Indian Premier League, 63rd match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab at Bengaluru, May 14, 2013
Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
14 May 2013 - day/night match (20-over match)

Game time. Gayle and Pujara opening for RCB as usual. Dressed in green, they are. There's no Praveen Kumar to open the bowling for Kings XI today, so Azhar Mahmood has the new ball. Gayle's jersey has the number 175 on it, because of his innings against Pune. It used to be 333.

Sudarsan : "After looking at the Kings XI bowling attack, I have started wondering how they'll take Gayle's wicket. Only person who could have done something is praveen with his swing. Now that he is not there, I can see a run feast for Gayle today."

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Amol: "I'm surprised at the viewers' indifferent reactions to the return of Zak the Ripper. His return has been acknowledged with merely a shake of the head, but no one can shake off the tremendous finesse he brings to RCB's bowling attack. Dangerous new ball bowler. Especially since he lost his reversing ability."

Kahlon: "Nobody is talking about Sandeep Sharma, he had a wonderful day with the ball in his first match against Sunrisers. Many might not know but he was also one of the best bowlers in this year's Ranji Season. Kings XI should have played him right from match 1."

Saurav Gandhi: "I think RCB should keep Pujara for the middle/lower order according to the situation. He can be handy if the top order is collapsing.."

Sharang: "Murli Karthik dropped due to the firesome trio. Marsh-Miller-Gilly can send the left armer into the stands. Murli will take the ball away from them!"

saith: "RCB made a good decision by giving rest to rampaul and taking muralitharan but what wrong has murali karthik done to be removed??"

Sudharsan: "For all those wondering the selection, Murali's offspin will be effective against Marsh miller and gichrist, and so as Zak, who has impressive record against left handers."

Unnikrishnan: "Zaheer Khan comes back , will he get the rhythm,pace, line and length in right groove?? I doubt...omitting Rampaul also looking to be unwise..he is a strike bowler.."

RCBian: "Poor Kolhi is disappointed for not winning the toss lately... He always wants to chase but the toss is not helping him from past few games...."

Nitesh: "Just wondering what Rampaul had done wrong. He is handy with the bat and has lowest economy rate for RCB with the ball. If KL Rahul is needed to bat today, RCB is doomed anyways."

Greg: "I would feel amazingly unlucky to miss out if I were Murali Kartik... Best bowler for RCB by far last game against KKR"

Nitesh: "RCB need to revisit their strategy in powerplays. If Gayle has to take time, they need to send Henriques at top to attack so that powerplay overs are not wasted."

Sekhar: "RCB seem to be going in with 5 bowlers with only Gayle's part-timers to fall back on. Big decision given what happened the last time the two teams met."

Naga: "Is Ravi Rampual injured?? He was most economical bowler this season for RCB..."

Hitesh: "Murali Karthik is out? The baller who gave away just 17 runs in his 4 over despite 1st ball six is out? Strange decision."

Sharath: "How can they drop Murali Kartik? He was so impressive in the last match.. just to accomodate Murali? I think its not a good move.."

Toss, 3.30 pm Kings XI captain Adam Gilchrist has just revealed that Muttiah Muralitharan and Zaheer Khan are playing for RCB today. That's a first.

Kohli tosses, Gilchrist calls heads and wins. Kings XI will bowl first, they prefer to chase. "So that the crowd get to see Chris Gayle bat earlier," says Gilchrist when asked why he's bowling first. Kohli says he would have bowled first as well.

Praveen Kumar is not playing today for Kings XI, Manpreet Gony is.

RCB have made four changes. Murali Karthik, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravi Rampaul and Abhimanyu Mithun are out. In come Muralitharan, Zaheer, KL Rahul and Arun Karthik. Wholesale stuff.

Sudarsan: "Good Move to bring in Murali. Main reason why RCB bowling suffers is that there is no mystery. Murali would be able to bring that mystery factor and would surely be able to trouble Miller the killer."

Ishan Jain: "RCB need to fire today big time. SRH almost pulled it off yesterday. RCB should thank Polly for his knock, but today they have to play well."

3.20 pm Today's Huddle will go live in about ten minutes. Mark Butcher, Sharda Ugra, Jarrod Kimber and Nitin Sundar will be on it. On the agenda: Pollard's mental hitting last night, and the best and worst of IPL jerseys. Speaking of which, RCB are playing in green today. They do this once a year: go green.

sundar: "Every season RCB seem to be cruising but falter at the last moment. Complacency is the only reason. Also Virat so young panicks in critical situation. Seniors in team have to guide him."

Jumbo: "Very few people are talking about the GayleStorm, thanks to Killer-Miller."

Prashanth: "The weather in Bangalore is cool alright.. but it might rain (sixes) later in the night.. will have to wait and see if it is from Miller the Killer or Gayle the guy who hits them mile !!"

Madhav: "KXIP vs RCB? More like, Marsh-Miller-Gilchrist vs Gayle-Kohli-AB. Rest, doesn't matter, don't care."

Noel: "Miller vs Gayle looks to be the talk of the town. However, both of them have failed to live up to the expectation in the last few games. Can the faith of the fans in these guys be justly rewarded today???"

Jolly: "Gayle has to fire today... has been a dud for quite a few matches.... I wonder what has happened to Dilshan... Once explosive player is now a mere add on . Mohd. Kaif would have played better than him"

Sumit Sengupta: "Time for Gilchrist to show his worth in the team and to shut all the critics around him. If his gets going, along with marsh and miller in the line up,, it will be enough for Bangalore for a perfect nightmare,,,,,"

3.10 pm Good afternoon and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of match 63 of the IPL. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are back home after a long and largely unfruitful time on the road. They've won only two away games - in Pune and Delhi - and have two more games to play at home. They really need to win both and are unbeaten in six games at home. Their opponents today are Kings XI Punjab, who technically still have a chance of making the playoffs. Technically. Here's how the teams stand at the moment. RCB are fourth and Kings XI are seventh.

RCB dropped valuable points against KKR, and then would have watched mortified, as Sunrisers Hyderabad appeared to be coasting to victory against Mumbai Indians, until Kieron Pollard did this thing at the Wankhede. RCB and Sunrisers are level on 16 points and are effectively battling for fourth place.

It's a pleasant afternoon in Bangalore, not too sunny, but the clouds aren't threatening. The city had a lot of rain over the weekend so that's made the weather much more bearable.


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, no run, short of a length with width outside of, it's there to be hit and Pujara plays the back-foot punch, doesn't beat cover though


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, FOUR, this time he's found the gap, the line and length from Mahmood allowed Pujara to go back and cut the ball between two fielders at point


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, 1 run, Gayle was a goner had Chawla hit direct from mid-on! Pujara pushed the full ball and set off. Gayle wasn't too keen but he responded. He wasn't too quick either but Chawla missed


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, Mahmood swings a yorker back into Gayle, who digs it out on the off side. He runs a quick single and there's a direct hit at the bowler's end this time. Gayle's safe though


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, 1 run, good length angling into the right hander from over the wicket, Pujara works the ball through midwicket


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, no run, a full and slower ball in the blockhole outside off, Gayle stays back and tries to defend but is beaten

End of over 1 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • CH Gayle 1 (2b)
    • CA Pujara 6 (4b 1x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-7-0

Sandeep Sharma from over the wicket ...


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, FOUR, the full ball swings big into the right-hander, but it swings on to Pujara's pads, and he flicks the ball neatly to the midwicket boundary


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, no run, full and inswinging once again, Pujara stays in his crease and plays it to mid-on


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, no run, a loud and confident appeal for lbw after the full ball hoops into Pujara and beats his flick to hit the pad, that was missing leg stump


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, no run, Pujara plays straighter this time, pushing the swinging ball towards mid off

Saketh: "With all talk of other players, I wonder where is Mayank Agarwal. On his day, he can be as destructive as any of the other RCB top brass. Include him in the batting line up and with Tiwary already back the card looks really fearsome."


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, 1 run, shorter length for the first time this over, Pujara waits in his crease and opens the face to steer towards third man


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, Gayle gets squared up and beaten by one that pitches on a good length on middle and seams away from the left-hander

End of over 2 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • CH Gayle 1 (3b)
    • CA Pujara 11 (9b 2x4)
    • Sandeep Sharma 1-0-5-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-7-0

Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, no run, good length on off and middle, Pujara meets it on the front foot and defends towards the bowler


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, no run, Pujara drives a fuller ball but doesn't time it well, can't pierce the gap between mid on and mid off

Srivatsa: "@Saketh: He has been injured while fielding and has been ruled out for rest of the season"


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, 1 run, a fuller and slower ball, Pujara waits in his crease and nudges it into the leg side

Afzal: "I think giving chance to Piyush Chawla to bowl to Gayle will be interesting. Chawla can turn the ball either side and he do have those "quicker ones" also.."


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, short ball and Gayle pulls along the ground, there's protection at deep square leg


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, no run, good length on middle, Pujara stays in his crease and plays it to midwicket


Azhar Mahmood to Pujara, 1 run, full and on the pads, Pujara turns it off his pads through square leg

End of over 3 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • CA Pujara 13 (14b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 2 (4b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-10-0
    • Sandeep Sharma 1-0-5-0

Sudhi: "Everyone seems to be talking about how fearsome RCB batting line up is. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that this batting line up makes it to the playoff's!!"


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, no run, the full ball swings into the right-hander once again, Pujara closes the face to play through midwicket and gets a leading edge towards cover


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara moves forward and across, to get inside the line of the swinging ball, and flicks it in the air towards the long leg boundary


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, 1 run, the line is outside off stump this time and Pujara mis-times a drive towards wide mid-off, Gayle wasn't too quick between the wickets once again


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle drops the ball close on the off side and runs another single, that's only his 5th ball

pavan: "Pujara's inclusion in the team has brought more stability in RCB's battling lineup."

Arjun Jain: "Pujara is doing an excellent job of shielding Gayle from the new ball. When the ball gets old Gayle can swing instead!"


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, no run, Pujara's missed out there, there was so much width outside off but his square drive went straight to point

Harish: "Pujara is just eating up the deliveries inside first 6 overs. Its been 20 balls bowled and Gayle has just faced 4 of them. huh!!!"

Ishan Jain: "Pujara's inability to rotate the strike disturbs me sometimes..that's where Kohli is a master..he has been involved in some great partnerships with Gayle.."

vignesh: "Pujara and Gayle is not good combination on top for RCB,Gayle likes to take time and Pujara is slow which adds pressure on gayle. thats why he is failing I feel"


Sandeep Sharma to Pujara, 1 run, a slower ball outside off, Pujara plays it towards mid off and takes a single to retain the strike

Bnaker69: "Pujara is a good player, but scores way to slowly and puts pressure on guys like Virat and AB, even if he bats deep he doesnt have the power game to catch up."

End of over 4 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 22/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • CA Pujara 19 (19b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 3 (5b)
    • Sandeep Sharma 2-0-12-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-10-0

Musavir Khan: "On the mic Killer Miller let us know that his nickname in the dressing room is "Pappu". Pappu might not dance but he surely can hit it long"

watfor: "Pujara is hogging the strike and not rotating it too well. He looks scratchy, and for his and RCB's sake I hope he comes off sooner than later."

Awana to bowl, from over the wicket.


Awana to Pujara, OUT, caught at point! Miller dives forward to take the catch inches from the ground as it dipped on him. The delivery was on a good length and seamed away from the right-hander a little. Pujara tried to drive on the up through cover but got a thick outside edge

CA Pujara c Miller b Awana 19 (20m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.00

Kohli is the new batsman. He and Gayle have had 10 stands of more than 50 runs in the IPL, one behind Hussey and Vijay.


Awana to Kohli, no run, good length around off stump, Kohli plays from his crease towards mid-on


Awana to Kohli, no run, good length around off once again, not as much swing for Awana, Kohli gets behind the line and blocks

Rohit Mundhra: "RCB should learn from CSK, they should use Pujara in the same way CSK is using Badrinath."


Awana to Kohli, FOUR, a sublime drive, Kohli eases on to the front foot and languidly drives a length ball through cover, he held his pose on his follow through and watched the ball race to the boundary


Awana to Kohli, no run, whoops, that kept low outside off and beat Kohli, bounced a second time before reaching Gilchrist


Awana to Kohli, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point

Yoel: "Since that historic 175, Gayle has passed 50 only once in 7 matches..."

End of over 5 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/1 (RR: 5.20)

    • V Kohli 4 (5b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 3 (5b)
    • P Awana 1-0-4-1
    • Sandeep Sharma 2-0-12-0

Sebastian Lee: "i agree with what everyone is saying, AB opens for SA and Kohli is wasted at 3"


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, Gayle lets a good length ball go outside off, as it slants across him from over the wicket


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, Gayle charges and swings, but gets beaten by a ball that pitches on a length and keeps lower than the batsman expected as it seams past off stump


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays in his crease and defends a good length ball towards point


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, no run, nearly in the blockhole, Gayle digs it out towards cover. Sandeep has been impressive once again today. Have Kings XI discovered him too late?


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 run, a length ball on the pads, Gayle stays in his crease and flicks towards deep midwicket


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, FOUR, a neat flick and it beats a diving Vohra on the deep midwicket boundary. Kohli moved forward and across and played the ball with the angle into him. Vohra had to cover ground from deep square leg and he did not make it

End of over 6 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 31/1 (RR: 5.16)

    • V Kohli 8 (6b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 4 (10b)
    • Sandeep Sharma 3-0-17-0
    • P Awana 1-0-4-1

dhansun: "@Harish: Pujara was scoring atleast run a ball. So much talk about gayle. He can strike only against weak bowling."

V Kishore: "Instead of blaming Pujara, we should appreciate KXIP bowlers for keeping Gayle away from strike."

He has the strike at the moment, facing Awana.


Awana to Gayle, no run, a huge appeal for lbw after Gayle gets hit by a full ball right in front of the stumps, It looks like it pitched in line with the stumps too, despite Awana bowling from over the wicket. Gayle's lucky. Big break for RCB. That was crashing into middle and leg


Awana to Gayle, no run, Gayle swings at a good length ball, Gayle misses


Awana to Gayle, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole once again, Gayle plays it towards long on

Aby: "I dont think this is the right tactic by Gayle to score at strike rate of 50 and then accelerate towards the end if this dose not work the entire RCB batting is under pressure and there batting flops"


Awana to Kohli, 1 run, driven on the up towards the man on the cover boundary


Awana to Gayle, FOUR, such a hit-me ball that was, short and so wide. Gayle stays in his crease and cuts hard to score his first boundary of the innings


Awana to Gayle, no run, fuller and straighter, driven back to the bowler

Raaj: "Is it just me or is Gayle more of a liability? Scored 175 is great, but then his efforts since then have been really poor. Id rather have Mr Cricket opening! More consistent"

End of over 7 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 37/1 (RR: 5.28)

    • CH Gayle 9 (15b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 9 (7b 2x4)
    • P Awana 2-0-10-1
    • Sandeep Sharma 3-0-17-0

Anupam: "What has IPL done to people. So much criticism for the best thing to happen to Indian cricket recently (apart from Kohli) and the batsman who is going to give much joy to the cricket fans for a number of years to come. No one is going to remember IPl for sure. Pujara deserves better!!"

Chawla to bowl from over the wicket ...


Chawla to Kohli, no run, a full ball on off and middle, Kohli strides forward and plays to cover


Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, angling into middle and leg, Kohli gets his pads out of the way and drives to long on

Chawla bowled quick to Gayle in the first game between these sides.


Chawla to Gayle, no run, Gayle pushes forward to defend and is beaten by one that slides on with the arm


Chawla to Gayle, no run, that's a cross-seam delivery which is much quicker, it slides across Gayle and beats the bat


Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle gets a thick outside edge towards short third man where a mis-field allows the single

abhigyan: "What a poor decision by umpire on the first ball of 7th over. Gayle was plumb. king's 11 will rue their luck if we see one more gayle storm tonite.."


Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli goes back and cuts a good length ball in front of point

End of over 8 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • V Kohli 11 (10b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 10 (18b 1x4)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-0
    • P Awana 2-0-10-1

sammydude: "@Anupam People are not discrediting Pujara's talent. They just feel he is not suited for T20 cricket."

Gony from over the wicket ...


Gony to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kohli punches off the back foot through point for a single

AJ: "@Raaj, Hussey is consistent because there are 7 to 8 other batsmen in CSK and no pressure on him. Where as in RCB there are only 2 more batsmen who are performing. Every time Gayle is under pressure to perform."


Gony to Gayle, 1 run, a full ball and Gayle pushes it back towards the bowler, Gony makes a lazy effort to stop it on his follow through and lets the ball go past him


Gony to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves forward and pushes a good length ball in front of point for a single

Anoop: "Even if Gayle scores 200, he should be criticized and corrected on the way he is playing out these initial overs. Its pure over confidence"


Gony to Gayle, FOUR, a terrible ball, full outside leg stump, and when fine leg is in the circle. Gayle merely gets some bat on it to send the ball to the fine-leg boundary. He reclaims the orange cap from Michael Hussey


Gony to Gayle, 1 run, driven from the crease towards long off


Gony to Kohli, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Gony gets away with that one. Kohli's cut wasn't perfectly timed and the ball goes off the bottom towards third man

Gautam: "Despite Priety/Gilly mentioning this many times, Kings X1 continue to get really poor decisions. In T20, these can ruin your performance. Wonder if Chennai were getting such decisions, what would have been the reaction."

End of over 9 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 49/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • V Kohli 14 (13b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 16 (21b 2x4)
    • MS Gony 1-0-9-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-0

Sathyen: "What world this is? Gayle has two test match triple hundreds and has hammered every bowling he has faced for over a decade and still has to prove that he can score against a good attack."

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Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Kohli steps out, makes a little room, and drives to long off


Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle pushes the ball off his pads towards long on for one more

Mujtaba: "I don't think Hussey score more runs then Gayle because he is not under pressure..Hussey is far more consistent batsman then Gayle and he deserve credit for his performances"


Chawla to Kohli, no run, defended on the from foot on the leg side


Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli pulls, but the ball is fuller and quicker so the timing of the shot isn't perfect, it goes towards deep square leg


Chawla to Gayle, no run, another cross-seam quick ball, Gayle defends on the off side


Chawla to Gayle, no run, Chawla bowls another medium-pace delivery to Gayle, who plays it back to the bowler

End of over 10 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/1 (RR: 5.20)

    • CH Gayle 17 (24b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 16 (16b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 2-0-6-0
    • MS Gony 1-0-9-0

Tim: "@AJ, Hussey also carried Australia for several years and showed zero signs of succumbing to pressure. Gayle is more destructive but Hussey deserves supreme respect from everyone."


Gony to Kohli, FOUR, edged and four! Kohli was unsure about whether to go forward or stay back. He ended up prodding outside off stump and the ball went so fine that it beat third man


Gony to Kohli, no run, a fuller ball outside off, Kohli drives crisply but can't beat cover

Babu: "@Gautham: Teams get poor decisions from time to time. Champions shrug them off and move on. The others complain and stay behind."


Gony to Kohli, no run, Kohli moves forward and drives the ball to the fielder at mid-off, he decides not to run


Gony to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli creams a full ball through cover with a flowing drive, Vohra runs to his right on the boundary and makes the save


Gony to Gayle, 1 run, good length and straight, Gayle simply punches to long off for a single


Gony to Kohli, no run, Kohli gets beaten as he tries to dab a short of a length ball from outside off towards third man

End of over 11 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 58/1 (RR: 5.27)

    • V Kohli 21 (21b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 18 (25b 2x4)
    • MS Gony 2-0-15-0
    • PP Chawla 2-0-6-0

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, that's the legbreak from Chawla, tossed up and full, Gayle drives to long off


Chawla to Kohli, SIX, there's the first six of the innings! Kohli skips down the pitch to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it cleanly over long off


Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, goes back into his crease and nudges the ball off his pads through square leg


Chawla to Gayle, 2 runs, another quick cross-seam delivery, Gayle stays in his crease and drives towards wide long off


Chawla to Gayle, no run, that's the slower legbreak, Gayle plays it off his pads towards midwicket


Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, the quick ball this time, Gayle hits it along the ground to long off

End of over 12 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/1 (RR: 5.75)

    • CH Gayle 22 (29b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 28 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 3-0-17-0
    • MS Gony 2-0-15-0

Shankar: "SOS from RCB think tank : Hello, Hello, Mr Pollard ? Can you please come and help us here ? Oh yeah, we know you play for MI, but we need an innings like what you played yesterday""


Gony to Gayle, no run, good length on leg and middle, Gayle stays in his crease and plays towards the bowler


Gony to Gayle, SIX, finally Gayle cuts loose! He gets the ball in his arc, full and around off, he swings across the line and slams it over wide long-on


Gony to Gayle, no run, Gony responds with a sharp bouncer that has Gayle rushing for cover

Krishna: "Being RCB fan, first time I am looking for Gayle wicket. He tries to win the match by himself. Can someone tell him to contribute for the win?"


Gony to Gayle, 1 wide, that's down leg side, first wide of the innings, first extra of the innings in fact


Gony to Gayle, 1 wide, a slower ball bowled full outside off, it's very close to the wide line, and the umpire calls it


Gony to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle heaves at a good length ball, aiming to clear the wide long-on boundary, he gets a thick inside edge toward deep square leg

Riyaz: "Well, Gayle playing slow and everything is fine. But it kills me to see Chawla's economy so low. Please, that just can't be!!! Explode Virat!!"


Gony to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out and lofts the ball flat towards long-off, it doesn't reach the fielder on the full


Gony to Gayle, no run, Gayle takes his bottom hand off the bat as he flays at the ball, he hits it to point

End of over 13 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 79/1 (RR: 6.07)

    • CH Gayle 29 (34b 2x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 29 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • MS Gony 3-0-25-0
    • PP Chawla 3-0-17-0

Chawla to Kohli, FOUR, the quicker ball bowled short outside off, Kohli waits and dabs it past the fielder at short third man


Chawla to Kohli, 1 run, short length once again, Kohli goes back and hits the ball hard through cover

Pujara is saying that the balls are stopping a bit when it pitches back of a length, but largely it's a good pitch to bat on.


Chawla to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle steps out and hits the ball hard and straight, beating the fielder at long on


Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, played on the leg side from the crease


Chawla to Kohli, no run, Kohli goes back to a fuller ball and plays it back to the bowler


Chawla to Kohli, no run, that was the straighter one and Kohli tried to cut it from middle stump, it was full as well, the ball goes on the off side off the bottom edge

End of over 14 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 89/1 (RR: 6.35)

    • V Kohli 34 (28b 4x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 34 (36b 3x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 4-0-27-0
    • MS Gony 3-0-25-0

Gony to Gayle, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Gayle drives it hard towards wide long off, Sathish sprints to his right to save the boundary


Gony to Gayle, SIX, short ball, Gayle simply stays in his crease and flat-bats it, slams it over long on, many many rows back


Gony to Gayle, SIX, Gayle's on his way now, the length is full on leg and middle, Gayle swings and the next thing everyone sees is the ball flying over deep midwicket


Gony to Gayle, SIX, three in a row! A half volley outside off, Gayle stays in his crease, gets under it, and hammers the ball over long off, that's his 50

Ravinder: "Gony is bowling at perfect speed to Gayle and he is loving it."


Gony to Gayle, 1 wide, Gony's feeling it for sure, the heat of Gayle. He's bowled a wide outside off stump


Gony to Gayle, 1 run, short ball angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Gayle pulls along the ground to deep square

X: "Imagine Gayle scoring a century now!"

Ashish: "and just like that all the cribbing will stop! If you don't publish any of my comment i won't stop cribbing though :D"

@karthikeyan: "For everyone who spoke , Gayle has replied through his own style ..."


Gony to Kohli, no run, Gony moves to his right during his follow through to intercept a Kohli drive

End of over 15 (22 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 111/1 (RR: 7.40)

    • V Kohli 34 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 55 (41b 3x4 4x6)
    • MS Gony 4-0-47-0
    • PP Chawla 4-0-27-0

TommyC: "ha! who would of thought it? Gayle, the experienced international cricketer actually knew what he was doing all along?"

Awana's back ...


Awana to Gayle, 1 run, he's escaped there! A full toss on the pads, Gayle fails to get under it and hits it along the ground through square leg


Awana to Kohli, SIX, a length ball angling into Kohli, who moves forward, gets low, and swings across the line. the ball sails over deep midwicket


Awana to Kohli, FOUR, a straight half-volley, Kohli drills it down the ground with a blistering drive, the 100 partnership comes up off 68 balls

SRH fan: "I was all happy notes until this Gony guy started bowling, if RCB wins this match we need to win both the matches. Anyways 150-160 is a par score at bangalore considering its size."


Awana to Kohli, 2 runs, a full toss, and Kohli swings across the line, sending the ball racing towards cow corner, Mandeep dives superbly to save the boundary


Awana to Kohli, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle stump, Kohli plays it towards point

Tui: "Can't believe some of the criticism that Gayle is receiving. His method is tried and tested, and has been very successful for him. Why are people criticising a method that works, and works well?"


Awana to Gayle, 1 run, another full toss, and once again Awana gets away with it, Gayle hits it along the ground to the fielder at cow corner

End of over 16 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 126/1 (RR: 7.87)

    • CH Gayle 57 (43b 3x4 4x6)
    • V Kohli 47 (33b 5x4 2x6)
    • P Awana 3-0-25-1
    • MS Gony 4-0-47-0

Khan: "Imagine gayle was given out in 7th over, what would have been the score.. It would have been probably like what we saw in last match.. Unlucky Kings XI."

Azhar Mahmood's back ...


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, a thigh high full toss, and Gayle clips it towards deep square leg

Gaurav: "It takes one over to catch up with the run rate but its not easy to recover from wickets loss... great going Gayle and Kohli!!"


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, no run, Mahmood delivers the yorker, Kohli plays it back to the bowler, Mahmood lunges to his right to field


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, no run, Kohli steps out of his crease, Mahmood bowls a full toss angling into the right-hander and cramping him for room. Kohli gets hit on the thigh


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 1 no ball, another full toss, a higher one this time, Kohli pulls it but hasn't hit it properly. Sandeep runs in from the deep midwicket boundary and dives forward to take the catch. The umpires are going to check if it's a no-ball for height. But it looks like Mahmood has over-stepped. It's a front-foot no-ball. Gayle will be on strike for the free-hit. A good over so far for Kings XI is going pear shaped.

Mahmood goes over the wicket ...


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, no run, a leg side-full toss, Gayle swings but misses again, he gets hit on the pad


Azhar Mahmood to Gayle, 1 run, a yorker, and Gayle can only dig it out on the leg side


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli drives a good length ball through midwicket, that ends a terrific over from Mahmood, economy wise

End of over 17 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 130/1 (RR: 7.64)

    • V Kohli 48 (37b 5x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 59 (46b 3x4 4x6)
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-0-14-0
    • P Awana 3-0-25-1

Sandeep to bowl his final over ...


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, (no ball) 1 run, in the blockhole from round the wicket, Kohli plays it on the leg side, but it's another front foot no-ball. Gayle has another free hit coming up. It's a tight call for no-ball.


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle clears his front foot and slogs, the top edge goes high in the air towards long off, Chawla comes running in and lets the ball bounce in front of him so that he can field the free hit cleanly


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, FOUR, a full toss outside off, Gayle clears his front foot and hits the ball flat and hard, it just clears the extra cover boundary. Actually it did not. Bounced just inside the boundary


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, SIX, that's bounced on the sight screen. Gayle clears his front foot and slams a length ball back over the bowler's head


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, 1 leg bye, Gayle swings across the line but misses and gets hit on the pad by a full ball


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, FOUR, a full toss and Kohli has put it away to bring up his 50 off 39 balls. He came forward and flicked it towards deep square leg, beating the diving fielder on the boundary


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, 1 run, in the blockhole, Kohli makes room and digs it out towards cover, the bowler runs across to field it himself

End of over 18 (20 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 150/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • V Kohli 54 (40b 6x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 71 (50b 4x4 5x6)
    • Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-0-14-0

AC: "This is high time now; Gayle and Kohli should start hitting the big shots. If something goes wrong also, RCB have ABD to come and score runs in death over." Haven't they been hitting big already, AC?

Shishank Dahiya: "Can we please say that Kings have bowled well here rather than saying Gayle/Kohli have batted poorly. RCB's bowling is pretty weak. 160/170 is achievable by any standards against this RCB attack."


Awana to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli has to negotiate a blockhole delivery and he plays it through the leg side

MD: "AB is a wasted talent in RCB team. Kohli must open with Gayle with AB at 3 - let the best batsmen face most of the bowling!"


Awana to Gayle, no run, Gayle's fallen on his backside after trying to dig out a yorker that tailed into him, superb delivery, Gayle's lying flat on the pitch


Awana to Gayle, (no ball) SIX, a superb ball followed by utter rubbish, a high full toss outside off stump, Gayle carves it over the point boundary and it's a no-ball for height too


Awana to Gayle, OUT, Awana's broken off stump a third up from the base! Gayle made room but Awana's yorker beat the bat and crashed into off stump. The umpire checks to see if Awana's front foot is okay, it is, just about

CH Gayle b Awana 77 (93m 53b 4x4 6x6) SR: 145.28

AB is the new batsman.


Awana to de Villiers, SIX, what a start that is! AB moves across his crease, clears his front foot, and swings a length ball over deep midwicket. He's been batting at the nets before this, hasn't he?


Awana to de Villiers, OUT, bowled him! AB moved across his stumps to try and paddle past short fine leg. Awana had bowled the yorker and it demolished middle and leg stump. Six and out.

AB de Villiers b Awana 6 (2m 2b 0x4 1x6) SR: 300.00


Awana to Henriques, no run, another one in the blockhole, Henriques can only play it back to the bowler

End of over 19 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 164/3 (RR: 8.63)

    • MC Henriques 0 (1b)
    • V Kohli 55 (41b 6x4 2x6)
    • P Awana 4-0-39-3
    • Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0

Mahmood to bowl the final over, from over the wicket.


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, 2 runs, he follows Kohli, who had moved outside leg stump, with a full ball. Kohli clips it towards deep square leg and the throw back to the keeper is poor


Azhar Mahmood to Kohli, OUT, lbw! The umpire is quick to send Kohli on his way. Kohli played a strange shot. He kept his back leg planted right in front of the stumps, cleared his front foot and then tried to play a reverse paddle past short third man. He was struck plumb in front by a yorker

V Kohli lbw b Azhar Mahmood 57 (74m 43b 6x4 2x6) SR: 132.55


Azhar Mahmood to Rahul, FOUR, Rahul slashes at a full ball and manages to slice it past the man at short third man, RCB get to 170 ...


Azhar Mahmood to Rahul, FOUR, terrific placement from the new boy! Rahul carts a slower ball into the gap on the extra cover boundary, cleared his front foot and swung hard


Azhar Mahmood to Rahul, no run, Rahul walks across his stumps to try and paddle but gets beaten by a full ball that misses leg stump


Azhar Mahmood to Rahul, OUT, Mahmood bounces the batsman, Rahul hooks, Mandeep is on the square leg boundary and runs to his right to hold the catch

KL Rahul c Mandeep Singh b Azhar Mahmood 8 (2m 4b 2x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

5.45 pm RCB were 52 after ten overs. They have scored 122 in the last ten overs. An extremely impressive acceleration to an innings that appeared to be going no where. Gayle and Kohli exploded on the Kings XI bowlers. This total is not beyond Kings XI on this pitch, though. But RCB have bolstered their bowling by playing Zaheer Khan and Muralitharan today. I'll be back shortly for the second innings.

Gayle says the wicket is "totally different" from the ones they have played on at home. He says it is drier and they had to make a lot of adjustment. He's very happy with 174, and accepts the Orange Cap for overtaking Michael Hussey as the highest run scorer of the tournament.

don: "When pujara said 170 earlier everybody thought that would be a very tall order, now they're 175. Just goes to show the players know what they can do and what they're capable of, so contrary to popular belief it seems these guys do know they're doing."

End of over 20 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 174/5

    • MC Henriques 0 (1b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-2
    • P Awana 4-0-39-3





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