full toss and Pathan ends it with a heave into that gap on the deep midwicket boundary, Bangalore have won, with plenty to spare
RCB won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
|AB de Villiers||RCB||57.39||54(40)||55.41||57.39||-||-||0|
I wonder whom Mahela consulted with before giving Gomez that over, but it cost Kochi terribly. de Villiers smashed Gomez for three sixes and that ended the game for Kochi. How much of Gomez would Mahela have seen before today? He'll have learned from the experience for sure.
''Think Mahela tried to pull of a MSD by bringing on Gomez!" says Samir.
Mahela says Kochi didn't hold nerve for only a couple of overs and it cost them. "It was a defendable target. We took wickets but they kept chasing. We put ourselves under pressure. We tried to take the pace off the ball but it didn't work."
"Wouldn't blame Mahela too much. With RP delivering absolute trash (like he is doing with alarming regularity), he had to look for other alternatives," says Karthik.
Vettori thought the target was a good one. "We played well to chase it down, he says. "It was a good wicket, there was enough bounce there. A good cricket wicket, good for the crowd ... I like bowling on these sort of wickets."
The Man of the Match is AB de Villiers for his game-breaking half-century. "Awesome vibe, the IPL is always nice to play in. We started off scratchy but that was expected in the first game of the IPL," AB said. "We had the experience to pull it back." He says Ray Jennings gave him valuable advice during the second strategic time-out. So I guess they do serve some purpose!
That's about it from us at ESPNcricinfo for tonight. Day 2 of the IPL is over, plenty more to come. Stay with us. Cheers.
another short ball and Pathan has slugged it between deep midwicket and long-on, clean contact and looks like this game won't go into the final over
short ball and Pathan tries another pull but this time it doesn't come off, he was late on the shot and got hit on the body
wide outside off stump
short ball and Pathan has pulled it with power, RP runs to his left on the boundary but doesn't dive
That over has broken the game. Bangalore will have to do something spectacularly silly to lose this.
and again! This time over wide long-on. de Villiers makes clean contact and dispatches Gomez for the third time. A loose full toss that was
that's full outside off, de Villiers stays in his crease, lines it up and launches it high and far over long-off, crucial strike
Tiwary tries to hit down the ground, a slog really, and ends up slicing it in the air towards cover, where Mahela back-pedals on the edge of the circle and holds the catch
much fuller this time, forcing de Villiers to hit towards long on
that's length at gentle medium pace, de Villiers clears his front foot out of the way and heaves the ball over deep midwicket. He's connected with the slog sweep supremely and the ball flies into the first tier
good length and straight, driven towards long off for a single. Big moment for Gomez to come into the attack.
Bangalore need 11 runs per over.
driven straight to cover where a mis-field allows the ball to reach deep cover
Tiwary mis-hits the ball in the air but it falls safely over extra cover
de Villiers charges and tries to heave on the leg side, he gets an outside edge that goes in the air towards cover where Sreesanth runs to his left and dives. He gets his fingertips to the ball but can't hold on
de Villiers goes on the back foot and tries to pull but gets beaten by the doosra that spins across him
Tiwary plonks his foot forward and lifts the ball towards long-on
de Villiers plays a reverse hit towards short third man
39 needed off 24 balls. Like almost every other IPL match.
and yet another full toss which isn't punished, hit to deep midwicket again
another quick full toss on leg and middle which Tiwary hits to deep midwicket
de Villiers swipes across the line and hits to deep midwicket
|Nehru Stadium, Kochi|
|Toss||Kochi Tuskers Kerala, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
AB de Villiers
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00|
|Match days||9 April 2011 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Kochi Tuskers Kerala 0|
Over 19 • RCB 162/4RCB won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Cool de Villiers crashes Kochi party
Kochi debuts against new-look Bangalore
Bangalore lack domestic punch
|AB de Villiers||not out||54||40|
|AUK Pathan||not out||12||4|
|Extras||(lb 4, nb 2, w 7)|
|Total||162(4 wkts; 18.4 ovs)|