35th match (N), Bengaluru, Apr 29 2011, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 182)155/5
RCB won by 26 runs
player of the match
Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore
end of over 2017 runs
PWI: 155/5CRR: 7.75 
Robin Uthappa23 (17)
Harpreet Singh1 (1)
Sreenath Aravind4-0-35-1
Chris Gayle2-0-8-1

Bangalore run out victors by 26 runs. The only phase of nervousness was when Yuvraj was muscling the bowling around the park. Too many of the Pune batsmen couldn't time the ball - Paine, Pandey and Uthappa.

Chris Gayle can't stop beaming: "Very happy, three wins in a row. There's going to be a big celebration tonight, I'm looking forward to that as well." About his performance, he says "Looking very sharp, eh?" and laughs. And he says he can't understand a word of what AB de Villiers says when he (AB) starts drinking. Gotta love Gayle!

Kohli: "First time in four years that I'm getting the Orange Cap. It's a big honour for me. I've always wanted to bat at No. 3, and I have got the opportunity this time. Gayle is a big asset, a big plus for the team as he strikes at around 150."

Nick sums up what many people are sending in: "It is infuriating for me that Pune underutilized in-form batsmen Yuvi and Uthappa. They should have come up the order instead of Pandey."

Here's the latest points table. Bangalore up to second spot now.

Sriram: "A man has just scored 23 off 17 balls with 3 4s and a 6, yet he's termed "couldn't time the ball :-(", hmm welcome to IPL T20." Well, he did make 15 off those in the final over, when the match was finished as a contest.

Presentation ceremony:

Yuvraj Singh doesn't not look like a happy man: "Well, I think we didn't get enough runs in the first six overs. We gave 20 runs extra on the field. We decided not to lose too many wickets at the top, but Jesse and Manish couldn't get enough runs, and Bangalore's bowlers were good."

Daniel Vettori: "There were a few scares along the way. The bowlers have stepped up in the previous two matches. Zaheer's our best bowler, we took a chance bringing him on a little earlier, and luckily it worked."

Kohli is the Man of the Match: "I think as a cricketer you have to take pressure, if the franchise retained me they have shown faith in me. The first two matches I didn't score well, but the next few it got better. Very happy winning three in a row."

That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo. Join us for tomorrow's games when, at long last, we will reach the halfway stage of the tournament.

Aravind to Uthappa, no run

Bangalore celebrate, Pune slump to their fifth straight defeat, their time at the top of the table seems a very very long time ago, the final ball was full and angling across Uthappa, who can't get bat on it

Gayle is having some fun with the crowd

Aravind to Harpreet Singh, 1 run

slower ball is lashed towards long-off

Aravind to Uthappa, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, punched to mid-off by Uthappa

Aravind to Uthappa, SIX runs

finally, the Uthappa for whom the millions were splashed makes an appearance, a nonchalant swipe sends the length ball over the midwicket boundary

Aravind to Uthappa, FOUR runs

another boundary to fine leg for Uthappa, a length ball is helped along with the angle for four more

Aravind to Uthappa, 1 wide

slower and full, well outside off, called a wide, Aravind can't believe the call

Aravind to Uthappa, FOUR runs

slower ball to start the over, Uthappa gets it away to fine leg, not too convincing

end of over 192 runs • 1 wicket
PWI: 138/5CRR: 7.26 • RRR: 44.00 • Need 44 runs from 6b
Robin Uthappa8 (12)
Harpreet Singh0 (0)
Chris Gayle2-0-8-1
Daniel Vettori4-0-23-1
Gayle to Uthappa, 1 leg bye

a fantastic over from Gayle kills off the game, he's seems happy with it, the final ball is sent to short fine for a single

Gayle to Uthappa, no run

fired in full again by Gayle, quicker, Uthappa pushes it towards mid-off

Gayle to Uthappa, no run

a yorker on middle and leg, punched back towards the bowler

Gayle to Manhas, OUT

Manhas is gone, a length ball that Manhas can't get the power behind, he tries to smash the ball over long-on, only find Kaif

Mithun Manhas c Kaif b Gayle 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60
Gayle to Uthappa, 1 run

whacked towards fine leg this time

Ninad Garude: "Yuvraj should have played out Zaheer's over ... in last 3 overs, he could have turned it around !!"

Gayle to Uthappa, no run

fullish on middle, swiped towards midwicket, can't beat the fielder

46 needed off 12. Gayle to bowl. Aravind will probably bowl the final one.