Indian Premier League - 31st match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 130 runs

Five minutes from the start.

shakti prasad: "Just outside the stadium trying to get in, the skies look threatening. Expect thundershowers within the next hour."

Vinay: "Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is going to be handy on this overcast condition."

Muzaiyen Bijli: "Where is Mr.Zaheer Khan hasnt he recovered from the injury or he is being kept out by RP and unadkat. icant belive this is happening with zak. he surely needs to play some matches because he could be the match winner for RCB in latter stages of the tournament"

Balaji: "Why in the world Warriors are keeping Rasool on bench is baffling. Mithun Manhas presence in the playing 11 season after season is equally baffling."

Ashwin: "Am 3 Km from the Chinnaswamy. The skies are overcast in Bangalore & a stillness in the air indicates a thunderstorm is on the way. Hope the match is not impacted too much." Well I hope so too. When the first game is affected, it eats into the next and can be quite annoying for us covering them.

Mahesh M: "Good to see Ishwar Pandey making it today. Heard lot of things about him and taking him in my Fantasy team too....Hope he does justice to his selection..."

Ok, got the Pune team off twitter: "R Uthappa, A Finch, Y Singh, S Smith, L Wright, M Marsh, M Manhas, B Kumar, A Murtaza, A Dinda, I Pandey."

The TV says it's Ishwar Pandey and not Manish. So, Ishwar Pandey it is.

Toss: Aaron Finch will continue as Pune captain. Finch has won the toss and Warriors will bowl first. Royal Challengers are unchanged. Finch, well couldn't quite remember his team properly! He said Mitchell Marsh is in for Ajantha Mendis and Ali Murtaza comes in for Rahul Sharma, plus one more change which he couldn't recall. Finch, master of suspense, keeps us waiting...

We will get you the final XI as soon as we hear.

Anurag: "Damn! No Rahul Sharma! He was my captain today...my fantasy team is in dire straits now." Imagine if Rahul really was captaining today..

PV Krishna: "Its high time pune look beyond big names/foreigners and go for young talent....see how players like Vihari, Mandeep are doing for SRH nd KXIP."

Sahil Jain: "I dont believe Finch doesn't remember the team. He just wants to keep RCB supporters playing fantasy waiting!"

Gareth: "I think both Finch and Yuvi lack a bit as captains. The only player I see with some T20 success is Steve Smith, who captained the Sydney Sixes to the inaugural title of the BBL."

3.25pm: Some of you seem anxious about the weather. From where I'm sitting, I can see some clouds gathering in the direction of the ground. As of now, doesn't look terribly threatening. But you never know.

3.15pm: Hello everyone and welcome to the coverage Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors. In 15 minutes we will know which Warriors player will walk out for the toss - could be anyone from Mathews to Dinda.

While we wait, you can read the preview of this game. Coming up later today is Daredevils v Kings XI.

Will Mathews continue to sit out? I honestly think Yuvraj should captain.

Mahesh: "I Hope to see Yuvi or Utthapa be a captain of PWI for rest of the tournament and include only performing Foreigners…"

Kunal: "It is high time PWI include I. Pandey and P. Rasool in place of Manhas and Dinda,, also get Ross in as captain coz their leadership has been simply awful in all games apart from that CSK game."

Rachit: "so glad that diehard Ganguly fans have accepted that his career is over!! haven't seen any 'Bring Dada back' comments recently. #AGangulyFan"

3pm: It's Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors. Royal Challengers have won every match at home this season, while Warriors have found a way to lose matches they have in their grasp over the past week. Here's our preview for the game, which wonders whether Warriors will have another new captain today.

And here's Harsha Bhogle recapping the previous week's IPL action, titled Rohit pays tribute to Viv, Sunrisers live the dream.

Fantasy fans, head here to make changes to your team. 4pm IST is the deadline.

0.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, drifts towards the pads and he gently clips it straight to midwicket

Quite a din at Chinnaswamy

0.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, that's a beauty! Beats him outside off, just a hint of away movement, Gayle prods forward

0.3

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, off the mark with a gentle push towards mid-off, good away swing, doesn't hit it too hard

0.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 runs, nicely punched away wide of mid-on where Yuvraj slides, just beats the bowler and mid-off runs across and slides and cuts it off

0.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, this one straightens outside off and left alone

0.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, big inswing for Kumar and Dilshan thuds it down towards mid-off, well timed

Manish: "Amusing Pune is playing with 10 bowlers today. Only Utthapa cant bowl." Remember the Bowl Out in the World T20 2007 v Pakistan?

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    2* (3b)      B Kumar    1-0-3-0
CH Gayle    1* (3b)     

Ishwar Pandey to bowl

1.1

Pandey to Gayle, FOUR, poor start for Pandey, this was full and wide outside off and Gayle simply had to put that away, smashed off the front foot past cover

1.2

Pandey to Gayle, FOUR, 4.40: poor length and line again, this was shorter and just as wide, stays back and slaps that wide of cover and point

4.35pm: Just read on Twitter that we will resume at 4.40."Bright and sunny" they say. Yup, the umpires are out in the middle. Warriors take the field.

4.20pm: Slightly better news. The rain seems to have lessened and the covers are slowly coming off.

Karthik: "In cricket I always hear this term... "The covers are slowly coming off". And I always think, have they automated this entire system. Why can't they fast forward it? LOL"

I know it sounds funny, bit I guess the staff need to be careful the surface water doesn't seep into the pitch or square.

Vijay: "@Balraj - 17 kms!! Forget that, I am working out of Cunningham road, about 2kms from the stadium and its very dry here. That's the beauty of Bangalore. Rains at will and generally at wrong place."

Balaraj: "I'm sitting in Electronic City, about 17km south from the stadium. I don't see a single drop of rain yet, but the condition is bad and can rain late in the evening today troubling all of us while commuting back home. Looking at condidition outside, match definitely won't be a washout."

4.15pm: No change in weather yet. Not heavy but steady.

Aniruddh Singh Rathore: "Sitting in my office at UB City, I can clearly see the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Was looking through the window if I could get to spot the flying ball from Gayle's Bat. Dear Rain !! Wait is what I hate!"

How ironic. The mercury shoots up in Bangalore and everyone cribs and prays for rain. When it does, we curse. Well, sometimes.

Krupal: "Sitting at my office overlooking the Chinnaswamy the skies certainly do not show any hope of a full match, rained heavily last evening as well. I'm gearing up for a 7 over a side match!!!"

Santhosh: "Has the ground been covered completely like they do in SriLanka? Would be frustrating to see wet outfield after rain clears up." Afraid not, only the main square and threabouts.

4.05pm: And the rain has arrived! Perhaps sooner than we thought. The players are going off the field. Covers on.

Akshay: "@manish: Pune are playing 10 bowlers because they have to compensate for the over enthusiasm of Dinda."

Siddharth: "Ishwar Pandey might be thanking rain gods for bringing the rain just in time! Gayle was looking to take him apart..."

Uthappa tells Ian Bishop that all his predictions today have come wrong. Robin must have said sunshine, and look what's happened.

Abhishek Purohit digs out the archives and tells us why this time of the month hasn't been the best for Bangalore - there were washouts in 19th April 2011 and 25th April 2012.

1.3

Pandey to Gayle, no run, Pandey is on target this time, Gayle stays back at the crease and defends

FYI - No reduction in the overs, as the delay was less than an hour

1.4

Pandey to Gayle, (no ball) FOUR, and it's an overstep too! On the pads and easily flicked away to fine leg

1.4

Pandey to Gayle, FOUR, Free Hit: Attempts a yorker but it's a low full toss, Gayle makes some room and swings across the line and it's a four to deep square leg

1.5

Pandey to Gayle, no run, follows it up with a quick bouncer and he swing and misses

1.6

Pandey to Gayle, FOUR, a horrid over comes to an end, this was full and wide outside off, Gayle gets under the bounce and scoops it over mid-off, nearly a six

End of over 2 (21 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 24/0 (RR: 12.00)
CH Gayle    21* (10b 5x4)      IC Pandey    1-0-21-0
TM Dilshan    2* (3b)      B Kumar    1-0-3-0

2.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, this too was full and wide outside off and he drags it and gets an inside edge

2.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, stays behind it and pushes it to the off side

2.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, just a touch wide and he stays back and pushes it to the off side

2.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, doesn't give him much room and he thumps it straight to cover, quiet over so far

2.5

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, cheeky stuff from Dilshan and very clever indeed, it was a low full toss outside off and Dilshan moves across quickly, bends and scoops it towards fine leg

2.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, tries another audacious shot but doesn't succeed, the reverse scoop this time but he fails to make contact

patil vaibhav: "I wonder how fast you guys have to type a description for fours & sixes when Gayle is in the hitting form. May be some time you can use copy paste or put hyperlink of earlier fours & sixes for details... or simply type as per last match to get some breathing.... :)"

End of over 3 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 28/0 (RR: 9.33)
TM Dilshan    6* (9b 1x4)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0
CH Gayle    21* (10b 5x4)      IC Pandey    1-0-21-0

3.1

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, Dinda drifts a bit on the pads and he tucks it away to fine leg

3.2

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, stays behind the line and he punches it towards cover

3.3

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, this was fuller in length and he comes forward and drives and Dinda does well to slide to his left and stops it

3.4

Dinda to Dilshan, FOUR, this was timed supremely, a touch too wide outside off and his timing and placement past cover and point was impeccable

3.5

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, loose shot this time, gets a bit of width and he swishes and misses

3.6

Dinda to Dilshan, no run, extra bounce this time and he swings across the line and misses it completely

Sekhar: "Well, not exactly the dream debut over for Pandey! There are not many other batsmen around who can destroy bowling attacks as effectively as Gayle."

End of over 4 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/0 (RR: 8.25)
TM Dilshan    10* (14b 2x4)      AB Dinda    1-0-5-0
CH Gayle    22* (11b 5x4)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0

4.1

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, the first of many? Marsh bowls a length ball on middle and leg and he lofts through the line and clears long-on

4.2

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, goes the other way this time! This was wide outside off and he comes forward and scoops it over extra cover

4.3

Marsh to Gayle, FOUR, this was the slower ball and still wide outside off, Gayle stays back and moves his back leg across and awkwardly carves it over point

4.4

Marsh to Gayle, no run, swings across the line and he mistimes it to midwicket

4.5

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, they're coming! Marsh errs by bowling length again, that too a touch too wide outside off, Gayle lofts over the sightscreen

4.6

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, Gayle's on 50 already and it's a 28-run over! Marsh pitches it up and with a free swing Gayle takes him downtown, down to the sightscreen, 50 off 17 balls

The most expensive over of IPL 2013 - 28 runs

End of over 5 (28 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 61/0 (RR: 12.20)
CH Gayle    50* (17b 6x4 4x6)      MR Marsh    1-0-28-0
TM Dilshan    10* (14b 2x4)      AB Dinda    1-0-5-0

5.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, meaty straight drive but Kumar gets his boot in the way

5.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, a touch full and wide outside off and he pushes it to cover

5.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, all quiet here? Fullish and wide outside off and pushed straight to backward point

5.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, good over so far! This was the bouncer and Dilshan backed away in the last minute

5.5

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 wide, another bouncer but this was high enough to be penalised

5.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, full outside off and he pushes it straight to mid-off

5.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, 28 off the last over and not a single run off the bat in this over, tries to smash this past mid-off but can't get it past him

Jaleel: ""Well, I brought umbrella to avoid rain, but now i can use for alternative purpose to stop getting injured of Gayle sixes!""

End of over 6 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 62/0 (RR: 10.33)
TM Dilshan    10* (20b 2x4)      B Kumar    3-0-8-0
CH Gayle    50* (17b 6x4 4x6)      MR Marsh    1-0-28-0

6.1

Murtaza to Gayle, FOUR, tossed up and wide outside off and Gayle flashes hard and even an outside edge beats short third man

6.2

Murtaza to Gayle, SIX, tossed up on the off stump and Gayle gets on his knee and slogs over deep midwicket, no mercy for the left-arm spinner

6.3

Murtaza to Gayle, 1 run, comes round the wicket and he sprays it full and he squirts it to long-off

6.4

Murtaza to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, on the pads and he works it to the leg side

6.5

Murtaza to Gayle, SIX, can anyone keep him quiet! This was flatter from the bowler, Gayle gets on his knee and slogs it flat over long-on

6.6

Murtaza to Gayle, no run, Pune are appealing for a catch, he fires it flat and Gayle tries to mow it over the on side and gets an inside edge to the boot and it lobs up and the keeper takes the rebound, the third ump takes a look, replays showed the ball hitting the pitch before the boot so Gayle is safe

End of over 7 (18 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 80/0 (RR: 11.42)
CH Gayle    67* (22b 7x4 6x6)      AG Murtaza    1-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    10* (21b 2x4)      B Kumar    3-0-8-0

7.1

Finch to Dilshan, 1 run, inside edge to short fine leg and gayle has to hurry

7.2

Finch to Gayle, SIX, Finch isn't spared too! He fires that flat and quick and Gayle gets under the bounce and lofts him high over deep midwicket

7.3

Finch to Gayle, SIX, this goes higher! Flatter one and Gayle stays at the crease and lofts high over long-on, nearly on the roof

7.4

Finch to Gayle, FOUR, this is carnage! Finch tries to fire that full on middle and what does Gayle do? Scoop it over the bowler

7.5

Finch to Gayle, SIX, full toss would you believe it! Gosh. All too easy for Gayle, those behinddeep midwicket had to take cover

7.6

Finch to Gayle, SIX, 29 off this over! Length ball on middle and he slogs it over wide long-on, he's on 95

End of over 8 (29 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 109/0 (RR: 13.62)
CH Gayle    95* (27b 8x4 10x6)      AJ Finch    1-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    11* (22b 2x4)      AG Murtaza    1-0-17-0

8.1

Dinda to Dilshan, FOUR, this was fullish outside off and Dilshan gets forward and times it past the bowler and mid-off, that should bring him some relief

8.2

Dinda to Dilshan, 1 run, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls to deep square leg

8.3

Dinda to Gayle, no run, a rare dot ball to Gayle! Yorker outside off and he fails to dig it out

8.4

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, this was full again and he squirts it out towards cover

8.5

Dinda to Dilshan, (no ball) 1 run, was just going to congratulate Dinda for his excellent bowling and he oversteps! Good yorker, dug out to the off side

8.5

Dinda to Gayle, SIX, Free Hit: It's out of the stadium! Dinda bowls a friendly full toss, Gayle makes room and clubs it straight, it's the fastest ever IPL hundred, beats Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton and Gayle is on his knees! The ball hits the roof

8.6

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, quiet after the storm, he mistimes the pull to the on side

Strategy break welcome indeed! Need to catch my breath. Thanks to Gayle, haven't had time to read your mails.

Mazher Arshad: This is fastest century in history of Twenty20 Cricket, breaking Andrew Symonds' record of 34 balls.

Bob: "Amongst all this bhuvi has bowled 3 overs for 8 :)"

End of over 9 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/0 (RR: 13.77)
CH Gayle    103* (31b 8x4 11x6)      AB Dinda    2-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    17* (25b 3x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-29-0

9.1

Wright to Gayle, no run, fullish in length outside off and he squirts it to the off side

9.2

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, this was slightly short and he plays a short-arm pull down to midwicket

9.3

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish outside off and he gets an inside edge on the drive

9.4

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, another short one and he pulls this one to deep midwicket

9.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, he tucks it down to fine leg

9.6

Wright to Gayle, no run, it's Test match time! Gayle actually shoulders arms and watches it through to the keeper, he needs to catch his breath too

Kiran: "Virat Kohli is now worried about his "ORANGE CAP". Gayle is ridding his bike on SUPER HIGHWAY...! BOOM BOOM BOOM BASH..! Man with ultimate power."

Mazher Arshad: 98 off Chris Gayle's runs have come in boundaries [8 Fours and 11 Sixes]

End of over 10 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 128/0 (RR: 12.80)
CH Gayle    105* (35b 8x4 11x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    19* (27b 3x4)      AB Dinda    2-0-20-0

10.1

Pandey to Dilshan, FOUR, this was drifting on middle and leg and Dishan slogs and the ball races away to deep midwicket

10.2

Pandey to Dilshan, 1 run, this was shorter and he pulls this one to deep square leg

10.3

Pandey to Gayle, 1 run, slower delivery and he punches it softly to the off side and sets off for a single

10.4

Pandey to Dilshan, 1 run, slower delivery and he swings this one down to mid-on

10.5

Pandey to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle's doing it in singles now, cramped for room a bit and he punches it towards cover

10.6

Pandey to Dilshan, FOUR, this was drifting on the body and he tucks it away to fine leg, Dilshan's on 29 off 31 balls, anyone been noticing him?

End of over 11 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 140/0 (RR: 12.72)
TM Dilshan    29* (31b 5x4)      IC Pandey    2-0-33-0
CH Gayle    107* (37b 8x4 11x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-4-0

11.1

Wright to Gayle, no run, on the pads and he quietly punches this one towards mid-on

11.2

Wright to Gayle, no run, this was shorter and he swishes at thin air, imagine if he connected

11.3

Wright to Gayle, SIX, even slower balls don't work! Gayle stayed at the crease and lofted it and for a moment it looked like a mis-hit, nope, went a few rows over long-off

11.4

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball worked this time, length ball and steered to the off side

11.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 wide, slower ball down the leg side and he tries to sweep but misses

11.5

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, drifting down the leg side and he swivels and pulls but can't beat fine leg

11.6

Wright to Gayle, 1 wide, Wright tries to bowl it short and wide outside off and it's too wide, Gayle doesn't push at it

11.6

Wright to Gayle, 1 leg bye, full and on the pads and he works it to the on side

Rahul Yadav: "Given PWI's batting line-up, 180 would be sufficient for them. RCB should declare and become first team to do so in a T-20 match"

End of over 12 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 151/0 (RR: 12.58)
CH Gayle    114* (42b 8x4 12x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    30* (32b 5x4)      IC Pandey    2-0-33-0

12.1

Marsh to Gayle, 1 run, wide outside off and he slices it past the infield and the sweeper slides and cuts it off

12.2

Marsh to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan swings a bit too early and he mistimes it to the on side

12.3

Marsh to Gayle, no run, Gayle swings a bit too early too and misses it completely

12.4

Marsh to Gayle, 1 run, bowls this one shorter and he swivels and pulls to deep square leg

12.5

Marsh to Dilshan, 1 run, punches it to the off side

12.6

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, on the roof! Can we have the ball back please? Marsh bowls another short one, Gayle pulls and it goes into orbit over deep square leg

End of over 13 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 161/0 (RR: 12.38)
CH Gayle    122* (46b 8x4 13x6)      MR Marsh    2-0-38-0
TM Dilshan    32* (34b 5x4)      LJ Wright    2-0-14-0

13.1

Wright to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish delivery and he places it to long-on

13.2

Wright to Gayle, FOUR, fires that full and wide outside off and he drives this hard past extra cover, bisects two fielders in the deep

13.3

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, stays on the back foot and he punches it down to long-off

13.4

Wright to Dilshan, OUT, finally some success for Pune! Dilshan makes a lot of room and tries to carve a length ball over cover, can't clear him and finds Murtaza there

TM Dilshan c Murtaza b Wright 33 (66m 36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

13.5

Wright to Kohli, no run, good length outside off and pushed to cover

13.6

Wright to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it wide of point to get off the mark

Pranay: "Where is the golden arm boy Yuvi?? Why isn't he bowling??"

End of over 14 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 168/1 (RR: 12.00)
V Kohli    1* (2b)      LJ Wright    3-0-21-1
CH Gayle    127* (48b 9x4 13x6)      MR Marsh    2-0-38-0

14.1

Murtaza to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up and he drives him down to sweeper cover

Mazher Arshad: Chris Gayle needs 4 more SIXES to break Graham Napier's record of hitting most sixes in a T20 innings. Napier hit 16 for Essex against Sussex in 2008.

14.2

Murtaza to Gayle, FOUR, take cover! This was bowled flat and he made room and crashed it flat and wide of long-off, just beat the fielder and Gayle was concerned that he had hit someone. He's done that before you know

14.3

Murtaza to Gayle, SIX, outta here! Gives it more air and Gayle gets on his knee and slogs it over long-on, looked like it cleared the roof

14.4

Murtaza to Gayle, 1 wide, bowls that far too wide outside the off stump

14.4

Murtaza to Gayle, SIX, can't get enough! Length delivery on the pads and he bends and mows it over deep midwicket!

14.5

Murtaza to Gayle, FOUR, Does the bowler have any options left? This was wide outside off and he slaps it over extra cover

14.6

Murtaza to Gayle, SIX, Gets to 150! Tosses it up and Gayle gets down on his knee and slogs it over deep midwicket. He's just five away from equaling McCullum's record 158, at this same ground. Virat Kohli bends and salutes the big man!

End of over 15 (28 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 196/1 (RR: 13.06)
CH Gayle    153* (53b 11x4 16x6)      AG Murtaza    2-0-45-0
V Kohli    2* (3b)      LJ Wright    3-0-21-1

15.1

Wright to Kohli, 1 run, slower delivery on the pads and he tucks it to mid-on

15.2

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, on middle and off and he quietly punches this one wide of cover

15.3

Wright to Kohli, no run, this was full and wide outside off and Kohli smashes it straight to cover

15.4

Wright to Kohli, 1 run, this was full and drifting in on the pads and he whips it down to long-on

15.5

Wright to Gayle, 1 run, stays back at the crease and he punches him down to long-off

15.6

Wright to Kohli, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he gives the charge and whips it to deep midwicket

Shenoy: "People in Bangalore near the stadium must be waiting to collect balls raining from inside the stadium.....C'mon Gayle...we need a double century from you today...."

End of over 16 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 201/1 (RR: 12.56)
V Kohli    5* (7b)      LJ Wright    4-0-26-1
CH Gayle    155* (55b 11x4 16x6)      AG Murtaza    2-0-45-0

16.1

Dinda to Kohli, SIX, Dinda bowls length and he is smacked! Kohli stays at the crease, fetches it from the off stump and hammers it over deep midwicket

16.2

Dinda to Kohli, OUT, Direct hit and excellent stuff from Dinda! Kohli worked it towards short midwicket and set off, Dinda ran across, picked it up and almost in one motion fired it at the stumps at his end, no need for the third umpire

V Kohli run out 11 (14m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 122.22

16.3

Dinda to Gayle, no run, follows it up with a good yorker, Gayle drills it back to the bowler

16.4

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, it's a full toss and Gayle can only push it straight to long-off, he would have smashed that

16.5

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 wide, he bangs it in short and he's penalised for the bouncer

16.5

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, Dinda attempts the yorker and AB moves right across his stumps and shovels a low full toss down to deep midwicket

16.6

Dinda to de Villiers, SIX, that extra ball costs Warriors six more! This was pitched up and AB made himself room and scooped it long and high over wide long-off

MS Dhoni tweets: "Life is all about taking the right decision,seeing Gayle bat today I think I took the right decision of being a wicket keeper."

End of over 17 (18 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 219/2 (RR: 12.88)
AB de Villiers    10* (2b 1x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    3-0-38-0
CH Gayle    156* (57b 11x4 16x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-26-1

17.1

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle overtakes McCullum's record of 158! This is the highest ever individual score in T20! This was short and he swiveled and puled it wide of deep miwicket

17.2

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, slower delivery and he cuts wide of point

17.3

Kumar to de Villiers, FOUR, fires that full and wide outside off and he makes room and crashes it wide of extra cover, Ishwar Pandey dives and misfields, oh well

17.4

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 run, tries to go over midwicket but mistimes it to long-on

17.5

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, Kumar fires that one full outside off and Gayle stays at the crease and thrashes that to long-off, goes scorching to the rope

17.6

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, this was short and wide and he nearly lost his balance as he chopped it wide of point

Mazher Arshad: Meanwhile, Bangalore need 27 from 12 balls to break Sri Lanka's record of highest T20 score. SL scored 260 vs Kenya at Jo'burg 2007."

End of over 18 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 234/2 (RR: 13.00)
CH Gayle    166* (61b 13x4 16x6)      B Kumar    4-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    15* (4b 2x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    3-0-38-0

18.1

Marsh to Gayle, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg

18.2

Marsh to de Villiers, FOUR, AB meanwhile's scorching it too, another low full toss, moves across and sweeps him down to deep square leg

18.3

Marsh to de Villiers, SIX, Audacious as ever! Another full toss and AB gets right across his stumps and scoops him over fine leg, he plays that shot better than anyone

18.4

Marsh to de Villiers, SIX, guess what...it's another six! Marsh bowls a length ball and AB gets on his knee and slogs him rows back over deep midwicket

18.5

Marsh to de Villiers, OUT, AB gives himself too much room, tries to clear long-off, has to stretch, gets a top edge and Manhas takes the catch behind point, 31 off 8 balls!

AB de Villiers c Manhas b Marsh 31 (12m 8b 3x4 3x6) SR: 387.50

18.6

Marsh to Gayle, 1 wide, this was a bouncer and the umpires aren't being generous, he will have to bowl that one again

18.6

Marsh to Gayle, 1 leg bye, tries to work it to the on side, ball brushes his body and rolls away

End of over 19 (19 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 253/3 (RR: 13.31)
CH Gayle    167* (63b 13x4 16x6)      MR Marsh    3-0-56-1
SS Tiwary    0* (0b)      B Kumar    4-0-23-0

Dinda to bowl the final over! What's going to happen?

19.1

Dinda to Gayle, SIX, Gayle adds to his six tally! Dinda errs by bowling length again, Gayle makes room and smashes it over long-off

Gopal: "Let Donald bowl! He might do better!!"

19.2

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, this was a touch short and he mistimes the pull to the on side

19.3

Dinda to Tiwary, 2 runs, full and wide outside off and Tiwary gets an outside edge and the fielder at sweeper cover does well to slide and cut it off

19.4

Dinda to Tiwary, OUT, length ball by Dinda and Tiwary tries to clear long-off but mistimes it completely and Marsh runs forward and takes the catch

SS Tiwary c Marsh b Dinda 2 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.5

Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, he gets away with a length ball as Gayle swings and can only hammer it straight to long-off

19.6

Dinda to Rampaul, OUT, and Warriors end the innings with a wicket! Rampaul makes room and scoops it straight to long-off, easily takes, close to a front foot no-ball but it's legal

R Rampaul c Marsh b Dinda 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gayle remains unbeaten on 175. He gets the Orange Cap, which Kohli held: "I'm astonished myself. I think we've got a "good total." All I asked for was a plain omlette and two cakes. Hopefully I can run around now and take a few catches."

Some of the Warriors players, despite the assault to their senses, came over and congratulated Gayle. RCB have scored the highest ever score in all T20 cricket, beating Sri Lanka's 260.

Gayle's assault was like playing a computer game with the cheat code on - 66664666644....we can go on and on. I need a catch a quick break. This has been entertaining and exhausting. There's the chase as well! Join us shortly.

Mazher Arshad: "Is Chris Gayle's innings the 501* of Twenty20 Cricket?"

End of over 20 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 263/5
     AB Dinda    4-0-48-2
CH Gayle    175* (66b 13x4 17x6)      MR Marsh    3-0-56-1
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Apr 23, 2013

Chris Gayle signals the end of another batsman, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL, Bangalore, April 23, 2013

Chris Gayle signals the end of another batsman

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Apr 23, 2013

Chris Gayle gets the horse dance going after picking up a wicket, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL, Bangalore, April 23, 2013

Chris Gayle gets the horse dance going after picking up a wicket

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