Indian Premier League - 46th match

Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 17 runs

Gayle has a new opener, Saurabh Tiwary comes out to open the innings. Irrespective of whether this works or no, it's a better utilization of Tiwary, who looked wasted down the order.

7.55 pm

Hari: "hey Suneer, are you ambidextrous? How else are you commenting simultaneously on both the Ipl matches today?" That's my ghost there. It's a friendly one.

I usually do not put up prediction posts, but I think this should be an interesting one. Pankaj Dutt: "Law of averages says that gayle will be out under 10 tonight...."

Aravinth: "One game and Mukund is benched again? So inconsistent. How does Tiwary get a chance every game after so many failures?"

Suraj: "Some of the cameras should be fitted outside the stadium when pune bowlers are bowling gayle." Or outside the city.

7.50 pm

Here's the Bangalore line-up. I can spot quite a few changes!

L Rahul, C Gayle, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Henriques, S Tiwary, A Karthik, V Kumar, M Kartik, R Pratap Singh, M Muralitharan

Pune's 11 here:

PWI XI: R Uthappa, A Finch, T Suman, Y Singh, S Smith, A Mathews, A Nayar, B Kumar, R Sharma, A Dinda, A Mendis

Raisher: "Why can not Pune select Parvez Rasool in playinmg Eleven. Such a waste of talent and form, atleast he is better than Nayar..." After having heard so much about him, it would have been wonderful to see him bowl. But after what happened to Ishwar Pandey last game against Gayle, this may not have been the best game.

7.40 pm

Right, so Gayle's going to be batting first yet again against Pune. Of course, this time they have Ajantha Mendis with them, who could try and use a bit of his mystery to surprise the Jamaican. Surely an unbeaten 175 won't repeat itself here?

Gururajan Ragothaman: "Why can't Pune play samuels? He will be much better than Mathews." He's back home, injury.

7.30 pm, Toss

Finch, Pune captain, has taken over the full-time role as captain. He's out for the toss too. Kohli reckons it's a slow pitch tonight at Pune.

Kohli calls head and wins the toss, Bangalore bat first.

Ajantha Mendis comes in, as does Angelo Mathews. Luke Wright and Kane Richardson go out for Pune. Kohli does not reveal his team. That's probably because Danny Morrison does not ask him.

0.1

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 wide, swing down the leg side and at some pace too, Tiwary looks to flick it down but the swing beats him, wide called though

0.1

Kumar to Tiwary, no run, swing back into the batsman again, this time it's from outside the off and defended back to the bowler

0.2

Kumar to Tiwary, 2 runs, on his pads, tucked away to the leg side for a couple of runs, between the square-leg fielder inside the circle and the deep fine-leg

0.3

Kumar to Tiwary, 1 run, punched through backward point for a single, it was swinging away from the bat and done well to get it away

0.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, outside the off and that's let go, shouldering arms to Bhuvneshwar, who was incidentally the best Pune bowler in that 175-game

0.5

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, cut away and for a four, short of length and Gayle taps it gently, beats the backward point, and the cover fielder to the fence

0.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, closer to his pad, no swing, hits his pads as he is looking to flick it away, misses

End of over 1 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
CH Gayle    4* (3b 1x4)      B Kumar    1-0-8-0
SS Tiwary    3* (3b)     

Ajantha Mendis to share the new ball. Exciting.

1.1

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, fuller on the off stump, pushed into the covers and to the fielder

1.2

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, shorter in length and he wants to cut it away, keeps a tad low, straight to the point fielder

1.3

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, fuller on the off stump, not real turn and it's defended back to the bowler

1.4

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, bit of turn back into the bowler and it's tucked away to square-leg, four dots in a row

1.5

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, fullish on the middle and he finally gets his bat out, pad out and drives it down to long-on for a single

1.6

Mendis to Gayle, no run, fuller outside the off and he manages to get his foot out, taps it to short cover

End of over 2 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
CH Gayle    4* (4b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0
SS Tiwary    4* (8b)      B Kumar    1-0-8-0

Incidentally Gayle has regained the Orange Cap now. Change in bowling now and there's another spinner on, Suman is on.

2.1

Suman to Tiwary, 2 runs, up and over and gets it over mid-off, he was giving himself room, couple of runs there

2.2

Suman to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, on his pads, no turn there and thuds into his pads and rolls over to the leg side for a leg-bye

2.3

Suman to Gayle, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump and pushed away to he leg side for a single

2.4

Suman to Tiwary, 1 run, short of length and that's pulled hard but straight to mid-wicket for a single

2.5

Suman to Gayle, 1 run, fuller from Suman and it's hit to long-on for a single, was in the air too

2.6

Suman to Tiwary, no run, very full from the bowler and hit only to extra-cover, straight to him, a decent bowling start

End of over 3 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
SS Tiwary    7* (12b)      TL Suman    1-0-5-0
CH Gayle    6* (6b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0

What next from Pune? Mendis is out and Bhuvi comes in.

3.1

Kumar to Gayle, no run, swings back into the batsman who defends without moving too much of his feet, takes his bottom hand off too

3.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, well bowled, slower one and Gayle was looking to go down the pitch and smack it over, it keeps very low and was wide outside the off stump

3.3

Kumar to Gayle, no run, tapped away to the covers, on a good length but straight to the fielder

3.4

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, this is too short from Bhuvi and it's cracked through extra-cover for a four, slower too and easily hit

Ajay: "Has Tiwary been sent to see off the new ball? If yes, he is doing a good Job."

3.5

Kumar to Gayle, no run, ooh, jags back into the batsman from over the wicket, he was looking to play it like an out-swinger, trying to cut it, but has to change his shot

3.6

Kumar to Gayle, 1 run, was looking to smack it over the mid-wicket region, gets the bottom of the bat and it runs away to third-man for a single

End of over 4 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 20/0 (RR: 5.00)
CH Gayle    11* (12b 2x4)      B Kumar    2-0-13-0
SS Tiwary    7* (12b)      TL Suman    1-0-5-0

Mendis is on

4.1

Mendis to Gayle, no run, on the front foot and he defends it back to the bowler

4.2

Mendis to Gayle, 1 run, on his pads now and is easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

Suresh: "@Pankaj Dutt: Gayle is beyond the mudane laws that govern cricket and such things."

4.3

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, on his pads yet again, tapped away to short mid-wicket for another one

4.4

Mendis to Gayle, no run, on his pads yet again but not quite in his zone to unwind, tries to flick it away but hits his pads

4.5

Mendis to Gayle, 1 run, fuller from the bowler, pushes it to the off side and is away for a single

4.6

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, shorter, quicker and on the off stump, pushed into the covers, not for runs though

End of over 5 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 23/0 (RR: 4.60)
SS Tiwary    8* (14b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0
CH Gayle    13* (16b 2x4)      B Kumar    2-0-13-0

This is a rather slow start. Waiting. Mathews come on.

5.1

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, slower from the bowler and outside the off, gets the inside edge over the stumps and keeper for a single

5.2

Mathews to Tiwary, FOUR, goes through the covers and for a four, it was short of length and he goes down the wicket and cracks it, it was misfielded by Yuvraj at the point region, bad effort

5.3

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, another slower one from Mathews, he was looking to give room but the ball turns a tad away and beats the bat, beats the stumps and kept well

5.4

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, quicker from Mathews and he's trying to pull it away, shorter in length too, the ball just does not come on there!

5.5

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, and that's well fielded by Yuvraj this time, it was cut away and he dives to his left and gets the ball, throws it back to the bowler with the batsman outside the crease, they get an overthrow in the end

5.6

Mathews to Gayle, 1 run, fuller on his pads and neatly tucked it away to deep mid-wicket for a single

End of over 6 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
CH Gayle    15* (18b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0
SS Tiwary    13* (18b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0

Suman comes on.

6.1

Suman to Gayle, no run, short of length and he wants to cut it away, it is on the off stump and no turn, tapped back

6.2

Suman to Gayle, SIX, the first one, the first six and it's hit over the bowler's head, took his time to hit this one, fuller and smacked over the bowler's head

6.3

Suman to Gayle, OUT, and now he's gone, big, big fish and a good, good catch! Gayle was looking to repeat that stroke, only this time he was looking to play it over mid-wicket than hitting it straight, gets bit of an outside edge and it's gone very high in the air, Bhuvneshwar has to run across to his left and he takes a very good catch there, Gayle's gone for 21

CH Gayle c Kumar b Suman 21 (25m 21b 2x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

6.4

Suman to Tiwary, 1 run, shorter in length and cut through the covers for a single

6.5

Suman to Kohli, 1 run, shorter in length and punched down the ground for a single by the captain

6.6

Suman to Tiwary, 2 runs, fuller this time and he flicks it off the front foot, runs down to fine-leg but it's not hit hard enough which means that they can come back for the second

End of over 7 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/1 (RR: 5.71)
SS Tiwary    16* (20b 1x4)      TL Suman    2-0-15-1
V Kohli    1* (1b)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0

Nikhil Muthanna: "Scoring rate was so bad that eventually Gayle had to suffer.. Sending Tiwary to open has turned out to be such a bad move.."

Raj: "Of all the bowlers he has (B Kumar, R Sharma, Dinda, Angelo, Yuvi, Mendis, and even Nayar and Smith) Finch brings Suman and it works wonders!!!" The positive effects of becoming a full-time captain?

7.1

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, shorter in length, in fact very short but the lack of bounce makes it difficult for the batsman, even the lack of pace does the same and he gets himself a single to mid-wicket

7.2

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, shorter in length outside the off and cut it away to the off side for a single

7.3

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, another one that's quite short from Rahul, this is cut away to the deep point region for a single

7.4

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, quicker and flatter on the off stump, no turn there and that's tapped back to the long-off fielder for a single

7.5

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, he's immediately back and punching it down to the long-off fielder for a single

7.6

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, goes down the track and Rahuls almost bowled it on his own toes, obviously cannot get to the pitch of the ball and has to be content pulling it to long-on for a single

End of over 8 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/1 (RR: 5.75)
SS Tiwary    19* (23b 1x4)      R Sharma    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    4* (4b)      TL Suman    2-0-15-1

Bindu Kumar: "@Nikhil Muthanna: It is not a easy track to bat on. Even Gayle struggled to score as long as he was there. The trick here is to protect wickets till 15th over and go berserk from there!"

Srikanth: "@Nikhil: Didnt they say that this was going to be a slow pitch. Might be too harsh on Tiwary."

8.1

Mendis to Tiwary, SIX, down the track and that's gone all the way for a six I think! Checking with the third ump. He's got it, Nayar caught it well but had to back-pedal over the fence, gets his six runs!

8.2

Mendis to Tiwary, FOUR, shorter in length and it's pulled away through the mid-wicket region for a four

8.3

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, shorter in length this time, punched down the ground for a single

8.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, outside the off stump and that's cut hard by Kohli, it's kept a tad low too, played well

8.5

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, another one that's shorter, cut to the cover fielder

8.6

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it through to the short third-man for a single

End of over 9 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 59/1 (RR: 6.55)
SS Tiwary    31* (28b 2x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-0
V Kohli    5* (5b)      R Sharma    1-0-6-0

Mathews comes in now.

Ruchit Vachhrajani: "It's funny how people judge the other batsmen on how Gayle plays... If he had scored 42 out of his 21 balls, everyone would have praised Tiwary... But since he could not score at his rate, Tiwary is blamed for that mishit! Guys, it was a bad shot a very good catch!"

Suresh: "I never ping or call my wife anytime during office hours. But, I can't believe that am typing a comment for cricinfo. Bangalore is trying to mimic CSK by being slow in their first 10 overs. Hope they fire like CSK later in the innings." Very late to be in office?

9.1

Mathews to Tiwary, 5 wides, down the leg side, poorly kept and it runs away for five wides, the problem with that one was that Robin's up to the stumps and the ball was a quicker one, runs away to the fence

sam: "So another hyderabadi spinner gets gayle after vihari... proud of u biryani boys :)"

9.1

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, full on his pads and he flicks it away to the leg side, runs down to short fine-leg for a single

9.2

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, on the middle stump line, bit of extra bounce and tapped away to the leg side for a single, he wanted a second but Tiwary rightly sends him back

9.3

Mathews to Tiwary, 5 wides, another one, beats the keeper and it's given as five wides again! outside the off stump this, bad miss by the keeper again, although I don't think it was that wide

9.3

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump, flicked away to the leg side for a single

9.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and flicked away to the leg side for a single

9.5

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, slower one outside the off stump and he was looking to cut it, the ball just does not arrive and he looks a tad nonplussed as it goes through to the keeper

9.6

Mathews to Tiwary, 2 runs, on his pads, tucked away to the leg side for a single and now they come back for a quickly run second, well done by Kohli

End of over 10 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 75/1 (RR: 7.50)
SS Tiwary    35* (32b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-23-0
V Kohli    7* (7b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-0

16 off that last over without a shot in anger.

10.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, FOUR, short of length from Yuvraj and that's pulled hard for a four, gets the placement and through mid-wicket to the fence

10.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, FOUR, full-toss and banged through the covers this time, bad, bad ball this from Yuvraj but a good shot to play to get him eight from two

10.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, 1 run, and now he opens the face of the bat and guides it through to shirt third-man for a single

10.4

Yuvraj Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, shorter from the bowler, flicked away to the leg side for a single

10.5

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, FOUR, what a shot, that's been drilled through extra-cover this time and for a four, it was half-volley length and he takes full toll

10.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third-man for another run

End of over 11 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/1 (RR: 8.18)
V Kohli    21* (12b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-15-0
SS Tiwary    36* (33b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-23-0

Karan: ""16 off last over without a shot in anger"... Hmm. 10 off two balls without a shot offered."

11.1

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, shorter in length from Rahul and pulled away to long-on for a single

11.2

Sharma to Tiwary, 2 runs, outside the off stump and cut away to point, gets a couple of runs to Suman

11.3

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, thwack, hits it straight and it beats the bowler, but no power in the shot and fielded by the fielder from long-off

11.4

Sharma to Kohli, no run, was looking to come down the track but pushes it to the off side this time

11.5

Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, outside the off and turning away, opens the face and guides it to short third-man for a single

11.6

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, bludgeoned back by Tiwary and it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, slows it down to long-off after that

End of over 12 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/1 (RR: 8.00)
SS Tiwary    40* (36b 2x4 1x6)      R Sharma    2-0-12-0
V Kohli    23* (15b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-15-0

Dinda finally gets a bowl

12.1

Dinda to Tiwary, no run, on the off stump, fuller there and he's unable to get it through, to the keeper

Dinda aborts his run-up.

12.2

Dinda to Tiwary, no run, fullish outside the off yet again and he gets some bat on this one but it's gone straight to Yuvraj at backward point

12.3

Dinda to Tiwary, 1 run, fuller from the bowler yet again, that seems to be his tactic against Tiwary, he's drilled him down to long-off for a single

12.4

Dinda to Kohli, no run, fuller in length for Kohli too, has to jab down his bat in time and pushed to the leg side

12.5

Dinda to Kohli, 2 runs, outside the off stump and gets enough width to squeeze it through the point region for a couple of runs

12.6

Dinda to Kohli, OUT, bowled him, he was looking to hit it across the line and Kohli's been castled! this was not as full as the previous one, he was looking to swipe it over mid-wicket but misses, bowled, two down now!

V Kohli b Dinda 25 (30m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 138.88

End of over 13 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 99/2 (RR: 7.61)
     AB Dinda    1-0-3-1
SS Tiwary    41* (39b 2x4 1x6)      R Sharma    2-0-12-0

Santosh: "Yuvi is lost his form in both bowling and as well in batting...does anyone know when he scored last time 50+"

62 innings in IPL for Yuvraj. He's scored a total of 5 fifties. That's it.

13.1

Sharma to Tiwary, 1 run, shorter in length and easily pulled away by the batsman, down to deep square-leg for a single

de Villiers at four.

13.2

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, fuller on the stumps and its defended forward to the off side

13.3

Sharma to de Villiers, 2 runs, shorter in length and he can go back and caress it through the point region for a couple of runs

13.4

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, full-toss, almost waist-high from the bowler and it's tapped down to long-on for a single

13.5

Sharma to Tiwary, SIX, that's a bad ball, very short and in the right area for Tiwary to hit it across, he hoicks it over the deep square-leg region for a six

13.6

Sharma to Tiwary, 2 runs, and this time he goes down the ground and hits it over the bowler's head for a couple of runs to bring up his half-century, that's his first for the RCB

End of over 14 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 111/2 (RR: 7.92)
SS Tiwary    50* (42b 2x4 2x6)      R Sharma    3-0-24-0
AB de Villiers    3* (3b)      AB Dinda    1-0-3-1

50 from 42 for Tiwary. This has been a very important innings.

14.1

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, short in length and he cuts it, Finch picks it up and throws it down at the non-striker's end, hits the stumps and they are off for a ricochet

14.2

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, jumps out again and drives it down to long-off for a single

14.3

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, quicker on the leg stump and he's pushed it to the off side

14.4

Mendis to de Villiers, FOUR, what a shot! short in length and it is punched over the extra-cover region for a four, a punchy stroke that

14.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, on his pads and flicked away to the leg side for a single

14.6

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, fuller on the leg side and driven down the ground for a single

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 119/2 (RR: 7.93)
SS Tiwary    52* (44b 2x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-25-0
AB de Villiers    9* (7b 1x4)      R Sharma    3-0-24-0

15.1

Dinda to Tiwary, OUT, gone this time, easily caught at short fine-leg! this is fuller on the off stump, and he was looking to scoop it over the short fine-leg fielder who was inside the circle, does not get it off the middle and it's gone high and to the fielder, simple catch

SS Tiwary c Sharma b Dinda 52 (65m 45b 2x4 2x6) SR: 115.55

Dinda has the Time-out to think about his hat-trick chance. He's on one now.

15.2

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length, outside the off and he's easily punched it away to the off side for a single

Moises Henriques at five.

15.3

Dinda to Henriques, 1 run, outside the off stump and he's opened the face of the bat to tap it to the off side for a single to get off the mark

15.4

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, short of length and that's easily pulled away for a four, it was right in the slot for the batsman to go for that shot

Finny: "I think indian talents like Ambati Rayudu and Tiwary should play for an average outfit like Sunrisers or Rajasthan Royals where you are not scrutinised every game. Teams like RR or SRH gives you the freedom to fail as well as express yourself. Look at Shikhar Dhawan. He is considered as the man to help them cross the line with his batting and he almost revels with this kind of responsibility. He has already notched up 2 fifties this season."

15.5

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, top-edged while playing that scoop shot and it goes over the wicket-keeper's head for a one-bounce four!

15.6

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 run, shorter in length this time and he pulls back the pace too, its punched through the covers for a single

End of over 16 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 130/3 (RR: 8.12)
AB de Villiers    19* (11b 3x4)      AB Dinda    2-0-14-2
MC Henriques    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-25-0

16.1

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, sightly fuller from Rahul and the ball turns away too, beats the outside edge of the bat

16.2

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, full-toss and that's hit over the inner-field for a single

16.3

Sharma to Henriques, FOUR, under edged and through Uthappa's legs for a four! that's a shorter one and the cut was on but gets a four behind the keeper

16.4

Sharma to Henriques, FOUR, and once again, a four! this one's a fuller one and he's got an outside edge through the slip region to the fence!

16.5

Sharma to Henriques, 2 runs, driven down the ground for a couple of run, a very quickly run second by the duo

16.6

Sharma to Henriques, 1 run, very full from the bowler and it's tapped back to his left, dives across but fails to stop it cleanly and they are away for a couple of runs

End of over 17 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 142/3 (RR: 8.35)
MC Henriques    12* (5b 2x4)      R Sharma    4-0-36-0
AB de Villiers    20* (13b 3x4)      AB Dinda    2-0-14-2

Robin and Rahul were having a go at each other there.

17.1

Dinda to Henriques, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and hit it to long-on region, does not hit the middle of the bat, single there

amol shinde: "@ finny - even shikhar dawan has played for a season for mumbai and few seasons for delhi daredevils,before becoming this responsible player...hopes high for ambati rayudu"

17.2

Dinda to de Villiers, no run, fuller on the off stump and he wants to smack it away, straight to the fielder at mid-off

17.3

Dinda to de Villiers, 1 run, very full and it's outside the leg stump, he lifts his left leg and drives it down to long-on for a single

Nabarun: "@Finny : Nice thought ! Mandeep Singh and Manpreet Juneja too.. I really hope it does happen. but unfortunately its IPL and players are auctioned."

17.4

Dinda to Henriques, no run, up to the bat and outside the off stump, he wants to drive it through the covers, straight to the fielder at short cover

17.5

Dinda to Henriques, SIX, powerful shot, was very full and that's teed off from the spot, gone all the way for a six over the long-off region

17.6

Dinda to Henriques, FOUR, wow, what a shot! he gives himself room by going away outside the leg stump and he cracks it over the in-field on the off side, manages so much power than it flies over for a six! Okay the third ump now has a look and changes it to a four

End of over 18 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 154/3 (RR: 8.55)
MC Henriques    23* (9b 3x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    3-0-26-2
AB de Villiers    21* (15b 3x4)      R Sharma    4-0-36-0

Tempers flying high within the team. Dinda now having a go at someone.

18.1

Kumar to de Villiers, 2 runs, slower from the bowler, on the leg stump, short of length, pushed to the leg side for a couple

18.2

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and driven through the covers for a single

18.3

Kumar to Henriques, no run, outside the off stump and bit of movement away from the bat, beats it and through to the keeper

18.4

Kumar to Henriques, no run, and again, bit of grip on the wicket, it's almost turned away from the batsman, slowly too and beats the batsman again

18.5

Kumar to Henriques, FOUR, crunched this time, it was short of length and he has gone down the track and smashed him through the extra-cover for a four!

18.6

Kumar to Henriques, no run, tries to drill it through this time, it's fuller in length but for the third time this over, he does not get any bat on it

End of over 19 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 161/3 (RR: 8.47)
MC Henriques    27* (13b 4x4 1x6)      B Kumar    3-0-20-0
AB de Villiers    24* (17b 3x4)      AB Dinda    3-0-26-2

Finny: "While everyone were having their eyes on AB, Henriques seems to be running away with the game. But even hardcore fans of Pune will be appaled at the way they are losing their games. It seems to be following a similar pattern. Bhuvi bowls a good spell day in and day out without any contribution from others. Steve smith is battling a lone battle with others falling apart."

And sometimes, Bhuvi does not even bowl his four.

19.1

Dinda to de Villiers, SIX, there are shots and then there are shots, and then, there are these things from AB de Villiers, it was very wide outside the off stump and he moves towards the ball, sweeps it from and over the deep square-leg for a six, mind you, that's a fastish bowler we are talking about

19.2

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, and now smacked over the bowler's head for a four! he gets under that fuller length ball yet again and to the fence

19.3

Dinda to de Villiers, SIX, six more, this is crazy hitting from ABD but more vitally, it is a poor ball from a frustrated bowler, short of length and a very slow ball that allows him to adjust his stroke and hits it over the long-off fielder for a six

19.4

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, bow to the master, outside the off stump, fuller too and what does the master do? he reverse sweeps it over the fine third-man region for another four

19.5

Dinda to de Villiers, FOUR, this is nothing new this over, he's now taken him over the short fine-leg region, was looking to bend down, across the off stump and scoops the slower one over to the fence

19.6

Dinda to de Villiers, 2 runs, top-edged and this time, would you believe it, there's no-one within the circle to catch it! it's gone so high that someone could have run in from somewhere to get to it, but no-one does and they have managed to carve out another couple of runs there, brings up AB de Villiers' 50 as well!

26 from the last over, this is becoming somewhat of a habit, runs off the last over. De Villiers has smashed the bowling to pieces, so has Moises Henriques and this is after a very steady start from the likes of Gayle, Tiwary and Kohli. Well played Bangalore, and it remains to be seen whether Pune have the morale to go after 188. Yep, that's the target.

Dharma: "Guess what? Gayle has the least strike rate among the 5 batsmen who batted. How often has this happened?"

End of over 20 (26 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 187/3
AB de Villiers    50* (23b 6x4 2x6)      AB Dinda    4-0-52-2
MC Henriques    27* (13b 4x4 1x6)      B Kumar    3-0-20-0
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May 2, 2013

Chris Gayle pulls out another of his unique celebrations, Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Pune, May 2, 2013

Chris Gayle pulls out another of his unique celebrations

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May 2, 2013

Chris Gayle took the catch to dismiss Angelo Mathews, Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Pune, May 2, 2013

Chris Gayle took the catch to dismiss Angelo Mathews

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