Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
48(38) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 2 4 4 1 8
CH Gayle
102(55) 10x4 - 7x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 2 12 9 14

Best performances - Bowlers

L Balaji
O4.0
M0
R43
W1
Eco10.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Aravind
O3.0
M0
R37
W2
Eco12.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Some strong words from the big man Gayle. That will be all from us for this game. The other game, Mumbai v Chennai is just about to begin. So you can catch that game here. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off meanwhile.

Chris Gayle is the obvious Man of the Match. Gayle: "God is good. Good to get a century. Good start. Thanks to all the guys for the support. First time I picked up my bat after the World Cup. Wasn't practising a lot at home. I had to get a lot out of my mind, keep my focus right, keep putting pressure for selection. KKR is my old team and I enjoyed getting a 100 at Eden. When he got that boundary, it was a bit scary, I told him listen you have to block every ball. He came in and took the pressure off me, Dilshan as well. It is an unpredictable wicket, it held on tonight which was good for us. The start is key here which we got. I could have batted faster, but I thought I needed an IPL century, I had got out earlier for 90-odd inside 14 overs earlier. I think the crowd enjoyed the big sixes, I get cussed a lot when I don't get them."

Daniel VettoriM: "Probably a must-win game. Outstanding batting from Gayle and Dilshan. If you have a player like Chris, you got to find a way to get him in the XI. We thought the wicket would get better as the game went on, and were proved right. But would have liked to have bowled better."

Gautam Gambhir: "Always felt this was a good total, but could not have done a lot against Gayle's innings. We did a lot of things right today, all credit to Chris, he never allowed us back in to the game. We can take a lot of positives out of this game."

Hang on for the presentation.

Samit: "Why did the match stop? I want to see more of Gayle's madness?"

Charith: "What did KKR think of achieving with that kind of a bowling attack?"

What an innings. He just stood and walloped the helpless bowlers. Not much violence compared to his standards, but lots of intelligent batting.

Ray Jennings, the Bangalore coach: "We had a team talk today and spoke about what it takes to be a champion. We needed someone to produce that champion-type of performance, and who better than Gayle to pull it off. This is a very close tournament. You need a bit of luck in this format. Nothing to worry about Dan's fitness. He failed the pain a bit more today in his knee, but he is a tough Kiwi and will be fine."

Comprehensive win for Bangalore, they needed it after three consecutive losses and the wash-out. The opening partnership was not working for them. Gayle at the top has teed off perfectly in a big chase today. And all their middle order batsmen looked pleased.

Samuel: "The other day it rained in Bangalore. But a hurricane hit Kolkata today!"

Virat Kohli: "That's the way Gayle plays. Well, I wanted to give Chris the strike, you don't often get a 100 in Twenty20, so I decided to block everything [after that pulled boundary]. I was disappointed to see Iqbal bowl the wide, but it could have slipped out of his hand as well."

That is it, the Gayle face is back to its expression-less best as he shakes hands with the Kolkata players. Then breaks in to a smile as he approaches the Bangalore players. Hugs his team-mates, hugs Zaheer Khan, nice moment.

18.1
4
Shakib Al Hasan to Gayle, FOUR runs, Gayle gets the century, smiles broadly and hugs Virat, it was short and wide, and he hammered it over covers on one leg in cavalier fashion

END OF OVER:
18 | 5 Runs | RCB: 171/1

  • V Kohli30 (22b)
  • CH Gayle98 (54b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla1.5-0-12-0
  • R Bhatia3-0-28-0
17.6
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Kohli, no run, flights this one on leg stump, Virat kills it in forward defence, all set up for Gayle's big one next over

goes over the wicket now

17.6
1w
Iqbal Abdulla to Kohli, 1 wide, Iqbal does a Randiv, can't say whether it was intentional, fires this one wide down the leg side
17.5
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Kohli, no run, tosses this one invitingly, Kohli has shut shop for the day, textbook forward defence from him
17.4
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Kohli, no run, and now is beaten as he pushes half-forward outside off
17.3
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Kohli, no run, now he pushes this one in to the off side

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
48(38) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 2 4 4 1 8
CH Gayle
102(55) 10x4 - 7x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 2 12 9 14

Best performances - Bowlers

L Balaji
O4.0
M0
R43
W1
Eco10.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Aravind
O3.0
M0
R37
W2
Eco12.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Indian Premier League

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MI14104020.0000.784
RPS1495018.0000.174
SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
KXIP1477014.000-0.013
DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301