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

Gayle ton delivers crucial win for Bangalore


Royal Challengers Bangalore 215 for 1 (Gayle 128*, Kohli 73*) beat Delhi Daredevils 194 for 9 (Taylor 55, Zaheer 3-38) by 21 runs
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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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  • Dummy4 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 !

  • $$ milind 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

  • $$ milind 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

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2012, 16:20 GMT


  • Dummy4 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

  • jordan on May 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT

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

  • Soumya on May 18, 2012, 10:32 GMT

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

  • Rahul 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............

  • Dummy4 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

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