Indian Premier League - 57th match

Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 35 runs

8.55 pm Players are out on the field, so yayy! Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan will open the innings and it is Krishnakant Upadhyay with the ball.

8.50 pm, Update Play will begin at 9 pm. Probably without any reduction in overs.

8.45 pm Ben: "@Abhinav. Ganguly being rested is more because his batting has been poor (certainly worse than Uthappa and Pandey), rather than because he's captained them to losing games. Pune's attention is clearly now turning to 2013 - hence the decision to try Mishra."

Ara: "No Tamim Iqbal again!! He is not that bad to not get even a single game!! Bangladeshi fans wouldn't be happy to see him sit out!!"

James: "Am I missing something, why no Jesse Ryder again!? Pune's bowling is always going to give the opposing team a big score, so surely Pune need more batting firepower to compensate."

Two big surprises I agree, Tamim and Jesse. I am not sure about Ryder's health but Iqbal could have been given a go.

Banglafan: "Yes Ara, Bangladesh fans are really mad at Pune for not playing Tamim at all. He is easily at par, if not better, with the foreign players playing. Wouldnt be surprised if entire BD is hoping Pune loses all their remaining games and sink to the bottom of the table." Ouch!

Chaitanya defends Iqbal's exclusion: "I don't understand what all the fuss is about, there's no way Tamim could get a chance this game since Clarke is a better batsman, Matthews and Smith are valuable allrounders (the latter captaining today) and Alphonso Thomas is a pace bowler in an already weak bowling department. How could Tamim possibly fit in?"

Ryan: "Imagine the comments if fans called for only English captains in EPL football. IPL sells TV rights around the world and needs to decide whether it wants to be global or not." Umm, does EPL have a restriction on having only four overseas players in the playing 11? Besides, the role of a captain in cricket can barely be equated to that in soccer in my opinion. Having a foreign captain isn't a bad idea, just that it becomes more difficult to drop a cricket captain than a soccer captain from the 11.

8.35 pm: Inspection at 8.45 pm. According to NS Sidhu on TV, Virat Kohli wasn't happy with a few damp patches on the field.

RaviS: "Pune wasted an opportunity to mentor an Indian for the role of captaincy - How about Robin Uthappa as captain? Agreed Clarke is not national T-20 captain but why not Angelo Matthews? He's vice-captain of SL team"

Agree with the bit about the Indian captain, with only four overseas players allowed and given that a situation like the one with Bangalore could arise.

Tj: "its good to see ganguly stepping down...but after all IPL is shown as something that helps indian cricket and why on earth a player who is not even a regular in the national side given the captaincy...it is like Uthappa captaining Victoria.."

8.30 pm: Fervent discussions between the umpires, probably to do with the wetness of the outfield. The players seem ready and raring to go.

8.20 pm: The covers are off. There was an area on the outfield though, which was soaked with water. This was some five minutes ago.

Mark: "I wonder how many times we will see the phrase "Virat Kohli and Steve Smith walk out for the toss" over the next 10-15 years #thefutureofcricket." The signs are good, especially with Smith getting a slot in the ODI squad on Australia's tour of England later this year.

Abhinav: "I really dont understand why Ganguly is made the scapegoat everytime. Pune are in this position not because of his lack of efforts but also his team. A couple of games were lost primarily due to Uthappa's poor batting. Manish Pandey seems to be getting worse with every match. Why blame Ganguly??"

Not sure about who's made him the scapegoat, but there is always that blame that comes the captain's way, given how the side has gone this season. Rahul Dravid was sacked after the first season, VVS Laxman lost his captaincy too, so that is probably how it goes in this format.

8.10 pm: The remaining covers are on their way out too, slowly and steadily.

lovenish: "Nothing has worked for the Pune yet. Neither the inclusion of Clarke nor the change in batting order. All their efforts have been fruitless so far. Can the Ganguly's exclusion do the trick for them?" Or probably the rain.

Samarth: "The rain gods have spoken: either the god of the off side plays, or nobody does!"

"I guess we will get to see if the Pune outfield is as good as they claim, regarding the water drainage after rains." A very good point there from Sreekanth.

Vibhash: "I stay some 15 odd km from the stadium. It's windy but open sky. I hope these clouds travle fast to my area, match begins and I get to enjoy this rain while sipping tea in my balcony." So are you trying to say that you will not watch the game? Or do you have your television in the balcony?

8.05 pm: The rains seemed to have stopped and one of the covers, on the outfield has been removed.

Shrikar: "A big step for Smith in a young career, wonder how the aussie captain feels about being passed over for the skipper role." Not sure if Michael Clarke wanted to lead the team. He is not the captain of the national T20 side after all.

Ashish: "Smith would be happy to be captain. Now he can bowl himself..." If one were to be looking at trends, he did bowl a couple of balls last game, so probably Ganguly would have bowled him more this match. Probably not.

7.50 pm: The heavens have opened, it is raining in Pune and we might be in for a delay.

7.40 pm: Wayne Parnell is being interviewed there, which is not such a bad thing given that he is not playing tonight, what is not so good is that there was a bolt or two of lightning behind him.

7.30 pm, Toss: We do have the toss now. Virat Kohli and Steven Smith have walked out for it. Kohli calls it heads, Smith wins the toss and Pune will field first.

Smith: The track gets better as the match progresses, which is why we want to chase. Sourav Ganguly has rested himself.

Many other changes in the Pune side which we will put up soon. Of the four overseas players, only Parnell goes out and Alfonso Thomas comes in. So still place for Tamim Iqbal.

Kohli: We would have batted first anyway, the track may not get better. KP Appanna has come into the side in place of Syed Mohammad.

Right, so contrasting views from the two young captains!

7.20 pm: There were covers on the pitch and the outfield after rains hit the city some time ago. It isn't drizzling currently, though. Remains to be seen whether the toss will be on time.

Bangalore are on 13 points in 12 games and fifth on the points table, a win will leapfrog them over Mumbai to the third spot. Pune have eight points from 13 matches and in all probability, they are playing for pride.

It is the 57th game of the Indian Premier League and Pune Warriors take on Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight. On paper, it is another of those mismatches after yesterday's Deccan-Delhi clash, but with nothing to lose, the Warriors may want to come hard at Bangalore.

I am Suneer Chowdhary and I will open tonight's commentary with some surprising news, not only will Sourav Ganguly not captain the side, but it will be Steve Smith to lead the Pune Warriors! Remains to be seen though whether Ganguly features in the playing 11.

Incidentally Smith had led the Sydney Sixers to a tournament win in the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League.

0.1

Upadhyay to Gayle, no run, outside the off stump, pitched full, left it alone by Gayle and through to the keeper

0.2

Upadhyay to Gayle, no run, defended on the front foot, towards mid-off and the score remains at zero

0.3

Upadhyay to Gayle, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, cut hard but well fielded at point by Smith, it was going straight to him but rather rapidly

0.4

Upadhyay to Gayle, 1 run, pitched up, outside the off stump, swung in and Gayle had to adjust his drive, inside edge to the left of the bowler, who ran to get there and tried to throw down the stumps at the striker's end, had it hit, Dilshan would have been a goner!

0.5

Upadhyay to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length, punched to the leg side for a single

0.6

Upadhyay to Gayle, 1 run, outside the off stump, again not pitched up, opens the face of the bat and guides him to third-man for a single

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
CH Gayle    2* (5b)      K Upadhyay    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)     

Alfonso Thomas to share the new ball.

1.1

Thomas to Gayle, (no ball) 1 run, on the leg stump, nudged to mid-on and they are off for a single, good delivery to a batsman like Gayle but he over-steps!

1.1

Thomas to Dilshan, FOUR, smashed through wide mid-off for a four, pitched up and slight swing away, it was a Free Hit and Dilshan was taking no prisoners there.

1.2

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, punched to the covers

1.3

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, pitched up and hits the pads, loud appeal for an lbw, but the umpire gives it not-out equally vehemently!

1.4

Thomas to Dilshan, 1 run, good length, within the stumps, punched down the ground to the left of mid-off, good stop.

Clarke: "We got a team of youngsters, it's very exciting for the team. Those who havent been given an opportunity ... "

And then, on that lbw appeal, Clarke asks the commentators, "Do we have any referrals? (laughs)"

1.5

Thomas to Gayle, no run, outside the off stump, short of good length and that is left alone by the batsman

1.6

Thomas to Gayle, 1 run, goes down the the pitch, drives to mid-on and sets off for a single, the throw came in quickly from mid-on and for the second time in two overs, had it hit the non-striker's stumps, it would have been out.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
CH Gayle    4* (8b)      AC Thomas    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    6* (5b 1x4)      K Upadhyay    1-0-3-0

Technically, both batsmen have had a life.

2.1

Upadhyay to Gayle, SIX, outside the off-stump and boom, smacked over extra-cover! It was pitched up and there was a bit of width too!

2.2

Upadhyay to Gayle, no run, short ball outside the off stump and Gayle wanted to smack it down the wicket, straight to the fielder

2.3

Upadhyay to Gayle, no run, goes down the pitch, wants to slam it over the bowler, misses getting it in the middle of the bat

2.4

Upadhyay to Gayle, 1 run, opens the face of the bat, guides it to the point region, goes for a quick single there

2.5

Upadhyay to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up, driven to mid-on for a single, the fielder throws it at the non-striker's end again, and misses.

2.6

Upadhyay to Gayle, SIX, gone, six! That is a big six, pitched up, within the stumps and lofted over long-on, it went into the crowds. Gayle's in town!

End of over 3 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
CH Gayle    17* (13b 2x6)      K Upadhyay    2-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    7* (6b 1x4)      AC Thomas    1-0-8-0

Gayle's almost scored 29% of Bangalore's runs this season

3.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 wide, pitched on middle and going down the leg side, Dilshan did try to flick it away but misses

3.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, short ball, it was quicker as well, went for the pull, hits the batsman on his back leg, high, and goes to the third-man fielder, good running gives them two

3.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, pitched up, on the off stump, wanted to drive it but the timing goes awry, back to the bowler

3.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball, pulled away by Dilshan, goes straight to the deep square-leg fielder and all they get is a single

3.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, was giving himself some room, almost moving down the track, wanted to blast it over mid-wicket, does not get the timing right, goes to Clarke, who shies at the non-striker's end, misses

3.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, shorter and slower outside the off-stump, wanted to cut it but goes straight to the covers

3.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, on the off stump, opens the face of the bat and guides it to the backward point fielder, decent start for Kumar

End of over 4 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
CH Gayle    17* (16b 2x6)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    8* (9b 1x4)      K Upadhyay    2-0-17-0

4.1

Thomas to Dilshan, no run, outside the off-stump, pitched up to the bat, driven strongly but to the mid-off fielder.

4.2

Thomas to Dilshan, 1 run, slower bouncer, Dilshan was going down the track and then had to await its arrival, pulls it and by the time Clarke fields at short mid-wicket, they are away for a run

4.3

Thomas to Gayle, 1 run, short ball, probably a little quicker, Gayle was expecting it to rise over his head, almost ducked into it, before changing his stroke and pushing it to square leg for a single

4.4

Thomas to Dilshan, 1 wide, full-toss down the leg side and missed by the batsman, called a wide.

4.4

Thomas to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball yet again and Dilshan went for a full-bloodied pull, there was a bit of a bobble from Majumdar, but only a single

4.5

Thomas to Gayle, FOUR, slower, on the middle and he waited for it, before smacking him over the bowler for a four!

4.6

Thomas to Gayle, FOUR, yorker length ball, Gayle gets his bat down in time, edge on that one and its gone away to the third-man fence for a four

End of over 5 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 41/0 (RR: 8.20)
CH Gayle    26* (19b 2x4 2x6)      AC Thomas    2-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    10* (12b 1x4)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0

5.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball, on the middle, pushed to mid-off for a single

5.2

Kumar to Gayle, SIX, Ho ho! That is a six and one of the most effortless ones you would see on a cricket field, no back lift, does not move too much, just tees off over the bowler!

5.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, short of length, on the off stump, cut away to the fielder at point

5.4

Kumar to Gayle, SIX, another one, six over long-on, and this was expansive, pitched outside the off stump and Gayle gave his full extension of arms, it is gone many miles

5.5

Kumar to Gayle, SIX, another one, third of the over, smacked over long-on yet again, and Gayle's making them pay for the run-out miss earlier. Three in four balls. Rahul Sharma's not even come on to to bowl.

5.6

Kumar to Gayle, SIX, and that is the fourth, almost an inevitable one, pitched up outside the off stump, and the Jamaican has bludgeoned it over long-off this time. The man is on fire. No really!

End of over 6 (25 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/0 (RR: 11.00)
CH Gayle    50* (24b 2x4 6x6)      B Kumar    2-0-27-0
TM Dilshan    11* (13b 1x4)      AC Thomas    2-0-20-0

50 off 24 balls for Gayle. He had hit five sixes off a Rahul Sharma over in the earlier game.

6.1

Mathews to Dilshan, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, wanted to cut it away, misses, the keeper was up to the stumps

6.2

Mathews to Dilshan, 1 run, outside the off stump, pitched right up, drills it to third-man for a single

6.3

Mathews to Gayle, no run, slower one, on the stumps, Gayle blocks it to covers. He can defend too.

6.4

Mathews to Gayle, 1 wide, short of length, but down the leg side, leaves it alone for the umpire to call it a wide.

Prashant: "Poor Smith. He has no resources in the bowling department to counter the Gaylestorm."

6.4

Mathews to Gayle, no run, short of length yet again, not pitching them in his half, Gayle takes the bottom hand off while defending it back to the bowler

6.5

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, on his pads, this time it is tucked away to deep square-leg for a single

Bandi: "Now I understand the need for Time-Out. Wonder why Pune didn't take it after end of 6th over."

Rajaraman: "Wonder how Chris Gayle effortlessly hits these sixes. Does he have some secret cheat code or what ? I can't even score these many in a video game!"

6.6

Mathews to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, pitched right up to the bat, driven to point

End of over 7 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/0 (RR: 9.85)
TM Dilshan    12* (16b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
CH Gayle    51* (27b 2x4 6x6)      B Kumar    2-0-27-0

Ganguly was out during the Time-Out, had a long word with Smith. And this gets exciting, Rahul Sharma has a chance to avenge the five sixes he was hit for by Gayle

7.1

Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, short ball, tickled it round the corner and that beats the short fine-leg for a four! Delicately done!

kriskingle: "With Gayle in this kind of form, one can almost picture the bowlers with expressions similar to the ones the Roman legionaries wear when they go out to face Asterix and Obelix."

7.2

Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, short ball, quicker too, rushing on to Gayle, tucked away to square-leg for a single.

7.3

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, outside the off=stump, quicker as well, spinning a little, skidded on and beats the bat

7.4

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, faster one, 92.8 km/hr, straighter and cut away to point for a single

7.5

Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, shorter on the off stump, punched to the long-off fielder for a single

7.6

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, on the middle stump, rushing on quickly to Dilshan, that is played away to the off side for a single

End of over 8 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 77/0 (RR: 9.62)
TM Dilshan    14* (19b 1x4)      R Sharma    1-0-8-0
CH Gayle    57* (30b 3x4 6x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

11 in the last two overs.

8.1

Mathews to Dilshan, 2 runs, outside the off stump, driven through the covers, to the right of deep cover and they are easily able to come back for the second

8.2

Mathews to Dilshan, 1 run, on the middle, pitched up, driven to long-off for a single

8.3

Mathews to Gayle, OUT, gives himself room, tries to smash it over long-on, but the ball did not come on to the bat and it is easily caught at the fence! Big, big relief!

CH Gayle c Pandey b Mathews 57 (42m 31b 3x4 6x6) SR: 183.87

8.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, outside the off stump, punched to the sweeper fielder for a single

8.5

Mathews to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, cuts it but straight to the fielder, Kohli wanted the single, Majumdar hits the stumps at non-striker's end direct

8.6

Mathews to Dilshan, FOUR, edged and gone for four through the slips, it was a quicker one, bounced much more and Dilshan rolled his wrists well, gets it through to fine third-man

End of over 9 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/1 (RR: 9.44)
TM Dilshan    21* (23b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-11-1
V Kohli    1* (1b)      R Sharma    1-0-8-0

9.1

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, on the middle stump, driven to the covers for a single

9.2

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, pitched up, driven to short point, Smith fields well

9.3

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, slower, went for a drive but mistimes to short covers

9.4

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched on the off stump, skidding on, cut away to the deep covers for a single

9.5

Sharma to Kohli, no run, on the off stump, a bit of turn, shorter too, tries to cut it, but does not get any power

9.6

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, short of length, pushed it again, punched to long-on for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/1 (RR: 8.80)
V Kohli    3* (4b)      R Sharma    2-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    22* (26b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-11-1

10.1

Clarke to Kohli, no run, driven to short covers, was pitched up but cannot beat the field

10.2

Clarke to Kohli, no run, shorter, inside edge on to the pads

10.3

Clarke to Kohli, FOUR, pitched up and driven through the extra-cover for a four

10.4

Clarke to Kohli, no run, shortens his length, drives to Smith at short covers

10.5

Clarke to Kohli, no run, slower this time, defended on to the off side

10.6

Clarke to Kohli, 1 run, shorter, on his pads, flicked away to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/1 (RR: 8.45)
V Kohli    8* (10b 1x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    22* (26b 2x4)      R Sharma    2-0-11-0

Good start from Clarke, five from his first over. Only 27 runs from the last five overs.

11.1

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, shorter, bit of turn, opens the face of his bat, dabs it to the short third-man for a single

11.2

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, full-toss, on the pads, could have gotten it away to the fence, instead it is straight to deep mid-wicket

11.3

Sharma to Kohli, OUT, leading edge and caught at short cover! Skipper has caught his opposite number, was trying to work him away to the leg side, gets an edge and it looped up to the fielder at short cover

V Kohli c Smith b Sharma 9 (8m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Kohli had hit quite a few down the ground to Smith at short cover. This time it was in the air. Saurabh Tiwary has walked out.

11.4

Sharma to Tiwary, no run, quicker, outside the off stump, spinning in and defended on the back foot

11.5

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, on the middle stump, flicked it away to the leg side for a single

11.6

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 wide, down the leg side, quicker, tries to sweep but misses and it is a wide

11.6

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, flighted up to the bat, driven back to the bowler and that is the end of another excellent over.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/2 (RR: 8.08)
TM Dilshan    23* (28b 2x4)      R Sharma    3-0-15-1
SS Tiwary    1* (2b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-5-0

Gayle's dismissal has slowed things drastically. 66 in the first six overs, 31 in the next 6.

12.1

Upadhyay to Tiwary, no run, on the middle stump, pitched up, pushed to the point region, but to the fielder and they decide against a single

12.2

Upadhyay to Tiwary, no run, outside the off stump punched to the off side, no timing yet again

12.3

Upadhyay to Tiwary, no run, slower one, defended on the back foot to the off side, the bowler runs across to field the ball

12.4

Upadhyay to Tiwary, no run, goes down the pitch but it is pitched right up, driven to the covers, four dots now

12.5

Upadhyay to Tiwary, 1 run, down the track yet again and pushed to the off side, through the covers for a single

12.6

Upadhyay to Dilshan, 1 run, on the middle stump, not too much pace to work, pushed to the leg side for a single

End of over 13 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 99/2 (RR: 7.61)
TM Dilshan    24* (29b 2x4)      K Upadhyay    3-0-19-0
SS Tiwary    2* (7b)      R Sharma    3-0-15-1

Time-Out time

13.1

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, shorter ball, and this time the cut shot reaps benefits, placed through short third man and point and he gets a four

13.2

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter yet again, cut away once more but squarer and straight to the fielder

13.3

Sharma to Tiwary, FOUR, goes down the track and smokes it through extra-cover, Smith was diving at short cover but it was way beyond him!

13.4

Sharma to Tiwary, no run, shorter this time, quicker too, cut away but to the short third-man fielder

13.5

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, drilled straight down the ground, it was pitched up and he went for it, but to the fielder

13.6

Sharma to Dilshan, SIX, full-toss, poor, poor ball, on the leg stump and Dilshan has pulled it away over fine-leg for a six, 16 off the over after he had conceded only 15 in his first three!

End of over 14 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 115/2 (RR: 8.21)
TM Dilshan    35* (32b 3x4 1x6)      R Sharma    4-0-31-1
SS Tiwary    7* (10b 1x4)      K Upadhyay    3-0-19-0

14.1

Upadhyay to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length, outside the off stump, wanted to smash it hard, hits the bat high up and goes back to the left of the bowler, a difficult chance probably

14.2

Upadhyay to Dilshan, FOUR, cheeky little paddle sweep from outside the off stump, through the fine-leg region, there was a short fine-leg in the circle but he wasn't chasing that one

14.3

Upadhyay to Dilshan, FOUR, four more, through the off side this time, on the off stump and that is almost a late cut to the pace bowler, the third-man was up in the circle

14.4

Upadhyay to Dilshan, FOUR, down the track and gets an outside edge, goes to third-man for a four, three in a row!

14.5

Upadhyay to Dilshan, 1 run, down the pitch yet again, yorker length, driven to long-on for a single

14.6

Upadhyay to Tiwary, no run, outside the off stump, pushed to the point fielder and there is no run off it, that is 14 in this over and 30 in the last two.

End of over 15 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/2 (RR: 8.60)
SS Tiwary    8* (12b 1x4)      K Upadhyay    4-0-33-0
TM Dilshan    48* (36b 6x4 1x6)      R Sharma    4-0-31-1

Angelo Mathews with the ball. He has two overs to bowl

15.1

Mathews to Dilshan, no run, full toss, outside the off stump, driven but to the extra-cover fielder

15.2

Mathews to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, tries to force it through point but straight to the fielder

15.3

Mathews to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched right up to the batsman, drilled to the long-off for a single

15.4

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, shorter one, pull attempted, but the ball sneaks through between the bat and the stumps, misses the shot.

15.5

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up, driven uppishly to long-on for a single

15.6

Mathews to Dilshan, 1 run, on his pads, flicked away to deep mid-wicket, it was a slower one and played well to get to his half-century

End of over 16 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 132/2 (RR: 8.25)
TM Dilshan    50* (40b 6x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-14-1
SS Tiwary    9* (14b 1x4)      K Upadhyay    4-0-33-0

40 balls for his half century. Excellent knock on what seems to be a slow pitch. He rotated the strike well when Gayle was at the crease and later exploded

16.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, outside the off stump, wanted to slog it away, hits the pads, loud appeal but given not-out

16.2

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, yorker length, middle stump, dug out and driven to the off side

16.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 runs, slower one and pulled away, they get one, and come back for the second, the throw is a good one from Clarke but Uthappa takes some time to dislodge the bails

16.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up, driven to the off side, to extra-cover, where Smith fields for a single

16.5

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, down the track, it was a short ball and swings it over to deep mid-wicket but only a single

16.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, dropped? outside the off stump, pitched up, probably deviating away, wanted to go for a drive, missed and dropped by Uthappa

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 138/2 (RR: 8.11)
TM Dilshan    53* (44b 6x4 1x6)      B Kumar    3-0-32-0
SS Tiwary    11* (16b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-14-1

Ganguly: "I've taken a break this game. It's been a long time on the road. Wanted to give an opportunity for the youngsters. WIll be back fot the next game."

Ganguly on why Smith as captain: "He's been with us the whole tournament. He's led Sydney Sixers to the title in the Big Bash. Clarke has come in just four, five days ago. I'll be back as captain next game."

Ganguly on his prospects next season: I really don't know ..

17.1

Thomas to Tiwary, no run, shorter, slower, Tiwary goes for a pull but he is way too early misses it by some light years.

17.2

Thomas to Tiwary, OUT, run-out! Pitched up, driven straight back to the bowler, Alfonso Thomas does well to field it, turn around and flicks the bails off, Dilshan was way out of his crease.

TM Dilshan run out 53 (79m 44b 6x4 1x6) SR: 120.45

17.3

Thomas to Tiwary, SIX, slower this time, outside the off stump and Tiwary has smacked it over long-on, flat six!

17.4

Thomas to Tiwary, 2 runs, another one pitched right up to the bat, drilled to the wide long-on fielder, fielded well by Pandey, who then passes it on to Rahul Sharma

17.5

Thomas to Tiwary, 1 run, full-toss, driven straight down the ground to long-on for a single

17.6

Thomas to de Villiers, 2 runs, gives himself room, drives to wide long-on and they are able to come back for a second.

End of over 18 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 149/3 (RR: 8.27)
AB de Villiers    2* (1b)      AC Thomas    3-0-31-0
SS Tiwary    20* (21b 1x4 1x6)      B Kumar    3-0-32-0

18.1

Kumar to Tiwary, FOUR, down the track, pitched right up to the bat, drilled through the extra-cover region for a four!

18.2

Kumar to Tiwary, no run, short ball, was going back in his crease to pull it, but misses and Uthappa extends his hands vertically up to take that ball

18.3

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, outside the off stump, driven to long-off for a single

de Villiers gets strike, will be facing only his second ball and it is eight balls to go. Could he have batted higher?

18.4

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, slower one, tries to give himself room and pull, misses, hits his pads and they are off for a leg-bye

18.5

Kumar to Tiwary, 2 runs, pitched right up to the bat, driven to mid-on but the bowler was late in taking off to field that one, they come back for the second

18.6

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, full-toss, driven to long-off for a single

End of over 19 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/3 (RR: 8.31)
SS Tiwary    28* (26b 2x4 1x6)      B Kumar    4-0-40-0
AB de Villiers    2* (2b)      AC Thomas    3-0-31-0

One more over to go, already it looks like a good score given that the ball is not really coming on to the bat. At least not when you are new to the crease.

19.1

Thomas to Tiwary, FOUR, slower ball, waits for it and drills it back down the ground for a four! Splits the long-on and long-off field well

19.2

Thomas to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up to the bat, on his pads, opens himself up for room and drives it to long-on for a single

19.3

Thomas to de Villiers, 1 run, outside the off stump, fuller from Thomas, he wanted to drive it away through the covers but mistimes it, driven to long-on for a single

19.4

Thomas to Tiwary, 2 runs, on his pads and driven to the deep square-leg fielder, the first one was easy, Tiwary wanted the second, de Villiers did not, and in the end, after a lot of misunderstanding they go for a second, easy run-out had he hit

19.5

Thomas to Tiwary, 1 run, driven to mid-wicket for a single, bringing AB on strike

19.6

Thomas to de Villiers, SIX, shorter, slower and smacked over long-on for a six!

That is the end of an excellent performance from Bangalore, a score of 173 is always a tough chase but this does not seem like a track where batting will be easy. Of course, Smith had said that he expects the pitch to quicken up later, which could help.

Gayle was his usual flamboyant self and got a half-century and after a slow start, even Dilshan hit a 50. Lot of people asking why de Villiers does not bat earlier given his form and it beats me too. Still Tiwary did a decent job for his 36 and in propelling the side to where they got in the end.

End of over 20 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 173/3
AB de Villiers    9* (4b 1x6)      AC Thomas    4-0-46-0
SS Tiwary    36* (30b 3x4 1x6)      B Kumar    4-0-40-0
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Vinay Kumar and Virat Kohli celebrate a wicket, Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Pune, May 11, 2012

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