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

Gayle's charmed life

Plays of the day from the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore

The celebration
They say IPL is one long party. The celebrations in the 63rd game of the IPL began even before the game did. And there was a valid reason for it too. At the toss, captains hardly ever remember changes made to their sides. Sometimes they mislead fantasy cricket players by naming wrong names. Virat Kohli, though, was at the top of his game. And he made four changes to the Royal Challengers Bangalore side.

The crowd, no doubt ready with fantasy pages open on their smart phones and tablets, acknowledged it with loud applause. Kohli responded too, with a clinched fist.

The spot
Adam Gilchrist could apply for a sub-editor's job whenever he feels he is bored with life after cricket. Royal Challengers Bangalore, wearing green kits for a charity, used Twitter handles instead of player names on the back of jerseys. At the toss, the eagle-eyed Gilchrist informed the public that Kohli's jersey had a mistake, that it had the "v" in the upper case, and that Kohli's Twitter handle used the lower case of "v". However, Gilchrist will soon find out he is too old-fashioned for the Twitter generation. Neither the generation nor Twitter cares much for the case. It is case-insensitive.

Chris Gayle used the occasion to shift his jersey number from 333, his highest score in Tests, to 175, his best in T20s.

The miss
When Cheteshwar Pujara pushed a ball towards mid-on in the first over and set off for a quick single, everybody leaned in a little. It was a big moment. It always is in Twenty20 games. Because Chris Gayle was slow in setting off, and Piyush Chawla had enough time to aim at his end, this was a bated-breath moment. Gayle has never had a T20 innings ended without facing a ball, and this would have been huge for Kings XI Punjab. The fielders all looked on with hope and anticipation as Gayle struggled, but Chawla's throw missed, and the home crowd sighed in relief.

The miss, part II
One of these days, Kings XI might offer the BCCI all the money and might they can conjure to help the umpiring standards in the IPL. They somehow tend to end up on the wrong sides of these decisions. Gayle would have been dismissed for 4 off 11 had Parvinder Awana's appeal for lbw in the seventh over been upheld. It wasn't an outright howler from the umpire S Ravi, though. It was a right-arm quick bowling to a left-hand batsman, and the ball didn't swing back at all, which is the old-fashioned way to go about these lbws. However, replays showed that Awana had bowled from close to the stumps, cutting the angle, had pitched the ball within the line of the stumps, and would have hit middle. Gayle went to add a further 73 off 42.

The ripper
Awana might have watched Gayle with agony after he believed he had got him, but he had his own slightly back when he came back to bowl at the death. Gayle had been causing mayhem all around when Awana came back with a yorker in the 19th over. Gayle was on his backside as he overbalanced while trying to save his toe. Two balls later, Awana bowled Gayle to rip the off stump into two. Now that's a story he can narrate to his kids.

The scoring discovery
At the end of the first innings, every scorer in the world except the official ones had Royal Challengers at 175. Official score, though, read 174. Turns out when Virat Kohli was out off what was ruled a no-ball after watching TV replays, only one run was awarded. To make it more curious, Gayle faced the free hit, which suggested they had taken a single. However, the norm with these no-balls - when the third umpire is involved - is that the runs taken are not awarded. There is a previous to this in Test cricket. At Lord's last year, Matt Prior was called back after he was caught off what TV showed to be a no-ball, but England were awarded only one run.

The 12th man
It is bad enough Kings XI have been at the receiving end of crucial umpiring decisions. They could do without their captain going out to field for the opposition. Despite looking to hit hard, Adam Gilchrist was on a run-ball 17 in a tall chase when Azhar Mahmood seemed to have finally broken the early shackles. However, Gilchrist found himself in the way of the powerful off-drive, and couldn't get out of the way in time, turning four into one. He went on to make amends, with his highest score of the season to take Kings XI to a victory that kept them in the competition.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Mr spookgobee sorry but disagree as he is not captain material ok.It was ok that he has captained the under 19 team to a world cup victory but he is still immature to get into Dhoni's shoes or rather can never get into the captainship role cause he cannot control his imotions ,gets egged when a bowler bowls a bad ball or a misfield happens,could clearly see it when Miller was going hammer and tongs against all his bowlers.Even against Mumbai he has passed remarks about the spectators in Mumbai.He is short of sportsman spirit and still has to learn all of this.On the other hand see Rohit he is calm as a cuccumber whatever be the situation,Dravid who took back the appeal against Gilchrist for the run out by Chandila.Virat is not captaincy material as he is more egoistic ok......

  • John on May 15, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @Himanshu Modi on (May 14, 2013, 18:22 GMT), I don't think it's that simple. Consider this. The batsman hits the ball in the air and is caught. He thinks he is out and turns around to walk back to the dugout or pavilion. The fielder throws the ball up in celebration and it hits the stumps. On replay, it is discovered that it was a no-ball so the batsman is not out caught, but he was out of his ground when the bails came off so should he be run out? If you allow the batsman to complete a run then why should you not allow the fielder to complete a run out? Simply not allowing any runs or any dismissal in such a scenario is the simplest option. The issue in this case is that the batsmen should have been told to return to the other ends if no run was paid.

  • Satish Chandar on May 15, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @spookygobee : How about paying some respect to Gilly's views on the track behavior? Yes these guys are not gods for sure.. But still, they are humans.. Not everyone in the world is diplomatic.. Did you see how Virat reacted to RP no ball or to Miller magic? No captain in the world is 100% diplomatic.. And if Virat can be 60% diplomatic, he is good..

  • Kasinathan on May 14, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    TIT FOR TAT? Gayle not out=Gilchrist not out OK 1_1=0 Then why this question of poor Umpiring. There was this joke. [Joke only] A mathematics teacher wrongly pasted a 5\- Rupee stamp on the cover instead of for Rupee 4/- What he did was pasted 1\- Rupee stamp . In between the stamps he marked a - (minus sign) .So the value is Rupee 4/- Simple isn't it. Kashinath

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    That scoring rule is downright ridiculous!

  • Chamath on May 14, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Clearly, Virat Kholi is the next captain of india. Just like Dhoni, after loosing a match. Pitches changing within 20 overs, blaming the nature (Rain, Sunlight, Wind etc..), Lost the game not because the opposition played better but because we didn't play well, Lost many wickets due to error in judgement, not that opposition bowled well etc.. etc... Oh cricket india, please remind these guys that they are no GOD...

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