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  • POSTED BY KhajaMubashir on | May 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 14, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I saw Rahul Shukla hapless aloghout smiling at his fortune of bowling to a legend and misfortune of bowling to the same legend. But it was good to see him running in and trying his best to execute the plan to bowl full and wide, alas Yuvi spotted that quickly when Pawan had done that successfullly in the previous over, so he adjusted to the line and length was ready to swat it high and far! was pleasing to watch it again, can he do that in fast bouncy pacy and big Aussie grounds come 2015? I bet he can!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 14, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Yuvraj has done 666666 and now 666-666. Next is 66-66-66 ?

  • POSTED BY Khemlal on | May 14, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Kohli and Chris Gayle have lots to do now. If you lose, then we lose to watch your matches. I have a great hope from you two and of course from all RCB players. Best of Luck.

  • POSTED BY Noni on | May 13, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Time for Chris Gayle to be rested and bring in Rilee Rossouw. Improve fielding and get some quick 20s-30s upfront. RCB cannot loose from here on.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

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  • POSTED BY KhajaMubashir on | May 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 14, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I saw Rahul Shukla hapless aloghout smiling at his fortune of bowling to a legend and misfortune of bowling to the same legend. But it was good to see him running in and trying his best to execute the plan to bowl full and wide, alas Yuvi spotted that quickly when Pawan had done that successfullly in the previous over, so he adjusted to the line and length was ready to swat it high and far! was pleasing to watch it again, can he do that in fast bouncy pacy and big Aussie grounds come 2015? I bet he can!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 14, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Yuvraj has done 666666 and now 666-666. Next is 66-66-66 ?

  • POSTED BY Khemlal on | May 14, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Kohli and Chris Gayle have lots to do now. If you lose, then we lose to watch your matches. I have a great hope from you two and of course from all RCB players. Best of Luck.

  • POSTED BY Noni on | May 13, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Time for Chris Gayle to be rested and bring in Rilee Rossouw. Improve fielding and get some quick 20s-30s upfront. RCB cannot loose from here on.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

  • POSTED BY Noni on | May 13, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Time for Chris Gayle to be rested and bring in Rilee Rossouw. Improve fielding and get some quick 20s-30s upfront. RCB cannot loose from here on.

  • POSTED BY Khemlal on | May 14, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    Kohli and Chris Gayle have lots to do now. If you lose, then we lose to watch your matches. I have a great hope from you two and of course from all RCB players. Best of Luck.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 14, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Yuvraj has done 666666 and now 666-666. Next is 66-66-66 ?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 14, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I saw Rahul Shukla hapless aloghout smiling at his fortune of bowling to a legend and misfortune of bowling to the same legend. But it was good to see him running in and trying his best to execute the plan to bowl full and wide, alas Yuvi spotted that quickly when Pawan had done that successfullly in the previous over, so he adjusted to the line and length was ready to swat it high and far! was pleasing to watch it again, can he do that in fast bouncy pacy and big Aussie grounds come 2015? I bet he can!

  • POSTED BY KhajaMubashir on | May 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    could have taken time to at least let the match finish...DD's chase could give some plays too, or do you have to limit these to some 4-5 every match disregarding the interesting things happening?

Royal Challengers v Daredevils, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 13, 2014

Yuvraj goes six, six, six ... twice

Devashish Fuloria
Plays of the day from the match between Royal Challengers and Daredevils
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The throw from hell
The throw from hell © BCCI

The hat-trick

Whose return to form has been the most pleasing, asked a poll question on television, and Yuvraj was the popular choice by a large margin, over Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. You could see why. Yuvraj hadn't just scored runs like the other two, he had been explosive. His first six tonight was off a powerful sweep against Tahir. It landed a few rows back in the stands. He kept getting better and better. The next two deliveries sailed deep into the crowd too - the first one over cover and the second one into the second tier behind long-off.

The hat-trick part - II

Shukla had bowled his first three overs for 14 runs and had dismissed Chris Gayle with the ball and Kohli with his fielding. But then he came up against a steaming hot Yuvraj in the last over. He tried to bowl a full and wide line to Yuvraj but was smoked into the stands over cover with imperious drives off consecutive deliveries. When he shortened his length for the third delivery, Yuvraj was ready for the pull and swatted the ball over fine leg, scoring his second hat-trick of sixes.

The daze

After taking 27 runs off the first five legal deliveries in the last over of the innings, Yuvraj finally missed the last ball. But no one was ready to leave the field just as yet - Rahul Shukla went to the top of his run-up, Yuvraj readied himself to play the supposed last delivery and the fielders stayed where they were. Belatedly, the umpires realised the innings was over. It was another case of everyone at the ground being in a daze; yesterday, a Mumbai batsman incorrectly took strike after a time-out and no one realised the error till the end of the innings.

The throw

Virat Kohli is an excellent runner between the wickets but his wretched run was extended by an excellent throw from the deep. Kohli got an inside edge down to deep backward square leg off Imran Tahir and looked set for a couple, but Rahul Shukla, who had earlier sent Gayle back, charged towards the ball, swooped low and fired a flat throw, without wasting time in getting in an upright position, right on top of the stumps. Kohli, the replays showed, was only a few inches short.

The drops

That Chris Gayle cannot run is no secret. That means he has to be hidden in the field, in positions close to the bat. The only job he is needed to do then is to take catches - he is a dependable catcher - and stop the balls hit straight at him. Tonight was not a good night for him at the office though. First he dropped Mayank Agarwal at slip off Yuzvendra Chahal in the eighth over - a regulation chance, then, at point, he juggled a high chance before dropping it, off JP Duminy's bat in the 17th over. The second one of those could have been a gamechanger, but luckily for Gayle, Duminy could add only six more runs.

The turn

Today was not turning out as one of those happy days for legspinner Chahal, the find of the season for Royal Challengers, not at least in his first 17 balls. He had been hit for two fours and three sixes, a catch had been dropped off his bowling and 36 runs had been taken off him. But out of nowhere, he unleashed the ball of the day. Kevin Pietersen stepped out early knowing that Chahal doesn't turn much. The bowler though spotted the move, slowed it down, got it to drift in and then turn a mile past the swinging bat to end Pietersen's stay.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo