Indian Premier League, 51st match: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali, May 6, 2013
Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
6 May 2013 - night match (20-over match)

"Isn't it ironic that Chris Gayle has the best bowling strike rate and Dale Steyn has the best batting strike rate of IPL 2013." Joe Payne, that truly is. On that note, let's see if Chris Gayle can correct this. Praveen Kumar to bowl. Pujara to take the first ball

7.55pm "If IPL is a capitalistic economy, cricinfo's commentators are the FabIndia Kurta-wearing JNU students with thick glasses." Karn Mamgain, I don't buy FabIndia. It is capitalistic. I buy my own cotton and get it stitched

Arvind: "Best thing about Morrison's commentary is his attempted change in accent to say Indian cricketers' names properly"

7.45pm "One good thing with Danny Morrison is that he comes across as a noble soul when he's broadcasting in Test matches; a complete transition" Vivek Bhandari, I agree and respect him for that. I heard him on ABC once, and he was a completely different person

7.32pm Punjab have won the toss and are going to bowl first. Bangalore would have bowled too. Pujara is fit and playing. He is replacing Lokesh Rahul. Ravi Rampaul is back for Muralitharan.

For Punjab, Michael Neser replaces Luke Pomersbach

Chans Bollywood: "Sometimes I watch an IPL match just to listen Danny Morrison, he's a complete rock-star. BTW thanks to ICC for saving us from L sivaramakrishnan."

7.15pm Kiddaaaaaaan Chandigarh? Ki banda hai? Ajj Gedi Route nahi, ajj Mohali jao. Ajj bakre bulane aa. Now say that, Danny Morrison. Knowing Danny, though, he will master this too. Easily the best thing about the IPL.

Welcome to match No. 51. Between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, called by a non-royalty. Toss in 15 minutes

0.1

Kumar to Pujara, no run, short of a length, swinging away, Pujara follows it, and is beaten

0.2

Kumar to Pujara, no run, fuller outswinger, defended with an open face

Two slips in place

0.3

Kumar to Pujara, 1 run, follows this outswinger too, gets a single to third man

And there is a roar as Gayle takes strike

0.4

Kumar to Gayle, no run, inswinger. Hit that, Gayle. Big inswinger, starts outside leg, squares him up, and beats him

0.5

Kumar to Gayle, 2 runs, down the wicket to push this wide of mid-on

That has brought the keeper up to the stumps

0.6

Kumar to Gayle, no run, another inswinger, starts outside leg, headed towards off, and is defended solidly

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • CH Gayle 2 (3b)
    • CA Pujara 1 (3b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-3-0

Parvinder Awana to bowl now

"'Buying' cotton? Getting someone else to stitch it for you? How capitalist can you get. You are the Warren Buffet of India. I weave my own clothes from reeds and vines." Ryan, then you have somebody watching the cricket for you can describing it to you

1.1

Awana to Pujara, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to cover

"If an inswinger starts outside leg it will be a huge wide. That was an out swinger. Stop being right handed fascist." Tim, I am just being a bowler fascist. Even when a left-arm bowler swings it into a right-hand batsman, I call it an outswinger

1.2

Awana to Pujara, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched to deep point for one

David Miller while fielding: "My dad told me when I was a kid, 'If it is the V, it goes in the tree; if it is in the arc, it goes out of the park.'"

1.3

Awana to Gayle, no run, short of a length, on the pads, pushed to leg

1.4

Awana to Gayle, FOUR, short, no sting in it, and has been short-armed away for four

1.5

Awana to Gayle, 2 runs, short, on the pads, gentle pace, clipped away

1.6

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, I know you need to bowl short to Gayle but not at Awana's place. Another pull. He has protection, though

End of over 2 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • CH Gayle 9 (7b 1x4)
    • CA Pujara 2 (5b)
    • P Awana 1-0-8-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-3-0
2.1

Kumar to Gayle, FOUR, pushed away for four. That's no more than a push. Short of a length, to mid-off, and it races away and beats the man

2.2

Kumar to Gayle, no run, another big inswinger, beats the outside edge, hits him on the back pad, but is swinging away to miss off

2.3

Kumar to Gayle, 1 leg bye, short of a length, outside leg, Gayle misses, but takes a leg-bye

2.4

Kumar to Pujara, no run, short of a length, outside off, moving away, beats the cut

2.5

Kumar to Pujara, no run, short of a length, outside off, holds its line a touch, defended with an open face

2.6

Kumar to Pujara, 2 runs, pushed towards mid-on. Mandeep charges in to deny the single, but he runs past it, and allows them the second

End of over 3 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 18/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • CA Pujara 4 (8b)
    • CH Gayle 13 (10b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-9-0
    • P Awana 1-0-8-0

Gony replaces Awana

3.1

Gony to Gayle, no run, short of a length, on off, defended from the crease

3.2

Gony to Gayle, FOUR, bouncer, 133ks, Gayle stands tall and pulls it to the right of deep midwicket. Flat hit. Not much behind this bouncer

3.3

Gony to Gayle, 1 run, backs away to pull this shortish delivery, doesn't get all of it. Fielded at square leg

3.4

Gony to Pujara, no run, short of a length, Pujara is on his toes to punch this, but Miller makes a diving save at point

3.5

Gony to Pujara, no run, another back-foot drive, another stop at point

"@Sid: Will you describe in the same way for a spin bowler as well ?" Yes, Siva, an offbreak spins into the right-hand batsman and away from the left-hand batsman

3.6

Gony to Pujara, no run, gets extra bounce from this shortish delivery. Beats his attempt to punch at it

End of over 4 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 23/0 (RR: 5.75)

    • CA Pujara 4 (11b)
    • CH Gayle 18 (13b 3x4)
    • MS Gony 1-0-5-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-9-0

First IPL sighting of Michael Neser. No slip now

4.1

Neser to Gayle, 1 run, on a length, on off, defended towards mid-off

4.2

Neser to Pujara, no run, on a length, on off, Pujara tries the big hit, is hit on the inside half of the bat

4.3

Neser to Pujara, FOUR, gets under a length ball this time. Shimmied down the track too. Over cover it goes

4.4

Neser to Pujara, 1 run, half-volley, on off, driven to mid-on for one

4.5

Neser to Gayle, SIX, this is actually a good bouncer, but Gayle has done well with this. Perhaps the pace helped him. Neser got it high, and outside leg, but Gayle has time to back away and pull it over deep midwicket. That was head high

4.6

Neser to Gayle, SIX, we've been expecting you, Mr Neser. Now can you get that ball on your back please? On a length, middle and leg, swung out of sight by Gayle. over midwicket again

End of over 5 (18 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 41/0 (RR: 8.20)

    • CH Gayle 31 (16b 3x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 9 (14b 1x4)
    • MG Neser 1-0-18-0
    • MS Gony 1-0-5-0
5.1

Gony to Pujara, no run, short of a length, into the ribs, the extra bounce again. Hit in the ribs

5.2

Gony to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara hits hard at a wide length ball, and edges it fine of third man for four

5.3

Gony to Pujara, FOUR, full, on the pads, easy hit for Pujara. Over midwicket it goes

5.4

Gony to Pujara, FOUR, lovely shot. Short of a length, just outside off, he stands tall, and punches this fine of point and to the right of third man. Nothing wrong with the ball

5.5

Gony to Pujara, 1 run, dabs this to point for one

"Sid, sice we're describing terminology, what do you consider a hook? You seem to call shots for above-shoulder bouncers "pulls"." Zee, I agree with you here. That pull was a hook really

5.6

Gony to Gayle, FOUR, a mis-hit goes into the boundary on the bounce. This has skidded on Gayle, and he is late into his loft. However, the mis-hit clears mid-on with ease, and nearly carries all the way

Punjab have taken a timeout. Bring on some lassi

End of over 6 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 58/0 (RR: 9.66)

    • CH Gayle 35 (17b 4x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 22 (19b 4x4)
    • MS Gony 2-0-22-0
    • MG Neser 1-0-18-0

Piyush Chawla into the attack now

6.1

Chawla to Pujara, no run, on a length, on middle and leg, defended to midwicket

6.2

Chawla to Pujara, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, punched down the ground for one

Chwla to Gayle. Doesn't sound pretty. And this is no pun on Zinta

6.3

Chawla to Gayle, 1 leg bye, dart. And absolute dart. Into the pads. Goes for a leg-bye

6.4

Chawla to Pujara, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, punched down to hand over the strike again

6.5

Chawla to Gayle, FOUR, another dart. Too short. Punched through straight cover. There is a long-off in place, but he cannot get around

6.6

Chawla to Gayle, 1 wide, another dart. Wide down the leg side this time

Jaspreet Singh: "Give some Lassi to Gayle and make him feel a little Lazy with shots... It works for all Really."

6.6

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, pushed away for one

End of over 7 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/0 (RR: 9.57)

    • CH Gayle 40 (20b 5x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 24 (22b 4x4)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-8-0
    • MS Gony 2-0-22-0

Awana is back

7.1

Awana to Gayle, 1 run, short, wide, gets away with it as this is hit straight to deep point

7.2

Awana to Pujara, 2 runs, full, angling in, Pujara drags this to wide of long-on for two

7.3

Awana to Pujara, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away, but not past point

Abhilash Medhi: "Of course Sid is right about being a bowler fascist. Would we say someone is bowling round the wicket when he is actually bowling over, just because there is a left handed batsman at the other end?"

7.4

Awana to Pujara, 2 runs, slower ball, outside off, punched to the right of deep point for two

7.5

Awana to Pujara, no run, short ball, looks to ramp this, but is beaten by the extra bounce

7.6

Awana to Pujara, 1 leg bye, into the pads, on a length, but he misses out on it, and gets just the one leg-bye

End of over 8 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 73/0 (RR: 9.12)

    • CA Pujara 28 (27b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 41 (21b 5x4 2x6)
    • P Awana 2-0-13-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-8-0
8.1

Chawla to Pujara, no run, nearly a return catch. Pujara is early into the push, and it falls just short

8.2

Chawla to Pujara, no run, Pujara jumps at it, Chawla pushes this through, Pujara is beaten in the flight, and ends up kicking at it

8.3

Chawla to Pujara, no run, googly. Flat too. On a length, just outside off, Pujara ends up defending again

8.4

Chawla to Pujara, 1 run, tries the paddle to get off strike, but gets a leg-bye, which does the job actually

8.5

Chawla to Gayle, 2 runs, flat, on the pads, worked away for one. PK misfields at short fine leg. Concedes the second

8.6

Chawla to Gayle, 1 leg bye, Chawla bowls another dart, and gets away with just the leg-bye. A good over

"Always wondered why batsmen are considered Right or left based on their bottom hand .. In my opinion all the direction, control comes from the top hand- left for right handed batsmen and vice versa!!!!" That is existential, Raj

End of over 9 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 77/0 (RR: 8.55)

    • CH Gayle 43 (23b 5x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 29 (31b 4x4)
    • PP Chawla 2-0-11-0
    • P Awana 2-0-13-0

Neser is back now

9.1

Neser to Gayle, no run, digs this one in short, and gets appreciable bounce. Defended in front of the chest

9.2

Neser to Gayle, FOUR, top edge. Four. That's cruel. Neser goes short again, but rolls his fingers on it. And it is an offcutter even though it is moving away from Gayle. He backs away and swings, and edges it over the keeper

9.3

Neser to Gayle, 1 run, full and outside leg, Gayle makes room, gets an inside edge for one

9.4

Neser to Pujara, no run, good bouncer. At 140ks, gets it above the shoulder. Might even have kissed the helmet on its way. Pujara is late into the hook

9.5

Neser to Pujara, 1 run, clipped away to fine leg for one

9.6

Neser to Gayle, (no ball) 2 runs, beamer. On the pads. Worked away for two to bring up his fifty

9.6

Neser to Gayle, 2 runs, full, on off, dug out to deep midwicket for two

End of over 10 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/0 (RR: 8.80)

    • CH Gayle 52 (28b 6x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 30 (33b 4x4)
    • MG Neser 2-0-29-0
    • PP Chawla 2-0-11-0
10.1

Chawla to Pujara, FOUR, flat, on off, looks to late-cut it, gets an edge for four

10.2

Chawla to Pujara, no run, slightly short of a length, pushed to cover

10.3

Chawla to Pujara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, turning towards off, bunted into the leg side for one

10.4

Chawla to Gayle, 2 runs, seam up. At 118ks. Don't rub your eyes. He has put a lot of shoulder into this. Gayle drives this towards long-off, wide of it

10.5

Chawla to Gayle, no run, 122.4ks. Is this the quickest a spinner has ever bowled without chucking? Gayle manages an inside edge into the pad

10.6

Chawla to Gayle, 1 run, worked into the on side for one

End of over 11 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/0 (RR: 8.72)

    • CH Gayle 55 (31b 6x4 2x6)
    • CA Pujara 35 (36b 5x4)
    • PP Chawla 3-0-19-0
    • MG Neser 2-0-29-0

Gony is back

11.1

Gony to Gayle, SIX, full, on the pads, Gayle has nonchalantly flicked it over long-on for a huge six

11.2

Gony to Gayle, OUT, Gony comes back. Gayle plays across the line for a change. Gony has bowled straight and short of a length. Gayle misses, and the top of the middle stump is hit. Euphoria all around

CH Gayle b Gony 61 (52m 33b 6x4 3x6) SR: 184.84

In comes Virat Kohli

11.3

Gony to Kohli, 1 run, gets this one to shape away, takes the edge, but it goes to third man for one

"I remember Afridi bowling at 130 kmph .. and I dont think he chucks .. :)" He did, Bhagyesh. I stand corrected

11.4

Gony to Pujara, 1 run, driven on the up, gets a single to deep point

11.5

Gony to Kohli, FOUR, short of a length, nicely played. He stands tall, opens the face late, and beats third man to his left

ashish : "If chawla can bowl this fast with such a small run up...he could have become a very good fast bowler. Wasted his career as a spinner."

11.6

Gony to Kohli, no run, bouncer, on off, he ducks under it

End of over 12 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • V Kohli 5 (3b 1x4)
    • CA Pujara 36 (37b 5x4)
    • MS Gony 3-0-34-1
    • PP Chawla 3-0-19-0
12.1

Chawla to Pujara, no run, Chawla is back to being a spinner again. Tossed up outside off, he kicks this away

12.2

Chawla to Pujara, FOUR, full, outside off, swept away nicely, all along the ground, between square leg sand midwicket

12.3

Chawla to Pujara, 1 run, googly, middle and off, whipped away to deep midwicket

12.4

Chawla to Kohli, no run, short, wide, Kohli beaten on the cut

12.5

Chawla to Kohli, no run, quicker, toppie, hits the top half of the defensive bat

12.6

Chawla to Kohli, 2 runs, short, outside off, cut away to the left of deep point

End of over 13 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 115/1 (RR: 8.84)

    • V Kohli 7 (6b 1x4)
    • CA Pujara 41 (40b 6x4)
    • PP Chawla 4-0-26-0
    • MS Gony 3-0-34-1

Awana is back

13.1

Awana to Pujara, FOUR, short of a length, down the wicket, drives on the up, between mid-off and cover. All along the ground

13.2

Awana to Pujara, FOUR, short, into the body, pulled powerfully down the ground, to the left of midwicket. Along the ground again

13.3

Awana to Pujara, no run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face, gets a single

13.4

Awana to Pujara, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed with an open face

13.5

Awana to Pujara, 1 run, slower ball, shortish, punched to extra cover, takes the single that takes him to fifty

13.6

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, driven on the up, gets a single to deep cover

End of over 14 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 125/1 (RR: 8.92)

    • V Kohli 8 (7b 1x4)
    • CA Pujara 50 (45b 8x4)
    • P Awana 3-0-23-0
    • PP Chawla 4-0-26-0

Back comes PK

14.1

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, pulled away to deep midwicket

14.2

Kumar to Pujara, 1 leg bye, down the wicket and makes room, Praveen follows him with a yorker, goes for a leg-bye

14.3

Kumar to Kohli, no run

14.4

Kumar to Kohli, 1 wide, yorker gone wrong. Wide down the leg side

14.4

Kumar to Kohli, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

14.4

Kumar to Kohli, 2 runs, superb work from PK. A lovely yorker, dug out back on the pitch, Pujara calls him through for one. PK runs straight down the pitch, has to change his direction three times because Kohli is running at him too. Finally he gets there and flicks this onto the stumps. Pujara's bat is on the line as the bail comes off. He has not been given. That's strange. And they have taken the overthrow too. This was out. The bail was completely off with his bat just on the line. Perhaps the umpire thought only one end of the bail was off

Nilu: "Looks like third umpire is Punjab supporter, he knows ABDV is coming next."

14.5

Kumar to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss, on the pads, driven to long-on

14.6

Kumar to Pujara, 1 run, driven to long-on for another single

Timeout now

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 133/1 (RR: 8.86)

    • CA Pujara 51 (47b 8x4)
    • V Kohli 12 (11b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 3-0-16-0
    • P Awana 3-0-23-0
15.1

Gony to Pujara, OUT, Gony gets another. Pujara charges at him and swipes across the line, dragging this wide length ball onto his stumps

CA Pujara b Gony 51 (74m 48b 8x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

In comes AB de Villiers. What a time for him to come in

15.2

Gony to de Villiers, FOUR, not the most desired way to get it, but he gets four first up. Pushes at a wide length ball, edges it past the keeper for four

15.3

Gony to de Villiers, no run, outswinger. Pitched up fuller, outside off, beats the outside edge

Slip comes in now

15.4

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, AB moves across the stumps to push this length ball to long-on for one

15.5

Gony to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, straight, worked away for one

15.6

Gony to de Villiers, 1 run, down the wicket, and it doesn't matter the ball is short. AB drives it over the bowler's head, but Sathish does really well to run around from long-on to keep them down to one

End of over 16 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 140/2 (RR: 8.75)

    • AB de Villiers 6 (4b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 13 (12b 1x4)
    • MS Gony 4-0-41-2
    • P Kumar 3-0-16-0
16.1

Awana to de Villiers, no run, short, into the body, AB pulls it powerfully, but finds the man at midwicket

16.2

Awana to de Villiers, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Trying to counter as AB moves away, but the batsman gets inside the line

16.2

Awana to de Villiers, 1 run, follows the batsman again, but this time it is a yorker, and AB can't get back inside the line

16.3

Awana to Kohli, 1 run, another yorker, on middle, Kohli gets just the single to midwicket

16.4

Awana to de Villiers, 1 run, full, goes across the line to drag this to midwicket for one

16.5

Awana to Kohli, OUT, that's a good ball. Dug in short, catches Kohli on the front foot, and it is between the chest and shoulder, which is a good height for a man on the front foot. Kohli goes ahead with the pull, Marsh runs back from midwicket and takes this over his shoulder

V Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14 (30m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

16.6

Awana to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss, on off, driven to long-off. A good over despite that wide

End of over 17 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 145/3 (RR: 8.52)

    • AB de Villiers 9 (8b 1x4)
    • MC Henriques 0 (0b)
    • P Awana 4-0-28-1
    • MS Gony 4-0-41-2

Neser is back

17.1

Neser to de Villiers, no run, full, outside off, dug out

17.2

Neser to de Villiers, SIX, slower short ball, wide too, AB has swatted this mercilessly over midwicket for six

17.3

Neser to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers tries the reverse paddle this time to a full ball on off. Edges it back to the bowler

17.4

Neser to de Villiers, FOUR, wide half-volley, AB goes hard at it, and gets a thick edge over short third man. This might have been edged, but this was a poor delivery. A wide half-volley with the third man up

17.5

Neser to de Villiers, 1 run, looks for the reverse paddle again, and again the ball is a little slow, and ends up playing it to point for one

17.6

Neser to Henriques, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length, worked into the leg side for one

End of over 18 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 157/3 (RR: 8.72)

    • MC Henriques 1 (1b)
    • AB de Villiers 20 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • MG Neser 3-0-41-0
    • P Awana 4-0-28-1

Praveen Kumar is on now

18.1

Kumar to Henriques, 1 run, yorker, middle and leg, dug out for one

18.2

Kumar to de Villiers, 1 run, wide yorker again, and he has backed away too far, and gets just the single

18.3

Kumar to Henriques, no run, well bowled again. Full and wide as he sees Henriques backing away. Can't reach it

18.4

Kumar to Henriques, no run, and again Henriques backs away and he goes wide away again. Can't reach it again

18.5

Kumar to Henriques, SIX, this time Henriques doesn't back away, PK bowls straight, misses the yorker, bowls a juicy full toss, and has been despatched over midwicket

18.6

Kumar to Henriques, FOUR, misses the yorker again. By a few inches, and Henriques drives this to the left of the diving mid-off for four more

End of over 19 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 169/3 (RR: 8.89)

    • MC Henriques 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 21 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 4-0-28-0
    • MG Neser 3-0-41-0

"I guess the second run taken during Pujara's run out incident was illegal as the umpire has signaled it to the 3rd umpire before that and the ball must be dead..." Phani, if this is so, that is not the only mistake the umpires made that ball

19.1

Neser to de Villiers, 2 runs, full and wide, driven away to cover

19.2

Neser to de Villiers, FOUR, low full toss, driven to long-on, where Sathish makes a rare misfield. It just spun away at the last moment

19.3

Neser to de Villiers, FOUR, AB, how do you bowl to him? He inverts his stance, and sweeps this length ball fine of short third man

Third man has gone back

19.4

Neser to de Villiers, SIX, short, wide, not too high, and AB murders it. Cut in front of square for a six over cover. Incredible batting

19.5

Neser to de Villiers, 1 run, yorker, middle and leg, dug out for one

19.6

Neser to Henriques, FOUR, full toss. That's 62 off four Nesser overs. Misses Dinda's IPL record by one. This has been lofted over cover for four. It was actually asking for the six and thus the record

Bangalore have demoralised a bowling attack yet again. Gayle, AB and Pujara all filled their shoes. We will be back with the chase soon

End of over 20 (21 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 190/3

    • MC Henriques 16 (7b 2x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 38 (19b 4x4 2x6)
    • MG Neser 4-0-62-0
    • P Kumar 4-0-28-0
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