Indian Premier League - 60th match

Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Pujara to start, against Senanayake


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3.30 pm KKR have won the toss and they are going to bowl first. Gambhir says that he prefers to chase. Senanayake comes in for Morgan, Debabrata Das replaces Iqbal Abdulla. RCB bring in Mithun for Syed Mohammad. For all of you interested in the Kohli-Gambhir face-off, the two actually greeted each other with warm smiles.

While we wait, Iain O' Brien is on the Huddle today, along with ESPNcricinfo's usual suspects.

Koustuv: "I think each and every grounds in India should get a chance to host an IPL game, every team should play atleast one neutral venue....the beautiful stadiums of Kanpur, Kochi, Cuttack and even Guwahati don't get chance at all...and also the stadiums of Gujarat...don't forget them" ------ Koustuv, my vote goes to Kanpur.

prozium: "Its state of uttarakhand..not uttaranchal!..and most famous in world..i thought it is SRT!.2 mistakes in 2 lines you have made Commentatus Skywalker..regret it shall be" ---- Prozium, 1. My passport says I was born in Uttaranchal, I don't care what it's called now, 2. There is an adverb called 'arguably' in that sentence.

Vivek Bhandari: "If your passport says you're born in Uttaranchal (which was between 2000 and 2006), I assume your age is 7 and 13. You gotta be arguably the youngest online moderator in any sport, any forum ;)" --- Vivek, when was the last time you had your passport renewed?

Panzi: "Devashish, how your Fantasy team going on the Leaderboard? Flying high or plummeting down and down?" --- It is sinking everyday Panzi, the rank is now close to the number of SRT's international runs.

Rohan Gupta: "I think you were right to say Dhoni is the best in India. He currently is...did Sachin win us the world cup? I think not."

All those worried about the pitch, just to let you know that it hasn't dropped yet.

3.20 pm: The circus has now arrived in a new city which is famous for the most famous cricketer not only in Chennai, but in India, and arguably the world. MS Dhoni, who hails from the state of Uttaranchal, is a product of Ranchi, Jharkhand. But there is no Dhoni today, it's a home game for KKR and it also features Chris Gayle.

0.1

Senanayake to Pujara, no run, he bowls it flat from round the wicket, the batsman comes forward and defends

0.2

Senanayake to Pujara, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives to mid off

0.3

Senanayake to Pujara, no run, another tossed up delivery, pushed back to the bowler

0.4

Senanayake to Pujara, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to long on

Hairy Kiore: "Senanayake comes in for Morgan?? Now I know Gambhir hasn't a clue..."

0.5

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman easily pushes it to long on for a single

0.6

Senanayake to Pujara, 1 run, tossed up, the batsman comes down the pitch and takes it on the full, drives it to deep midwicket

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
CA Pujara    2* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0
CH Gayle    1* (1b)     

1.1

Balaji to Pujara, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it to the leg side off the front foot

1.2

Balaji to Pujara, no run, length delivery from wide of the crease, the batsman waits in the crease and pushes it to cover

1.3

Balaji to Pujara, 1 run, another length delivery outside off, the batsman steers it to third man

1.4

Balaji to Gayle, no run, beats the bat which angles across Gayle, seams a touch away and Gayle was surprised as he hung his bat at that one

Rathin: "Leaving out Morgan, who many times this season has done atleast something for the team unlike Yusuf Pathan who has been a big failure. KKR have got it all mixed up. God save them."

1.5

Balaji to Gayle, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, Gayle goes on the back foot and nudges it to midwicket

1.6

Balaji to Pujara, no run, length delivery, touch slower too, the batsman defends it back to the bowler off the front foot

End of over 2 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
CA Pujara    3* (9b)      L Balaji    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    2* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-3-0

2.1

Senanayake to Gayle, no run, he bowls it quicker from round the stumps, the batsman tucks it to short fine

2.2

Senanayake to Gayle, FOUR, this one was edged! And it quickly flew through the left of Kallis one slip, hard to call that a drop.. It flew really quickly

2.3

Senanayake to Gayle, no run, he comes forward and gets right behind the line of the ball, pushes it back to the bowler

Rajesh: "I am from Ranchi, and most of the people here just want to see Gayle storm and support RCB. It may be homeground for KKR but the crowd will support RCB."

2.4

Senanayake to Gayle, no run, slower delivery this time, the batsman comes forward and defends it to cover

2.5

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, fuller this time, on off stump, the batsman takes one small step forward and pushes it to deep midwicket for a single

2.6

Senanayake to Pujara, 1 run, tossed up and full, the batsman comes forward and drives it firmly down to long on

End of over 3 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
CA Pujara    4* (10b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-0
CH Gayle    7* (8b 1x4)      L Balaji    1-0-2-0

3.1

Balaji to Pujara, no run, he bowls it back of length and angling in, the batsman punches it to mid off off the back foot

3.2

Balaji to Pujara, no run, he appeals for an lbw, but there was an inside edge on to the thigh pad there. It was bowled a touch fuller and from wide of the crease, the batsman played outside the line

Chiro: "@Rathin: They do not have any one to replace Pathan, as Laxmi Shukla is injured. Perhaps they could have replaced Pathan with Abdulla (bowler) and replaced Senanayke with Morgan perhaps."

3.3

Balaji to Pujara, 1 run, short of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman waits for it and guides it to third man

3.4

Balaji to Gayle, no run, length delivery that goes across the batsman, a touch slower too, the batsman leaves it alone

3.5

Balaji to Gayle, no run, keeps bowling it slower to Gayle, the batsman comes forward and defends it to off side

3.6

Balaji to Gayle, 1 wide, he bowls it fuller and wider outside off, the batsman watches it go through, but it is a wide

Vansh D: "@Rajesh - No crowd at any stadium in the world would boo Gayle. Kohli, his teammate ..... well, that's another story."

3.6

Balaji to Gayle, 1 run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman nonchalantly punches it and it hurtles towards extra cover, where Tendo makes a good save

End of over 4 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
CH Gayle    8* (11b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-5-0
CA Pujara    5* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-9-0

4.1

Senanayake to Gayle, no run, tossed up and slower this time, Gayle comes forward and defends

4.2

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, pushes this one a bit quicker, but it's on the leg side and Gayle nudges it to backward square leg for a single

4.3

Senanayake to Pujara, OUT, caught at cover point! he comes down the pitch and tries to loft Senanayake inside out, but he was not to the pitch of the delivery and gets a toe-end that lobs up for Balaji, who back pedals a couple of steps to take an easy catch

CA Pujara c Balaji b Senanayake 5 (17m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

4.4

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, the batsman digs it out to mid on and calls for a quick single

4.5

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, he goes on the back foot and punches the flatter delivery back to the bowler

4.6

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman goes back and opens the face to play it towards short third man

End of over 5 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 16/1 (RR: 3.20)
V Kohli    0* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-11-1
CH Gayle    10* (14b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-5-0

Narine is here

5.1

Narine to Gayle, no run, he bowls on the leg and middle line, Gayle gets a leading edge back to the bowler

5.2

Narine to Gayle, 1 run, quicker on the pads again, the batsman tickles it to square leg and Kohli wants a single, but he makes it in just in time

5.3

Narine to Kohli, no run, tossed up delivery, slower too, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly

5.4

Narine to Kohli, FOUR, loopy delivery outside off, it's full too, and Virat plays his trademark whippy drive through cover, no stopping that

5.5

Narine to Kohli, no run, quicker one this time, the batsman goes back and defends it to midwicket

5.6

Narine to Kohli, 1 run, he goes on the back foot and dabs it to the right of midwicket fielder for a quick single

sando: "Pujara's leaving is dangerous for KKR. If he were for long time in the wicket, Gayle will try to casuals and will lose his wicket. Now terrifying Gayle-Kohli combination is on."

End of over 6 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
V Kohli    5* (6b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-6-0
CH Gayle    11* (16b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-11-1

Jacques Kallis comes in to bowl

6.1

Kallis to Kohli, 1 run, bowls it back of length outside off, the batsman guides it down to third man

Very sedate start here, the slowest Powerplay for any team this year. The pitch, however, looks very good.

dave woods: "Amazing how good that wicket looks its a credit to the ground staff... lets hope Gayle gets into gear soon"

6.2

Kallis to Gayle, no run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman gets a bit square up in his defence.

6.3

Kallis to Gayle, 1 run, bowls a length delivery on the pads, the batsman tickles it to short fine for a single

6.4

Kallis to Kohli, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, no pace on it, the batsman steers it to third man

6.5

Kallis to Gayle, 1 run, another of those cutters by Kallis, Gayle comes forward and pushes it calmly to long on for a single

6.6

Kallis to Kohli, 2 runs, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman waits for it and turns it behind square on the leg side for a quick couple

Khan: "Imagine gayle gets out at this stage, I think KKR will win without having come to bat."

End of over 7 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 28/1 (RR: 4.00)
V Kohli    9* (9b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0
CH Gayle    13* (19b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-6-0

Tendo comes in.

7.1

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, bowls a slower length delivery wide outside off, the batsman drives it down to long off for a single

Just two boundaries..

Rajeev: "Gayle playing a Pomersbach today??"

7.2

ten Doeschate to Kohli, FOUR, slower length delivery outside off, Kohli breaks the boundary drought with a wristy late cut that thread the gap at backward point, beautifully hit

7.3

ten Doeschate to Kohli, 1 run, this time he waits in the crease and turns the back of length delivery towards deep midwicket

7.4

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, back of length delivery that is wide outside off, slower too, Gayle calmly pushes it to the left of point for a single

7.5

ten Doeschate to Gayle, SIX, slower delivery and it's full too, that's what Gayle needed. He just chips it over the bowler's head, no power there, but it clears the boundary

7.6

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 2 runs, now the bat is moving a bit faster, he comes forward and drives it hard to wide long off for a couple

Musthaq Abuham: "@Khan: How did you managed to forget ABD,who is taking RCB to the winning side as always.."

End of over 8 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 42/1 (RR: 5.25)
CH Gayle    22* (23b 1x4 1x6)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-14-0
V Kohli    14* (11b 2x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0

8.1

Kallis to Kohli, 1 run, he bowls it back of length around off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and opens the face of the bat late to run it down to third man

8.2

Kallis to Gayle, 1 run, short of length delivery on the pads, Gayle stays calm and nudges it to midwicket for a single

8.3

Kallis to Kohli, 2 runs, he stays in the crease and clips the length delivery to deep midwicket for a couple

8.4

Kallis to Kohli, OUT, he has chopped it on! It was a length delivery, wide outside off, probably didn't bounce as much as Kohli thought it would, and he gets an inside edge back on to his stumps.. Delight for Kallis, despair for Kohli

V Kohli b Kallis 17 (16m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

And they take a time out

kodavatisai: "@rajeev, I remembered someone commented in last RCB match that as gayle picksup slowly RCB needs to bowl some balls before start match"

8.5

Kallis to de Villiers, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman waits for it, then runs it down to third man

8.6

Kallis to Gayle, no run, slower delivery on a length around off stump, Gayle defends it off the back foot towards cover

End of over 9 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/2 (RR: 5.22)
CH Gayle    23* (25b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-11-1
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-14-0

Yusuf gets the ball

X: "Chris Gayle needs just 50 runs to become t20s highest scorer surpassing Brad Hodge and in almost 50 less matches to! What a legend. The bradman of this format"

9.1

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, he bowls it on the pads, the batsman pushes it towards deep midwicket off the front foot

Round the wicket

9.2

Pathan to Gayle, 1 leg bye, he bowls it on the pads, flighted delivery, it hits the pads on it's way to short fine leg

9.3

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to long on for a single

9.4

Pathan to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the pads, Gayle pushes it softly towards deep midwicket

9.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, here comes the reverse sweep! It was a flatter and shorter delivery outside off, AB sweeps it to short third man

9.6

Pathan to Gayle, 2 runs, he comes forward to a low trajectory delivery, pushes it in the gap at deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 10 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 54/2 (RR: 5.40)
CH Gayle    26* (28b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    4* (4b)      JH Kallis    2-0-11-1

10.1

Kallis to de Villiers, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman drives it off the front foot, straight to cover

Stephen: "I know Kallis hasnt been performing with the bat, but he always chips in with wickets. Not bad for an old timer"

10.2

Kallis to de Villiers, no run, slower bouncer outside off, beats AB as he plays his pull too early, turns around to see the ball still going to the keeper

10.3

Kallis to de Villiers, 1 run, another slower delivery, this time from back of length. AB pushes it to the left of cover for a quick single

10.4

Kallis to Gayle, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, the batsman pushes it to deep midwicket calmly for a single

10.5

Kallis to de Villiers, no run, he bowls another slower delivery on off stump, the batsman tries to push it to the off side, but it hits the inside half and goes down the pitch

Light rain coming down now..

10.6

Kallis to de Villiers, 1 run, he makes room by moving outside leg and punches the back of length slower delivery through to deep extra cover

End of over 11 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 57/2 (RR: 5.18)
AB de Villiers    6* (9b)      JH Kallis    3-0-14-1
CH Gayle    27* (29b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-6-0

Rajat Bhatia comes in to bowl. The Umpires think it's ok to continue

11.1

Bhatia to de Villiers, 1 run, slower delivery, very slow and very full, the batsman waits and waits and then punches it to deep extra cover

11.2

Bhatia to Gayle, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, this time Gayle goes for a forceful punch, but he inside edges it to short fine leg

11.3

Bhatia to de Villiers, 1 run, slower length delivery outside off, the batsman waits and then punches it hard to deep extra cover

11.4

Bhatia to Gayle, 1 run, another slower length delivery on off stump, Gayle punches it down to long off for a single

11.5

Bhatia to de Villiers, 1 run, he tries to go aerial on this fuller delivery, but doesn't get hold of it. Luckily for AB, it falls short of Tiwary at long off

11.6

Bhatia to Gayle, 1 run, he bowls it full on the stumps, the batsman punches it to deep extra cover

KKR have been very smart with their pace, they haven't bowled a faster one yet. It doesn't look like the ball is stopping, but weird to see the batsmen of this calibre struggling.

End of over 12 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/2 (RR: 5.25)
CH Gayle    30* (32b 1x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    9* (12b)      JH Kallis    3-0-14-1

Sena comes in to bowl his final over. Over the wicket this time

12.1

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the pads, Gayle sweeps it softly towards square leg for a single

VyomJ: "Poor Ranchi fans didn't pay for RCB's slow batting and this rain :("

12.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed through outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long on

12.3

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up and full on the pads, Gayle comes forward and pushes it to deep midwicket

Ryan: "Looks like the 'Pomersbach technique' is becoming more popular in the IPL."

12.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, quicker one on the stumps, AB comes forward and drives it down to long on

12.5

Senanayake to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up and slow, outside off, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket for a single. The bowler runs around and does the fielding

12.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, 2 runs, oh what an anti climax that shot turned out to be! AB was ready with his reverse sweep, and Sena bowled if full and wide outside off, AB then gets a thick top edge that goes over the keeper's head, but stops right after crossing the inner circle

End of over 13 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 70/2 (RR: 5.38)
AB de Villiers    13* (15b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-18-1
CH Gayle    33* (35b 1x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    1-0-6-0

Aksh Mehta: "Chris gayle's batting in this match so far has been just like the light showers from the heavens above , so calm , so serene yet it has the power to break into an uncontrollable thunderstorm."

13.1

Narine to Gayle, OUT, this one is flatter and it pitches on a length on leg stump, then it turns past Gayle's outside edge. The batsman was coming forward to defend that, but his back leg was on the line! He didn't even try to drag it in..Bisla was quick to spot that

CH Gayle st †Bisla b Narine 33 (57m 36b 1x4 1x6) SR: 91.66

Now what! 36 balls Gayle faced and the returns weren't that too great for the team. Moises Henriques is the new batsman

James: "One day i'd love to see someone do a Cowan in an IPL match. Improbable i know but not impossible."

13.2

Narine to Henriques, no run, tossed up delivery on the middle stump, the batsman comes forward to defend, but the ball turns in, hits the pad and lobs up, Tendo comes in from midwicket and takes the catch, but that didn't hit the pad

13.3

Narine to Henriques, 2 runs, he dabs it towards short third man for a single, but an overthrow at non-striker's allows an extra run

13.4

Narine to Henriques, 2 runs, he pushes it to cover, where another fumble allows the batsman to come back for a couple

13.5

Narine to Henriques, 1 run, he waits in the crease and punches it firmly to deep cover for a single

13.6

Narine to de Villiers, 1 run, this is the other one, but it was too full, AB comes forward and drives it down the ground to long off

Gayle: "They said i can bat like anyone. So i became Pomersbach"

Riyaz: "the partnership between Gayle and AB faced 27 balls.... didn't score even a single boundary...unbelievable..."

lakesidey: "@james watch the entire Pune team...Cowan could be their role model (and they score about the same number of runs combined as he does)" --- lakesidey, it's not about the runs, it's about the balls.. Pune would do well to do a Cowan.

End of over 14 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/3 (RR: 5.42)
AB de Villiers    14* (16b)      SP Narine    2-0-12-1
MC Henriques    5* (4b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-18-1

Bhatia continues

GK: "Henriques' shirt is ripped at his under arms. Too much weight training son, just popping out of your clothes!"

14.1

Bhatia to de Villiers, 1 run, slower loopy delivery on the stumps, the batsman whips it to deep midwicket for a single

14.2

Bhatia to Henriques, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman clears his front foot out and drives it firmly to deep cover

anirudh: "this is very good captaincy by gambhir...where has he been all season?"

14.3

Bhatia to de Villiers, 1 run, he bowls a leg cutter and it really turns like a legspinner, the batsman waits and pushes it to cover for a single

14.4

Bhatia to Henriques, no run, full and slower, the batsman can only dig it out back to the bowler

14.5

Bhatia to Henriques, 1 run, this one is the offcutter, the batsman comes forward and pushes it down to long on

14.6

Bhatia to de Villiers, FOUR, he shuffles around in the crease before the ball is bowled, Bhatia bowls it down the leg side in response, but AB paddles it fine on the leg side for the first boundary in ages

Pomersbach: "@Gayle: You should have batted through the innings to bat like me mate!"

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 84/3 (RR: 5.60)
AB de Villiers    20* (19b 1x4)      R Bhatia    2-0-14-0
MC Henriques    7* (7b)      SP Narine    2-0-12-1

Balaji is back

15.1

Balaji to Henriques, 2 runs, he bowls a full delivery on the off stump which the batsman drives it firmly to wide long off for a couple

15.2

Balaji to Henriques, 1 run, he bowls the yorker wide outside off this time, the batsman stretches out and manages to push it to deep cover

Prasad: "People do no forget that gayle has made 33. I know it was slow. And considering its gayle, it was glacial slow. But if he would have perished playing a lofted shot to senanayake early in the innings, the pressure would have been more."

15.3

Balaji to de Villiers, 2 runs, that's the back of the hand slower delivery, the batsman has to generate the pace on that as he drives it to deep cover. He calls for two, but he was struggling to get back to his end, he dives and it's a super dive as he makes it in time

15.4

Balaji to de Villiers, SIX, there comes the big shot! Balaji attempts another slower yorker, but it just ends up being a half volley, and it's hammered over extra cover

15.5

Balaji to de Villiers, OUT, he goes for the reverse paddle to a full and wide delivery, but he ends up playing it straight into the hands of the keeper. Balaji is pumped

AB de Villiers c †Bisla b Balaji 28 (37m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.27

Homeboy Saurabh Tiwary is here..

Ripunjay: "From Ranchi, Watching in Bangalore ,Supporting Bangalore in Ranchi #IPL"

15.6

Balaji to Tiwary, 1 run, back of length delivery wide outside off, the batsman dabs it towards point for a quick single

End of over 16 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/4 (RR: 6.00)
SS Tiwary    1* (1b)      L Balaji    3-0-17-1
MC Henriques    10* (9b)      R Bhatia    2-0-14-0

16.1

Narine to Tiwary, no run, bowls it slow and on the stumps, the batsman waits and then defends it it to the off side

16.2

Narine to Tiwary, OUT, quicker delivery this time, Tiwary comes forward in defence, a bit late and that was Narine's other one, it pitches on off, straightens a touch and hits him in front of off, below the knee-roll. Good decision by the umpire as the bat was close too

SS Tiwary lbw b Narine 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Vinay Kumar is the new batsman

16.3

Narine to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, the batsman didn't have a clue as he came forward to defend this one, it turned away and took an outside edge to short third man

16.4

Narine to Henriques, 1 run, he goes on the back foot to a conventional offspinner and dabs it to backward point

16.5

Narine to Vinay Kumar, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, the batsman comes right behind it in defence

16.6

Narine to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, he comes down on his knee and paddles the offspinning delivery fine on the leg side for a welcome boundary

End of over 17 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/5 (RR: 6.00)
R Vinay Kumar    5* (3b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-18-2
MC Henriques    11* (10b)      L Balaji    3-0-17-1

17.1

Kallis to Henriques, OUT, caught at long on! Another batsman falls, he tries to whack the length delivery out of the ground, but it comes a touch slow of the pitch and the batsman ends up hitting it high, rather than long. Easy catch for Tiwary

MC Henriques c Tiwary b Kallis 11 (21m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Ravi Rampaul is the new batsman

17.2

Kallis to Vinay Kumar, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman plays inside the line and is beaten

17.3

Kallis to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman makes room by moving outside leg and ramps it over point for a couple

17.4

Kallis to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, back of length delivery delivery on the stumps, the batsman dabs it towards midwicket for a single

Pr978: "Its looking good for rajasthan Royals, RCB's loss will help Royals"

17.5

Kallis to Rampaul, no run, length delivery angling across the batsman, Rampaul tries to fish for it outside off, is beaten

17.6

Kallis to Rampaul, no run, back of length delivery that hits the pads of the batsman as he tries to push it off the back foot, but that pitched outside leg

End of over 18 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 105/6 (RR: 5.83)
R Rampaul    0* (2b)      JH Kallis    4-0-17-2
R Vinay Kumar    8* (6b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-18-2

18.1

Narine to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, bowls a quicker delivery that goes away from the right-hander, Vinay pushes it to cover for a single

Vijay: "As a staunch Dhoni fan, I never thought I would say this, but Gambhir has proven to be a very shrewd captain with his bowling changes today."

18.2

Narine to Rampaul, OUT, fuller delivery on the stumps, the batsman tries to go across the line with a sweep shot, but he misses and is hit right in front of the stumps. Easy decision for the umpire and the Purple Cap flies into the head of Narine

R Rampaul lbw b Narine 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3

Narine to Mithun, 2 runs, fuller delivery, the batsman tries to smash it to the on side, but gets a bottom edge towards midwicket. they come back for a second as the fielder is too deep

18.4

Narine to Mithun, OUT, fuller delivery, turning away, the batsman swings his bat again, a bit half-hearted though, it balloons towards wide long on where Manoj Tiwary had plenty of time to get under it

A Mithun c Tiwary b Narine 2 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

18.5

Narine to Vinay Kumar, no run, bowls a quicker offspinner, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

18.6

Narine to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, he comes forward and dabs it towards point with soft hands and calls for a quick single

Soma: "@Vijay this is the problem with Indians, if you are a staunch fan of somebody, there is nothing wrong in appreciating somebody else. For years, we have had Sachin fans vs Dravid fans war, one can be a fan of both"

End of over 19 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 109/8 (RR: 5.73)
R Vinay Kumar    10* (9b 1x4)      SP Narine    4-0-22-4
M Kartik    0* (0b)      JH Kallis    4-0-17-2

19.1

Balaji to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, he bowls it full and on the stumps, the batsman pushes it to long off with soft hands and is quick to come back for the second

19.2

Balaji to Vinay Kumar, no run, he tries to play the reverse paddle at a full delivery outside off, ala AB, but he makes no connection

19.3

Balaji to Vinay Kumar, 1 bye, slower bouncer, the batsman swings his bat at that one, but the ball arrives late and just goes over the stumps. The non-striker calls for bye

19.4

Balaji to Kartik, OUT, and another one for Balaji, it was a slower length delivery on off stump, Kartik tries to whack it to the long side, but the ball arrives after the bat swing is complete, knocks back the offstump

M Kartik b Balaji 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

Balaji to Unadkat, 1 run, another slower delivery outside off, the batsman waits and pushes it to the off side for a single

19.6

Balaji to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, fuller delivery wide outside off, the batsman gets some bat under it as he drives it over cover, they come back for a second

Bangalore have hobbled to 115 and they didn't really have an answer to a barrage of slower delivery from all the bowlers. Narine was pick of the bowlers with a rich haul that has taken him to the top of the wicket-takers list. Chris Gayle was struggling to get a move on today, but then, it was a difficult pitch to bat on. It is going to be an interesting chase.. Back in ten minutes.

AT: "Seeing the nature of this pitch until now, I think Kohli got it wrong today in choosing Abhimanyu Mithun over Syed Mohammad, Mithun is not that great a bowler even on a pitch that assists bowlers anyway !"

Kalyan: "Gambhir won the battle of captains in reading the pitch. He brought an extra spinner (Senanayake) while Kohli replaced a spinner with pacer (Mithun)."

Ian: "Yep... Putting Narine as captain was definitely the right choice."

Mohd Imran: "Narine!!!what a perfomer, 100 wickets in 77 T20 with economy rate of 5.40, also today he hunted both of his Windies mates :-)"


End of over 20 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 115/9
R Vinay Kumar    14* (13b 1x4)      L Balaji    4-0-22-2
JD Unadkat    1* (1b)      SP Narine    4-0-22-4
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May 12, 2013

Manoj Tiwary hits down the ground, Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Ranchi, May 12, 2013

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Yusuf Pathan sweeps to the leg side

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