Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Mumbai April 27, 2013

Mumbai quicks trump RCB batting might

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Mumbai Indians 194 for 7 (Smith 50, Karthik 43) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 136 for 7 (Kulkarni 3-19) by 58 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In five overs of high-quality fast bowling, easily the best cricket seen in this IPL, Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga pushed Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan into a corner with accurate, fast and hostile short-pitched bowling. The batsmen had been severely restricted; Dhawan Kulkarni and Harbhajan Singh then came on to pin them and consign Royal Challengers Bangalore, the table leaders, to a 58-run defeat.

In Royal Challengers' previous match, Gayle had scored 175 and added 167 runs with Dilshan to encourage superlatives that would have you believe it was impossible to bowl to Gayle. Nobody informed Johnson and Malinga, though. This was a similar pitch to the one in Bangalore where Gayle caused the mayhem. The outfield was similarly small, top edges flew for sixes here too, but unlike the opposition then, Johnson and Malinga had the pace, and they were prepared to bounce Gayle.

Gayle likes to bide his time, is unhurried, and plays percentage cricket, seemingly at will. He wasn't allowed to do any of that. He did play a flat pull early in the chase when Johnson bowled one into the ribs, managing to smack it to deep midwicket for six. Johnson didn't back off. He placed a deep midwicket, and went back to bouncing Gayle some more. Now he began to get the ball higher.

And Malinga, he has never been hit for a six by Gayle in the IPL. He wasn't about to today. However, Malinga's first over was dedicated to making life difficult for countryman Tillakaratne Dilshan. One swing-and-miss followed another as Malinga kept swinging the away from Dilshan. At 10 for 0 after two overs, the openers were shaken. Stirring was to begin soon.

First came the shot you will rarely ever see Gayle play: the ramp. Johnson got one to bounce disconcertingly towards the throat, and Gayle tried to clear slips with an open face. This one bounced extra, caught the glove, and the lob just about evaded the slips. Dilshan immediately took a single to send Gayle back to face the chin music. Johnson continued with two more bouncers, Gayle pulled at both, but in a different postal code. Beaten by the bounce on both occasions.

In the next over, Malinga hit him on the left shoulder, the rear shoulder. This was no slower bouncer, Malinga bowled it like he meant to. He followed it up with a superb yorker. Thankfully Mumbai didn't back off, as T20 generally encourages teams to do. Johnson got a third over. He beat Gayle with a left-armer's outswinger. Gayle was caught on the crease, expecting a bouncer. This was more Suresh Raina than Gayle. He was well and truly out of his comfort zone.

Gayle did get two fours off mis-hits in that fifth over, but still he was only 17 off 16, and Dilshan 13 off 14. This was a rude shock for Royal Challengers. On came Kulkarni, a lesser bowler of lesser pace playing his first game of the season, but the task for Royal Challengers wasn't much lesser. Bowling on a pitch he knows as well as the back of his hand, Kulkarni got bounce and away movement, Dilshan went after it, and Johnson completed a special catch at third man. You couldn't keep Johnson out of action.

In the next over, Rohit Sharma introduced Harbhajan Singh, who teased Gayle with flight and slow pace. Gayle slog-swept, got a thick edge, and it took the best of Ambati Rayudu - who had been run out earlier when a bowler inadvertently knocked his bat out of the crease - to take the catch at cow corner. It kicked off wild celebrations, and Harbhajan pulled out an improvised version of Gangnam-style.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were too stunned, and followed shortish and wide deliveries and guided them to the keeper. Kulkarni had helped kill the game in the eighth over of the chase. To be fair to Gayle, though, he has been tested before, and he endures those spells even if it means he has to wait for 10 overs. Tonight, though, Mumbai had got the strategy and execution right. They didn't want to give Gayle that freedom, which usually comes with batting first. And they also put on 194 on the board, which meant the pressure of asking rate accumulated with every bouncer that beat him.

The 194 came thanks to a calculated assault by Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the game, followed by Dwayne Smith's second consecutive half-century, and the hitting by Dinesh Karthik and Kieron Pollard towards the end. Tendulkar cleared the infield well during the Powerplay overs; he tried just that as opposed to going for big sixes in his 13-ball 23. Smith then hit the big sixes. Karthik was industrious in his 43 off 33, and Pollard hit even bigger sixes when he hit 34 off 16.

Put together, they set the perfect platform for the fast bowlers, who in turn had evidently grown a leg.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sweet2hrme on April 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I like the way 'Sachin Sir' started the ining.. Very quick fire 23 runs.. May be his ining is for short period bt i love that.. Plz play like that no matter u gets out.. Smith / Pollard oh! These west indians really hv power.. Kulkurni is always a gud selection.. this guy always gives his best not like Munaf very very third class fielder n very ordinary bowler these days. Malinga is not his best but still best. Jhonson very-very gud bowler, bowling with gud speed. Kartik n Rohit two very gud batsman. I m loving Rohit Captaincy.. Bajji u bowled very well today.. I wanted to see few ovrs of Ojha whn they every thing in their command.. So MI hv everything..like CSK N RCB. These 3 best team must go to semis.. All the best..

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Wait and watch RCB is not done yet!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Minus Galye and AB,, RCB dont have anything in their team to give them victory,,,, How many close matches their bowlers won??,, almost all matches won when these two fires,,, its dangerous dependancy,,,that will sink them,, like last year

  • kristee on April 29, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Gayle's style is perhaps more suited to a champion team rather than the mediocre WI side that Chanderpaul suits more to. We can't say how successful Gilchrist would have been, if played for a weaker side. I still think Gayle has in him to make all these theorists eat their words.

  • Harmony111 on April 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Nothing's wrong in Kohli's appeal to remove Rayudu. Some people do not understand that as a competitor one does not see if it is a domestic match or an Intl match. In fact, domestic matches should be used as crucibles to toughen up players so that they are ready for the abuse and are more aware of the situation in bigger matches. Did one see how Wade with a handful of matches under his belt was seen as abusing Rohit in the CB Series after a rejected run out appeal? Rohit had no answers to him. Some would say that one should keep quiet but those days are gone. Now are the times to give it doubly back. We have seen how Sachin was given out vs Pak in Kolkata 99, what happened there? We saw how Lee got Sachin run out in the CB Series, dint we? We saw how D Hussey got away with Obstructing The Field.

    It is high time we Indians learnt to play the game as per the rules - and learnt to stretch the rules as much as permitted.

  • dineshrdk on April 28, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @jasonpete, that is exactly what i thought of saying to GRVJPR. @GRVJPR, Please don't compare Kohli with the World's best Captain, the best in character, the one who shows how to tackle the situations in an excellent way... Kohli's attitude is very worst and he needs to improve on it.

  • Nampally on April 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    "Kohli Lays into Jeering Crowd" is the heading in another blog. While Vinay was backing to collect the ball, he involuntarily also removed Rayudu's bat from going into the crease & hence resulting in a Run Out. Third Umpire was wrong in declaring Rayudu OUT- Vinay pushed Rayudu's bat to make his own way. It was clearly wrong decision by the Umpire. There was adequate room to show some "sportsmanship" on part of the Captain who also threw down the WKT. Mishra withdrew his appeal for runout when the batsman Watson hit the ball & it touched Mishra's fingers on the way to catch Dravid backing up too far out of the crease. There is huge lesson for Kohli to learn instead of showing his temper once more. If he persists with this immature & win at all cost attitude, he will be jeered whether he plays for RCB or India. It is sad that some of the modern cricketer lack the "Cricket Ettiquete"! Mr. Kohli, Learn from old time Cricketers (Umrigar/Hazare) who had humility & grace+ superb batsmen.

  • KingOwl on April 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I think it is highly unrealistic to expect Gayle to play the way he did the other day, against Malinga (the best fast bowler in T20) and someone like Johnson (when he is on fire). But it was brilliant to watch. What goes up, comes down!

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    I loved the way Mumbai played their game. They were hunting in packs. Batting or bowling, they were always two heroes at a time. Smith said they were ready and boy, were they!

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @Webba84 on (April 28, 2013, 4:22 GMT) Yes I know - that's why I put he needed to go (asin be dropped) as he was the weak link

  • sweet2hrme on April 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I like the way 'Sachin Sir' started the ining.. Very quick fire 23 runs.. May be his ining is for short period bt i love that.. Plz play like that no matter u gets out.. Smith / Pollard oh! These west indians really hv power.. Kulkurni is always a gud selection.. this guy always gives his best not like Munaf very very third class fielder n very ordinary bowler these days. Malinga is not his best but still best. Jhonson very-very gud bowler, bowling with gud speed. Kartik n Rohit two very gud batsman. I m loving Rohit Captaincy.. Bajji u bowled very well today.. I wanted to see few ovrs of Ojha whn they every thing in their command.. So MI hv everything..like CSK N RCB. These 3 best team must go to semis.. All the best..

  • on April 29, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Wait and watch RCB is not done yet!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Minus Galye and AB,, RCB dont have anything in their team to give them victory,,,, How many close matches their bowlers won??,, almost all matches won when these two fires,,, its dangerous dependancy,,,that will sink them,, like last year

  • kristee on April 29, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Gayle's style is perhaps more suited to a champion team rather than the mediocre WI side that Chanderpaul suits more to. We can't say how successful Gilchrist would have been, if played for a weaker side. I still think Gayle has in him to make all these theorists eat their words.

  • Harmony111 on April 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Nothing's wrong in Kohli's appeal to remove Rayudu. Some people do not understand that as a competitor one does not see if it is a domestic match or an Intl match. In fact, domestic matches should be used as crucibles to toughen up players so that they are ready for the abuse and are more aware of the situation in bigger matches. Did one see how Wade with a handful of matches under his belt was seen as abusing Rohit in the CB Series after a rejected run out appeal? Rohit had no answers to him. Some would say that one should keep quiet but those days are gone. Now are the times to give it doubly back. We have seen how Sachin was given out vs Pak in Kolkata 99, what happened there? We saw how Lee got Sachin run out in the CB Series, dint we? We saw how D Hussey got away with Obstructing The Field.

    It is high time we Indians learnt to play the game as per the rules - and learnt to stretch the rules as much as permitted.

  • dineshrdk on April 28, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @jasonpete, that is exactly what i thought of saying to GRVJPR. @GRVJPR, Please don't compare Kohli with the World's best Captain, the best in character, the one who shows how to tackle the situations in an excellent way... Kohli's attitude is very worst and he needs to improve on it.

  • Nampally on April 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    "Kohli Lays into Jeering Crowd" is the heading in another blog. While Vinay was backing to collect the ball, he involuntarily also removed Rayudu's bat from going into the crease & hence resulting in a Run Out. Third Umpire was wrong in declaring Rayudu OUT- Vinay pushed Rayudu's bat to make his own way. It was clearly wrong decision by the Umpire. There was adequate room to show some "sportsmanship" on part of the Captain who also threw down the WKT. Mishra withdrew his appeal for runout when the batsman Watson hit the ball & it touched Mishra's fingers on the way to catch Dravid backing up too far out of the crease. There is huge lesson for Kohli to learn instead of showing his temper once more. If he persists with this immature & win at all cost attitude, he will be jeered whether he plays for RCB or India. It is sad that some of the modern cricketer lack the "Cricket Ettiquete"! Mr. Kohli, Learn from old time Cricketers (Umrigar/Hazare) who had humility & grace+ superb batsmen.

  • KingOwl on April 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I think it is highly unrealistic to expect Gayle to play the way he did the other day, against Malinga (the best fast bowler in T20) and someone like Johnson (when he is on fire). But it was brilliant to watch. What goes up, comes down!

  • on April 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    I loved the way Mumbai played their game. They were hunting in packs. Batting or bowling, they were always two heroes at a time. Smith said they were ready and boy, were they!

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @Webba84 on (April 28, 2013, 4:22 GMT) Yes I know - that's why I put he needed to go (asin be dropped) as he was the weak link

  • GRVJPR on April 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @jasonpete Kohli has only played 2 away subcontinenent series he was excellent in australia with a commanding century and 75 at perth where he was left with tailenders and last man out. Please enligheten me with even 1 innings of dhoni out of subcontinent where he comes close to kohli!

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Unbeliveable - I feel for virat(thou he did have something wrong)he is a champion player and dose not deserved to get it.we have to be honest with ourselves,this was not asked for.bet that these are the Kholi hatters.Would love to see him improve with his thinking.it will get better for him and the team....

  • rajthedoctor on April 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    when the batsmen dont hav the grace to walk after edging n bowlers and keepers dont appeal genuinely, you dont want to a dhoni (bell). even the great man has changed.(standing hs ground after gvn lbw vs csk). so playing with the right spirit of the game has changed to playing with the hard spirit.don think rohit would have done different.

  • GRVJPR on April 28, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    MOM should have been harbhajan Singh. If he didn't got gayle out, All othere would have ended with economy of more than 10.

  • jasonpete on April 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @GRVJPR, It's hilarious when you say dhoni can't captain a side.ROFL.come out of your denial and your statment shows how much some are jealous of dhoni success as captain.I am not an indian but the way dhoni carries this indian team is admirable. Kohli is next in line for India captain and I like his attitude but he needs to control his anger on the field.Kohli is no.3 batsmen and he yet to establish his talent outside subcontinent in test cricket whereas Dhoni is a wicket keeper batsmen who bat at no.7 ( mostly with tailenders ) So comparing these two batsmen is quite foolish to say the least.

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @ton007: One should have a good rapport with his teammates and lead by an example with performances, in that regard, Kohli is the ideal guy when MSD steps down!!

  • KM01 on April 28, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Wow, Sachin scores a whopping 23 (not even in the top 3 on his own team) and he's praised to the high heavens. Hey Mumbai sycophants, the man is way past his prime. His former glory is faded. Judge his value to the team based on how he performs now not his past achievements!

  • ton007 on April 28, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    kohli is very arrogant to be the future captain of India and he does not have enough character or behavior. yuvi is a better player and sportsman than kohli

  • on April 28, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    if i know west Indians and especially Jamaican Mumbai and the rest of the IPL teams are going to feel the heat. Dravid i like you but its all Mumbai's fault the storm is is going to be relentless now. expect category 6 hurricanes from now.

  • on April 28, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Knowledgeable Mumbai crowd .. Wow what a performance by Mumbai supporters ..

  • Mohd123 on April 28, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    As i always expect Gayle is always failed against good bowling side like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi. He plays against week team only. why he should play defensive against strong team, if he is good enough he should play his normal game against all teams. Orange cap is not worth when he is not able to win the game for team. dilshan should be relpaced with either Murali or henriques. Pujara should play, they should find some good allrounder from India.Bangalore mostly depending on foreign players.

  • RoshanDgreat on April 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Everyone is talking about Mumbai's good bowling and sort of prototype that Malinga and Johnson given to other teams on how to bowl Gayle/Dilshan. That's alright...but how other teams like Pune, Punjab, Rajasthan, and to some extend CSK gonna do that??? These team don't have pair of similar bowlers... Only team that can achieve it successfully is Hyderabad, which already finished both it's game with RCB. Delhi has two good fast bowlers in Morkel-Umesh but pitches at Delhi don't provide much assistance. Bottom line... until pitch and bowler's own face favours short bowling this is not easy to be done. Gayle is world class player and so as Kohle and AB.. they will bounce back soon.

  • on April 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Very sad to watch Kohli in such frame. Just cant understand why he was showing his wrong attitude right from the begining at toss. Rohit won the toss and elected to bat. Has anybody listen Virat's remark ? Horribleeeeee. Was it nessessory ? Virat hasnt learned anything from his international experience from legends like Dhoni, Cleark, Cook, Sammy etc. i think Virat is just following Srisanth's way. Everybody was praising Virat as future captain b4 IPL. But watching his performance as Captain in IPL, its raising strong questionmark on his leadership ability as he is repeating -ve attitude time to time. He also fighted with Gauti on ground. Plus he was too arrogant yesterday after match at presentation. Rightly Mumbai people hooted out him.On the other hand Rohit is showing all qualities of a good leader. In fact he has passed the strong litmus test winning match against huge RCB team. Tackling Gayle & Co is definately not a easy for any captain. His body language is fantastic too. ATB

  • LEOKARTHIK on April 28, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Mumbai has just followed CSK, by the way of performing with a TEAM WORK. And also about trusting local talent, If it was Dhoni+Flem then they would have used Dawal from the Match 1. Trusting local players is also very important for every CLUB, which means it signals that you are positive about your team and not dependent only on your foreign players alone. Should have kept Malinga for death.. they already had a handsome victory but still they let a 50+ partnership towards the end. NRR is proving to be crucial as competition is getting tighter. Dhawal and Johnson should open every match coming. Even if local players get hit keep faith in them, don't keep change players thinking that you have more backup. Also don't buy players for namesake or judge them with one past Glory. please MI camp, think sensibly. Build a team to win.

  • nayonika on April 28, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Well Jack Bright, now you know why VK is not fit material for India captaincy. He was under19 captain and remains so even after coming to the big boys' club.

  • Ramansilva on April 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @Jack Bright, You are spot on mate. Indian cricket fans may be treated differently in the future.

  • Webba84 on April 28, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @JG2704 Ponting didnt play in the match...

  • on April 28, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    This is the real style of RCB without gayle. They just banking on his superpowers everytime. Without Gayle, RCB will use to struggle with Delhi for last place.

  • Spin_Bully on April 28, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Pretty simple task. If Gayle partner played good some good shots, the pressure on Gayle would have been reduced. As everybody know begining of this match itself the centre point of talk is Gayle and he was targeted. RCB need to find a better opening batsmen for Gayle to keep their momentum. Luckily CSK is not playing any SL player this year. Otherwise, our SL strategist fans will be crying to include their mediocre batsmen or bowler/allrounder (sanga/malinga/murali class apart) in their team. MI is awesome today!!! and all the best RCB, you can do it.

  • on April 28, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Kohli if u see sachin Each & Every crowed gives respect to him. Why because his attitude & patience in the game and don't shows his anger on the field u should learn something from him. U r attitude shows u r not eligible as caption of India any time. If u don't respect crowed u will not get respect from any one... If u have anger show in your batting dont crowed for that... Thats very good lesson for u if u take something from it...

  • on April 28, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    It is incredible that the way sachin sir started things yesterday night. 13 ball 23 ...is enough for A T20 opener. what a superb 4 boundaries to ravi rampaul...... see he is 40 yrs old.. but still he is very passionate about his game... the way he is chasing the ball while fielding and running between the wicket like a 20 yrs old.... i m sure he will continue like this and mumbai indians will lift the ipl t20 this time........ DUNIYA HILA DENGE HUM ... I M A BIG FAN OF MI AND SACHIN SIR

  • AnkushJangid007 on April 28, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Disgraceful Mumbai Fans don't know that whatever the attitude of Kohli be, he will still be a player who is first choice in India's starting 11 and successor to Tendulkar.... Mumbai fans are a disgrace...

  • GRVJPR on April 28, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @Jack_Bright May be that's why non-arrogant Dhoni can't score a run away from Indian and can't captain a side properly. Kohli is the best, People are already jealous of him!

  • on April 28, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    what dilshan is doing...wasting balls and irritating the crowd by not striking balls...yesterday he wasted 18 balls and took 13 runs....18 balls means 13 overs...what a nonsense player he is?.....T20 is to hit balls not for grinding....learn from WI players....

  • Giscard on April 28, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    I always love to see the hard hitters being tamed by bowlers and one more time MI did that to Gayle. Very good strategy on containing and pressurizing Gayle and Co. One of the best matches in terms of strategy - though one sided.

  • push_10dolkar on April 28, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Gayle has single handedly taken RCB to the top of the league points table. Looks like Kohli will single handedly pull them down to the bottom of the Fairplay award table. After the Sydney test in 2008 Kumble the then captain had said "only one team played in the spirit of the game"... looking at the future captain of Indian I worry opposition captains will be saying things like that. And to top it all he then criticizes the crowd for booing him. Rohit's Sharma's bat throwing antics were also unwarranted. Run-outs happen and he needs to take it in his stride, especially when he is the captain. The batch of the 1990's was perhaps not as successful as the current one, but they were surely way more lovable. Will always miss Sachin, Dravid, Kumble, Laxman and Ganguly (he was aggressive but NOT a cheat).

  • on April 28, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    well done Smithy! continue to be consistent. Mumbi look good to win this tournament. They have a formidable batting line up. could you imagine how it would be like if Ricky Pointing was playing

  • Javed_17 on April 28, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I like the squad mumbai indians has put forward however home conditions may be a serious factor.. Losses to note vs delhi in delhi, rajasthan in rajsthan. These losses were scathing blows where mumbai was the away team. One time occurences or hints of underlying weakness the beauty that is T20 criket :)

  • musingsofamoron on April 28, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Virat Kohli says that IPL is not end of the world on the crowds booing him. Well... if he reallys means it, he should have called back Ambati Rayudu instead of being downright petty and appealing for a run-out. He is talented as a cricketer no doubt but he needs to go a long way before he is respected as a cricketer. As such, he symbolizes most of the things that is undesirable about the new India - Self Obsessed to the point of being narcissistic, brazenly boorish under the pretext of being competitive etc. I guess he needs to change and hopefully would over time.

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Time to drop the underperforming Dilshan, need to bring in Henriques, Pujara might be back for the next game, so things look good, it was just those days where nobody clicked, and mumbai crowd no doubt is a worst one, they booed yuvraj and dhoni in the past, and now virat!!

  • Narbavi on April 28, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks: LOL, tell us how the great Dilshan fared up against the great malinga then? The guy is repeatedly failing, time to drop him

  • Javed_17 on April 28, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    I have read these comments and I am a little confused. Firstly I am from the west indies and i can verify that Gayle has no problem with the short ball in fact his lifting his front leg around turning the ball around the corner is one of his trademark shots (which can only be played against the short ball) further the man camps on the back foot and has limited to no footwork which ironically is ideal for short pitched bowling as his balance is perfect. On the other hand raw pace and swing have proven effective against gayle, THAT GETS HIM. in england he was untroubled by most bowlers but steven finn (fastest of the english bowlers) gave him trouble similarly last ipl last game with dale steyn. malinga and johnson do i need to say more? take 20kmh off the malinga and let him bowl short, you may fetch it from outside the stadium

  • on April 28, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    We can't expect Gayle to win each and every match. Give it a break guys and look at the rest of the batsmen in the team. Somebody else should have stepped up but Kohli and the rest all fell like nine pins. Oh well gotta give credit to the MI bowlers where its due. It was quite a stiff target anyway. You don't chase down 194 everyday in T20 no matter who is in your team.

  • on April 28, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    I feel RR should open with another opener alongside gayle, someone in form, and someone who can take the attention and pressure off Gayle. Dilshan is a champ, sure, but since his ton in Hobart, hasnt looked too good, to me. Who else is in their Squad to open with Gayle? AB!?

  • srinideva on April 28, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I don`t know how on earth RCB still believing in Dilshan..waste of place..really..He is not a classic cricket player..he is like a hit and miss..they will lose if they chose him in future matches..I think it is end of dilshan IPL career..Next year auction is going to happen..dilshan is too old for that and he is not performing..way to go..

  • leighsydneychina on April 28, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Maybe Ponting might be the weak link in the batting line up, but as a captain, he has shown the rest how to do it. He always comes with a strategy. This was executed well. A great part of the victory should go to Ponting... as I am sure, if they had lost, the great part of the loss would also have be put on him......

  • on April 28, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    how about lasith malinga vs chris gayle? chris gayle was defeated by lasith malinga :-)

  • on April 28, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    good performance by MI,Gayle has been forced to stay on back foot in every season,

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 28, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    lol where r RCB FANS now....they shud understand that their ONE MAN TEAM can win only when chris gayle fires.....

  • on April 28, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    @Jack Bright: I agree Kohli has to get his arrogance in check to be a great cricketer .

  • Lakpj on April 28, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    This MI team looks really good, they have explosive batman in the lineup, too fiery quick bowlers to start and two good spinners to backup. If they can continue this form I think they can be a really big force. In the earlier tournaments their bowling was dependent on Malinga, but with Jhonson coming the bowling is much more shared. Really disappointed with Kohli's captaincy, he has a long way to go in-terms of becoming the next captain of India.

  • kristee on April 28, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    How silly to write off a player who has scored 450 @90! He just had a bad day. Anyway his team's over-reliance on him looks not very good. His partner is badly out of touch.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on April 28, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Chris Gayle 175 = Poor Bowling+Good batting wicket+Poor fielding+Home ground advantage+Batting first Chris Gaye 18 = Good bowling+Average batting wicket+Good fielding+no home ground advantage+batting second Rohit Sarma = Poor show of reaction when got out runout as a captain Karthik= runout master End result= happy to see Mumbai Indians won.....

  • santosh.singh on April 28, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    before this ipl i used to be a fan of kohli ...and was seeing him as future captain but now i deffinately hate this guy . NO SPORTSMANSHIP at all. as a new player its ok but as a captain and having played so much international matches its unacceptable. I REALLY HOPE HE LEARNS AS HE LEARNING BATTING .

  • Unmesh_cric on April 28, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I know it's too early to say, but Rohit seems to be a good captain. He is pretty calm and was good with bowling changes today. If only he could perform consistently for India in limited overs cricket (and given a chance in Test cricket which is where his strength lies ), who knows he could be the dark horse in the race of captaincy!

  • Nampally on April 28, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Sooner or later the RCB top 4 were due for a failure. They did today & showed how poor RCB is without their top 4 batsmen succeeding. Kulkarni bowled well to really show them up. Kulkarni is a good bowler but MI selection is very strange. He was benched for quite a few games despite being a regular for Mumbai in Ranji. Today when Kulkarni got his chance, he grabbed it with both hands to send the RCB batting bullies - Dilshan, de Velliers & Kohli crashing. If Rohit Shama wanted RCB could easily have been dismissed <100. But from 8 for 7, Rohit relaxed to let RCB reach a respectable total. MI totally annihilated the RCB - never looked like a Team on top of the winners chart with 6-3 record. RCB bowling was so poor as to allow MI 194 for 7 in which both Rohit & Kartick were Run out. As long as their top 4 batsmen succeed, RCB will win. But the minute they fail, RCB is an ordinary team with no bowling to fall back on. Smith as an opener greatly boosted MI batting.

  • on April 28, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Ponting was never and will never be a player of this T20 cricket game . He was a "power-house" in Test .

  • Wakenaam1103 on April 27, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Why doesn't Kohli bowl Chris Gayle? The man has got 72 test wickets. He may not be a great wicket taker but he can be very useful in the middle overs for keeping down runs.

  • truth_bearer on April 27, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Mumbai crowd boos opponents no matter who they are. Didn't they boo Rahul Dravid when he played for RCB a while ago ? I think the only player a Bangalore crowd would boo is Harbhajan Singh and he'd deserve it.

  • devanlohia on April 27, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Well Played MI. As Virat said, It was an off day for RCB with bowling and batting. I think time has come for AB to start keeping and get an extra batsman, also should start playing Henriques as he can bowl and bat and let Dilshan be out of the team. Also Get Mayank or Pujara. Then it will be solid team and can go all the way to finals.

  • on April 27, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Gayle is the best T20 Player ever!!! Every team, every fan, as well as stadiums fill to capacity will focus all their attention on Gayle. It is almost as if Gayle is another franchise by himself. Just imagine all the pressure results from all the world top bowlers having you under their radar! RCB is my team and I think is time for Dilshan to take the bench and give someone else his spot. This will take some of the almost insurmountable PSI off Gayle. TO all the RCB or Gayle haters, which other player in the IPl can cause his opponent to believe that they have won >60 % of a match if given out? No one but the Storm.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 27, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Great performance by MI, they showed how to beat RCB and how to contain the Genie of T20. I thoroughly enjoyed the MI bowling.

  • on April 27, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Kohli's statement at presentation, when crowd was boooing at him,"The IPL is not the end of the world, they are forgetting I play for India as well ...It has happened to many players before".

    Well thats the difference between you and Dhoni, cus last year when crowd booed at Dhoni, he replied "Well i am pretty sure, when i play for India, the same crowd will be cheering for me. This guy is too arrogant to be India's future captain.

  • on April 27, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Dilshan has to go, Virat Kohli should open with Gayle, Pujara should be brought into the middle order, and Muralitharan should strengthen the bowling, possibly instead of Unadkat.

    Gayle, Kohli, Pujara, De Villiers, Tiwary, Arun Karthik, Rampaul, Vinay, Murali Kartik, RP Singh, Muralitharan

  • Uzzals on April 27, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    The Gaylestorm is effectively barricaded, defended and shown its way back. Well done MI.

  • JG2704 on April 27, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks on (April 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT) You're absolutely right there. His opening partner was showing exactly how it should be done with some classy shots. The fact that most of them were hitting thin air as opposed to the ball is besides the point

  • Stateside_Steve on April 27, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    I wonder whether Kohli is still surprised that MI chose to bat first. The game plan against RB is simple, curtail Gayle and you are half way there. To curtail Gayle you bat first and put a great total. When Gayle comes to bat he is under undue pressure because he knows RB expects him to carry them home and he couldn't freely play his shots. Simple as that, I am surprised that Kohli is not up to snuff on this game plan.

  • JG2704 on April 27, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Ponting needed to go as he was a weak link. But for RCB I'm wondering when was the last time Dilshan performed. He seems to be a weak link these days and he does not look the same shorter formats player he did a few years ago. Is Henriques injured. I make it in his one game he bowled 4 overs for 24 and took 2 wickets. And , in case I'm thought of as showing some anti SL - which is not the case - would Murali (even at his age) with his guile and nous be a better bet?

  • on April 27, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    oh don't blame dilshan..sure not a easy chase.it isn't 164.it is 194.poor bowling atack from rcb.mi bowling was superb.that kind of bowling sure rcb need two gayl and two ab to chase that target.hikz

  • JG2704 on April 27, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    @cric_vk on (April 27, 2013, 17:24 GMT) I'm not a Gayle fan (as a person) but he's done it many times over the years so he's probably earned/justified the hype he gets over the shorter formats

  • vijay2pvk on April 27, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @Dehron Salvatore...I am telling gayle is useless becoz he always fails on chasing huge target...If RCB plays first innings, he will be without pressure and he can play his shots properly...but if they have to chase some good target, he always fails. He cant handle pressure on chasing huge targets.

  • ladycricfan on April 27, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Disappointing match. Expected a close one. RCB don't have a good spinner. They should drop Dilshan and include MMuralitharan and Pujara. Gayle can't fire every match. Johnson and Malinga unsettled the top order and other bowlers picked up the wickets. With the inclusion of DSmith MI look a balanced side and performing well. At the half way, DD and PWI look almost Out of the play offs. All others have chance to make the top four.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Nobody speaking anywhere about Raydu run out.. I felt it should have been considered not out... A fair play from Kohli ( My favorite Indian youngster batsman though ) Least expected anyway !!!

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Brilliant team work and great display of batting and disciplined bowling by Mumbai Indians.

  • Charizard on April 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    The IPL is not the end of the world, they are forgetting I play for India as well

    Well Virat how did you 4get this when u fought with Gambhir

    Grow up lad.... U are too emotionally to be the captain of any team...

  • RajeshNaik on April 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    RCB should take this defeat as a wake up call. It is just a league match and bigger matches come after qualifying for the play offs. They must strengthen their batting. Dilshan looks woefully out of touch. Mayank Agarwal, who would at least hit out or get out, is out of IPL6. That leaves only K L Rahul to partner Gayle at the top. K L Rahul, who has kept wickets for Karnataka U-19, is highly regarded by Rahul Dravid. He has done well in the domestic T20 with 250 runs in 9 matches at an avg of 35 and at a strike rate of 135. If he comes in for Arun Kartik (who has done no wrong in IPL6) and Henriques/ Barnwell comes in for Dilshan the team would look a lot better and more balanced. With both Henriques and Barnwell able to bowl, it would allow another batsman to play.

    This looks like the best squad: Gayle, Rahul, Kohli, AB, Henriques/ Barnwell, Tiwary, SSohal/ VZol/ KNair/ RP Singh, Rampaul, Vinay, Unadkat and Syed/ Murali Kartik.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Sounded like a Chris Gayle article to me. Obvioulsy against better bowling then one would expect the same sort of ridiculously easy batting. He could still score some hugh boundaries or runs but not with the absolute certainly of the last match.

  • Burbon on April 27, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    I guess all the knives were sharpened today for Gayle, most wishing his failure. I even had to mute the TV because even the commentators where taking their cheap shots at his inability to handle the short ball(something he's been doing well all of his career) The problem is not Gayle, its the management that continue to give him an opening partner that can't turn the strike over or at least score a run a ball to take some pressure off. If they continue to do this, they will see alot more of these bumps in the road.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I've been saying it for a while now but surely Dilshan has to go Kohli should just open and RCB should give Barnwell a shot he will be hungry to perform and could have real impact like Dwayne Smith and Darren Sammy have now for M.I and SRH.

  • womenlovecricket on April 27, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    I find it disgraceful and disgusting that the Mumbai Audience booed at Virat Kohli at the presentation ceremony. This attitude and disrespect towards other players is the reason Mumbai has never and will never win the IPL..The way Harbhajan Singh danced at Gayle, the way Karthik ran out Sharma and made sure to put down the bat first so that he wasnt the one who was run out, Sharma's behavior when he was out all of these only show us that Mumbai is not a franchise that can be looked upto. Before anyone calls me RCB fan and biased - I am actually a diehard CSK fan.

  • sweet2hrme on April 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    No, Guys u can say Kulkarni was a gud choice of Mom bt i dnt think so.. Smith deserved..right choice. He has given a very gud start to MI. Aftr 10 ovrs they were 97. Atr 20 they can easily double it. They short 20 runs.. Aftr setting huge target of 194 every body is waiting wickets will fall automatically in such a huge chase. Whn Gyle out early match is almost ovr for RCB..Yes Dhawan bowl superbly so ar Malinga n Jhonson.

  • Niketh2000 on April 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Haha! Bulls-eye! Brilliant show by MI! It was the battle between pure teamwork vs mere one man shows, and you see who got the better of whom :D Makes me remember of the good old stories I heard when I was a child, where thousands of tiny ants (not that players from MI are tiny :D) get together and protect their anthill from the deadly snake trying to invade it! Very good cricket!

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Harbhajan's attitude after picking up Gayle's was pretty ordinary. Why did he have to mock Gayle ? Gayle doesn't celebrate to mock harbhajan, he just enjoys his wicket. Harbhajan should concentrate on his bowling more, MI have lost more matches because of his bowling than they have won.

    RCB needs depth in the batting. Can't rely everytime on the top 4, even if they are the best in the world. Surprised to hear experts say RCB were the best bating side in the competition. CSK with a very long batting line up is much stronger and would have given a better fight against MI had they been chasing the same target.

    Cheers!

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    good exhibition from MI they showed their strength in batting and bowling... mind you guys they bowled only their 80% bowling without Oja... very good plan and good execution.. just loved it.

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    @vijay2pvk in every game a cricket team needs their top order, cant call gayle useless, atleast he made 18, look at how much ab,virat and dilshan made, their score added together doesn't even equal 18....1st match vs MI he scored 92* under pressure while the others failed... no player scores a lot of runs in ever match, that's y its a team game and clearly gayle bats under pressure everytime cuz if he gets out early that's it 90% of the time.....

  • vxttemp on April 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Like few others mentioned, Dhoni is getting more respect for his calmness. I'm not from Mumbai but Virat should also remember he plays for India not just MI fans. Has he forgot his WC winning mate Gambhir. What about his wild celebrations or frustration all the time. I like Virat but with this attitude, I don't he should be given captaincy. I do like aggression but it has no meaning if it shown all the times and especially captian. Time for Virat to learn from Imran, Dhoni.

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    DK's stumping made my day!

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    wow all this anti Gayle talk it tsk.. Against Pune he did what other batsmen no matter how good they are couldn't have done. He failed today but it shouldn't be a one man team. The other guys in the RCB line up should have backed him up that's what team work is. For all those who say Gayle is good and can only do it against mediocre bowling line ups remember the T20 World Cup Match against South Africa wasn't that a quality line up? but anyways good match Mumbai good plan hats off to you

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    I guess run out of Rohit was actually a fortune for #RCB... Imagine 230 runs on board and any day RCB-Gayle = 0

  • vxttemp on April 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Well written article. Now Virat should read this to understand why Rohit chose to bat first. This game is another example, the pressure of chasing a big score.

  • RajeshNaik on April 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    When Yusuf Pathan was a feared batsman, RCB invented the plan to bounce him and succeeded. Other teams followed suit and soon Yusuf was lost and is no more a fear factor. What about Gayle now? Mumbai have invented this (not exactly, because Dale Steyn did use this strategy in IPL5) bouncing strategy to Gayle and have succeeded. Other teams may follow suit. Will Gayle counter it or will he be lost like Yusuf?

  • sweet2hrme on April 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @mailatpsa: Truely said. Kholi dnt hv any game spirit. Yes, no doubt Raydu was run out bt he shld allow raydu to bat as he was almost there bt got out by unlucky way.. Kholi need to learn a lot.. Not only as a player bt also as a human being ..!

  • Raveey_ on April 27, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @brutalanalyst: the same "nohit" as u call him has already hit 17 sixes in the tournament next only to the mighty gayle .. you must have missed the previous outings of mumbai indians to say that ..haters like u will always hate...

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Last time, when I said that Gayle feasted on a pretty ordinary bowling attack, some people questioned my integrity. Well, everybody witnessed today how it went down. lol. Gayle is just stronger than other batsmen going around. But superior physical strength doesn't make you a good batsmen. Gayle had no clue how to answer Malinga. He faced 5 deliveries from Malinga n only managed to get a single. Malinga mixed it up with his fast yorker, slow ball, bouncer, low full toss..etc, Gayle instantly forgot about all his big shots n went back to basics. lol. Now you all know why Gayle can't perform his houdini acts in International arena.

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    there is much talk about Gayle...some say he is a over hyped character...some saying he is useless. but d bottom line is that there is defect in the team set up itself. who get to care for it? Out of form Dilshan hanging around unnecessarily. Henriques could have been the appropriate replacement. and why counting on the likes of Arun Kartik when nothing substantial coming off. AB can do the job behind the stumps! RCB need someone who could deliver with bat or ball!!! So, until and unless the overall scenario is reconsidered, things gonna be tough for RCB as now its their real test and going by the statistics, the things are dismal so far!

  • shripadk on April 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    This is what you call a knockout punch. RCB were demolished today. Not just demolished, but it was controlled and planned demolition. This should worry them, MI have showed the rest how to tackle Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli and AB at the top. It was high class and high quality bowling performance today from MI. Something we dont usually see even in International T20 game. Wonderful to see.

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I feel DHAWAL should have been the Man of the Match..for picking three crucial wickets-Virat,AB De Villers and dilshan and that too at economy rate of 4!

  • sweetspot on April 27, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    RCB is showing up to be a one trick pony! Pretty good pony but has only one trick to show. MI exposed them pretty badly today. Kohli said he was surprised Rohit Sharma chose to bat? That's a bit arrogant considering this is home ground for Rohit and he has a team to back him up in studying the pitch, the conditions and the opposition. So, what did Kohli do under pressure, doing what he wanted to do? Buckle. RCB virtually tortured in front of the Mumbai crowd, and if not for the stand between Vinay Kumar and Rampaul, which MI was generous to dish out, this score would have been more like beaten by 90 runs!

  • benny_l on April 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    OK, I got a pretty good report on second innings.. What about the first innings?

  • on April 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    To all those who complained that RCB could not play Dilshan in Chennai, it was actually a blessing in disguise else instead of RP Singh, Dilshan would have drawn all the flak at Chennai....RCB is full of one-man show and no team work...RCB will start sliding down the table...

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Nohits runout was actually a blessing in disguise as it allowed Pollard a little more time and his 35 came with a strike rate of 212 from 16 balls a rate no one else can really replicate.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 27, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Dwayne Smith makes so much of a difference to M.I side such measured powerful batting he should have been in from the start I hope M.I can still make the playoff.

  • vijay2pvk on April 27, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Wow ...Wat a backfire for rcb..I just told after last match of rcb n now it happened..useless Gayle again fails when team needs him.

  • CricHitesh on April 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @Kedar Kulkarni I thought he is not in the playing 11,feeling petty for him.always performed and the first one to be sacrificed :(

  • on April 27, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    pl remove dilshan from RCB...he is still with Test/ODI mindest....

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    gayle has been over-hyped..MI showed it today :D @ zulu gayle can not score like he did against pune in every match..he is good but not as that good as you people are saying lol first 3 season he was a dud..4th and 5th season he has been good!

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    hahaa and ignorant people were saying gayle's gonna score 175 again? and i always said mumbai's lad dhawal kulkarni should have got chance rather than munaf..dhawal has done always well for mumbai in ranji and was good in first 3 ipl too!

    p.s: cricinfo won't post anything you write against gayle so i don't think so my comment shall get published!

  • vijay2pvk on April 27, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Wow...useless Gayle out when needed for team. He is not fit to handle pressure games. He hit like a mad on last match when there was no need for such kind of innings..today's match rcb needs him n he flops...keep it up Gayle

  • on April 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Now this IPL has became Gayle vs. 8 Other Teams....If any of the team gets Gayle cheaply, 60% of the match is Over, so better only concentrate on Gayle not RCB.

  • mailatpsa on April 27, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Virat doesn't have any game sprit. Ex today runout, fight against gamber.... He needs lot of improvement on the field. But bad news didn't laern anything from MSD. Leader skils came from bron, virat lol

  • vrn59 on April 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Although all these players won't be playing today, I would like to see these lineups from RCB and MI: RCB: Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli (C), de Villiers, S Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik. MI: D Smith, Tendulkar, D Karthik (wk), RG Sharma (C), Pollard,

  • on April 27, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Anything under 220 runs would constitute a victory for RCB given that Gayle fires/ blows. Honestly, I would like if MI pile up the runs; this would definitely ignite the match. I love the recent batting line up that MI has even though it is nothing to compare with RCB. In addition, to be mathematically clinical as much as possible, I think there is another space on the coaching bench for Tendulkar. We can expect that most if not all bowlers will be expensive. This is a shoot out!!!!!

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    nice inswinger from r.p.singh...anyways sachin played some nice shots against ravi pampaul!

  • LAVREZ on April 27, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Maliga will play important role today......

  • avi2game on April 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    why cant mumbai for a change open with rayudu..he is a talent being wasted..I think Tendulkar should play 2 down and anchor the whole innings...

  • on April 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Its no surprise to bat first - if MI make less than 200 - then no way Gayle can make another 175 - More pressure batting second too

  • on April 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Its no surprise to bat first - if MI make less than 200 - then no way Gayle can make another 175 - More pressure batting second too

  • avi2game on April 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    why cant mumbai for a change open with rayudu..he is a talent being wasted..I think Tendulkar should play 2 down and anchor the whole innings...

  • LAVREZ on April 27, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Maliga will play important role today......

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    nice inswinger from r.p.singh...anyways sachin played some nice shots against ravi pampaul!

  • on April 27, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Anything under 220 runs would constitute a victory for RCB given that Gayle fires/ blows. Honestly, I would like if MI pile up the runs; this would definitely ignite the match. I love the recent batting line up that MI has even though it is nothing to compare with RCB. In addition, to be mathematically clinical as much as possible, I think there is another space on the coaching bench for Tendulkar. We can expect that most if not all bowlers will be expensive. This is a shoot out!!!!!

  • vrn59 on April 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Although all these players won't be playing today, I would like to see these lineups from RCB and MI: RCB: Gayle, Dilshan, Kohli (C), de Villiers, S Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik. MI: D Smith, Tendulkar, D Karthik (wk), RG Sharma (C), Pollard,

  • mailatpsa on April 27, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Virat doesn't have any game sprit. Ex today runout, fight against gamber.... He needs lot of improvement on the field. But bad news didn't laern anything from MSD. Leader skils came from bron, virat lol

  • on April 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Now this IPL has became Gayle vs. 8 Other Teams....If any of the team gets Gayle cheaply, 60% of the match is Over, so better only concentrate on Gayle not RCB.

  • vijay2pvk on April 27, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Wow...useless Gayle out when needed for team. He is not fit to handle pressure games. He hit like a mad on last match when there was no need for such kind of innings..today's match rcb needs him n he flops...keep it up Gayle

  • ddr3 on April 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    hahaa and ignorant people were saying gayle's gonna score 175 again? and i always said mumbai's lad dhawal kulkarni should have got chance rather than munaf..dhawal has done always well for mumbai in ranji and was good in first 3 ipl too!

    p.s: cricinfo won't post anything you write against gayle so i don't think so my comment shall get published!