Bangalore v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 11, 2013

Gayle completes another demolition job


Royal Challengers Bangalore 158 for 2 (Gayle 85*, Kohli 35) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 154 for 8 (Gambhir 59, RP 3-27) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle took centre stage once again for Royal Challengers Bangalore, after a rare-slip up in their previous game. He consigned a quiet start to a chase of 155 to a distant memory with another calm demolition job of an opposition team, backed up by his captain Virat Kohli, as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered their second defeat in a row following a promising start to their new season as defending champions.

Gautam Gambhir guided the Knight Riders batting, happy at being asked to bat during the toss, but the total his side managed proved below-par on an excellent track for batting. The Royal Challengers seamers bowled impressively to restrict partnerships after they had begun encouragingly, and struck in the late overs to stifle an attempted surge. It kept Knight Riders down to a chaseable score, and Gayle made it look worse than it was.

Gambhir was at ease piercing the gaps through the in-field, dispatching Moises Henriques, who opened the bowling, through the leg side and RP Singh past point and extra cover. Muttiah Muralitharan was driven through off, smacked over mid-on, and slog-swept, all this during a half-century stand with Jacques Kallis that promised to take Knight Riders beyond what they eventually got. Kallis sliced Vinay Kumar to deep point, but the promotion of Yusuf Pathan to No.4 triggered an acceleration.

Yusuf struck his first three balls, all from Vinay, for boundaries to different parts of the ground, before whipping Jaidev Unadkat for six over midwicket. But Royal Challengers pulled things back, breaking the stand when Yusuf holed out to long-on off a slower delivery from Henriques. Gambhir and Tiwary put together a spirited partnership of their own, but the pair, together with Eoin Morgan, fell in a space of two overs at the death. RP leaked a few fours, but picked up three wickets and ran out Ryan McLaren in his final spell. The last four overs, which began with seven wickets in hand, yielded just 31 runs.

Knight Riders would have expected a closer contest, having limited the hosts to 21 for 1 in the first five overs of the chase. But both Gayle and Kohli compensated for their early restraint. They targeted McLaren - who was replacing Brett Lee - first, Kohli whipping him for two fours through the leg side and Gayle swinging him for two massive sixes near cow corner. Kohli cashed in on anything bowled too straight, dismissing Pradeep Sangwan for two consecutive sixes.

The occasional relief for Knight Riders came through Sunil Narine's miserly spell and when Sangwan managed to york Gayle, though not well enough to beat his defense, but there was a generous supply of length balls against a batsman well set and in the groove to finish things off quickly. Gayle picked out the deep midwicket area, sending Sangwan again, and L Balaji, over the ropes before reserving the same treatment for Kallis twice in an over.

Changes of pace, cutters, and variations in length were all futile against Gayle, who was the architect of another dominating Royal Challengers performance. Just how will bowling attacks find a way through that formidable trio of Gayle, Kohli, and AB de Villiers?

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    the way gayle is playing in this season , there isn't any doubt that he is again in contention for the orange cap.From next season , orange cap should be renamed as "Gayle cap" and by should be handed to gayle by default.Also Gayle is the only cricketer for whom hitting 4 is difficult than hitting a 6

  • victoria on April 12, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Perfectten, I am in full agreement with you. In fact, I am getting the impression that Chris Gayle is much better with the bat in 20 overs of cricket than any batsman before and now, in any past or present format. When one realises what he's doing with just a handfull of balls, I am sure that his impact now has to be much greater than Bradman's during his time. Gayle does not only make BIG runs in T/20 cricket, he singlehandedly wins nearly EVERY MATCH when he bats. I don't think Bradman had that impact when he played. I know the kinds of noises that would have been made about HIS AWESOMENESS; HIS PEERLESSNESS, HIS INCREDIBILITY, and all the other exciting hyperboles that would have been used to describe him, if he were from a different country, especially one of them!

  • victoria on April 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    How come the three best batsmen in the world in T/20 cricket (Gayle, De Villiers, and Kholi) are in the the same IPL team? I don't think that anybody can expect any different results than we are now seeing from Royal Challenge Bangalore! This is like putting Messi, Ronaldo and Van Percy in the same football team. Then what would you expect?

  • Chetan on April 12, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Gayle's sucess in IPL is due to the tons and tons of T20 cricket practice over the last couple of years. When everybody was playing Test cricket Gayle was playing T20 in different leagues. If Gayle gets out cheaply RCB losing the game is almost certain these days. He need to continue with this form and take RCB to the final and in the final it will be whole new ball game for him.

  • Mervin on April 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Great guy! Real entertainer! He is a spectators player giving you your money's worth. There are no words to desrcibe him just "DEVASTATION and DESTRUCTION".

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    gayle performs in ilp but dn`t knw why he don`t perform for his team WI

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Big RCB fan, i'm jamaican ofcourse.

    RCB need to leave out Murali and play Ravi Rampaul.....and use murali karthik and chris gayle as their spinners. RCB lacks the pace to trouble quality bastmen sometimes. Also, give AB the gloves and bring in another batsman

    I also, like that young kid Agarwal, i like how he plays. he is so aggressive, it takes pressure off chris gayle.

    RCB ah tek di winnings !

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    When Gayle is batting, it doesn't seem to be he is keen to send ball out of the boundary, rather it seems to be ball is keen to go out of the boundary.

  • vikas on April 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    gayle was awesome. It was awesome exeperience to watch gayle live on ground.RCB fileding was worse.Kohli just show his style to stop the ball but not able to hit the stump this is best quality of him. whenever he throw the ball towards the stump it was going for run as overthrow. So I can say It was awesome fielding by Kohli to giving extra run to KKR. Coming to Gambhir and Kohli spat, I think kohli should learn how to give respect others cricketer. Gambhir should have to teach some lesson for good behaviour. kohli shame on you saying that you are part of Indian cricket team. I think this match is eye openner for KKR. They should include Mccllum in his team and need geniue wicket taking bowler.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    It seems as if Kallis is out of form. He needs to come good for KKR as well as the big hitters.