It is time Venky got his bowlers act together or face an unceremonious exit.

  • on May 18, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I don't think its fair to compare Vettori and Murali, as they are completely different type of bowlers. Dan is all about variation in speed and drift, where Murali is more about getting purchase on the pitch and variation in delivery type, which he is able to achieve with his unorthodox delivery type. What Dan lacks in his bowling (wicket taking ability) compared to Murali, he makes up with his batting as although he is a little unorthodox can be very effective and hard to bowl to. I think if they are going to drop someone for Vettori though it would be Dilshan, but I'm not sure that's going to happen due to the teams current form. I personally think Vettori would have been better off in another team, as hes too good a player to be sitting in the bench.

  • on May 18, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    the gayle storm blew the dare devils away!!!the match was really awesome... we could jus wait for the upcoming sixes from gayle!!!

  • pai11 on May 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @Sehwag_is_ordinary: on one hand you wonder whether the century of Gayle is of any significance as it is only in "IPL", but on the other hand you make so much fuss of Shakib not being included in the KKR for the same "IPL" matches!!!! double standards???? @Paul Forde: Chris Gayle was there in the list of "participants" for the auction in 2011. no team bought him & as Diganta Sarkar pointed out RCB bought him "out of auction" when Nannes was injured last year. he was retained this year "out of auction" even though Nannes was available!!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Hayden Please double check the stats of this season. Both played 9 games. Murali 14 wickets with an econ of 6.38 while Vettori 5 wickets with an econ of 6.71.

  • rofl on May 18, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    If it wasn't for Gayle and to some extent ABD, RCB would be below DC. The bowling attack sucks big time..almost lost even this match!

  • on May 18, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    the way gayle plays now, getting settled before letting loose would work on any ground.. thats the thing, so @Usaf Ch, what ur saying is tru, BUT his technique now would be suited to play any attack in any country.... he waits, thats all he does is wait until the time is right to let loose, a bad ball must come.

  • harshthakor on May 18, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Gayle's century was arguably,the best innings of this edition of I.P.L.,and one of the greatest t-20 innnings of all time.He took time to get his eye in but once he got going simply set the stadium ablaze.Rarely can one witness such a brutal assault,like a military bomber destroying an airbase-like someone setting the stadium on fire.I wonder in the history of the game whether there have been any players at their best who could destroy bowling as mercilessly as Chris Gayle.His staying till the very end was the crucial factor.Infact his dismissal in earlier games before the last 4-5 overs considerably reduced his team's victory chances.

    Ross Taylor played a cameo and put his team within striking distance of victory ,but in the end the target was too steep.

  • Trevor_G on May 18, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Kholi is insufferably selfish. He looked good on this batting surface (who wouldn't), but still had a relatively low SR. As an RCB fan, I am very unhappy that AB did not come in at No. 3. As many comment here, it is a complete waste of AB's incredible talent. And to see Kholi pirating the strike from CG just made me even more furious. If we (RCB) miss the play-offs because of a low NRR, I will never forgive RCB's team management or 'Captain Kholi' for that matter.

  • on May 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    @Usaf Ch.... you are saying that these tracks are dead, so why cant the other batsmen do the same with such consistency? Gayle is the world best and that's final.

  • jumborock on May 18, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Rcb won't reach in playoffs as whenever kohli played good innings against jayawardene led side or his team depends on jayawardene's team result(in cw series austrailia & in asia cup) kohli team fail to make it to knockouts.

  • on May 18, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    money rules everything shame on you gayle and narine should be playing for west indies.

  • subbass on May 18, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Good baseball game. Plenty of home runs.

    I turned over from the ENG V WI cricket to watch a bit of it.

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary Can you Bangladeshi fans do us all a favor and stop mudslinging IPL? Gayle still has some issues to clear up with West Indies and there is no way that can happen in a jiffy!

  • bobbysolomon on May 18, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Well written report. Excellent show by both teams, but would have enjoyed more if sehwag would have played.

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    @Hayden your comment is without base here. Murali is the far superior bowler, even in his worst day. Wickets are always crucial, especially because they block the progress of a team and therefore hold up the run rate on BOTH ends, which starts a vicious cycle of tumbling wickets. This is exactly what Murali has done since coming back into the side. Also, this is the first time this season, Murali has been expensive. You're forgetting that there is no bowler in the past 20 years, with a better economy rate, average and strike rate than Murali. The ONLY reason that Dan could come back is if Murali is injured, although frankly speaking, a half fit Murali is probably more of an asset than a listless Vettori.

  • on May 17, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @ Analyst_c Your not really much of an Analyst are you? If I were you I would stick to your day job!

  • yorkslanka on May 17, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    superb example of power hitting from gayle today who made it look so easy...

  • on May 17, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Analyst C - Taylor got 55 off 26....was the only batsman to perform - apologies are required from your behalf.

    I think the biggest rethink is the decision not to include Vettori. While Muralitharan was a great in his time, the journeyman retiree is not half the player he was. Vettori might not be getting the wickets, but he has one of the best economy figures in the world. What is more important in 20/20 cricket? Low economy rates by far. I think teams need to evaluate how important wickets are in this form of the game.

  • StevieS on May 17, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Analyst_c "The decision to persist with Taylor belies all logic now", does it now? He is now in some sort of form and just hit the 3rd fastest 50 this IPL, thats why they persisted with him, because unlike yourself those in charge of the DD know their players and what they are capable of.

  • raghu1122000 on May 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    the equation is now simple. rcb has to win against deccan and they are through. cos the remaining 3 contenders are RR MI chennai and in these RR play MI so whoever wins it bonus

  • on May 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    @Diganta Sarkar.... Chris Gayle wasn't bought because he wasn't available and not because no one wanted him. When he became available then RCB bought him

  • predfox on May 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    DD actually got within striking distance of a 200+ score??!?!?!? This would have been a disaster for RCB is Viru was playing. Seriously, Venky Prasad needs to be fired for RCBs pathetic bowling

  • on May 17, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Every one saying they need Gayle back in WI in all format based on his performance in IPL. Bowling standard of internatiol circket are totally different and pitch around the world are not flat dead tracks. Gayle would strugle in England. However, compare to the rest of WI batting line up he is much better. He is not going to perform similarly at an international level.

  • on May 17, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    GAYLE IS BOSSSS!!!!BIG UP YASELF

  • ZiggyMarley on May 17, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Even after this first substantial innings by Kohli, AB de Villiers can outperform him this IPL by averaging 1.6 over his next 5 innings at a strike of 8.1 runs per 100 balls. RCB would be in the playoffs, probably qualifying first, if they had allowed de Villiers more than his current average of 13 balls faced per game. What an absolute waste of the best overall batsman in the world across the 3 formats (ranked 2nd in both tests and ODIs).

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    In 2011, KKR left Chris Gayle to auction and no teams bought him. He was included in RCB only after Nannes was injured. He went onto become the top scorer of 2011 IPL and now the top scorer of 2012. :) ...

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    does it matter Gayle scoring a century in IPL? If he played for WI today at Lords and scored the century, his name would appear on that RESPECT BOARD of Lords.

  • SurlyCynic on May 17, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Great win for RCB and amazing batting from Gayle. Disappointed with Kohli though, not sure he deserves this praise and he has too much talent to bat like this. On a difficult pitch recently Kallis and Yusuf were criticised for going at a 130 strike rate, here, on the best batting track in the whole IPL, Kohli went at 137. Big hitters like AB never got to bat, and even in the 17-18th overs he wasted balls instead of giving the strike to CG. If Sehwag was playing this could have cost RCB the game. Zaheer bowled better which is good to see, but the bowlers as a whole are still not where they should be. So RCB have work to do to progress further in the competition.

  • Wabob on May 17, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    It was the PERFECT GAYLE storm...this guy's just mercurial...all set towards an exciting play-offs finish. Cannot wait!

  • Manish97 on May 17, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Aren't KKR already threw on the base of NRR?

    Delhi batsman are in top form, they might win the IPL.

  • ramps_wi on May 17, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    them RCB bowlers ..... well yes they almost fail to defend 215!!

  • KDoc on May 17, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    We need Gayle back in the WI team; in all formats !!!

  • Analyst_c on May 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    (1) The decision to persist with Taylor belies all logic now. As I said before, its one thing to be out of form like Kohli. Even though Kohli gets out cheaply, he at least looks fluent. While Taylor slows down the whole innings while he tries to find form. Taylor is woefully out of form, looks terrible in the middle, and should be dropped from the team for the remaining games. Why not give Finch a chance in place of Taylor? Thankfully Russel is playing, but Finch should also have been given a chance today. Both Finch and Russel should play today and the next game as well. Anybody is better than Taylor at this point.

    (2) Why does RCB send in AB at No. 5? That's sheer insanity. He should be coming in at No. 3, unless there is an early wicket and then he can come in at No. 4.

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  • Analyst_c on May 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    (1) The decision to persist with Taylor belies all logic now. As I said before, its one thing to be out of form like Kohli. Even though Kohli gets out cheaply, he at least looks fluent. While Taylor slows down the whole innings while he tries to find form. Taylor is woefully out of form, looks terrible in the middle, and should be dropped from the team for the remaining games. Why not give Finch a chance in place of Taylor? Thankfully Russel is playing, but Finch should also have been given a chance today. Both Finch and Russel should play today and the next game as well. Anybody is better than Taylor at this point.

    (2) Why does RCB send in AB at No. 5? That's sheer insanity. He should be coming in at No. 3, unless there is an early wicket and then he can come in at No. 4.

  • KDoc on May 17, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    We need Gayle back in the WI team; in all formats !!!

  • ramps_wi on May 17, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    them RCB bowlers ..... well yes they almost fail to defend 215!!

  • Manish97 on May 17, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Aren't KKR already threw on the base of NRR?

    Delhi batsman are in top form, they might win the IPL.

  • Wabob on May 17, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    It was the PERFECT GAYLE storm...this guy's just mercurial...all set towards an exciting play-offs finish. Cannot wait!

  • SurlyCynic on May 17, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Great win for RCB and amazing batting from Gayle. Disappointed with Kohli though, not sure he deserves this praise and he has too much talent to bat like this. On a difficult pitch recently Kallis and Yusuf were criticised for going at a 130 strike rate, here, on the best batting track in the whole IPL, Kohli went at 137. Big hitters like AB never got to bat, and even in the 17-18th overs he wasted balls instead of giving the strike to CG. If Sehwag was playing this could have cost RCB the game. Zaheer bowled better which is good to see, but the bowlers as a whole are still not where they should be. So RCB have work to do to progress further in the competition.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    does it matter Gayle scoring a century in IPL? If he played for WI today at Lords and scored the century, his name would appear on that RESPECT BOARD of Lords.

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    In 2011, KKR left Chris Gayle to auction and no teams bought him. He was included in RCB only after Nannes was injured. He went onto become the top scorer of 2011 IPL and now the top scorer of 2012. :) ...

  • ZiggyMarley on May 17, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Even after this first substantial innings by Kohli, AB de Villiers can outperform him this IPL by averaging 1.6 over his next 5 innings at a strike of 8.1 runs per 100 balls. RCB would be in the playoffs, probably qualifying first, if they had allowed de Villiers more than his current average of 13 balls faced per game. What an absolute waste of the best overall batsman in the world across the 3 formats (ranked 2nd in both tests and ODIs).

  • on May 17, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    GAYLE IS BOSSSS!!!!BIG UP YASELF