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67th match (N), Delhi, May 17, 2012, Indian Premier League

RCB won by 21 runs

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end of over 208 runs • 2 wickets
DC: 194/9CRR: 9.70 
Pawan Negi6 (4)
Prasanth Parameswaran 3-0-30-3
Vinay Kumar 4-0-35-2

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.


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!

Prasanth to Umesh 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

Umesh Yadav c Tiwary b Parameswaran 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Prasanth to Umesh Yadav, no run

slower, shorter and he goes for a swing, misses and it has gone to the keeper

Prasanth to Negi, 1 run

on the leg stump, moves away to the leg side and drives to long-on for a single

Prasanth to Negi, 1 wide

down the leg side and it is called a wide

Prasanth 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!

Andre Russell c Kohli b Parameswaran 31 (21m 15b 1x4 3x6) SR: 206.66
Prasanth to Russell, no run

round the wicket, tries to slam it back, but goes to the bowler, four sixes needed now

Prasanth to Russell, SIX runs

pitched right up to the bat and that has been smashed back over the bowler for a six! Hits the sight-screen and rather hard at that!

30 from the last over needed. Parameswaran has the ball.

end of over 1914 runs
DC: 186/7CRR: 9.78 RRR: 30.00
Andre Russell25 (12)
Pawan Negi5 (3)
Vinay Kumar 4-0-35-2
Zaheer Khan 4-0-38-3
Vinay to Russell, 1 run

round the stumps, pitched right up to the bat, digs out the yorker and that gives them only a single

Vinay to Russell, SIX runs

swatted away over the mid-wicket region for a six, short of a length, it was not too well-timed but his power takes it over the fence

Vinay to Russell, 1 wide

outside the off stump, the batsman slips and is flat on ground, parallel to the crease.

Vinay to Negi, 1 run

short of good length, driven to the long-off region for a single

Vinay to Negi, no run

outside the off stump, wants to play it away aggressively, but misses, it was slower too

Vinay to Negi, FOUR runs

short of length, almost a bouncer, tries to pull it, gets a top edge and it goes over the keeper for a four.

Vinay to Russell, 1 run

length ball, tries to go over the top but no timing, goes to long-off for only a single

44 off two overs needed.

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 172/7CRR: 9.55 RRR: 22.00
Andre Russell17 (9)
Pawan Negi0 (0)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-38-3
Vinay Kumar 3-0-21-2
Khan to Russell, 1 run

full toss outside the off stump and drilled down the ground yet again, to the long-off fielder, only seven off the over

Khan to Pathan, OUT

swung away at a length ball and straight into the hands of the deep mid-wicket fielder, easily caught by Dilshan

Irfan Pathan c Dilshan b Khan 4 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
Khan to Pathan, 2 runs

tries to flick it over fine-leg, scoop attempted, but gets the toe-end of the bat, to deep square-leg for a couple of runs

Khan to Russell, 1 run

yorker length ball, round the wickets, outside edge goes to point, where a tumbling Gayle fields and there is only a single

Khan to Russell, 2 runs

full-toss and he was moving around in the crease before slashing him over extra-cover for a couple of runs, a bit of misfield there as well, but in the end, only a couple

Khan to Pathan, 1 run

full-toss and on the pads, hoicked to deep square-leg but to the fielder and only a single

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