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25th match (N), Mohali, April 20, 2012, Indian Premier League
(19.3/20 ov, T:164) 166/5

RCB won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

Full commentary

Chennai play Rajasthan and Delhi play Pune tomorrow. That is all from me, till tomorrow, this is Suneer Chowdhary signing off.

Presentation Gayle has got a medal for the most sixes this game, this time he will not be sharing it with anyone he's hit!

Vettori: Good win, very good chase by AB and Chris, they were quite confident in their chase. Power of Chris to turn the game around in a couple of overs. Helps to win two in a row and gets the confidence up, hope to peak at the right time, want to get 8 or 9 wins to get to the playoffs.

Hussey: We were 10 runs light, the bowlers did a good job I thought, lot of positives to come, Mahmood came back well, Awana bowled well, Chawla did a good job too.

Gayle, man of the match: Ball came on to the bat, wanted to keep my cool, AB came on and played wonderfully, good win and looking to Rajasthan next. Yes, there should be some protection for the umpires and the fans in the stadium, you don't want a loose ball hitting you. Thank god no-one got hit today.

A fairly comprehensive win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore then, by five wickets. One thought that the score of 163 was a decent one but with Gayle deciding to 'drop anchor' and play till the end, Punjab were never in the game with this one. Awana bowled well for his four wickets, but the 131-run stand for the fourth wicket snatched the game away from the home side. Gayle scored 87, de Villiers made 52 and incidentally, these two were the only batsmen from Bangalore to get into double figures.

Mahmood to McDonald, FOUR runs

pitched up and driven through the coves for the winning boundary! Bangalore have their third win here...

Fielders are now coming in. In fact only five of them in the ring.

Mahmood to Vettori, 1 run

short ball, short arm jab from Vettori gets him a single to deep mid-wicket. 2 needed from 4.

Mahmood to McDonald, 1 run

pitched up, on the middle stump and driven to long-on fielder for a single

They have four fielders in the ring.

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 160/5CRR: 8.42 RRR: 4.00
Andrew McDonald3 (4)
Daniel Vettori1 (2)
Piyush Chawla 4-0-21-1
Parvinder Awana 4-0-34-4

4 needed from 6 balls. Azhar Mahmood has the ball.

Chawla to McDonald, 1 run

tries to go for the drive, gets an inside edge and that goes to the deep square-leg for a single.

Chawla to Vettori, 1 run

pitched up to the bat and driven to long-off for a single. Just that outside hope for the home fans.

Chawla to Vettori, no run

driven to short cover.

6 needed off 9.

Chawla to de Villiers, OUT

gone, lbw! pitched up to the bat, goes through without turn and misses the bat, and the umpire gives him out. Was that going down?

AB de Villiers lbw b Chawla 52 (67m 39b 6x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
Chawla to de Villiers, no run

dabbed on the off-side and they wanted to for a single, de Villiers sent him back, McDonald had to dive back.

Chawla to McDonald, 1 run

tucked away to the leg-side for a single

Chawla has the ball now

end of over 1817 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 157/4CRR: 8.72 RRR: 3.50
Andrew McDonald1 (2)
AB de Villiers52 (37)
Parvinder Awana 4-0-34-4
Azhar Mahmood 3-0-24-0
Awana to McDonald, 1 run

pitched up, and he was on his back-foot, gets an inside-edge for a single.

Awana to McDonald, no run

short ball and defended on the back-foot.

Awana to Gayle, OUT

now, now, is that a catch or what! Hussey has picked up a beauty! Slashed away by Gayle through the covers, or at least that is what one thought would happen, Hussey at extra-cover dived full length, to his right and he has taken a screamer.

Chris Gayle c Hussey b Awana 87 (89m 56b 8x4 4x6) SR: 155.35
Awana to Gayle, FOUR runs

full-toss and that is slashed away through the short third-man. This is not even going the distance.

Awana to Gayle, SIX runs

short ball and that has been spanked over the deep square-leg fence for a six! That was a crowd-killer, went rather flat.

Awana to Gayle, (no ball)

that was well-bowled, pitched right up but no-ball called.

Awana to Gayle, 1 wide

bouncer and left alone, and for some reason, the umpire calls it a wide. That was close to the batsman, and had he no ducked, it would have hit him somewhere.

Awana to Gayle, FOUR runs

outside the off-stump and pitched up, Gayle goes over the wide long-off for a four.

24 needed from three overs. Gayle on strike. He might look to get very close this over.

end of over 178 runs
RCB: 140/3CRR: 8.23 RRR: 8.00
AB de Villiers52 (37)
Chris Gayle73 (51)
Azhar Mahmood 3-0-24-0
Praveen Kumar 4-0-35-0
Mahmood to de Villiers, no run

bouncer and de Villiers leaves it alone expecting a wide, but the umpire lets it go.

Mahmood to de Villiers, FOUR runs

full-toss and that is reverse-slogged by de Villiers over short third-man/short fine-leg for a four!

Mahmood to de Villiers, no run

tries to play it to the leg-side but it hits the pad and pops back to the bowler

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