Indian Premier League - 37th match

Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Mumbai Indians won by 58 runs

Chrsi Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan walk out. 195 is the target. Can RCB's star-studded batting line-up chase it down?

With the extra bounce in this pitch for the quicks, Mitchell Johnson will have a big role to play.

0.1

Johnson to Gayle, no run, short of a length ball outside off, defended towards point by Gayle

Amit: "Time for spectators to wear their helmets...Gayle is unleashed"

0.2

Johnson to Gayle, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single

0.3

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full ball outside off, the ball is defended to the right of the bowler, there was no run there, Dilshan knows it, he takes a couple of paces before casually turning back, Johnson fires in a direct hit, Mumbai think they have Dilshan run out, but he is back in the crease

0.4

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full ball on the pads, punched towards mid-on

0.5

Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan gets going with a cracking drive past extra cover for four, it was pitched up by Johnson, put away by Dilshan

0.6

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full and outside off, Dilshan doesn't move his feet as he tries to get bat on that one, he can't, though to the keeper

Hemant Tiwari: "Malinga is 3 wicket away from 200 T20 wickets. Go Slinger Go!!! and get rid of RCB's star-studded batting line-up especially Gayle, AB and Kohli to complete your 200 wickets and help MI won."

End of over 1 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 (190 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.00)
TM Dilshan    4* (4b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0
CH Gayle    1* (2b)     

Malinga v Gayle, the headline duel coming up

1.1

Malinga to Gayle, 1 run, back of a length ball on legstump, defended to the leg side for a single

1.2

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, a short of length ball that Dilshan wanted to send over midwicket, a leading edge sends the ball to the off side

1.3

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, no feet from Dilshan as he swings and misses at a ball outside off

1.4

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, and another miss, Dilshan gets forward to a short of length ball just outside off, the ball snakes away a touch and beats Dilshan

1.5

Malinga to Dilshan, no run, short of length ball on off stump, slapped towards cover point

1.6

Malinga to Dilshan, FOUR, shortish ball outside off, dragged by Dilshan wide of mid-on for four, not the best timed of strokes but enough power behind it to get a boundary

End of over 2 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 10/0 (185 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.27)
TM Dilshan    8* (9b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
CH Gayle    2* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Johnson to Gayle, SIX, the Gayle storm begins, he moved away from the stumps, Johnson followed him, didn't give him much room, still Gayle managed toswat that away to midwicket, he was exactly in position to play that shot, but Gayle doesn't care, goes through with the shot and that is over the rope

2.2

Johnson to Gayle, no run, length ball results in a leading edge, but it lands safe

2.3

Johnson to Gayle, 1 run, ooh, just out of reach of slips, Gayle nearly dismissed there! it was a short ball outside off, Gayle looked to ramp it over the slips, it is off the gloves and loops up, both slips chase after it but the ball is just out of their reach, not a shot you'd see Gayle play often

2.4

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, a cracking drive from Dilshan, can't beat mid-off though

2.5

Johnson to Gayle, no run, Gayle goes for the big mow and he completely misses it, it was a shortish ball from Johnson outside off, Mumbai have decided to keep it short against Gayle here, it's working so far

2.6

Johnson to Gayle, 4 byes, short again, 138.7kph, the bouncer beats Gayle and it rises so high that the keeper can't get a hand on it either, results in four byes, good over from Johnson, though 12 came off it

End of over 3 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 22/0 (173 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 10.17)
CH Gayle    9* (8b 1x6)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    9* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

3.1

Malinga to Dilshan, 2 runs, a full toss from Malinga outside off, Dilshan can't time it properly but has enough on it to clear mid-off

Dushyant Garg: "Rushing to the hostel after late night lab work! Never been so excited to watch an IPL inning by a special player. I hope Gayle don't get out by the time I reach."

3.2

Malinga to Dilshan, 1 run, Malinga goes for the yorker, it was a low full toss on off stump, swiped towards the leg side

3.3

Malinga to Gayle, no run, slower ball, smart from Malinga, short of length bal, Gayle defends it back to the bowler

SatheeshJM: "Strategy to dismiss Gayle : Start playing Gangnam Style in the loudspeakers, when Gayle starts for a single. He will start dancing midway. Then Run Him Out. Hah!"

3.4

Malinga to Gayle, no run, a low full toss just outside off, Gayle looks to open the face and guide it to third man, again not a stroke you see often from Gayle, he misses

3.5

Malinga to Gayle, no run, a bouncer from Malinga, sensational bowling from Mumbai here, Gayle isn't sure how to play that one, he fends at it and is struck on the left shoulder

Waleed: "Dilshan must take most of the strike when Malinga is bowling because after facing him from years in the nets he must know how to counter him.This will also help RCB save Gayle's wicket."

3.6

Malinga to Gayle, no run, a yorker on off stump to complete the over, a terrific one from Malinga, showing why he is one of the best T20 bowlers around, superb accuracy, tying down Gayle

End of over 4 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/0 (170 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 10.62)
CH Gayle    9* (12b 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    12* (12b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0

Johnson bowling his third over

4.1

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full and wide outside off, slapped towards cover but can't get the placement right

4.2

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, that one swings in towards Dilshan, who looks to thrash the ball towards the leg side, gets an inside-edge towards square leg

Sean: "So much for the much touted battle of heavyweights - Gayle vs Malinga so far - faced 5 deliveries, scored 1 run, while looking uncomfortable all the time in addition to almost being dismissed." It's early days yet Sean.

4.3

Johnson to Gayle, no run, terrific delivery from Johnson, outstanding bowling here, swinging away after pitching on a length, just outside off and Gayle's beaten, he was stuck on the back foot there, perhaps expecting more short stuff

4.4

Johnson to Gayle, FOUR, there's what Gayle can do, it was a full ball from Johnson, launched over the bowler's head, terrible timing but the ball still nearly carries all the way to the boundary

4.5

Johnson to Gayle, no run, an ugly hoick attempted by Gayle, and he misses, not a common sight this, it was back of a length and outside off

4.6

Johnson to Gayle, FOUR, short of length ball outside off, a thick edge sends the ball flying past backward point and through to the boundary

End of over 5 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 34/0 (161 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 10.73)
CH Gayle    17* (16b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0
TM Dilshan    13* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-0

Great start by Mumbai's bowlers. Malinga and Johnson did well, how will Dhawal Kulkarni fare?

5.1

Kulkarni to Dilshan, no run, first ball is short of length outside off, Dilshan looks to hammer it but is beaten

5.2

Kulkarni to Dilshan, no run, short of length and well outside off, Dilshan chases for it and misses

5.3

Kulkarni to Dilshan, no run, short ball from Kulkarni, 140.5kph bouncer that, Dilshan can't get bat on ball for the third ball in a row

5.4

Kulkarni to Dilshan, 1 wide, too wide outside off stump

5.4

Kulkarni to Dilshan, OUT, there's the wicket, Dilshan has had a horrid IPL season, and it continues today, a length ball outside off, a thick outside edge sends the ball flying towards Mitchell Johnson at third man, well held by him, a sliding take, and Dilshan's innings is over

TM Dilshan c Johnson b Kulkarni 13 (29m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

5.5

Kulkarni to Kohli, no run, short of length ball outside off, left alone by Kohli

5.6

Kulkarni to Kohli, no run, short of length ball outside off, slapped toward cover, ends an over that only yielded one run

Jeeves: "Was looking at the RCB squad to see who can replace Dilshan. They seem to have an overdose of overrated australian allrounders. Henriques, Christian & McDonald! 3 players who are allrounders because they are ordinary batsmen and worse bowlers."

End of over 6 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 35/1 (160 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 11.42)
V Kohli    0* (2b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-1-1
CH Gayle    17* (16b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0

Harbhajan Singh to bowl now

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, spins away from a length, defended towards slip by Gayle

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, no run, defended again, again some turn for Harbhajan, this time Gayle plays it to point

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle waits on the back foot, punches the ball towards long-off

Charlie: "One too many overs wasted trying to be safe. The asking rate is now over the top, even for this batting line up."

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kohli, 1 run, length ball around off stump, worked towards deep midwicket

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Gayle, OUT, there's the wicket, it's a superb catch by Ambati Rayudu, he 's off celebrating as if he's just won the World Cup, Wankhede is jubilant, it was top-edged towards wide long-on by Gayle, it was in the air for a long while, Rayudu had to pedal backwards to get under it, he collects it a couple of paces from the rope, but the momentum takes him ever closer to the boundary, he manages to balance himself before touching the rope, and then sets off a celebratory run

CH Gayle c Rayudu b Harbhajan Singh 18 (36m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 90.00

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, almost a return catch to Harbhajan, just wide of the bowler

Tuhinanshu: "That was some catch taken by Rayudu... Not picking Gayle in the fantasy team paid off :)"

End of over 7 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/2 (157 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 12.07)
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1
V Kohli    1* (3b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-1-1

7.1

Kulkarni to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball is eased towards sweeper cover for a single

7.2

Kulkarni to Kohli, OUT, RCB imploding here, Kohli is gone, a short of length ball moves away a touch, Kohli chases after it and he tickles it through to the keeper, can't see RCB winning this now

V Kohli c †Karthik b Kulkarni 1 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Ash: "What happened to Mayank Agarwal? He was so much better than how Dilshan is performing right now" He's injured and out for the season

7.3

Kulkarni to Tiwary, 3 wides, a bouncer down the leg side to greet Tiwary, past the keeper and Mitchell does well at the boundary to stop it for going over the rope

Siddharth Modi: "These three wickets that just Mumbai taken only because of pressure created by Malinga & Johnson.. Superb bowling :)"

7.3

Kulkarni to Tiwary, 1 run, defended this time for a single

7.4

Kulkarni to de Villiers, OUT, this is going to end in an embarrassing defeat for RCB, now AB de Villiers is gone, another edge through to the keeper, again a hint of away movement does the job, Dhawan Kulkarni in his first game of the season is asking the Mumbai Indian selectors," How on earth did you keep me out this long?"

AB de Villiers c †Karthik b Kulkarni 2 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

7.5

Kulkarni to Arun Karthik, no run, and nearly another edge through to the keeper, Arun Karthik was beaten by that one outside off

7.6

Kulkarni to Arun Karthik, 1 run, length ball outside off, eased behind backward point, 2-0-7-3, with wickets of Dilshan, Kohli and AB, it's a dream game for Dhawal

End of over 8 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/4 (151 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 12.58)
KB Arun Karthik    1* (2b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-7-3
SS Tiwary    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-1

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Arun Karthik, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped towards midwicket for a single

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, SIX, skips down the track and launches that over Harbhajan Singh's head for six, cleanly struck

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, not as cleanly struck this time, bounces through to Mitchell Johnson at long-on

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Arun Karthik, 3 runs, bottom-edges it past the keeper, almost ran away for four, but Tendulkar pulls it back just short of the rope

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, no run, struck on the pads but that was going down the leg side

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length ball, punched towards long-on for a single

Btw, forgot to mention it, Harbhajan Singh celebrated his wicket of Gayle with a Punjabi version of the Gangnam style. Quite a sight that was!

Akshay: "The Mumbai bowlers deserve a lot of credit. They've bowled to a plan and it's come off beautifully."

Thomas: "Amazing..the law of averages is such a great leveler in cricket...balances out the underdog and the superhuman...Kulkarni and Gayle !"

Tuhinanshu: "MI is showing how to play against RCB. Put Gayle under pressure and back good bowling from both ends, the top 4 will crumble and so the complete team."

Bhimsen Purohit: "Thats it! Done for the day.. Was expecting mighty roars from Gayle & co.. What we got, was just a whimper!!! Alas..."

End of over 9 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/4 (139 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 12.63)
SS Tiwary    9* (5b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-15-1
KB Arun Karthik    5* (4b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-7-3

9.1

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, that was a run-out there, Kulkarni had plenty of time , but he was in a hurry to let the ball go, Tiwary defended the ball to the left of the bowler, Arun Karthik raced out of his crease, and was caught out a long way from safety, the throw was wide

9.2

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, defended to the off side this time

9.3

Kulkarni to Tiwary, 1 run, short ball is pulled away towards midwicket, I think Saurabh Tiwary's pull is one of the ugliest shots in world cricket, but it seems to work for him

9.4

Kulkarni to Arun Karthik, 1 run

9.5

Kulkarni to Tiwary, 1 wide, miles down the leg side from Kulkarni

9.5

Kulkarni to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length, defended to the off side by Tiwary

9.6

Kulkarni to Arun Karthik, SIX, a short ball and that is hooked away for six by Arun Karthik, many of us think this game is over, clearly Karthik doesn't

End of over 10 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/4 (129 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 12.90)
KB Arun Karthik    12* (6b 1x6)      DS Kulkarni    3-0-17-3
SS Tiwary    11* (9b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-15-1

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length ball, defended to the off side

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Arun Karthik, no run, cross-batted swipe to a length ball outside off, he misses

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Arun Karthik, OUT, terrific effort from Dinesh Karthik, who dismissed Arun Karthik with an athletic bit of keeping, Karthik had no clue where the ball was after trying to run the ball down towards fine leg, it pitched and spun towards the keeper, Arun Karthik started going for the single, Dinesh Karthik had the ball in his hand, break the stumps and that's another one down for RCB

KB Arun Karthik st †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 12 (14m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, length ball on off stump, punched towards long-off

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, another hoick from Tiwary, towards deep square leg for a single

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Syed Mohammad, no run, stays on the back foot and looks to nudge the ball towards square leg, misses and is struck on the pads

Nagesh: "Great work by Dk!! Remember him doing similar runout for India." Perhaps a reference to his acrobatic stumping of Michael Vaughan on debut?

End of over 11 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/5 (126 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 14.00)
J Syed Mohammad    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-18-2
SS Tiwary    13* (11b 1x6)      DS Kulkarni    3-0-17-3

11.1

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 run, a low full toss on middle, whipped towards midwicket

11.2

Malinga to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, length ball outside off, terrific shot from Syed Mohammed, eases it past point for four

pravin: "Karthik stumping Karthik ..new movie :P"

Samy: "@Jeeves, Henriques have not done anything wrong in the matches so far he played for RCB ... He can replace Dilshan..."

11.3

Malinga to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, length ball on the pads, helped down to fine leg for a single

Sudhama Chutkay: "1990's : Sachin out - TV off. 2013 - Gayle out - TV off."

11.4

Malinga to Tiwary, 2 runs, a short ball is slugged towards midwicket, a misfield allows an extra run

11.5

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 run, slower ball, on a length, guided towards backward point

11.6

Malinga to Syed Mohammad, no run, a full ball just outside off, too good for the batsman

End of over 12 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 78/5 (117 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 14.62)
J Syed Mohammad    6* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-0
SS Tiwary    17* (14b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-18-2

On the Dinesh Karthik stumping, Anupa Koti: "This is What you are talking about."

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, no run, defended to the off side by Tiwary

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, tapped towards midwicket for a single

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Syed Mohammad, no run, flighted delivery is defended to the off side

Ravi: "Earlier warning " Dont stand on the gate of the train between churchate to Marine Lines from 2000hrs to 2330 hrs possibility of serious injury as MR.GAYLE'S six can come any time out of the stadium. By Order : Western Railway" has been revoked now. :)"

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Syed Mohammad, no run, an lbw appeal, but it is turned down as that was going down the leg side, Tiwary charged out for a single though the striker hadn't budged, Tiwary had to turn around and speed back, a direct hit would have had him short

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, defended to the leg side for a single

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, a full toss which should have been put away, mistimed by Tiwary towards mid-off

End of over 13 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 81/5 (114 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 16.28)
SS Tiwary    19* (17b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-21-2
J Syed Mohammad    7* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-17-0

13.1

Smith to Tiwary, 2 runs, full ball is thumped down the ground, get back for a second

13.2

Smith to Tiwary, OUT, another ungainly slog from Tiwary, top-edges it to long-on, Mr 1.6million walks back

SS Tiwary c Harbhajan Singh b Smith 21 (30m 19b 0x4 1x6) SR: 110.52

13.3

Smith to Syed Mohammad, 2 runs, on the pads, helped towards deep square leg

Share Guest: "Has Gayle ever fired in big games, like finals? Not in the T20 WC final, not in the Champions' Trophy final in 2004..seems to take to the bowlers in pretty casual games." He did pretty in the semi-final of the world T20.

13.4

Smith to Syed Mohammad, no run, huge appeal for lbw, but that looked to be missing off

13.5

Smith to Syed Mohammad, OUT, another wicket for Smith, Syed goes for the pull, a top-edge and Mitchell Johnson takes another smart catch at third man, Mumbai closing in on a dominant victory

J Syed Mohammad c Johnson b Smith 9 (13m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

13.6

Smith to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, short of length ball outside off, guided down to third man for four, RCB 89 for 7, first target is getting to three figures

End of over 14 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 89/7 (106 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 17.66)
R Vinay Kumar    4* (1b 1x4)      DR Smith    1-0-8-2
R Rampaul    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-21-2

14.1

Pollard to Rampaul, no run, short of length ball is slapped towards point

14.2

Pollard to Rampaul, 1 run, short of length ball is eased to the off side for a single

Vageesan: "Wonder how quick people jump to criticize.... Today's failure was more induced by the bowlers rather than Gayle's casualness... For all his power, he is a very intelligent and calculative batsman...."

14.3

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, outside edge down to third man for a single

14.4

Pollard to Rampaul, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, guided down to third man for one more, Rampaul and Polard exchange some good-natured banter

14.5

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, Pollard bowls from well behind the stumps, eased to deep backward square

14.6

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, no run, a bouncer from Pollard, the batsman ducks under

Ashish Malik: "Oh,how the mighty have fallen...... just 2-3 days ago a man scored 100 in just 30 balls and today the whole team containing that man are struggling to get to that magical figure of 100"

End of over 15 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 94/7 (101 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 20.20)
R Vinay Kumar    7* (4b 1x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-5-0
R Rampaul    2* (3b)      DR Smith    1-0-8-2

15.1

Malinga to Rampaul, 2 runs, Malinga returns with a yorker, defended towards midwicket

15.2

Malinga to Rampaul, 1 run, a short ball hits Rampaul on the arm, it was superbly directed, Rampaul couldn't duck under, or drops his wrists to get out of the way

Kedar Kulkarni: "Did anyone notice Ojha did not ball at all till this over. Rohit forgot him??"

15.3

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, backs away from the stumps, a full ball is sent towards third man by Vinay

15.4

Malinga to Rampaul, no run, a full toss outside off, a thin outside edge, ball bounces through to the keeper

15.5

Malinga to Rampaul, FOUR, a low full toss just outside off, Rampaul makes room and hits that over extra cover for four

15.6

Malinga to Rampaul, no run, a yorker on leg stump, Rampaul does well to get his feet out of the way and defend the ball

Time-out

Bharath : "A Maxwell( Million Dollar) question to Rohit,Why does he pick Ojha in playin XI?? :p"

Aditya: "How will they ever decide the man of the match? Johnson and Malinga did not get a single wicket yet and Smith/Karthik /Pollard and probably even Tendulkar were almost equally influential. True team effort actually."

Prudvi: "93 off 24. not Impossible for gayle."

End of over 16 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/7 (93 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 23.25)
R Rampaul    9* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-25-0
R Vinay Kumar    8* (5b 1x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-5-0

16.1

Johnson to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, defended for a single

Shuvam: "What's the use of having a strategic time out at this stage, as no amount of strategy can bring RCB back into this game..."

16.2

Johnson to Rampaul, 1 leg bye, angling into the pads, a leg-bye to square leg

16.3

Johnson to Vinay Kumar, no run, shortish ball on off stump, that was a run-out chance, Dwayne Smith missed though, Vinay defended towards point, Rampaul wanted one, Vinay didn't, Rampaul was a long way out if that had hit

16.4

Johnson to Vinay Kumar, no run, a crisp hit towards mid-on

16.5

Johnson to Vinay Kumar, no run, short of length ball angling across, left alone

SandeepKamani: "7 wickets down and none of those to Johnson/Malinga/Ojha - Did not see this coming. RCB forgot to plan against other bowlers??"

16.6

Johnson to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, shortish ball down the leg side, Vinay skips away from the stumps and powers that towards cow corner for four

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/7 (87 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 29.00)
R Vinay Kumar    13* (10b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-27-0
R Rampaul    9* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-25-0

17.1

Kulkarni to Rampaul, 1 run, pitched up and that is punched towards cover for a single

17.2

Kulkarni to Vinay Kumar, no run, slapped towards point this time, short and wide outside off

17.3

Kulkarni to Vinay Kumar, no run, a yorker from Dhawal, nearly sneaks through, just about defended by Vinay

17.4

Kulkarni to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, short and wide outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover

17.5

Kulkarni to Rampaul, no run, full and outside off, Rampaul can't get bat on it

Rahul: "There should have been a "Win Declare" option for this match. RCB would have given up the moment they lost their top 4 so early :P"

17.6

Kulkarni to Rampaul, no run, full and well outside off, squeezed towards backward point where Pollard is lurking

Ujjawal Agarwal: "I pity those who took Gayle, Kohli, ABD, Malinga, Johnson in their Fantasy teams and thought themselves to be masters of hedging.."

End of over 18 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/7 (85 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 42.50)
R Rampaul    10* (12b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    4-0-19-3
R Vinay Kumar    14* (13b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-27-0

18.1

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, short of length ball is slapped towards midwicket

18.2

Pollard to Rampaul, 2 runs, a misfield by Ojha at long-on allows an extra run, is that his only contribution of the match?

18.3

Pollard to Rampaul, FOUR, short ball is pulled away to the square leg boundary, one-bounce four for Rampaul

18.4

Pollard to Rampaul, 1 run, a low full toss, a comical swipe from Rampaul sends the ball towards long-on

18.5

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, a mistimed swipe sends the ball towards long-on

18.6

Pollard to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, clubbed! a full ball is hammered to the left of the bowler and the right of mid-off for four, a powerful hit that

End of over 19 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/7 (71 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.52, RRR: 71.00)
R Vinay Kumar    21* (16b 3x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-19-0
R Rampaul    17* (15b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    4-0-19-3

Last over of the game coming up. It's been a snoozefest for nearly an hour now.

Gautam: "Dhawal should change his last name. There was once a bowler called Raju Kulkarni who played for Mumbai. Despite consistent performances and being picked for India for a couple of Test matches, he was not given a long run. The same is the case with Dhawal. He is fast medium, bowls swing, and could be a good bowler for India. They picked him once to NZ, but never played him and unceremoniously dropped him for Unadkat (I think)."

19.1

Smith to Rampaul, FOUR, a length ball is powered wide of long-on for four more, all helping reduce the margin of defeat

19.2

Smith to Rampaul, 1 run, short of length ball is defended towards cover for a single

19.3

Smith to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, full ball is powered back towards the bowler, who can't collect cleanly and allows a single

19.4

Smith to Rampaul, (no ball) 1 run, a high full toss is slapped towards long-on, too high from Smith

SandeepKamani: "Bhajji's Bhangnam Style in reply to Gayle Gangnam Style made my day :)"

19.4

Smith to Vinay Kumar, no run, short of length ball is slapped towards midwicket

19.5

Smith to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, full ball outside off is carved behind point for four

19.6

Smith to Vinay Kumar, no run, and a bouncer that Vinay can't get bat on finishes off the game, Mumbai win by 58 runs

This match was all about that new ball spell from Malinga and Johnson to Gayle. That was high-intensity cricket, perhaps the best phase of cricket this season of the IPL. Every year there is plenty of mediocre cricket in the IPL, but Malinga and Johnson knew how they wanted to handcuff Gayle and carried out the plan perfectly. After the initial pressure, Dhawal Kulkarni and Harbhajan Singh took out the big four of RCB's batting and the match fizzled out.

Anupa Koti: "Congratulations to SandeepKamani on achieving a new feat. Comments appeared twice in less than five overs in the same T20 match on cricinfo. Congos mate."

Manprabh: "Someone needs to upload a clip of Harbhajan Singh's Bhangnam Style, I can't believe I missed it!"

Nagesh: "Last wish: Don't give Harbhajan the 'Innovation in the game' award for his Bhangram Sytle, please!!" Your wish has come true, that award goes to Mitchell Johnson for his opening spell.

Presentation ceremony:

The crowd boos as Virat Kohli walks up. "The IPL is not the end of the world, they are forgetting I play for India as well. The top four are not going to click in every game, this was one of those days when it didn't click. We have to pick ourselves up. Hopefully, we can re-group."

Rohit Sharma: "We pretty much did everything well today, right from the batting and we finished off pretty well. Special mention to Dhawal Kulkarni, first game for him, it was a tremendous effort from him. I just don't want to get carried away too much."

Man of the Match is Dwayne Smith: "We didn't have a good start at the top in the first couple of games... It was a very good pitch."

Here's Sidharth Monga's match report, and his Plays of the day.

That's a wrap from us at Cricinfo this Saturday. There is a double-header tomorrow as well, see you lot then.

End of over 20 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 136/7 (59 runs required)
R Vinay Kumar    26* (20b 4x4)      DR Smith    2-0-20-2
R Rampaul    23* (18b 3x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-19-0
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Apr 27, 2013

Dinesh Karthik stumped Arun Karthik, Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Mumbai, April 27, 2013

Dinesh Karthik stumped Arun Karthik

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Apr 27, 2013

A jubilant Dhawal Kulkarni leaps in celebration, Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Mumbai, April 27, 2013

A jubilant Dhawal Kulkarni leaps in celebration

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