That errant cloud has been vapourised. Blue skies and a pleasant evening ahead. Gayle and TMD walk to the middle, Gayle is swinging his arms ominously, loosening them. Equally ominous is what's about to run in at him, Dale Steyn from over the wicket.

0.1
1
Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, length ball outside off, Gayle stays back and opens the face of the bat, steering the ball behind point, Duminy dives to his right and half-stops the ball
0.2
0
Steyn to Dilshan, no run, Steyn pitches on a good length outside off and seams it away from the right-hander, Dilshan lets it go, that was 147 kph
0.3
0
Steyn to Dilshan, no run, this time Dilshan has a little prod at a good length ball that pitches on off and bends away from the right-hander, it beats the outside edge
0.4
2
Steyn to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan drives off the front foot but ends up spooning the ball towards point, it falls short and goes past the diving fielder
0.5
0
Steyn to Dilshan, no run, played from the crease towards point, that was on a good length on off stump
0.6
0
Steyn to Dilshan, no run, a loud appeal from Steyn for caught behind but no one else joined in. It was a lovely outswinger, pitching on a length that drew Dilshan into the front-foot drive and moving away to beat the bat

END OF OVER:
1 | 3 Runs | RCB: 3/0 (130 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.84)

  • TM Dilshan2 (5b)
  • CH Gayle1 (1b)
  • DW Steyn1-0-3-0

Gony from over the wicket ...

1.1
4
Gony to Gayle, FOUR, after those lovely outswingers from Steyn, Gony delivers a short and wide loosener outside off stump, Gayle goes back and thumps it through cover
1.2
0
Gony to Gayle, no run, good length and much closer to off stump, Gayle stays in his crease and lets it pass
1.3
4
Gony to Gayle, FOUR, another length ball outside off stump, Gayle can go back and drive with power through cover, lots of width for the batsman
1.4
6
Gony to Gayle, SIX, there he goes! A length offering from Gony, and Gayle hammers it over wide long-on, lofting it off the front foot
1.5
4
Gony to Gayle, FOUR, too full and lots of width outside off, Gayle simply stays in his crease, gets under the ball and frees his arms. He hits it flat over mid-off and the ball bounces just short of the rope
1.6
6
Gony to Gayle, SIX, Gony does not know where to bowl, or if he does, he's not hitting his lines or lengths. Another short and wide ball outside off. Gayle frees his arms again, slashing powerfully over the cover boundary

END OF OVER:
2 | 24 Runs | RCB: 27/0 (106 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 13.50, RRR: 5.88)

  • CH Gayle25 (7b)
  • TM Dilshan2 (5b)
  • MS Gony1-0-24-0
  • DW Steyn1-0-3-0
2.1
0
Steyn to Dilshan, no run, good length on off stump, Dilshan moves forward and plays towards midwicket

Gareth: "I know we're almost getting used to it, but you have to marvel at Gayle's domination of this form of the game. Nearly 3 times more sixes than anyone in the tournament, and an average nearing 70. Just insane."

2.2
1
Steyn to Dilshan, 1 run, a touch full on the pads, Dilshan flicks towards fine leg

Liza: "Can Gayle complete 1000 runs in this IPL? A new world record!!"

Pratik: "End of second over and Gayle brings the [required] run-rate under 6..."

How will Gayle approach Steyn? Just play him out and feast on the lambs at the other end?

2.3
2
Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, in the air but just wide of the fielder at cover, Steyn throws his head back in anguish. Gayle goes back and taps a short of a length ball in the air but wide of Dhawan diving to his right
2.4
0
Steyn to Gayle, no run, fire from Steyn. A well-directed bouncer at searing pace. That was aimed at the head. Gayle ducked in the nick of time
2.5
W
Steyn to Gayle, OUT, bowled him! Steyn's won his battle. Gayle was trying not to let Steyn dictate terms. He backed away towards leg to try and smash through the off side. Steyn, however, is a little quicker than Gony. Gayle is rushed for time and he gets a bottom edge on to his stumps

CH Gayle b Steyn 27 (10b 3x4 2x6) SR: 270.00

2.6
0
Steyn to Kohli, no run, good length outside off at brisk pace, Kohli lets it go

END OF OVER:
3 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 30/1 (103 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.05)

  • V Kohli0 (1b)
  • TM Dilshan3 (7b)
  • DW Steyn2-0-6-1
  • MS Gony1-0-24-0

Steyn is breathing fire at the moment, RCB will be well advised to see him out. What can Gony breathe?

3.1
0
Gony to Dilshan, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, the batsman tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pad
3.2
1w
Gony to Dilshan, 1 wide, strays down leg side this time, Dilshan misses the glance
3.2
1
Gony to Dilshan, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

Dhaval: "And finally, Dale makes Gayle look pale!"

3.3
4
Gony to Kohli, FOUR, pushed at it off the front foot and the good length ball hits the outside edge and runs to the third man boundary
3.4
0
Gony to Kohli, no run, good length outside off, Kohli goes back and punches towards cover
3.5
0
Gony to Kohli, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Kohli leans forward and plays towards mid-on
3.6
0
Gony to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to pull but the ball isn't short enough, he was cramped for room and short on time.The ball hit him where it hurts

END OF OVER:
4 | 6 Runs | RCB: 36/1 (97 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.06)

  • V Kohli4 (5b)
  • TM Dilshan4 (9b)
  • MS Gony2-0-30-0
  • DW Steyn2-0-6-1