Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Bangalore

Gayle, Vinay star in last-over thriller

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 4, 2013

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 156 for 5 (Gayle 92*, Bumrah 3-32) beat Mumbai Indians 154 for 5 (Karthik 60, Vinay 3-27) by two runs
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Chris Gayle launches one back over the bowler's head, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Bangalore, April 4, 2013
Another day in the office for Chris Gayle who powered an unbeaten 92 © BCCI

A nerveless final over from Vinay Kumar saw Royal Challengers Bangalore earn a dramatic two-run victory over Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, in the second match of IPL 2013. Mumbai arrived in the 20th over only three wickets down, and needing 10 runs for victory, but a double-strike from Vinay, early in the over, brought two new batsmen to the crease, and mounted substantial pressure on the visitors. Kieron Pollard got on strike for the first time, with eight runs needed and only two balls remaining and though he struck his first ball for a four, which would have been a six, but for one inch, he could only dig out the perfect yorker Vinay delivered on the last ball as far as long-on.

Royal Challengers' victory had been set up earlier in the match by a Chris Gayle IPL classic. His unbeaten 92 from 58 balls helped his side overcome a pedestrian start, and launched them to 156 for 5. After Gayle, the next highest Royal Challengers score was 24, from Virat Kohli.

Gayle's lone hand began with uncharacteristic reticence, as the Mumbai seam bowlers, led by Mitchell Johnson, found bounce and movement on the grassy Chinnaswamy Stadium surface that had compelled Ricky Ponting to bowl first. The six Powerplay overs saw the fall of two batsmen and yielded only 31 runs, with Gayle having made four of those, from 10 deliveries. In fact it was not until the ninth over that Gayle showed any aggressive intent, when he clipped Jasprit Bumrah through the leg side, before clearing his leg and drilling a full delivery into the sightscreen, next ball.

He rarely eased up thereafter though, hitting 11 fours and five sixes in his innings, as his teammates continued to flounder around him. Pollard came in for conspicuous punishment in the 11th over, disappearing for 15, never to see the bowling crease again, while Munaf Patel's final over went for 16.

Mumbai's reply was promising at the outset, as Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting - opening together for the first time - hit 50 runs together in just over seven overs. But despite that solid foundation, Mumbai's top order was unable to lower the asking rate for much of their innings. Mumbai had Pollard padded up in the dugout, and while Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu allowed the pressure to escalate through a meandering approach during the middle overs, Pollard was not promoted up the order to induce the dash Mumbai required to win the match.

Karthik finally hit out in the 17th over, hitting three consecutive sixes and a four, to plunder 24 runs off Daniel Christian. Although that mini-surge and the ten-run over that followed tipped the match in favour of the visitors, who needed 17 from 12 balls, a terrific penultimate over from Jaydev Unadkat conceded only seven runs, yielding the floor to a thrilling finish.

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Posted by ravikini on (April 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Come every IPL season, most of the pundits of the game start predicting that MI will win the IPL. This year too has not been different. With Ganguly n the likes already started the ritual. It absolutely defies logic that Pollard bats so low. They have tried 39 something opening partners for Sachin and never once made Pollard bat higher, say no. 4 or 5. Munaf is a big joke and Rayudu, Sharma and Kartik are not consistent. If MI losing to RCB with such a star studded side, think how they will be mauled by CSK today, i.e., unless the management does something different. Unlike RCB,who solely depend on the hurricane GAYLE, you have very good consistent big hitters in CSK . Harbhajan should be doing Bhajans, such an woeful fielder, Rohit , Rayudu should prove the money they get are deserving. For me the teams that make it to the last 4 are CSK, RCB, MI and KKR. Only DD losing out in the top 4 from last year.

Posted by pradip1127 on (April 5, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

I don't understand the MI think tank tactics after two wickets in final over WHY they send Bhajji instead of Oram. Oram is left hander and good lean hitter. MI should open with Sachin and Rohit followed by Karthik, Ponting,Pollard,Rayudu,Maxwell Harbhajan, Dhawal,Jasprit Bumrah,Malinga. If MI not combination right within 5 matches. It will be tough to make it last four. Think about MI management.

Posted by PerfectTen on (April 5, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

It was refreshing to hear (& see) Kapil Dev during extra innings on the telly. His views appear to come straight from the heart, pragmatic and genuine unlike most of his contemporaries like Shastri, Gavaskar et al. His comments truly reflect his attitude during his playing days. Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian cricketer till date.

Posted by Richvii on (April 5, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Ponting made a big mistake by not using MJ's full quota of 4 overs 18th and 20th should have been bowled by MJ. Secondly, keeping pollard to warm up the bench in the dug out is atrocious!He should have been sent ahead of Rayadu. Munaf is a mediocre bowler. Kulkarni is a better bowler than him now!Once Malinga is in the team,MI will have some teeth in its bowling! The problem is that with Ponting being the captain, it has become difficult to include the likes of Dwayne smith/Coulter nile/Maxwell.One thing is clear-Munaf has to be dropped and Bhajji has to field better!

Posted by PerfectTen on (April 5, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Except for Gayle, there was no match winner on either side. Without Malinga, MI's bowling looks pedestrian. Ideally, after sending back the top three with 30-odd on the board, they should have restricted the hosts well below 140. Also, Ponting missed the trick of putting pressure on Gayle and taking him out. Although much criticized, the experienced openers did well for MI when it was required to negate any naughty ball movement at the beginning. A not so good beginning for both the sides, though some positives for RCB in the form of Gayle and Vinay Kumar who yet again showed his experience at the death. Would prefer to see Sachin and Ponting continuing to open for MI. For RCB, would like to see Pujara open with Gayle and Moises & Barnwell making their IPL debut in the next match.

Posted by ragu_lara on (April 5, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

If anyone have seen yesterday's match then they could know why dinesh karthik is not getting the chance instead of dhoni in indian team. With due respect to murali karthik I am telling he is a better batsman and better keeper than dhoni but he cannot replace dhoni.In international cricket you should know how to handle pressure while playing in international level. 10 runs of 5 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Dhoni should have won this type of matches atleast 50 times for india at international level. Karthik instead of being in great touch was not able to handle the pressure and finish the innings in an IPL match. Dhoni instead of saving matches like these also captaining the side in all the formats. Surely no one can replace dhoni either as captain or as keeper. Always Captain Cool is Great.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (April 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Pollard struggles against spin and nowhere near as comfortable as he is against seamers. This is the reason he comes to bat just before the slog overs. Just some fyi for those who want him to bat up the order.

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