Bangalore v Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 14, 2013

Gilchrist damages RCB's chances


Kings XI Punjab 176 for 3 (Gilchrist 85*, Mahmood 61) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 174 for 5 (Gayle 77, Kohli 57) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

During one of the matches that Adam Gilchrist sat out of, he complained - not without humour - about how the umpiring mistakes had all been targeting his Kings XI Punjab side. He also said that he might have had a whinge, but his side needed to do better despite umpiring mistakes. It seemed Gilchrist would be left saying something similar tonight after Chris Gayle survived an lbw shout when he was 4 off 11, and went onto help Royal Challengers Bangalore score 122 in the last 10 overs.

Luck turned on the night, though. Gilchrist was plumb at 18 off 16 when he didn't pick a Muttiah Muralitharan doosra. A mix of outside edges, inside edges and some vintage Gilchrist shots, helped by Azhar Mahmood's 61 off 41, stunned Royal Challengers, ending the chase of 175 with 11 balls to spare. Kings XI kept their slim hope alive, and made it difficult for Royal Challengers, who were left fighting Sunrisers Hyderabad for the final playoff place. Sunrisers are level with Royal Challengers, but have a game in hand.

Put in, Royal Challengers needed a huge total on a flat pitch and short outfield, especially given their bowling. For a long period of time, it seemed Royal Challengers wouldn't even get to a fighting total. Kings XI bowled few loose balls in the first half of the innings, and Gayle and Virat Kohli struggled to come to terms with the pace of the pitch.

After their misfortune, Kings XI lost their way towards the end. Once Gayle and Kohli began hitting, the Kings XI bowlers were like rabbits caught in headlights and kept bowling length balls, which kept disappearing. Parvinder Awana, the bowler who had been denied the Gayle wicket earlier, came back to rip Gayle's stump into two in the 19th over. Despite the damage control, Kings XI had been hit hard, and the momentum seemed to have shifted.

However, Royal Challengers bowlers once again had no sting. Theirs is a bit like the typical Indian ODI team under MS Dhoni, with which no total seems safe. Gilchrist was scratching around, and struggling to go at a run a ball when Mahmood joined him. Having bowled two good overs at the death, Mahmood came and smacked three consecutive boundaries in the sixth over to inject some life into the chase.

Gilchrist kept handing over the strike to Mahmood until it was time for both to go. Then Gilchrist got an outside edge for four. Then a four off the inside half of the bat. The best of Gilchrist came against Muralitharan when he charged at him and drove him back over his head for four. He bettered it by charging at the returning Zaheer Khan and sending him back over the sight screen. It all ended in a blur after that, but his driving and sweeping of Murali for consecutive sixes stood out.

Once again Gilchrist called it as he saw it. He pointed out both the lbw mistakes, admitted that he "scratched around like an old chook" in the first half, and that Mahmood deserved the Man-of-the-Match award that he got.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • harris on May 16, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    You are Wrong Gilchrist Didn't damages RCB's chances ,Its RCB which Damaged its own Chances!!!Gilchrist Just Played his Normal Cricket !!

  • Thyagarajan on May 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    RCB has only one more match to go that too against CSK. Whereas, SRH has two matches to go and one of them against KKR. Just hoping that RCB will beat CSK and SRH will lose both their matches will not actually make it happen.

    Head to head, CSK has a big advantage against RCB. Even from a hopeless situation (like last year when Albie changed the course of the match in 1 over) CSK have won. So history says that RCB will lose against CSK and add to it, they will be playing under tremendous pressure.

    On the other hand, SRH snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against MI. Otherwise, they played well and it is only fair to say that they will not let that happen again twice, especially against KKR, who are down & out.

    So chances of RCB making it to the playoffs is remote. I hope in the next auction, Kohli goes to some other franchisee so that atleast his batting contributes to the team's winning cause.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    IPL 2013.....RCB...... What do we know???......What have we learnt???? .... :-) RCB have built a reputation of being chokers time and again. Whatever be the reasons for their recent failures, they need to accept that the opposing teams played far better cricket..... With the fortress breached and next match against CSK........RCB have to pray for a miracle to make it through to the play off's!!!

  • furkhan on May 15, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    RCB's bowling for the next match must be Ravi Rampaul , Vinay Kumar , Muralitharan, Murali Karthik & Jaidev Unadkat. Pujara must be dropped and Mayak Agarwal must open with Gayle. AB must Keep so that RCB get a extra batsman. RCB need to bowl first and have some luck if they have to beat CSK to have hopes to qualify for the playoff.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @my_comments.. Sachin and Smith are better than Hussey and Vijay in a T20 game ? And dinesh Karthik is better than Raina and Rohit Sharma is better than Dhoni ? Really? Your analysis is totally skewed for MI. Batsman to batsman CSK is much better than MI. RCB have a better batting line up compared to MI. Bowling is were MI might be strnger than CSK, that too because of Malinga's presence. So No, MI is not stronger than CSK however way you look at it.

  • K K on May 15, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Lol, Sole reason for RCB loosing to 'Surprise' Punjab : 4 "unwanted" changes.. Murali Karthik was made to sit even aftr his good record on Blore picth, heights!! And field setting was looking soo kiddish that we felt fielders are made to stand away from the ball...!!! im a Core RCB fan though, Virat- u need to take a chill pill- discuss with experienced ppl lik ABD, Gayle while on field..

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    When RCB finished their innings.... i thought that punjab will definitely beat RCB.But did not thought that they will finish the game with 1 balls to be spared... credit goes to azhar mahmood.... he inspired gilly and they both banged the RCB bowlers... I don't expect RCB to win against CSK... because from what we r seeing... CSK is unbeatable till now in the ipl 6 edition. Hence.. they should rely much on the victory of the teams that play against SRH. SRH will win atleast 1 game for sure.... to be frank,SRH should have won the match against MI.But perera's over changed the game course and SRH's efforts till the 16th over og the game got wasted

  • Hari on May 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Somehow IPL has a knack of being alive till the last match! Assuming this trend to continue, I predict the following results:

    RR will beat MI but lose to SRH

    RCB will beat CSK

    SRH - KKR (Match 72) will decide whether SRH or RCB will be the 4th team

  • Avinash on May 15, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Oh well it was Good Playing by KXIP congrats to them.. Yes Bowlers were a letdown but it would have been the opposite result if RCB batted second becos all the teams love batting second on that an RCB fan will always support the team till the end...CSK do not have a good record in Bangalore winning only once in the first season...The Toss is everything on that day...A win would definitely push them in...Cos you can expect SRH to win only one of the 2 games remaining but not both...And from a contest point of View it would be interesting to See RCB vs RR/MI/CSK cos it will be a good scoring and close contest...but with SRH would make the contest a little bit boring...Just wishing luck to RCB will always support you'll...Let the better team on any given day win.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    with due respect to pujara this kid aint cut out to just plain hitting and hence finds no place in crunch 20-20 clashes .... RCB now must beat CSK to have any hopes of reaching the play offs and so i guess if henriques plays its better to let him open with gayle with clear instructions to go after the bowling since gayle will always take time to settle .... the momentum can be maintained by virat and abd ..... coz with their mediocre bowling they wud need 180+ on tht wicket against the might of the CSK batters ......

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