197dThe Report by George Binoy

Gayle ton delivers crucial win for Bangalore

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli took 204 runs off a Morne Morkel-less attack to lead Royal Challengers to the highest total of 2012, one that was ultimately a match-winning one

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
CH Gayle
128(62) 7x4 - 13x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 39 runs
  • 2x4 - 4x6
4 1 13 7 23 42 35 3
V Kohli
V Kohli
73(53) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 25 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
1 0 3 2 9 6 17 35

Best performances - Bowlers

P Parameswaran
O3
M0
R30
W3
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O4
M0
R38
W3
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | DC: 194/9 (22 runs required, RR: 9.70)

  • Pawan Negi6 (4b)
  • Prasanth Parameswaran3-0-30-3
  • Vinay Kumar4-0-35-2

It was a track that helped batting and it will be an understatement to make. In the end, the one man who made all the difference was Gayle, who smacked a century at a strike-rate of 200. Delhi replied well and were in with a chance till those four overs from Zaheer and Vinay Kumar pegged the Daredevils back. 30s from Rao at the top and Russell down the order sandwiched a superb return to form for Taylor, but in the end his 26-ball 55 was not enough to see the side through to a win.

Bangalore now have 17 points from 15 games, the same as Chennai, who are done with their engagements now. A win in their last game against Deccan will see them through to the playoffs. Delhi remain on 20 and have already made it to the playoffs.

Presentation

Kohli: Exciting game of cricket, good pitch to bat on. Batting with Chris is a wonderful experience, lot of them could have taken my head off at the non-striker's end, we need to win the last game to make it to the playoffs.

Jayawardene: He is in tremendous form, especially on a small ground like this, it was always going to be difficult to contain them. Still we could chase it down, unfortunately we could not. Morne was the only player rested, Viru was sick, we needed to give Russell a chance. We have played enough T20 cricket to realise this happens and we need to just try and improve from here.

Gayle, man of the match: Secret behind those sixes, good balance and it helps to have a pitch where the ball comes up to the bat, it is natural, trying not to move around, couple of innings have me moving around which does not help. Thanks to Virat Kohli for his support at the other end. Maiden over is okay, as long as I am there till the end, it helps to get the runs.

12th man of the match award for Gayle here and he has been Bangalore's biggest trump card since he came over to their side. That is it then from me, Suneer Chowdhary, it has been an exciting day of cricket, in the first game, the ball did all things it could in a T20 game and made scoring rather difficult. Only for the bat to dominate in the second match with more than 400 runs coming in the game.

I will be back for tomorrow's game between the Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals, till then, have a great time!

19.6
W
Parameswaran to Yadav, OUT, goes for a big one but straight to the fielder deep and that is the end of the game, Bangalore have picked up two points here

UT Yadav c Tiwary b Parameswaran 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5
0
Parameswaran to Yadav, no run, slower, shorter and he goes for a swing, misses and it has gone to the keeper
19.4
1
Parameswaran to Negi, 1 run, on the leg stump, moves away to the leg side and drives to long-on for a single
19.4
1w
Parameswaran to Negi, 1 wide, down the leg side and it is called a wide
19.3
W
Parameswaran to Russell, OUT, moving around the crease, slower one delivered and the edge goes high in the air and for Kohli to take a good catch at long-off, end of Russell and dare I say, Delhi's chances in this game too!

AD Russell c Kohli b Parameswaran 31 (21m 15b 1x4 3x6) SR: 206.66

19.2
0
Parameswaran to Russell, no run, round the wicket, tries to slam it back, but goes to the bowler, four sixes needed now

Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17DA WarnerUBT Chand
2nd28Y Venugopal RaoUBT Chand
3rd24DPMD JayawardeneY Venugopal Rao
4th38Y Venugopal RaoLRPL Taylor
5th44NV OjhaLRPL Taylor
6th8LRPL TaylorAD Russell
7th12IK PathanAD Russell
8th21AD RussellP Negi
9th2UT YadavP Negi