Indian Premier League - 62nd match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

The players have taken a while to come out. Mumbai Indians are out there first and Gayle and Dilshan stroll out after quite a while. They're in no particular hurry.

Munaf Patel will the new ball, from over the wicket.

Toss, 4.35 pm RCB are wearing a green kit today, in support of an environment-friendly initiative. Mumbai Indians are in their usual blue. It will be a 20-over game, if there is no more rain.

Harbhajan Singh has won the toss, and Mumbai Indians will bowl. Harbhajan says the moisture in the air and in the pitch will aid the bowlers. Virat Kohli said he would have bowled as well.

Ashwin: "A toss without captains talking about team changes!" Indeed. So we wait.

RCB are playing the same XI. They are playing two spinners - Appanna and Murali - and have a longish tail with Vinay Kumar at No. 7.

Mumbai Indians have made one change, they have strengthened their seam attack by bringing in RP Singh and leaving out Pragyan Ojha.

4.20 pm Reports coming in that the covers have been taken off and if there is no more rain we should have a toss shortly, at 4.35 pm.

4.00 pm No news of when the toss will happen. It's just a frustrating drizzle.

Have you read our Quick Singles with Andre Russell? Here's what he had to say about Chris Gayle and his temper: "Well, I would ask him when he gets angry. I would really ask him that. "When do you get angry and it shows in your face?" Because since I've been around Chris, I've heard it in his voice. Whenever he gets really angry, he kind of gets a tremble in his voice, and I just know that he's about to blow. But you can't see it on his face. It just goes to show you that God makes different types of people."

3.45 pm Well the toss should have happened. But it hasn't, and that's because it's drizzling at the moment. It isn't heavy, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't a heavy shower during the evening.

3.30 pm The toss has been delayed by about ten minutes. No rain at the Chinnaswamy at present, but there was some earlier. The pitch and the surrounding areas are covered.

3.15 Good afternoon and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the IPL's 62nd game, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Mumbai Indians are third in the league, with 16 points after 13 games. A win for them will take them level with table toppers Delhi Daredevils. If RCB win, they'll move to third place with 17 points, pushing Mumbai Indians to fourth.

The weather in Bangalore, however, might have a say in this game. It's not raining at the moment, but there was a shower earlier and it is quite overcast. Thunder and lightning happening.

0.1

Patel to Gayle, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and angles it across the left-hander, Gayle doesn't move much and decides to let it go

0.2

Patel to Gayle, no run, good length around off stump with some good bounce through to the keeper after Gayle lifts his bat out of the way

0.3

Patel to Gayle, no run, that's fuller and wider outside off stump, Gayle lets it go again, a gentle start from this T20 giant

0.4

Patel to Gayle, no run, short of a length around off stump, Gayle plays his first shot, cutting the ball hard, but can't beat the man at point

0.5

Patel to Gayle, no run, he cuts again, but mis-times it towards the fielder at point, the length was good from Munaf on off stump

0.6

Patel to Gayle, SIX, fetch that from row 15 beyond the long-on boundary, a length delivery on middle and off and Gayle simply lofted through the line on the front foot, destroying hopes of a maiden over

End of over 1 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
CH Gayle    6* (6b 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

1.1

Singh to Dilshan, no run, good length on off and middle from RP Singh from over the wicket, Dilshan defends

1.2

Singh to Dilshan, no run, there's width outside off stump on a very hittable length, Dilshan cuts but can't beat point

1.3

Singh to Dilshan, no run, a low full toss with some late swing into the right-hander after angling across him from over the wicket, Dilshan plays back to the bowler

1.4

Singh to Dilshan, no run, short of a length around off, Dilshan drives from the crease to cover

1.5

Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan tried to let that go outside off but made the decision to lift his bat out of the way a bit too late, the ball hit the face and went towards third man

1.6

Singh to Gayle, no run, Gayle came forward, backed away towards leg and swung with might, he didn't connect, else someone on the road outside might have had a ball heading their way, RP has his hands on his head because that was close to off stump

End of over 2 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
CH Gayle    6* (7b 1x6)      RP Singh    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    1* (5b)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0

2.1

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, good length but a bit straight, played off the pads through square leg

2.2

Patel to Gayle, OUT, middle stump has been knocked back, and the Mumbai Indians come running from far and wide to celebrate this huge wicket. Gayle cleared his front foot and made room to heave over the leg side, the length was too good for that shot. He got a thick inside edge, a powerful inside edge, and middle stump took a battering

CH Gayle b Patel 6 (10m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

Kohli is in at No. 3.

2.3

Patel to Kohli, 3 runs, strays on to the pads and Kohli gets going with a neat clip through midwicket

2.4

Patel to Dilshan, OUT, sensation fielding from Gibbs at point, a terrible mix-up between the batsmen, and Kohli is thundering as he's run out. Dilshan cut the ball hard towards backward point, and Kohli set off for the single. Gibbs moved swiftly and dived to his left, and sprang up immediately with the ball in his hands. Kohli slipped as he put on the brakes when he saw Dilshan wasn't running. Gibbs lobbed the ball back to Munaf, and Kohli had given up by then

V Kohli run out 3 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 300.00

Tiwary is the new batsman.

2.5

Patel to Dilshan, no run, good length with some movement away from the right-hander, Dilshan tries to drive on the up and is beaten

2.6

Patel to Dilshan, no run, driven on the up, in the air but short of the fielder at short cover

End of over 3 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2 (RR: 3.66)
TM Dilshan    2* (9b)      MM Patel    2-0-10-1
SS Tiwary    0* (0b)      RP Singh    1-0-1-0

3.1

Singh to Tiwary, no run, RP angles the ball into the left-hander from over the wicket, pitching on a good length around off stump, and then seams it away. Tiwary prods and is beaten

3.2

Singh to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary strides forward and lets a good length ball go outside off

3.3

Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, played off the front foot, opening the face to steer towards third man

Dinesh: "RCB's tail will be exposed soon today it seems!"

3.4

Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover and Dilshan sets off immediately, the fielder from extra cover comes running in and scores a direct hit but Dilshan is safe

3.5

Singh to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary tries to bash the ball down the ground but the length is too good and he mis-times it to the bowler

3.6

Singh to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary swishes because there's more width outside of stump and gets beaten

Naveenraju: "RCB might feel the disadvantage of not having an allrounder in the playing 11 and having long tail as they didn't get the proper stands for first two wickets."

End of over 4 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
SS Tiwary    1* (5b)      RP Singh    2-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    3* (10b)      MM Patel    2-0-10-1

4.1

Patel to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, that's a bit full and on the pads, fine leg is in the circle but Dilshan doesn't make proper contact with the flick

4.2

Patel to Tiwary, no run, not short enough to pull, but Tiwary tries to anyway, swinging hard. Mis-timed to midwicket

Ajith: "Gayle clearly not half as menacing without the raging red uniform..."

4.3

Patel to Tiwary, FOUR, that's a poor shot but it's gone for four, Tiwary slogged at a good length ball, hitting across the line. Somehow it went straight over the bowler's head. Harbhajan chased from mid-on but this outfield is quick

4.4

Patel to Tiwary, 1 no ball, full and straighter ball, Tiwary drives hard into the ground and into Munaf, who had over-stepped. So there's a free hit coming up. Tiwary can swing for the rafters

4.4

Patel to Tiwary, (no ball) 1 run, he's bowled a superb yorker but he's over-stepped again, Tiwary could only drive it to mid-on. Dilshan can have a go now against a free-hit.

Harbhajan can change the field so he's pushed fine leg back to the boundary.

4.4

Patel to Dilshan, 1 wide, a fast full toss but it's down leg side, Munaf's lost it me thinks

4.4

Patel to Dilshan, (no ball) FOUR, this is atrocious now, Munaf's over-stepped again, and bowled a full ball outside off stump, Dilshan drills the ball through cover. Munaf's over-stepped by a long way, and he's having words with the umpire for some reason. Temper temper ...

Another free-hit ...

4.4

Patel to Dilshan, no run, a quick short of a length ball outside off, Dilshan tries to hoick over midwicket but gets beaten, Munaf wants to have a chat with Dilshan, despite having bowled terribly

4.5

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, good length on off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover point

Sumith: "Unbelievable that ABD wont get a bat in such a scenario ahead of Tiwary! Absolutely unbelievable !!"

4.6

Patel to Tiwary, SIX, and maybe that's why, a length offering around off stump, Tiwary has room to swing his arms and he does with power, pulling the ball off the front foot far over the midwicket boundary. The endless over has finally ended

End of over 5 (21 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 34/2 (RR: 6.80)
SS Tiwary    12* (10b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-0-30-1
TM Dilshan    8* (14b 1x4)      RP Singh    2-0-3-0

Malinga from over the wicket ...

5.1

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed off the front towards mid-on

5.2

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 run, the fielder at mid-off dives to his left to try and catch the lofted drive but drops it. A tough chance for RP Singh. Tiwary had checked his shot and ended up spooning the ball

5.3

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan drives into the ground and over the bowler, RP from mid-on runs to his left and dives to intercept, he ends up pushing the ball towards mid-off, where there was no fielder because the fielder had run to his right to back up RP

5.4

Malinga to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary tries to slog a slower ball but ends up slicing it high in the air beyond the circle at extra cover, RP Singh should have run to his right from mid-off but he did not. Pollard couldn't get to it from cover

5.5

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 wide, the slower ball down leg side, that's a wide

5.5

Malinga to Tiwary, no run, a third slower ball, Tiwary steers it towards point

5.6

Malinga to Tiwary, no run, good length and straight, defended on the front foot

Karn: "It's a positive move to keep AB for the big finish; no questions about that. @Naveenraju - Too much clutter, buddy. RCB's strategy is loud and clear: we have four excellent batsmen; if two of them do well, we'll win. Simple!"

End of over 6 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/2 (RR: 6.66)
SS Tiwary    15* (14b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    10* (16b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-30-1

Harbhajan Singh's going to have a bowl. From round the wicket. The time out is done with.

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan sweeps the ball along the ground to deep square leg

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, SIX, shot! Tiwary made room by moving towards leg and lofted the ball inside out, hitting it cleanly over the long-off boundary. Sweet connection

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, OUT, would you believe it, Tiwary has stepped on to his stumps. He took a step back into his crease to work the ball through square leg and then before beginning to run he took another small step back. Unfortunately for him middle stump was in the way

SS Tiwary hit wicket b Harbhajan Singh 21 (25m 16b 1x4 2x6) SR: 131.25

Here's AB de Villiers. Looking rugged with a thick beard. Never mind that fluorescent green jersey. He's dangerous.

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long on

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, played off the back foot to midwicket

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, nudged off the pads to short fine leg

End of over 7 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 48/3 (RR: 6.85)
TM Dilshan    11* (19b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-8-1
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0

7.1

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, length ball with width outside off, AB cuts to point

7.2

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, good length just outside off, AB drives from his crease to cover

7.3

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, the attempted yorker ends up as a straight, low full toss, AB whips it off his pads, along the ground to the fielder at deep square leg

7.4

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, Malinga gets some serious bounce with the fast bouncer, Dilshan sways and lets it go

7.5

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller and straighter, Dilshan drives to long on to bring up the 50

7.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 2 runs, Malinga unleashes the straight yorker, zeroing in on AB's shoes, he nimbly moves his feet out of the way and flicks through midwicket. Terrific ball and superbly played

End of over 8 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/3 (RR: 6.50)
AB de Villiers    4* (5b)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    12* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-8-1

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan goes back to flick but misses and is hit on the pad, Harbhajan appeals but that pitched outside leg

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, driven from the crease towards cover

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, tries to slog sweep but gets a bottom edge towards short fine leg

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 2 runs, worked of the pads through square leg

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, Munaf's messed up on the backward point boundary, Dilshan cut a wide ball firmly and Munaf ran to his left and got to it comfortably. He stooped to field but the ball went through him

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked through square leg for a single

End of over 9 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 61/3 (RR: 6.77)
TM Dilshan    20* (26b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-17-1
AB de Villiers    5* (6b)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0

Kieron Pollard to bowl from over the wicket.

9.1

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, short of a length outside off with some movement away from the right-hander, Dilshan tries to drive on the up but is beaten

9.2

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, this one is quicker, Dilshan tries to cut but is beaten by the short of a length ball that angles into him

9.3

Pollard to Dilshan, 2 runs, steered towards third man off the back foot

9.4

Pollard to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan gives Pollard the charge and then steers a short of a length ball to the fine third man boundary, clever adjustment to the length

9.5

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length outside off, Dilshan spoons the drive over cover

9.6

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball outside off, AB taps it wide off the keeper and runs

End of over 10 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/3 (RR: 6.90)
AB de Villiers    6* (7b)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    27* (31b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-17-1

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, AB backs away and hits a low full toss to long-off

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, bowled flatter and quicker from round the wicket, Dilshan stays back and plays through square leg

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, shot! AB backed away towards leg to make room and slapped the ball flat over the infield at cover and into the gap on the boundary. He hit that very late and from middle stump

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, played off the back foot towards long on

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, SIX, Dwayne Smith leaps on the edge of the deep midwicket boundary, he gets a hand on it but can't prevent the ball from going over. Dilshan had stepped out, got under the ball and heaved across the line. Smith jumped extremely high, lesser fielders wouldn't have touched it

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 2 wides, that's a wide down leg side, Karthik can't collect cleanly

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, hit to deep square leg for a single

End of over 11 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/3 (RR: 7.72)
AB de Villiers    13* (11b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-33-1
TM Dilshan    34* (33b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0

11.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, AB moves towards leg and clips the ball behind square

11.2

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan drives from his crease to long-on

11.3

Pollard to de Villiers, OUT, AB's gone, caught at mid-off! He backed away towards leg and tried to smash inside out over the off side. It was the slower ball on middle stump and AB didn't get any elevation on the shot, Malinga tumbled after moving to his left to take the catch. That was hit quite hard

AB de Villiers c Malinga b Pollard 14 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Mayank Agarwal is the new batsman.

11.4

Pollard to Agarwal, 1 run, Pollard goes wide of the crease and aims for the blockhole, Agarwal clips to mid-on

11.5

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, quicker ball on a good length outside off, Dilshan gets beaten on the cut

11.6

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, good length and slower, Dilshan drives too early, playing to point

End of over 12 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/4 (RR: 7.33)
TM Dilshan    35* (36b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-1
MA Agarwal    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-33-1

Dwayne Smith from over the wicket ...

12.1

Smith to Agarwal, no run, good length on off and middle, Agarwal defends on the back foot

12.2

Smith to Agarwal, no run, the ball cuts back into the right-hander from a good length, it was a skiddy delivery and Agarwal was late on the pull, he hit the ball into the ground near his feet

12.3

Smith to Agarwal, 1 run, opens the face this time and steers to third man

12.4

Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, Smith pitches on a good length outside off stump and cuts it back into Dilshan, who stays in his crease and cuts to third man

12.5

Smith to Agarwal, no run, another sharp offcutter, Agarwal stays back and blocks, he had to hurry the shot

12.6

Smith to Agarwal, no run, now he tries to steer to third man but is beaten outside off stump

End of over 13 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/4 (RR: 6.92)
MA Agarwal    2* (6b)      DR Smith    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    36* (37b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-1

Ramesh: "Cannot really blame AB! He had to contend with a ball from 9 feet high! Pollard's height and his high arm action. Must have been like a meteor from the sky!"

Steam out of the ears stuff from Rahul: "Munaf seriously needs to be dropped !!! I dont care about the wickets he is taking !! but his attitude on the field is pathetic !! He doesnt field well while others are bowling and then when he bowls bad bowls meant to be hit, he expects superman stuff from the fielders or else he throws a tantrum for his mistakes. He really needs to be disciplined !!"

13.1

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 wide, Karthik skips to his left and dives full length to collect an extremely wayward ball down leg side

13.1

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan tries to steer a good length ball towards third man but did not move his feet, he was beaten by the movement into him

13.2

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 run, this time Dilshan moved forward towards the ball and opened the face to steer towards third man, Dilshan sprinted the first, looking for two, but Agarwal was strolling it and couldn't come back

13.3

Pollard to Agarwal, 1 wide, another wide down leg side, Mumbai have been generous today

13.3

Pollard to Agarwal, no run, played from the crease towards midwicket

13.4

Pollard to Agarwal, 1 wide, a third wide in the over down leg side, Pollard is going wide of the crease and hence slanting it down

13.4

Pollard to Agarwal, no run, good length and slower outside off, Agarwal plays from the crease to cover

13.5

Pollard to Agarwal, FOUR, Agarwal gives Pollard the charge but is met with a short of a length ball, he hit through the line, lofting the ball flat over extra cover, he was cramped for room but made clean contact

13.6

Pollard to Agarwal, 1 run, fuller outside off stump, driven firmly but to the fielder on the cover boundary

End of over 14 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 99/4 (RR: 7.07)
MA Agarwal    7* (10b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-20-1
TM Dilshan    37* (39b 3x4 1x6)      DR Smith    1-0-2-0

14.1

Smith to Agarwal, 1 run, Agarwal tries to pull a short of a length ball that hurries on to him but misses and is hit on the thigh, RCB reach 100

14.2

Smith to Dilshan, no run, good length, skidding towards middle stump, Dilshan stays in his crease and plays to midwicket

14.3

Smith to Dilshan, FOUR, Munaf runs to his left from third man and dives, he gets a hand on the ball but can't prevent the four. Dilshan had charged the bowler and then cut the short of a length ball

14.4

Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, driven to mid off for a single

14.5

Smith to Agarwal, 1 run, Agarwal tried to pull but bottom edges a short of a length ball on to his leg

Shantanu: " To be honest, none of the expensive overs of this innings are the bowlers' fault. It is the captaincy that is the problem. It was Munaf's THIRD over that was expensive, Harbhajan's THIRD over that was hit, and now Pollard's third over is much worse than his other two. In t20 cricket, it is important to keep introducing different types of bowlers, as the batsmen have had enough time to properly analyze the bowlers' tactics."

14.6

Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan makes room by moving towards leg and drives a full ball to long-on, he calls for two but only gets one

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 107/4 (RR: 7.13)
TM Dilshan    43* (43b 4x4 1x6)      DR Smith    2-0-10-0
MA Agarwal    9* (12b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-20-1

RP Singh has the ball again, from over the wicket.

15.1

Singh to Dilshan, 1 wide, what's going on today? Slippery fingers? RP sprays the ball wide outside off stump

15.1

Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, good length just outside off, cut off the back foot to Gibbs at point, he throws at the bowler's end, Dilshan wants the overthrow but Agarwal does not

15.2

Singh to Agarwal, FOUR, short of a length delivery and Agarwal slices the ball off the front foot over the leaping Gibbs at backward point

15.3

Singh to Agarwal, 1 run, in the blockhole this time, Agarwal plays towards long off

Karn: "I have a radically different view compared to Rahul's. I don't care to the slightest about his attitude, but only as long as it doesn't have an impact on his bowling. The day his attitude mars his bowling, he needs to be schooled. Various different sports have top athletes with really bad attitude problems, but it's the performance that counts at the end of the day."

15.4

Singh to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, another one in the blockhole, Dilshan tries to work through square leg but gets a leading edge on the off side

15.5

Singh to Agarwal, SIX, shot! Agarwal makes room by moving towards leg and lofts a length ball cleanly through the line, clearing the long-off boundary with ease

15.6

Singh to Agarwal, 1 run, he makes room again but this time mis-hits the ball in the air towards extra cover

End of over 16 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 122/4 (RR: 7.62)
MA Agarwal    21* (16b 2x4 1x6)      RP Singh    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    44* (45b 4x4 1x6)      DR Smith    2-0-10-0

Shrikant: "RCB are heading for a decent score inspite of losing Gayle and AB early." Mumbai Indians have given them a buffet of extras.

Malinga from over the wicket ...

16.1

Malinga to Agarwal, 1 run, good length but with width outside off, Agarwal cuts from the crease through point

16.2

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, a slower ball outside off stump, Dilshan cut too early and was beaten

16.3

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 wide, in the blockhole and I think that was just inside the tram line outside off stump, the umpire's called it wide though

16.3

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan uses the width outside off to steer to third man

16.4

Malinga to Agarwal, 1 run, good length but a touch too straight, Agarwal flicks the ball off the pads through square leg, Dilshan wanted the second but Smith had got to the ball too quickly so Agarwal said no

16.5

Malinga to Dilshan, 2 runs, a full toss on the pads, Dilshan flicked with power towards long leg, Sachin had to hurry to his left from fine leg and intercept the ball that was racing towards the boundary

16.6

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, the quick bouncer, Dilshan tries to hook but is beaten

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 128/4 (RR: 7.52)
TM Dilshan    47* (49b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-0
MA Agarwal    23* (18b 2x4 1x6)      RP Singh    3-0-17-0

RP from over the wicket for his final over.

17.1

Singh to Agarwal, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Agarwal makes room and carves it over the keeper, a top edge really but he was looking to hit in the vicinity. Rubbish ball

17.2

Singh to Agarwal, 1 run, in the blockhole this time, Agarwal makes room and hits it towards mid-off

17.3

Singh to Dilshan, OUT, off stump's taken a walk. RP Singh bowled a full toss, Dilshan moved towards leg to hit through the off side, the ball swerved slightly away from the right-hander and Dilshan missed it

TM Dilshan b Singh 47 (92m 50b 4x4 1x6) SR: 94.00

17.4

Singh to Vinay Kumar, no run, good length outside off, played back to the bowler

17.5

Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, OUT, Vinay's been run out! He steered a short of a length ball towards deep point and wanted the second. Smith was the fielder sprinting in from the boundary and his throw to Karthik was powerful and accurate. Vinay sprinted and dived full length but was still a foot out of his crease when Karthik uprooted all three stumps

R Vinay Kumar run out 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.6

Singh to Khan, no run, short of a length and at the body, Zaheer defends off the back foot

End of over 18 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/6 (RR: 7.44)
Z Khan    0* (1b)      RP Singh    4-0-23-1
MA Agarwal    28* (20b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-0

Malinga to bowl the penultimate over.

18.1

Malinga to Agarwal, 1 run, a slower ball on a good length outside off, steered off the back foot towards Gibbs at backward point

Will Zaheer swing for the sixes?

18.2

Malinga to Khan, no run, he does! He comes out of his crease and slogs mightily, Malinga delivered the slower ball that beat the batsman completely and passed over middle stump

18.3

Malinga to Khan, 1 run, he stays in his crease this time and swats the short of a length ball to long on

18.4

Malinga to Agarwal, FOUR, the yorker goes wrong for Malinga, Agarwal stays in his crease and chips the half-volley off his pads into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary

18.5

Malinga to Agarwal, SIX, over cover! Agarwal clears his front foot to create hitting space and smashes the slower ball bowled on a length over the boundary, superb timing

18.6

Malinga to Agarwal, 1 run, in the blockhole this time and Agarwal works the ball behind square

End of over 19 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 147/6 (RR: 7.73)
MA Agarwal    40* (24b 4x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-0
Z Khan    1* (3b)      RP Singh    4-0-23-1

Agarwal is playing a little gem here for RCB, there were sinking after AB fell. Munaf to bowl the final over. Can he keep his cool?

19.1

Patel to Agarwal, SIX, the first ball is a rubbish full toss, Agarwal steps out of his crease and lofts the ball over the wide long-off boundary. Munaf watches it disappear

The keeper comes up to the stumps.

19.2

Patel to Agarwal, FOUR, that's his fifty, off 26 deliveries, Gayle's fastest this season is off 24, to give you some perspective. A half-volley outside off and Agarwal square drives with power through point

19.3

Patel to Agarwal, FOUR, another pie from Munaf, a full toss outside off stump, Agarwal slams it wide off the fielder at long-off

19.4

Patel to Agarwal, 2 runs, that would have been a fourth boundary in the over had Rohit Sharma not charged to his left from long on and dived full length, pushing the ball to Pollard, who was sprinting from long off. agarwal had charged and lofted a length ball over the bowler's head

19.5

Patel to Agarwal, SIX, Agarwal is pasting Munaf, he moved back and towards the off side, using the depth of his crease to shorten the length, get under the ball and hammer it over deep midwicket

19.6

Patel to Agarwal, 2 runs, driven with power towards wide long on, where Rohit fields

6.40 pm So after losing Gayle, Kohli and AB very cheaply, and Dilshan mis-firing, Agarwal took charge of the end of the innings and laid into Mumbai's bowlers. He's given RCB a solid total to defend. Mumbai's bowling was frankly quite ordinary. Not sure why Harbhajan didn't bowl Pollard and Smith more, they had done well. But he chose Munaf and paid for it. 14 runs in extras as well, which in T20 cricket is criminal.

Pranay: "Please do not forget the fastest 50 was scored not by Mayank Agarwal but by Munaf Patel. He did it in 24 balls."

End of over 20 (24 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/6
MA Agarwal    64* (30b 6x4 4x6)      MM Patel    4-0-54-1
Z Khan    1* (3b)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-0
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May 14, 2012

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