Indian Premier League - 44th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

James: "Should be an interesting start. KXIP have a strong bowling attack, and we know about the RCB top order."

And on that note, it's game time. It's Mayank Agarwal opening with Chris Gayle because Dilshan is not playing. They take a look at the pitch before going to their respective ends. It looks brown and hard. Praveen Kumar from over the wicket ...

7.50 pm A couple of things for you to consider while we wait for Gayle, McDonald and Kings XI Punjab.

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Daley Steyn apologised for yawning after dismissing Richard Levi in the Mumbai-Deccan game. But we're using that photo in our caption contest anyway. Send us your entries.

RaviB: "I think it's a blessing in disguise for Punjab that Gilchrist is injured. He looked very much out of form or it could be rustiness since he plays only in IPL. But since he is out of the team, Punjab are performing well. Even the lost matches were very tight ones."

7.45 pm Royal Challengers Bangalore: McDonald, Gayle, Agarwal, Kohli, de Villiers, Tiwary, Asad Pathan, Vettori, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer, Appanna.

So McDonald is in for Dilshan, and Pathan is in for Harshal Patel.

Kings XI Punjab: Mandeep, Marsh, Mahmood, Hussey, Saini, Dogra, Nayar, Chawla, Harris, Praveen Kumar, Awana.

Miller, Bipul Sharma and Bhargav Bhatt are out. Harris, Dogra, and Nayar are playing.

Bharghav: "Regarding captains stepping down, Vettori should step down and make way for Kohli as a captain. Murali can switch with Vettori every alternate game It's about time we get to see Kohli's aggressiveness in captaincy."

Rohan: "Interestingly.. all the teams who got the Australian who just landed in India from Caribbean into the playing 11, lost the game.. Mike Hussey in-Chennai lost, Clarke in-Pune lost, Watson in-Rajasthan lost.. Punjab playing Harris today.. DD playing Warner in next.. whats in store???"

Toss, 7.30 pm: David Hussey is captaining Kings XI again today, he says Adam Gilchrist is recovering from torn hamstrings, but isn't fit enough yet.

Hussey's called correctly and Kings XI Punjab will bowl. hussey says the rain last night might have spiced up the pitch. Vettori said he would have chased as well.

Kings XI Punjab have made a few changes, the most notable being the inclusion of Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris, in David Miller's place. Paras Dogra and Abhishek Nayar are also playing.

Royal Challengers are playing Andrew McDonald today, and Asad Pathan, who is making a season debut.

7.15 pm There are a few captains in the IPL who aren't pulling their weight. Should they drop themselves, like Sangakkara did? Have your say on our Fan Network page. We have a new poll as well, asking your opinion on who the most impressive uncapped Indian player is.

7.10 pm Good evening and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of game 44 of the IPL. It's between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

I wonder if the players got much sleep last night. There was a storm of sorts in Bangalore, rain, thunder and lightning late into the night. Today was perfect, though, a sunny day but not too hot, and a clear evening. As long as the rain stays away, the weather in Bangalore is pretty perfect for cricket, unlike some of the other IPL venues.

Royal Challengers are presently fifth in the points table and a win will take them to third. Kings XI are eighth, and a victory will boost them to No. 4.

0.1

Kumar to Agarwal, no run, big inswing for Praveen, nipping the ball into the right-hander from a good length, Agarwal defends from the crease

0.2

Kumar to Agarwal, no run, this one moves away from the right-hander, Agarwal moves forward and pushes towards point

0.3

Kumar to Agarwal, no run, there's bounce too! The ball lifts from a length outside off, Agarwal tries to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce

0.4

Kumar to Agarwal, no run, Agarwal moves slightly forward and tries to drive straight, the ball beats the outside edge and just misses off stump, that pitched on a good length and moved slightly away

0.5

Kumar to Agarwal, no run, Agarwal tries to close the face to play on the leg side, the ball swings away from him after pitching middle and the leading edge goes towards mid-off

0.6

Kumar to Agarwal, 1 run, good length and straight, Agarwal drops the ball close on the off side and sprints the single

Kapil: "I hope Hussey bowls Praveen's 3, if not 4 overs upfront cos he really doesn't bowl well in death overs and can take a wicket or two with the new ball..."

End of over 1 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MA Agarwal    1* (6b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

Ryan Harris, from over the wicket ...

1.1

Harris to Agarwal, SIX, and he's been given a rousing welcome, Agarwal makes room by moving towards leg and throws his bat at a full ball, slicing it high and over the point boundary

1.2

Harris to Agarwal, no run, played from the crease on the off side

1.3

Harris to Agarwal, OUT, that is some reply from Harris, he has detonated off stump from the ground. Harris pitched on a good length around middle stump, Agarwal tried to hit down the ground without moving his feet, he had to lunge and reach for the ball. Harris seamed the ball away from the right-hander and Agarwal ended up playing down the wrong line. The ball hit the top of off stump and sent it cartwheeling

MA Agarwal b Harris 7 (6m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 77.77

Kohli is the new batsman ...

1.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, good length outside off, Kohli lets it go

1.5

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, pushed towards wide mid-off for a single, the crowd are roaring because Gayle has been given the strike for the first time today

1.6

Harris to Gayle, no run, full ball on leg stump, Gayle tries to play square but misses and is hit on the pad

End of over 2 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
CH Gayle    0* (1b)      RJ Harris    1-0-7-1
V Kohli    1* (2b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0

2.1

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, good length angling into Kohli, who stays in his crease and taps in front of square

2.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, pitches in line with the stumps on a good length and seams it away from the left-hander, Gayle stays back and lets the ball go

2.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle gets squared up and beaten by a fuller ball that swings away from him sharply

The keeper comes up to the stumps.

2.4

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle stays put in his crease and steers the ball with the extravagant swing across him towards third man

2.5

Kumar to Kohli, no run, Praveen's got the ball on a string here, he pitches on a length and swings it away from the right-hander this time, Kohli stays back, fishes outside off and is beaten

2.6

Kumar to Kohli, no run, played from the crease tentatively towards point

End of over 3 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 10/1 (RR: 3.33)
V Kohli    2* (5b)      P Kumar    2-0-3-0
CH Gayle    1* (4b)      RJ Harris    1-0-7-1

3.1

Harris to Gayle, no run, full length, pitching round off and slanting away from the left-hander, Gayle tries to play the big booming off drive but is beaten

3.2

Harris to Gayle, 1 run, straighter line and Gayle plays the ball to square leg, he dropped his bat as he began to ground it and a direct hit at the non-striker's end would have dismissed Gayle

3.3

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off for a single

3.4

Harris to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle finally gets going by muscling a full ball swinging into him through midwicket

3.5

Harris to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle swings hard again, aiming to hit down the ground. That shot does not come off but the ball flies off the outside edge over point and to the boundary

3.6

Harris to Gayle, FOUR, he's hit this well, a short ball and Gayle pulls that powerfully through midwicket, Royal Challngers are away

End of over 4 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 24/1 (RR: 6.00)
CH Gayle    14* (9b 3x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-21-1
V Kohli    3* (6b)      P Kumar    2-0-3-0

4.1

Kumar to Kohli, no run, fuller ball on off and middle, Kohli leans forward and drives to mid-on

4.2

Kumar to Kohli, no run, a full ball swings into Kohli, who stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

4.3

Kumar to Kohli, no run, good length, cutting into Kohli, who tries to play on the leg side and does so unconvincingly

4.4

Kumar to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to flick one that angles into him but doesn't make proper contact

4.5

Kumar to Kohli, no run, that pitches on a good length around off and middle and straightens, Kohli stays back and defends on the off side

4.6

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, pushed off the front foot close on the off side, Gayle responds to Kohli's call, Praveen's pulled it back for Punjab after that 14-run over from Harris

End of over 5 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
V Kohli    4* (12b)      P Kumar    3-0-4-0
CH Gayle    14* (9b 3x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-21-1

Bharghav: "Rubbing my eyes constantly because I can't believe PK's bowling figures after two overs. I am sure when I say this, his figures after overs would read: 3-0-18-0" Nope, they don't.

Awana replaces Harris, bowling from over the wicket.

5.1

Awana to Kohli, FOUR, length ball with width outside off, Kohli stands in his crease and slaps the ball hard through the gap at cover

5.2

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kohli stays back and opens the face to steer to third man

5.3

Awana to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays in his crease and prods at a good length ball that bounces at lively pace just outside off stump, he was looking to steer that behind point but got beaten

5.4

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length ball but the line is too straight, Gayle pulls with power but can't beat short fine leg, Nayar throws at the non-striker's end and hits Gayle on the shoulder

5.5

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli drives to mid-off for a single

5.6

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, Gayle stays back and flicks the ball through square leg

End of over 6 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/1 (RR: 5.50)
CH Gayle    16* (12b 3x4)      P Awana    1-0-8-0
V Kohli    10* (15b 1x4)      P Kumar    3-0-4-0

6.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, good length with big movement away from the left-hander, Gayle lets it go to the keeper standing up to the stumps

6.2

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle stays back and drives towards long-off, not timed well

The crowd's really getting behind their team, chants of RCB, RCB as Kohli prepares to face ...

6.3

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, pushed towards cover point for a single

6.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, Gayle shaped up to pull but saw the ball seaming across him and played the cut instead

6.5

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, Praveen pitches leg and seams it towards off, Gayle gets squared up as he pushes towards cover

6.6

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves back and mis-times the push towards mid-on

Praveen Kumar's finished his spell - 4-0-8-0. That's the most economical four-over spell this season. In fact the most economical spell of at least two overs.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 37/1 (RR: 5.28)
V Kohli    12* (17b 1x4)      P Kumar    4-0-8-0
CH Gayle    18* (16b 3x4)      P Awana    1-0-8-0

7.1

Awana to Kohli, FOUR, edged and four! Kohli comes half forward and pokes at a good length ball that straightens off the pitch, he gets an outside edge to the third man boundary. There was no slip

7.2

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, slapped off the back foot towards mid off

7.3

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle makes room but Awana cramps him, Gayle ends up swatting the ball through cover

7.4

Awana to Kohli, no run, full length outside off, Kohli comes on to the front foot to drive but can't beat cover

7.5

Awana to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to pull a short of a length ball but misses and gets hit on the back

7.6

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, length ball outside off, Kohli opens the face of the bat and steers to third man

End of over 8 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/1 (RR: 5.50)
V Kohli    18* (22b 2x4)      P Awana    2-0-15-0
CH Gayle    19* (17b 3x4)      P Kumar    4-0-8-0

Azhar Mahmood has been given the ball ...from over the wicket.

8.1

Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 1 run, good length angling into the right-hander, Kohli stays in his crease and plays towards mid-on

8.2

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle plays a flashy cut, from off stump, hitting the ball hard and inducing a mis-field from the fielder at point, there's protection in the deep though

8.3

Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, no run, Kohli comes forward, makes room and drives hard, but can't beat cover

8.4

Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, no run, played from the crease towards point

8.5

Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 1 run, good length on off stump, Kohli taps the ball towards the leg side and runs

8.6

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, that's a bit short and Gayle pulls with power, testing the fielder's slide at deep midwicket. The umpire signals for the time-out

Mihir: "Looks like RCB are going to create a IPL record for most singles in an IPL innings. Who holds the record btw?" I've asked the stats man. 67 singles is the record, says S Rajesh, by Deccan v Pune in 2011.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 48/1 (RR: 5.33)
CH Gayle    21* (19b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    20* (26b 2x4)      P Awana    2-0-15-0

Spin for the first time today. Chawla to bowl legbreaks from over the wicket.

9.1

Chawla to Gayle, SIX, short ball first up and Gayle launches his first six, heaving across the line to send the ball into the stands beyond deep midwicket

9.2

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, flat and fuller, Gayle moves back and nudges in front of square

9.3

Chawla to Kohli, FOUR, too short once again, Kohli pulls this time, along the ground and into the gap on the midwicket boundary, Chawla needs to sort his length out

9.4

Chawla to Kohli, no run, tossed up fuller outside off, Kohli plays the ball to cover

9.5

Chawla to Kohli, no run, good length outside off, Kohli tries to cut but gets a bottom edge

9.6

Chawla to Kohli, no run, Kohli stays back and cuts to the fielder at point

End of over 10 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 59/1 (RR: 5.90)
V Kohli    24* (30b 3x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-11-0
CH Gayle    28* (21b 3x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-4-0

10.1

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, no run, good length on off stump, hit hard off the back foot to cover

During the time-out Gilchrist was told by the umpires that he can't come on the field in shorts.

10.2

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 2 runs, played firmly towards deep backward square where the fielder from fine leg runs to his right and slides to stop the ball with his legs

10.3

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, no run, Gayle charges and swings but gets beaten, that was the slower ball outside off

10.4

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle stays back to a fuller ball and tries to cut, gets a bottom edge into the ground

10.5

Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out and hits the length ball to long-on

10.6

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, a full toss but Gayle had gone back in his crease and couldn't hit with as much power as he would have liked, he ended up swatting it along the ground through midwicket

End of over 11 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 64/1 (RR: 5.81)
CH Gayle    32* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-9-0
V Kohli    25* (31b 3x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-11-0

11.1

Chawla to Gayle, SIX, that's short again, and you have to be lucky to escape punishment with that length against Gayle, he rocks back and heaves over the wide long-on boundary

11.2

Chawla to Gayle, 2 wides, Gayle begins to come down the pitch and Chawla fires it full and fast down leg side, the keeper can't collect properly

11.2

Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli cuts from his crease towards point

11.3

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle closes the face of the bat against the googly and gets a leading edge in front of point

11.4

Chawla to Kohli, SIX, Kohli finally breaks free, stepping out to the ball and hitting through the line even though he was not to the pitch of the ball, he slams that far over long on

11.5

Chawla to Kohli, 2 runs, cut hard off the back foot to deep point

11.6

Chawla to Kohli, no run, he cuts hard again, but doesn't beat point this time

End of over 12 (18 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 82/1 (RR: 6.83)
V Kohli    34* (35b 3x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-0-29-0
CH Gayle    39* (28b 3x4 2x6)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-9-0

12.1

Awana to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle has been dropped by the substitute David Miller. Gayle was squared up and tried to flat-bat the ball, he ended up slicing it in the air towards wide mid-off, slightly beyond the circle. Miller ran in from long off and to his right, he got to the ball well in time but let it go through his hands

12.2

Awana to Gayle, 1 wide, Awana responds with a sharp bouncer but it is a bit high

12.2

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle goes back and pulls through square leg

12.3

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, Kohl stands in his crease and hits the ball hard towards mid-off

12.4

Awana to Gayle, FOUR, too full and too straight, poor line when fine leg is in the circle, Gayle stays in his crease and glances off his pads to the boundary

12.5

Awana to Gayle, FOUR, that ball was only a few yards to third man's left but the fielder had no chance, Gayle cut the short of a length ball ferociously, he brings up his fifty with that shot

12.6

Awana to Gayle, SIX, he's making Punjab pay dearly for that drop now, he's charged the bowler and smashed him flat over long-on

End of over 13 (19 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 101/1 (RR: 7.76)
CH Gayle    56* (33b 5x4 3x6)      P Awana    3-0-34-0
V Kohli    35* (36b 3x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-0-29-0

13.1

Nayar to Kohli, SIX, Kohli has welcomed Nayar into the attack by stepping out and lofting a length ball over long-off, hit that cleanly with a full swing of the bat

13.2

Nayar to Kohli, 1 run, steered towards third man for a single

13.3

Nayar to Gayle, 1 run, good length and straight, Gayle stays back and opens the face to steer to point

13.4

Nayar to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli tries to play the big drive but edges to third man

Vijay: "That, my friend, is why you can never afford to drop Gayle." You don't say.

13.5

Nayar to Gayle, SIX, that is the highest six I have seen. Gayle went on the back foot and heaved with all his immense might, carting a length ball into orbit over the bowler's head. That ball has cleared the roof

13.6

Nayar to Gayle, 1 run, now he slogs across the line and hits the ball along the ground through midwicket

James: "I thought consistency in Twenty20 was impossible... not for Chris Gayle. He dominated the Big Bash, he dominated the BPL and now he's dominating the IPL. Incredible."

End of over 14 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 117/1 (RR: 8.35)
CH Gayle    64* (36b 5x4 4x6)      AM Nayar    1-0-16-0
V Kohli    43* (39b 3x4 2x6)      P Awana    3-0-34-0

That six from Gayle was measured at 111 metres. Hussey brings himself on for an over.

14.1

Hussey to Gayle, 1 run, bowled into the blockhole from round the wicket, Gayle digs it out on the leg side

14.2

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, played off the back foot towards wide long-on

14.3

Hussey to Gayle, 1 run, in the blockhole once again, Gayle stays in his crease and hits towards long-on

14.4

Hussey to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli makes some room and drives inside out towards long-off

14.5

Hussey to Gayle, no run, bowled flat and fast, Gayle plays it back to the bowler

14.6

Hussey to Gayle, 1 run, another full ball, Gayle can't get under it and drives to long-on, Hussey's bowled a tight over

End of over 15 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 122/1 (RR: 8.13)
CH Gayle    67* (40b 5x4 4x6)      DJ Hussey    1-0-5-0
V Kohli    45* (41b 3x4 2x6)      AM Nayar    1-0-16-0

15.1

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, FOUR, there's a long-on in place and he only has to run a few metres to his right to stop the ball but he can't, that's because Gayle has smashed it, flat and very hard

15.2

Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, OUT, Gayle attempts to hook a short delivery but he hasn't hit it well, he was cramped for room and top edged the ball high towards deep square leg, it's Miller under the ball again and this time he is well balanced and takes the catch. The drop has cost Kings XI 32 runs

CH Gayle c sub (DA Miller) b Azhar Mahmood 71 (65m 42b 6x4 4x6) SR: 169.04

AB de Villiers is the new batsman.

15.3

Azhar Mahmood to de Villiers, no run, good length close to off stump, AB stays in his crease, prods, and is beaten

15.4

Azhar Mahmood to de Villiers, no run, AB charges and cuts a length ball hard, doesn't beat Mandeep at point

15.5

Azhar Mahmood to de Villiers, 2 runs, the short ball and AB pulls towards deep square leg where Chawla has to cover some ground to field

15.6

Azhar Mahmood to de Villiers, 1 run, AB steps out of his crease again and cuts the ball in front of point. Time-out is being taken

End of over 16 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/2 (RR: 8.06)
AB de Villiers    3* (4b)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-16-1
V Kohli    45* (41b 3x4 2x6)      DJ Hussey    1-0-5-0

Sachin: "Once upon a time in Rajsthan Royals, there use to be a danger player like Gayle, his name was Yusuf Pathan. These days he's in KKR and lost his to-be-dangerous ability completely!"

Chawla to bowl again from over the wicket.

16.1

Chawla to de Villiers, no run, AB steps out, isn't to the pitch of the ball, and defends

16.2

Chawla to de Villiers, FOUR, AB unfurls the reverse hit and smacks the ball flat through backward point

16.3

Chawla to de Villiers, 1 run, AB mistimes the cut off the back foot through point

16.4

Chawla to Kohli, OUT, bowled him! Kohli goes back to pull the ball, it's the quicker delivery that skids into the right-hander, the ball hits Kolhi's pad and takes out off stump

V Kohli b Chawla 45 (66m 42b 3x4 2x6) SR: 107.14

16.5

Chawla to McDonald, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover point

16.6

Chawla to de Villiers, no run, driven off the front foot to point

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 135/3 (RR: 7.94)
AB de Villiers    8* (8b 1x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-35-1
AB McDonald    1* (1b)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-16-1

17.1

Hussey to McDonald, 1 bye, in the blockhole around off stump, the batsman jams his bat down but gets an edge past the keeper

17.2

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, AB reverse-hits the ball to cover

17.3

Hussey to McDonald, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long off

17.4

Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, AB swings off the front foot, hitting the ball with a golf swing towards long-on

17.5

Hussey to McDonald, no run, driven on the front foot to the fielder at cover

17.6

Hussey to McDonald, 1 run, a full toss and the batsman swats it to long off

End of over 18 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 140/3 (RR: 7.77)
AB McDonald    3* (5b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0
AB de Villiers    10* (10b 1x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-35-1

Nikhil: "Why is David Hussey under-bowling himself? He is a more than handy bowler and can do better than Chawla for sure!" It's a puzzling question, why has Hussey not bowled more?

18.1

Awana to McDonald, no run, McDonald tries to pull a short ball but gets beaten

18.2

Awana to McDonald, FOUR, McDonald backs away to smash a length ball on the off side but gets a thick edge past the keeper for four

18.3

Awana to McDonald, 1 wide, the short ball is too high, so that's a wide

18.3

Awana to McDonald, 1 run, full and straight, McDonald stays in his crease and drives to long off

18.4

Awana to de Villiers, 1 run, AB backs away but Awana follows him, he mis-times the pull on the leg side

18.5

Awana to McDonald, 1 run, good length outside off, McDonald backs away and hits towards cover

Naresh: "Hussey setting an example how to bowl in the slog overs and how to lead from the front and I believe Ganguly is the first one to learn!"

18.6

Awana to de Villiers, SIX, that's been slashed for six over third man! AB backed away against a short of a length ball and swung hard, placing the ball wide of third man and into the Kings XI dugout

End of over 19 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 154/3 (RR: 8.10)
AB de Villiers    17* (12b 1x4 1x6)      P Awana    4-0-48-0
AB McDonald    9* (9b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0

19.1

Azhar Mahmood to McDonald, OUT, edged and caught behind! Mahmood delivered a full ball outside off, McDonald backed away and tried to hit through the off side, he got a thick edge through to Saini. A dot ball and AB stays off strike

AB McDonald c †Saini b Azhar Mahmood 9 (10m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

19.2

Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, 1 run, Asad Pathan dabs his first ball of IPL 2012 close on the off side and runs, that was in the blockhole

19.3

Azhar Mahmood to de Villiers, OUT, would you believe it, AB has swatted a full toss straight to mid-on, Mahmood's got away with that one

AB de Villiers c Chawla b Azhar Mahmood 17 (20m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 130.76

Lots of questions come in about where Ryan Harris is. I don't think he's on the fielding, that's why Miller is on the field.

Tiwary is the new batsman, Mahmood has bowled a phenomenal final over so far.

19.4

Azhar Mahmood to Tiwary, 1 run, full and straight, Tiwary can only drive to long-on

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, 1 wide, that's a harsh call, the ball was full and just inside the tram line outside off stump, the batsman had backed away towards leg as well

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, no run, a loopy slower ball outside off, bowled on a full length, the batsman heaved far too early

19.6

Azhar Mahmood to Pathan, 1 run, in the blockhole to finish, Pathan digs it out through the leg side, just the single, four runs and two wickets off that final over

9.30 pm Royal Challengers started slowly and then looked like they might get 180-190 once Gayle and Kohli got going. Both batsmen fell in quick succession towards the end and Kings XI pulled it back after that. A target of 159 is chaseable on this surface.

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End of over 20 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/5
AUK Pathan    2* (3b)      Azhar Mahmood    4-0-20-3
SS Tiwary    1* (1b)      P Awana    4-0-48-0
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May 2, 2012

Piyush Chawla after hitting the winning six off the penultimate ball, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Bangalore, May 2, 2012

Piyush Chawla after hitting the winning six off the penultimate ball

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Nitin Saini made his maiden Twenty20 half-century

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