Indian Premier League, 21st match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors at Bangalore, Apr 17, 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
17 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)

We are back for the chase. They have two of the most attacking opening batsmen you could ask for, Dilshan and Gayle. Dinda will start off.

Venkat: "Comments: This match has had a creepy affinity towards the number 34. Ryder and Samuels scored 34 each; Zaheer, Vinay and Vettori gave away 34 in their spells. It's creepy because, how can they know the size of my trousers?"

A slip in place

0.1

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan goes for the pull and misses, bowled it short outside off and he tried to smack it through midwicket, didn't make contact

0.2

Dinda to Dilshan, 1 run, short outside off, stands tall in the crease and thrashes that towards point, Smith fields well but a small fumble allows them a single

0.3

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, goodish length on middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it past the bowler for a single

0.4

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, short of a good length on the off, nips back in a hint, he had shaped himself up for a cut but was too close to play the shot in the end, beaten

0.5

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, banged in short outside off, goes for the pull and he misses again, a touch too quick, bowled at 141 kph

0.6

Dinda to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off and he tries to flay that through the covers, gets a thick outside edge to third man for a single

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (180 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 9.47)

    • TM Dilshan 2 (5b)
    • CH Gayle 1 (1b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-3-0

Nehra runs in, has a slip

1.1

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, provides him with some width, tries to drive it through the covers, gets a thick inside edge, just the single

1.2

Nehra to Gayle, no run, banged in short on middle, Gayle ducks under that one, bowled at 127.9kph

1.3

Nehra to Gayle, no run, Gayle dances down the track to smash that over deep midwicket, misses as it moves away

Uthappa thinks Pune were about 15 runs short in the end, as Bangalore fought back well in the last few overs

1.4

Nehra to Gayle, no run, angling in towards middle and off, defended into the off side

1.5

Nehra to Gayle, no run, edged and short of slip, angled in towards middle and nipped away, gets on the back foot to defend, gets a thick outside edge, goes off the thigh on the way to the slip fielder, got to Ryder on the bounce

1.6

Nehra to Gayle, no run, short and it's straight to point, Gayle moved away and cut that well but can't beat the in-field, a good couple of overs from Pune

End of over 2 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/0 (179 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 9.94)

    • CH Gayle 1 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 3 (6b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-1-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-3-0
2.1

Dinda to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched on a length, it's pushed to mid-off on the up for a single, almost a collision between the bowler and Dilshan

2.2

Dinda to Gayle, 1 wide, banged in short on middle and off, ducks under it well but it's been called a wide for height, Sourav is not happy with the decision and has a word with the umpire

2.2

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, banged in short outside off, pulled that towards deep midwicket for a single

2.3

Dinda to Dilshan, OUT, The Dilscoop goes bad, tried to play that over the keeper and offered a dolly to the keeper, may have struck the helmet on the way, Pune have struck early

TM Dilshan c †Uthappa b Dinda 4 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Agarwal is the new man

2.4

Dinda to Agarwal, 2 wides, banged it short outside leg stump, too wide and it's called one by the umpire, a single as well to go with it as Uthappa can't collect it cleanly

2.4

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, a fast full toss on middle, it's tapped into the off side for a single, Gayle was caught by surprise there

2.5

Dinda to Agarwal, 1 no ball, short and wide and he goes for the upper-cut, chased it did Agarwal, a no-ball for height this time, well over his head

2.5

Dinda to Agarwal, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it to cover

Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are part of the Pune support group

2.6

Dinda to Agarwal, SIX, lovely hit, pitched on a length and Agarwal struck that superbly through the line, lofting it clean over the bowler's head and all the way into the crowd, beautifully hit

End of over 3 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/1 (166 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 9.76)

    • MA Agarwal 6 (3b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 3 (8b)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-16-1
    • A Nehra 1-0-1-0
3.1

Nehra to Gayle, 1 run, thick outside edge, angling in towards middle, pitched on a good length, flew off the outside edge down to third man for a single

3.2

Nehra to Agarwal, no run, short of a good length outside off, tried to run that to third man, couldn't connect as he opened the face

3.3

Nehra to Agarwal, 1 run, short on middle, it's pulled away uppishly towards deep square leg for a single

3.4

Nehra to Gayle, FOUR, short ball outside off and Gayle was in control of that one, moved away and cut that smartly over point for a boundary, one bounce four

3.5

Nehra to Gayle, SIX, this one's disappeared, it's a crowd killer, danced down the track, picked it from a length and swung it hard over the deep midwicket boundary, punished

3.6

Nehra to Gayle, SIX, in the slot for Gayle, was pitched up, came down the track and lofted it just over the long-off boundary, just cleared the ropes, the chase is on

End of over 4 (18 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 35/1 (148 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 9.25)

    • CH Gayle 20 (12b 1x4 2x6)
    • MA Agarwal 7 (5b 1x6)
    • A Nehra 2-0-19-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-16-1
4.1

Kumar to Agarwal, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and taps it towards midwicket

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's the bowler

4.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a good length outside off, chops that one down to point

4.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, comes down the track to hammer it over mid-on, didn't pick the change in pace there, missed

4.4

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, bad bounce for the fielder at cover, short and wide and Gayle thrashed it straight towards cover, got a bad bounce did Mathews and it went over his head as he bent low to collect that

4.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a length outside off, cut away but straight to point

4.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and plays it into the leg side

End of over 5 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/1 (143 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 9.53)

    • CH Gayle 24 (17b 2x4 2x6)
    • MA Agarwal 8 (6b 1x6)
    • B Kumar 1-0-5-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-19-0

Marlon Samuels comes on

5.1

Samuels to Agarwal, no run, turns in from outside off, defended into the off side

5.2

Samuels to Agarwal, no run, shortish on the off, tries to pull him into the leg side but that came on slower than he expected, struck on the thigh

5.3

Samuels to Agarwal, 1 run, swings that through square leg for a single

Samuels was reported for a suspect action after Pune's last game. If he's reported again, he could be prevented from bowling for the remainder of the season

5.4

Samuels to Gayle, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it to extra cover

5.5

Samuels to Gayle, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, drives that straight towards midwicket

5.6

Samuels to Agarwal, OUT, Samuels strikes, was struck well but Manhas was perfectly placed at deep square leg, was at the edge of the ropes and kept his cool as that was pulled straight to him, made no mistake

MA Agarwal c Manhas b Samuels 9 (18m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 90.00

Agarwal, after that delightful hit for six, has to head back.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 42/2 (141 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 10.07)

    • CH Gayle 25 (19b 2x4 2x6)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-2-1
    • B Kumar 1-0-5-0

Kohli's the new man

6.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and defends it towards point

6.2

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, good bounce for Bhuvneshwar, Gayle tapped it wide of point for a single

6.3

Kumar to Kohli, no run, good bounce again, struck Kohli high on the pads as it jumped off short of a good length

6.4

Kumar to Kohli, no run, gets on the back foot to play it into the leg side, Kohli wants the single, Gayle doesn't and sends him back

6.5

Kumar to Kohli, FOUR, picked the gap well, short ball and he pulled it between fine leg and deep square leg, just helped it, easy pickings

6.6

Kumar to Kohli, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot, gets an inside edge onto the shoe

End of over 7 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/2 (136 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 10.46)

    • V Kohli 4 (4b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 26 (21b 2x4 2x6)
    • B Kumar 2-0-10-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-2-1
7.1

Samuels to Gayle, no run, in the blockhole on middle and off, is played back towards the bowler

7.2

Samuels to Gayle, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards long-off for a single

7.3

Samuels to Kohli, no run, gets on the back foot this time and turns it towards square leg

7.4

Samuels to Kohli, 1 run, shortish outside off, cracked towards deep point for a single

7.5

Samuels to Gayle, 1 run, full toss on middle, pushed down the ground to long-off for a single

7.6

Samuels to Kohli, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it straight to midwicket

End of over 8 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 50/2 (133 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 11.08)

    • V Kohli 5 (7b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 28 (24b 2x4 2x6)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-5-1
    • B Kumar 2-0-10-0
8.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, dropped that short on middle, bowled at 134kmph, Gayle went for the pull but didn't connect

8.2

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, slower one bowled short this time, mistimes a pull towards long-on for one more

8.3

Kumar to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a good length, comes down the track and drives it on the up towards deep cover, wide of him in fact for a couple of runs

8.4

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, gets front and across and drives that through midwicket into the deep for a single

8.5

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, chopped it wide of cover for a single

8.6

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, bowled that short outside off, Kohli pushed it gently wide of mid-off for a single to keep strike, time for a time out

Pune have done well so far, Bangalore will need some surge from here on to scale down 182

End of over 9 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/2 (127 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 11.54)

    • V Kohli 9 (10b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 30 (27b 2x4 2x6)
    • B Kumar 3-0-16-0
    • MN Samuels 2-0-5-1

Mathews to bowl now

9.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, slower one bowled full outside off, steered that straight towards point

9.2

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, good length on the off, drives it towards long-off for a single

9.3

Mathews to Gayle, FOUR, connects superbly, full toss, comes down the track and drills it down the ground for a boundary

9.4

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, slower one bowled short on middle, pulled away towards deep midwicket for a single

9.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, pushes that wide of cover for a single

9.6

Mathews to Gayle, no run, short of a good length on middle, jabs that one back towards the bowler

End of over 10 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/2 (120 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.30, RRR: 12.00)

    • CH Gayle 35 (30b 3x4 2x6)
    • V Kohli 11 (13b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-7-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-16-0

Rahul Sharma comes on to bowl

10.1

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away towards deep midwicket for a single

10.2

Sharma to Gayle, no run, short on middle and leg, pulled but straight to short fine leg

10.3

Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, pushed it towards extra cover for a single

10.4

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, short ball on the off, pulled away straight to deep midwicket for one more

10.5

Sharma to Gayle, 1 leg bye, full on leg stump, tried to work it square, struck on the pads, they take a single

10.6

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched uppishly to long-off for a single

Pune won't mind this at all, a steady flow of singles but one of these two needs to really step up now.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 68/2 (115 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 12.77)

    • V Kohli 14 (16b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 36 (33b 3x4 2x6)
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-7-0
11.1

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, tight line, short of a good length, pushed it down to long-off for a single

11.2

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, punched towards long-off for a single

11.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss on middle, whipped to deep midwicket for a single

11.4

Mathews to Gayle, 1 bye, ooh, length ball and Gayle was aiming at deep midwicket, got an inside edge and it struck Uthappa on the thigh, wasn't too far from the stumps either, called a bye though

11.5

Mathews to Kohli, OUT, The pressure grows on Bangalore, this time with the wicket of Kohli, swung at that one across the line, there was some away movement there, got the leading edge and Rahul Sharma running in from deep point, with the fielder at cover also running back, judged it well

V Kohli c Sharma b Mathews 16 (26m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

11.6

Mathews to Gayle, FOUR, struck well off the meat, drives that through the line and it beats long-off to the fence when it seemed there was only a single on offer

End of over 12 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/3 (107 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 13.37)

    • CH Gayle 41 (36b 4x4 2x6)
    • SS Tiwary 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-1
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0
12.1

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for a single

12.2

Sharma to Gayle, SIX, long hop, short outside off and Gayle powers it over the long-off boundary, was there to hit and he sent it miles

12.3

Sharma to Gayle, SIX, this is bigger, fires it full on the pads, takes it off a length and thrashes it over the deep midwicket boundary, Gayle's launched the surge here, brings up his half century

12.4

Sharma to Gayle, SIX, three in a row, in the slot on the off stump and that's been drilled, over the bowler's head for the flattest of sixes

12.5

Sharma to Gayle, SIX, another one, four in a row, that's into the top tier, Rahul came round the wicket and bowled it flat but Gayle was determined, sent it a fair distance behind long-on

12.6

Sharma to Gayle, SIX, Five in a row, Rahul's being punished, flighted this time, landed on a length on middle and leg and it was swung into the crowd behind deep square leg

31 off the over, the chase is back on track, all thanks to one man. One of the sixes appeared to hit a member of the crowd, hope it's nothing serious.

End of over 13 (31 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 107/3 (76 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.23, RRR: 10.85)

    • CH Gayle 71 (41b 4x4 7x6)
    • SS Tiwary 1 (1b)
    • R Sharma 2-0-35-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-1

Tiwary is the new man

13.1

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, slower one, tries to open the face, misses

13.2

Mathews to Tiwary, 2 runs, comes down the track and slices that over point for a couple of runs

13.3

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, short of a good length, pushed towards cover for a single

13.4

Mathews to Gayle, no run, ooh, kept that one tight, short of a good length on middle, pushed it back to the bowler

13.5

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, stabs it towards long-off for a single

13.6

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, goodish length, drops that towards point to take a single, decent work from Mathews here

End of over 14 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 112/3 (71 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 11.83)

    • SS Tiwary 5 (5b)
    • CH Gayle 72 (43b 4x4 7x6)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-19-1
    • R Sharma 2-0-35-0

Kunal: "If I were Rahul Sharma, I would give Tiwary a kiss for facing the first ball of that over!"

Dinda runs in

14.1

Dinda to Tiwary, no run, short of a length outside off, cut straight to point, Samuels prevents the single

14.2

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up, driven hard wide of long-off, Ryder cuts it off, just the single

14.3

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off, knocked away into the off side for a single

14.4

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, slower one, he picks it, lands full and he drills that straight to long-off, just the single

14.5

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, digs it out towards long-off for a single

14.6

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, fullish on leg stump, flicked into the deep wide of long-on to keep the strike

End of over 15 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 117/3 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.80, RRR: 13.20)

    • SS Tiwary 8 (9b)
    • CH Gayle 74 (45b 4x4 7x6)
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-1
    • AD Mathews 3-0-19-1

Nehra runs in

15.1

Nehra to Tiwary, 1 run, low full toss on the off, strikes that straight to long-off

15.2

Nehra to Gayle, 1 run, full toss, swung away to deep square leg, just the single there

15.3

Nehra to Tiwary, (no ball) 1 run, full toss, called a no-ball, was above the waist and Tiwary mistimed the pull, a single plus one

15.3

Nehra to Gayle, SIX, just cleared long-off, had just about enough on it, was bowled short on the off and he slapped it over the ropes, just about, didn't middle it but he'll take it, raises the 50 stand of which Tiwary has scored 9

15.4

Nehra to Gayle, OUT, cleaned him up! The perfect yorker from Nehra, was in the blockhole on leg stump, excellent reply from the bowler, made way to strike it through the leg side, missed and timber!

CH Gayle b Nehra 81 (76m 48b 4x4 8x6) SR: 168.75

Nehra is absolutely pumped, did superbly to get that on target after being struck for six the previous ball. Massive wicket, in comes de Villiers

15.5

Nehra to de Villiers, no run, pitched on a length outside off, driven straight to extra cover

15.6

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, tapped it in front of point, wants the single, is sent back, the fielder fails to score a direct hit and concedes an overthrow. After all the chaos, a time out is called for

End of over 16 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 128/4 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 13.75)

    • AB de Villiers 1 (2b)
    • SS Tiwary 10 (11b)
    • A Nehra 3-0-30-1
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-1

Bhuvneshwar to bowl

16.1

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish on the off, goes for the pull, gets a thick inside edge, just the single

16.2

Kumar to Tiwary, FOUR, poor ball, a full toss down the leg side and Tiwary helps it down to the fine-leg boundary

16.3

Kumar to Tiwary, no run, a good slower delivery, Tiwary didn't pick it, was the legcutter and he played it too early

16.4

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, short and wide and it's been cut away towards deep point for a single

16.5

Kumar to de Villiers, FOUR, misfield at extra cover and a boundary has been conceded, short outside off and de Villiers swatted it hard, Ganguly was the culprit

16.6

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the track and pulls it on the bounce to deep square leg for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 139/4 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.17, RRR: 14.66)

    • AB de Villiers 7 (5b 1x4)
    • SS Tiwary 15 (14b 1x4)
    • B Kumar 4-0-27-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-30-1

Mathews runs in

17.1

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, the stumps at the non-striker's end have been dismantled, drilled down the pitch, no run in the end, the pressure grows

17.2

Mathews to de Villiers, SIX, reverse-swept for six, the keeper came up to the stumps, third man was inside the circle, on a length outside off and he picks it clean over the third-man boundary, he's done it before

17.3

Mathews to de Villiers, 1 run, pitched up, makes room and strikes that wide of long-off, just the single, wanted the second but Smith handled it well in the deep

17.4

Mathews to Tiwary, SIX, connects well, Bangalore are fighting back, lands on a length on middle and he dispatches it over deep midwicket, good clean strike, 150 up

17.5

Mathews to Tiwary, 2 runs, pitched up again, slices it towards deep point, Uthappa failed to collect it cleanly, wasn't a great throw and they sensed a chance, picked up the second as well

17.6

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, low full toss, comes down the track and hits it to Ganguly at extra cover, just the single

End of over 18 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 155/4 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.61, RRR: 14.00)

    • SS Tiwary 24 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 14 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-35-1
    • B Kumar 4-0-27-0

Two close games today, Deccan were done in by poor fielding at the death in the previous game. Pune are still ahead, but they can't let their guard down. Dinda comes on

18.1

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up outside off, makes room and slices it to deep cover, just the single

18.2

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 run, mistimes a drive, full and wide and he can only play it to extra cover, Dinda's holding his hip, is in a bit of pain

He's fine now, 26 needed off 10

18.3

Dinda to Tiwary, 2 runs, a couple of runs this time, low full toss, steered wide of deep point for a couple of runs, not a great throw from the deep either

18.4

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, low full toss, slices it over cover into the deep, Rahul runs across and keeps them to a single

18.5

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 run, pitched up but there's Steven Smith at long-off and he keeps them to just a single

18.6

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, digs it out to long-off, excellent over by Dinda given the context of this game

End of over 19 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 162/4 (21 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.52, RRR: 21.00)

    • SS Tiwary 29 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 16 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 4-0-28-1
    • AD Mathews 4-0-35-1

Dinda's off the field but he's done his job, Nehra to bowl the final over, it's started drizzling in Bangalore. 21 needed off 6

19.1

Nehra to Tiwary, 1 run, just a single, good stuff from Pune, pitched up outside off and it's driven to extra cover for just a single

19.2

Nehra to de Villiers, FOUR, a boundary, AB manages it somehow, moved well across to scoop it past short fine, was short of a good length, tried to pull it while on a bent knee, went off the arm past Uthappa for a boundary

19.3

Nehra to de Villiers, SIX, this game is very much alive, low full toss and AB connects superbly, the bottom hand came off when he made contact, but that was a meaty strike, cleared long-off, 10 needed off 3

19.4

Nehra to de Villiers, SIX, Six more, Nehra's shell-shocked, AB you beauty! Pitched on a length, he moved across and scooped it over the fine leg boundary, the yorker gone bad and he pays with a six

4 needed off 2, it's raining but they'll finish it

19.5

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, low full toss, comes down the track and hits it to midwicket, couldn't get it past, just the single, 3 needed off the final ball

Three needed off one ball, Tiwary is in the hot seat

19.6

Nehra to Tiwary, SIX, Six, Bangalore have won it! And it's begun to pour at the Chinnaswamy Stadium! They're celebrating in the rain, length ball again from Nehra as he was aiming for the yorker, was in the slot for Tiwary and hammered it flat over the long-on boundary for a maximum

Dinda bowled an absolutely superb penulatimate over but his effort was in vain. AB and Tiwary went for it with 21 needed, you would have still thought that it was Pune's game with that many required but Nehra was off target. AB's improvisation and some powerplay by Tiwary in the end won it for the hosts, though Gayle's five sixes in a row is also a major highlight of the chase. Bangalore had lost three of their previous four matches and this will come as a much-needed boost. Pune were on track for a win after Gayle fell, but faltered at the death. We'll get you the presentation details in a bit.

Vettori: "We needed this one and it's a great momentum shift to do it under these circumstances. We've tried to maintain our fielding and it held us in good stead tonight. It's great for the team and good for the balance of the side is AB. He is arguably the best batsman in the world"

Ganguly: "I thought 183 was a good total, but the last over was a bit expensive. The scoop over short fine from AB was a brilliant shot. We're playing well, these things happen. Hope we'll bounce back."

Gayle is the Man of the Match for his 81.

Gayle: "Nehra and Dinda got the ball in the right areas initially and we lost Dilshan. I tried to hang in there a bit. I looked to accelerate and that big over came and it put us back in the game. There was a lot of pressure. I'm actually sad that one of the sixes hit someone in the stands and broke their nose. This win, hopefully, will give us the push in this tournament."

Yes, hopefully the person struck by the six is recovering now, and we all wish the recovery is a quick one. The game's done with, Bangalore have got a much needed-win and the tournament continues to open up. The one team without a win right now is Deccan and how badly will they be ruing their lapses in the field today. Join us again tomorrow. See you then.

End of over 20 (24 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 186/4

    • SS Tiwary 36 (23b 1x4 2x6)
    • AB de Villiers 33 (14b 2x4 3x6)
    • A Nehra 4-0-54-1
    • AB Dinda 4-0-28-1
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