Indian Premier League, 27th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals at Bangalore, Apr 20, 2013
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
20 April 2013 - night match (20-over match)

No time for rest for anyone. Mr. Gayle is here, but Dilshan is on strike against Chandila

0.1

Chandila to Dilshan, no run, tosses it up and the batsman pushes it towards the non-striker where the bowler fields

0.2

Chandila to Dilshan, 1 run, another full and flighted delivery, driven to widish mid-off for a single

Round the wicket he comes

0.3

Chandila to Gayle, no run, doesn't toss it up, bowls it flat and Gayle pushes it back to him

0.4

Chandila to Gayle, 2 runs, flighted and really really slow, the batsman punches it to cover point where Rahane makes a half-stop

0.5

Chandila to Gayle, no run, flatter delivery, Gayle waits in the crease and punches it hard, straight to cover though

0.6

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, pushed through on the middle stumps line, the batsman dabs it towards backward square leg for a single

End of over 1 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/0 (114 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.00)

    • CH Gayle 3 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (2b)
    • A Chandila 1-0-4-0

Sreesanth is here

1.1

Sreesanth to Gayle, 1 run, bowls a length and gets some inward swing into the left-hander, but it's on leg stump and the batsman nudges it towards square leg

1.2

Sreesanth to Dilshan, no run, goes full on off stump, no swing this time, Dilshan punches it straight to mid-on

1.3

Sreesanth to Dilshan, no run, that's a Sreesanth special and that beats Dilshan attempted off drive. It was full and it just seams away from the batsman very late

1.4

Sreesanth to Dilshan, no run, another fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward to drives and pushes it to cover

1.5

Sreesanth to Dilshan, FOUR, errs in line and pays the price. Bowls the fuller length he has been bowling, but this one is on the pads and Dilshan flicks it with ease to deep backward square leg boundary

1.6

Sreesanth to Dilshan, FOUR, too straight again, fuller length and on the middle stump, and when that doesn't swing, it's super easy for players of this calibre. Dilshan drives it past midwicket and the ball teases the fielder all the way to the boundary

Sameer Niraula: "When will we get to see an old fashioned T20 - 180 chased down with an over and half to spare????"

End of over 2 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 13/0 (105 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 5.83)

    • TM Dilshan 9 (7b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 4 (5b)
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-9-0
    • A Chandila 1-0-4-0

Tait comes in

2.1

Tait to Gayle, 1 wide, he bowls length wide outside off, very wide, Gayle stretches for that but it's too far

Prabodh: "That over by Sreesanth sums up many of Indian fast bowlers in recent years...3 good balls , 1 great ball and 2 terribly bad balls"

2.1

Tait to Gayle, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, Gayle just stands tall and punches it through extra cover. It is not often you see fielder running in behind the ball after a Gayle shot, but Binny had a chance to stop that. A poor effort near the boundary gives the batsman four

2.2

Tait to Gayle, no run, the bowler ramps up the pace with a length delivery widish outside off, it beats Gayle's flash

2.3

Tait to Gayle, 1 wide, bowls a short delivery, but this one is down the leg side. The keeper does well to dive to his right to catch that one

2.3

Tait to Gayle, no run, how did that miss the stumps! 149 kph on a length just outside off, Gayle tries to push at it from the crease and it goes between the bat and the pad

2.4

Tait to Gayle, 1 run, short delivery on the body, Gayle stands tall and drops it towards midwicket for an easy single

2.5

Tait to Dilshan, 1 run, two slips are in place but he bowls it on the pads, turned away to fine leg for a single

2.6

Tait to Gayle, no run, another short delivery, Gayle has to hop on his toes as he defends it solidly back to the bowler

End of over 3 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 21/0 (97 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.70)

    • CH Gayle 9 (10b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 10 (8b 2x4)
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-0
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-9-0

No Sreesanth here though, it's Faulkner who comes round the wicket

Johns: "Every time Sree bowls and I don't see an update in cricinfo I hope for a wicket But I know it most probably will be a boundary."

3.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, bowls it full outside off and beats the bat as the ball tails away

3.2

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to the off side

3.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, FOUR, he attempts a slower delivery but this one is down the leg side, Dilshan just had to beat the fielder at short fine (Sreesanth) which he does and the ball races to the boundary

3.4

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, it is clipped to deep midwicket for a single

Cricket simpleton: "This is the best phase for the top teams in this league to experiment the combinations. So any postives or negatives from these games are just for good for path to knockouts. The only sufferers are us (fans/ viewers) who will keep watching until the last ball and hope there will be some magic. well, certainly not today! i am already off to make changes in my fantasy league for tomorrow's game!"

3.5

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, short delivery on the body, the batsman stands tall and works it to deep backward square leg for a single

Vamsi: "Oh, How I wish those drunk speedo meters are used when Tait it bowling, I bet he would record 300 KMPH"

3.6

Faulkner to Dilshan, FOUR, short and wide delivery that comes slightly slow off the pitch, Dilshan cuts it hard but is not able to keep it down, it falls short of point, and beats him, goes hurtling towards the boundary

End of over 4 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 31/0 (87 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 5.43)

    • TM Dilshan 19 (13b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 10 (11b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-10-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-0
4.1

Tait to Gayle, 1 run, he comes forward and drives a length delivery outside off to mid-off

4.2

Tait to Dilshan, no run, length delivery aimed at the off stump, the batsman wanted to punch it straight down the ground, but he gets and inside edge to square leg

4.3

Tait to Dilshan, FOUR, oh Dilshan was quick to latch on that short delivery, it was 146 kph and coming on to his body, but he plays a inch-perfect pull, rolling his wrists on it as well, and sends it to deep square leg boundary

4.4

Tait to Dilshan, 1 run, bowls a high full-toss on off stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-on

4.5

Tait to Gayle, 5 wides, this is an example of what not to bowl when defending a small target. Tait attempts a short delivery, but his way down the leg side, the keeper gets a hand to it, but what's the point

4.5

Tait to Gayle, no run, length delivery just outside off, Gayle arches back and punches it hard to the off side, but straight to extra cover

4.6

Tait to Gayle, FOUR, aimless he is, this Tait. This one is on the leg side and it catches the thigh pad on its way to the boundary

End of over 5 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/0 (72 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.20, RRR: 4.80)

    • CH Gayle 15 (14b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 24 (16b 5x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-10-0

Shobhit Agarwal: "I was scrolling through Webster and word Haywire had Tait as one of its synonym."

5.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, bowls a length delivery outside off, Dilshan comes forward and pushes it to cover

5.2

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery that comes in to the batsman from wide of the crease, Dilshan pushes it to cover point

5.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward to play it on the up, but he gets an outside edge to third man

5.4

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, bowls a good short delivery which climbs on to Gayle. The batsman fends it towards point and calls for a quick single

5.5

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery angling in to the batsman, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

5.6

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, length delivery, Dilshan comes forward and punches it to Dravid at cover

End of over 6 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 48/0 (70 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.00)

    • TM Dilshan 25 (21b 5x4)
    • CH Gayle 16 (15b 2x4)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-12-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-0

Hello hello, we have Watson bowling

don: "So far i could take all the commercialism in the ipl without batting an eyelid, but this new one of fans and cheerleaders drinking Pepsi, god it kills me a little inside every time i see it."

6.1

Watson to Gayle, FOUR, and his full delivery outside off is greeted with an inside out thump over extra cover

6.2

Watson to Gayle, no run, length delivery on off stump, 132 kph, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

6.3

Watson to Gayle, 1 run, back of the length on off stump, the batsman goes back and pushes it to long-off

6.4

Watson to Dilshan, OUT, he gets a wicket in his first over this year! It was a short of length delivery outside off, Dilshan tries to push it towards off with an open face but gets a thick outside edge that the keeper takes low to his right

TM Dilshan c †Yagnik b Watson 25 (23m 22b 5x4 0x6) SR: 113.63

Virat Kohli comes in

Shubham Agarwal: "Did stepping down from post of vice captain help Watson in healing his injury?"

6.5

Watson to Kohli, no run, another short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it solidly off the back foot

6.6

Watson to Kohli, no run, pushes it a bit further on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

Deepak: "Waiting for a barrage of Tweets from former aussie players lambasting Watson :P"

End of over 7 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 53/1 (65 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 5.00)

    • V Kohli 0 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 21 (18b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-1
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-12-0
7.1

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it in the gap at cover for a single

7.2

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 wide, bowls a short delivery from over the wicket, the batsman sways out of the way, but it is too high

7.2

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, short of length delivery that is slightly slower in pace, Kohli runs it down to third man

7.3

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, another short delivery on off stump, the batsman fends it off the right of point and takes a quick single

7.4

Faulkner to Kohli, OUT, oh he has struck the big wicket! It was the back of the hand slower delivery to which Kohli comes forward to play, it was almost a left-hander's leg-cutter, and it does cut in to the batsman, takes the inside edge and hits the stumps

V Kohli b Faulkner 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Sreesanth, Faulkner and Watson in a conference as ABdV comes in

Pradeep Gautam: "Don't go away from your tv screens or cricinfo.... there might be another collapse in next 20 mins...."

7.5

Faulkner to de Villiers, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, AB defends it off the back foot

7.6

Faulkner to de Villiers, 1 run, he stays in the crease and punches the length delivery to the right of mid-off and calls for a quick single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 58/2 (60 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 5.00)

    • AB de Villiers 1 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 23 (20b 3x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-17-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-1
8.1

Watson to de Villiers, no run, length delivery wide outside off, AB slashes at it without moving his feet and is beaten

8.2

Watson to de Villiers, no run, he bowls a low full-toss on off stump, but AB drives it straight to cover

8.3

Watson to de Villiers, 2 runs, he flicks a full delivery on the pads to deep square leg and calls for a quick couple as the fielder is a bit slow

8.4

Watson to de Villiers, no run, another fuller length delivery, this time on off stump, AB drives it to mid-off

8.5

Watson to de Villiers, FOUR, another full delivery outside off, AB drives it through the gap at extra cover without any fuss, no one moves

8.6

Watson to de Villiers, OUT, oh that's a good catch at mid-off by Chandila! He didn't get the big wicket with the ball, but he takes an excellent low catch diving to his left at mid-off. AB charged down to a length delivery and absolutely smashed it as he went inside out, but he ends up playing it a lot straighter then he would have wanted. A second wicket for Watson

AB de Villiers c Chandila b Watson 7 (6m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

End of over 9 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 64/3 (54 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.11, RRR: 4.90)

    • CH Gayle 23 (20b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-2
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-17-1

Trivedi is the new man

9.1

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 wide, and he starts off with a short delivery down the leg side

9.1

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 wide, oh that's a really poor start, another wide down the leg side

9.1

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 run, bowls it slower and on a back of length, the batsman drops it to the off side and calls for a quick single

9.2

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, bowls a short of length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover off the back foot

9.3

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, another one with lack of pace outside off, the batsman punches it to cover off the back foot

9.4

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, he stays on the back foot and chops the back of length delivery to point

9.5

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, he keeps getting decent bounce from just back of length, the batsman tries to work it to the leg side, but gets hit on the thigh pad

9.6

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, fuller length outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-off

End of over 10 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/3 (51 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.70, RRR: 5.10)

    • SS Tiwary 0 (5b)
    • CH Gayle 24 (21b 3x4)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-3-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-2

Shakib: "Like most players (including Sachin Tendulkar) IPL heals their injuries. Hats off to Shakib al Hasan for sticking to his country to play Tests in Zimbabwe!"

10.1

Tait to Gayle, 4 leg byes, oh this is very similar to his last delivery, it was short of length and on the pads, it flicks the thigh pad and runs down fine

10.2

Tait to Gayle, no run, fuller length delivery honing in on the middle stump, the batsman digs it out towards cover

10.3

Tait to Gayle, 1 run, he bowls it fuller outside off and Gayle plays an uppish drive over the infield, to deep cover

chetan agrawal: "if gayle gets out now..it will get vry vry difficult for RCB"

10.4

Tait to Tiwary, no run, fuller length delivery on off which the batsman pushes back to the bowler. Tait gives him a few advices on life and cricket

10.5

Tait to Tiwary, 1 wide, bowls a bad follow-up delivery after sharing words of wisdom, it's wide down the leg side

10.5

Tait to Tiwary, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, it squares up the batsman as he steers it to third man

10.6

Tait to Gayle, FOUR, and another full delivery on the pads, all Gayle had to do was help it on its way. No respite for Tait

End of over 11 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 78/3 (40 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.09, RRR: 4.44)

    • CH Gayle 29 (25b 4x4)
    • SS Tiwary 1 (7b)
    • SW Tait 3-0-30-0
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-3-0
11.1

Trivedi to Tiwary, 1 run, he walks down the pitch but gets a short delivery, which he pulls to deep midwicket

11.2

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 leg bye, bowls a slow offspinner on the pads, the batsman is not able to get bat on it, but he picks up a leg bye

Joseph Thekinen: "That was a bit too harsh on Tendulkar. the point is whenever he played in IPL, India wasn't playing"

11.3

Trivedi to Tiwary, 1 run, slightly wide outside off, the batsman stays back and cuts it to deep point

11.4

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 run, short delivery on the body, it is pulled to deep square leg for a single

11.5

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, he stays on the back foot and chops it to point, but Gayle is halfway down the pitch. A direct hit could have had him there

11.6

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, he bowls a length delivery and the batsman comes forward to defend

Vaibhav: "@Shakib Couldn't agree with you more and I think award in this category must go to Indian pacers...I mean Vinay kumar,Umesh yadav,Sreesanth,Praveen Kumar everyone just magically become fit before IPl.Even Dilip Vengsarkar opposed it publically"

End of over 12 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 82/3 (36 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 4.50)

    • SS Tiwary 3 (11b)
    • CH Gayle 30 (27b 4x4)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-6-0
    • SW Tait 3-0-30-0

Round the wicket

12.1

Chandila to Gayle, no run, he pushes it through on the off stump, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

12.2

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, another one of those flatter deliveries, the batsman defends it towards the leg side

12.3

Chandila to Tiwary, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and turns this delivery towards square leg for a single

12.4

Chandila to Gayle, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, Gayle comes forward and defends

12.5

Chandila to Gayle, no run, very slow tossed up delivery, the batsman comes forward to defend

12.6

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, bowls a quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman punches it down to long-off

Adhithya S R: "RR need atleast one impact bowler when they are defending a total like this. And especially against RCB whose tail starts pretty quick!!!"

End of over 13 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/3 (33 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 4.71)

    • CH Gayle 32 (32b 4x4)
    • SS Tiwary 4 (12b)
    • A Chandila 2-0-7-0
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-6-0
13.1

Trivedi to Gayle, 2 runs, he bowls a short of length slower delivery, but it's on the pads and Gayle works it to deep backward square leg

Bector: "who is RR's mentor... cooper would have been best in these conditions n circumstances.... who adviced them to pick TAIT? he has just no control over the ball.... #angryFan"

13.2

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 run, short of length and a restrained Gayle pulls it along the ground to deep midwicket

13.3

Trivedi to Tiwary, 1 run, he bowls it on a length on leg and middle line, the batsman dabs it towards square leg for a single

13.4

Trivedi to Gayle, no run, the bowler is continuing with the slow stuff and the batsman are struggling to nudge them around

13.5

Trivedi to Gayle, no run, and another one of those, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

13.6

Trivedi to Gayle, 1 run, short of length slower ball outside off, the batsman punches it off the back foot to mid-off and takes a quick single

AB: "@Bector:RR doesn't have any special mentor or coach. Dravid is a one-man army! mentor-cum-coach-cum-captain!"

End of over 14 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/3 (28 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.42, RRR: 4.66)

    • CH Gayle 36 (37b 4x4)
    • SS Tiwary 5 (13b)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-11-0
    • A Chandila 2-0-7-0

Darren: "Faulkner has had a lot of success against Gayle in the BBL. Time to bring him back and bowl him out and have one last crack at Gayle. If he picks up the wicket, it's game on!"

14.1

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, he punches it hard to long-on and picks up an easy single

14.2

Chandila to Tiwary, no run, tossed up delivery, very slow, Tiwary defends it off the back foot

14.3

Chandila to Tiwary, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to cover off the back foot

14.4

Chandila to Tiwary, no run, comes down the pitch to a flighted delivery and drives it back to the bowler

bilal: "I am also watching this match on tv, and a bit confused in recognizing gayle & tiwary, for one moment i thought gayle is lefty then realised both are lefty, the next moment i assumed player with long hair is lefty but both have long hair. Is India planning to make its own gayle ?"

14.5

Chandila to Tiwary, SIX, he comes down the pitch to this flatter delivery and muscles it down the ground. For a second the long-off fielder was interested but it sailed over him easily

14.6

Chandila to Tiwary, 1 run, another slow delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to extra cover for a single

Tarun AA: "Is this really Gayle playing?? Where are the sixes and fours? Appreciate him curbing his natural game and playing patiently when his team needs it, unlike a DD player whose name starts with V..."

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 98/3 (20 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 4.00)

    • SS Tiwary 12 (18b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 37 (38b 4x4)
    • A Chandila 3-0-15-0
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-11-0

Faulkner returns

15.1

Faulkner to Tiwary, 1 run, bowls a full slower delivery on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg

15.2

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, another full and slow delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to extra cover for a single

15.3

Faulkner to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length delivery on the middle and leg line, Saurabh nudges it towards square leg for a single

Prakash: "@bilal, Tiwari just believed it and put away Chandila for a huge one."

15.4

Faulkner to Gayle, 1 run, another short delivery ont he body, Gayle chooses to present a feather instead off a hammer, pushes it to square leg for a single

15.5

Faulkner to Tiwary, no run, he goes fuller in length this time, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-off

15.6

Faulkner to Tiwary, no run, now he digs out a slower full delivery back to the bowler

Udith: "@Bilal: I experienced the same thing when RR batting. Someone inside edged the ball and it was running to fineleg fence. Then Gayle put a slide and stopped it. I was like "since when did Gayle start sliding". But turned out to be Tiwary."

End of over 16 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/3 (16 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 4.00)

    • SS Tiwary 14 (22b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 39 (40b 4x4)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-21-1
    • A Chandila 3-0-15-0
16.1

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman goes back and turns it to square leg for a single

16.2

Chandila to Tiwary, no run, flighted delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to the off

16.3

Chandila to Tiwary, 1 run, slow loopy delivery outside leg stump, the batsman paddles it to fine leg for a single

16.4

Chandila to Gayle, 2 runs, flatter delivery on the pads and this time Gayle paddles it without really bending his knees

16.5

Chandila to Gayle, 1 run, this time he comes forward to drive a fuller delivery, but inside edges it towards backward square leg

16.6

Chandila to Tiwary, 1 run, he comes down the pitch to a flighted delivery and powers it down to long-off

Shenoy: "In my school-days my cricket coach used to tel me "Play at your strength, and not on others' weakness". Guess Gayle has also realized that he can contribute big shots at the death irrespective of the bowler which seems to be his strength. This might also explain his less aggressive instinct till now."

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/3 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 3.33)

    • SS Tiwary 16 (25b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 43 (43b 4x4)
    • A Chandila 4-0-21-0
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-21-1

Trivedi is here

17.1

Trivedi to Tiwary, FOUR, he bowls it short of length on the middle stump line and Tiwary shows some intent, he pulls it over midwicket in the gap

17.2

Trivedi to Tiwary, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it to mid-off

17.3

Trivedi to Tiwary, FOUR, he walks down the pitch and flat-bats the short of length delivery with a powerful hoick to the deep midwicket boundary, then struts around with some swagger

17.4

Trivedi to Tiwary, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman steers it to third man and the scores are level

Scores level, now a big hit maybe?

17.5

Trivedi to Gayle, SIX, all this while he was just playing with everyone's mind, because he can do it whenever he wants. Doesn't matter where the ball was pitched, the point is that it ended up over the sight screen

So RCB keep their home-record this season intact. Two more matches tomorrow - Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab, Pune, all will be in business. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.


Virat Kohli: "Happy with the outcome as this was not a last-ball finish. The wicket was decent enough to bat and the bowlers made RR batsmen play shots that they shouldn't have played. I made one point to the bowlers in the meeting - you try to make your own plans, you decide what field you want to. It was a smart chase and Gayle and Tiwary played a perfect role. "

Rahul Dravid: "Lovely to come here in Bangalore, unfortunately the game didn't pan out our way, but RCB outplayed us here. It was a 150-kind of wicket and unfortunately, our middle order is not really experienced and our tail didn't add much. Shaun Tait is an impact bowler and we have to use him time and time again, especially as there was Gayle around today. But unfortunately, Gayle changed his game completely today. "

Vinay Kumar is the Man of the Match.


So this what it takes to avoid a collapse - Two big men grinding an opposition out by playing on their patience. An excellent effort from Gayle after what happened in RCB's last match here in Bangalore when they had that dramatic collapse. The bowlers set the win up for RCB, says Gayle. For Royals, it was always going to be very hard after the collapse that saw them wrap up for a paltry 117. Their good run has come to an end, but they are still in a strong position in the points table. One development that would interest RR fans (and a whole lot of people elsewhere) is that Shane Watson started bowling today and he picked up two wickets too. Guess his Ashes preparations are starting here then.

Robbie D: "Next time I am in Jamaica and i see Mr. Gayle in a club, i will look him straight in the eye and say, "dude i know you are not this selfless, come on be honest you want that purple cap and that average don't you?""

Zubin: "@RobbieD: You mean the Orange Cap !!! :)" ---- I envy your eyes man, they have survived this long after three weeks of strobe lighting..

Saurabh : "Weird victory to RCB, though. Before last six by Gayle, only one player had strike rate more than hundred percent. Extras did for RCB too. 11 wides by RR, seriously while defending a meagre total of 117. Nearly bowled out 2 more overs."

SivaP: "Guess, Gayle wouldnt sleep well if he didnt hit a six :)"

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