all this while he was just playing with everyone's mind, because he can do it whenever he wants. Doesn't matter where the ball was pitched, the point is that it ended up over the sight screen
So RCB keep their home-record this season intact. Two more matches tomorrow - Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab, Pune, all will be in business. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.
Virat Kohli: "Happy with the outcome as this was not a last-ball finish. The wicket was decent enough to bat and the bowlers made RR batsmen play shots that they shouldn't have played. I made one point to the bowlers in the meeting - you try to make your own plans, you decide what field you want to. It was a smart chase and Gayle and Tiwary played a perfect role. "
Rahul Dravid: "Lovely to come here in Bangalore, unfortunately the game didn't pan out our way, but RCB outplayed us here. It was a 150-kind of wicket and unfortunately, our middle order is not really experienced and our tail didn't add much. Shaun Tait is an impact bowler and we have to use him time and time again, especially as there was Gayle around today. But unfortunately, Gayle changed his game completely today. "
Vinay Kumar is the Man of the Match.
So this what it takes to avoid a collapse - Two big men grinding an opposition out by playing on their patience. An excellent effort from Gayle after what happened in RCB's last match here in Bangalore when they had that dramatic collapse. The bowlers set the win up for RCB, says Gayle. For Royals, it was always going to be very hard after the collapse that saw them wrap up for a paltry 117. Their good run has come to an end, but they are still in a strong position in the points table. One development that would interest RR fans (and a whole lot of people elsewhere) is that Shane Watson started bowling today and he picked up two wickets too. Guess his Ashes preparations are starting here then.
Robbie D: "Next time I am in Jamaica and i see Mr. Gayle in a club, i will look him straight in the eye and say, "dude i know you are not this selfless, come on be honest you want that purple cap and that average don't you?""
Zubin: "@RobbieD: You mean the Orange Cap !!! :)" ---- I envy your eyes man, they have survived this long after three weeks of strobe lighting..
Saurabh : "Weird victory to RCB, though. Before last six by Gayle, only one player had strike rate more than hundred percent. Extras did for RCB too. 11 wides by RR, seriously while defending a meagre total of 117. Nearly bowled out 2 more overs."
SivaP: "Guess, Gayle wouldnt sleep well if he didnt hit a six :)"
Scores level, now a big hit maybe?
length delivery on off stump, the batsman steers it to third man and the scores are level
he walks down the pitch and flat-bats the short of length delivery with a powerful hoick to the deep midwicket boundary, then struts around with some swagger
length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it to mid-off
he bowls it short of length on the middle stump line and Tiwary shows some intent, he pulls it over midwicket in the gap
Trivedi is here
Shenoy: "In my school-days my cricket coach used to tel me "Play at your strength, and not on others' weakness". Guess Gayle has also realized that he can contribute big shots at the death irrespective of the bowler which seems to be his strength. This might also explain his less aggressive instinct till now."
he comes down the pitch to a flighted delivery and powers it down to long-off
this time he comes forward to drive a fuller delivery, but inside edges it towards backward square leg
flatter delivery on the pads and this time Gayle paddles it without really bending his knees
slow loopy delivery outside leg stump, the batsman paddles it to fine leg for a single
flighted delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to the off
tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman goes back and turns it to square leg for a single
Udith: "@Bilal: I experienced the same thing when RR batting. Someone inside edged the ball and it was running to fineleg fence. Then Gayle put a slide and stopped it. I was like "since when did Gayle start sliding". But turned out to be Tiwary."
now he digs out a slower full delivery back to the bowler
he goes fuller in length this time, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-off
another short delivery ont he body, Gayle chooses to present a feather instead off a hammer, pushes it to square leg for a single
Prakash: "@bilal, Tiwari just believed it and put away Chandila for a huge one."
short of length delivery on the middle and leg line, Saurabh nudges it towards square leg for a single
another full and slow delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to extra cover for a single
bowls a full slower delivery on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg
Tarun AA: "Is this really Gayle playing?? Where are the sixes and fours? Appreciate him curbing his natural game and playing patiently when his team needs it, unlike a DD player whose name starts with V..."
another slow delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to extra cover for a single
he comes down the pitch to this flatter delivery and muscles it down the ground. For a second the long-off fielder was interested but it sailed over him easily
bilal: "I am also watching this match on tv, and a bit confused in recognizing gayle & tiwary, for one moment i thought gayle is lefty then realised both are lefty, the next moment i assumed player with long hair is lefty but both have long hair. Is India planning to make its own gayle ?"
comes down the pitch to a flighted delivery and drives it back to the bowler