Bangalore: Chasing a target of 182, Royal Challengers Bangalore (186/4), assisted by a Gayle blitzkrieg of 81runs (48 balls) and De Villiers’32 (14 balls) pyrotechnics, came back from the dead to snatch an unlikely victory against the aggressor Pune Warriors to register their second win of the league this season.
Here is how the game panned out...
11. 32 pm Over 20 Nehra to bowl the last over, 21 runs off 6 balls and Nehra gets the first ball full and wide. Good start for Nehra. De Villiers premeditated a dilscoop, Nehra followed AB but it still went for FOUR!!! . Third ball, AB strikes a massive SIX!!! . didn’t time it well but it went past the long on boundary. SIX!!! more by AB, it’s the premeditated scoop over long leg. 1 run off the penultimate ball and three needed off one ball, Tiwary strikes it big for SIX!!! and RCB snatch a big win RCB: 186/4
11. 27 pm Over 19 Dinda to bowl the penultimate over, and gives away just 2 runs in 2 balls and he is down on the pitch with medical attention. Excellent over by Dinda -- keeping it full and straight. He stepped up the game for Pune Warriors with a tight spell. Only 7 runs off the over. RCB: 162/4
11. 27 pm Over 19 Dinda to bowl the penultimate over, and gives away just 2 runs in 2 balls and he is down on the pitch with medical attention.
11. 22 pm Over 18 clean strike from AB hits the stumps, a definite boundary blocked but he reverse sweeps the next ball for a spectacular SIX!!! . Sourabh Tiwary finally joins the party with a big stress buster SIX!!! . 16 runs off the over. RCB: 155/4
11. 14 pm Over 17 Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in to bowl his final over. He has been immaculate so far giving away just 16 runs in his first three overs. He concedes 10 off the over. RCB: 139/4
11. 10 pm Over 16 OUT!!! Big fella Chris Gayle81 (48) is bowled by Ashish Nehra and Pune would breathe a sigh of relief. It was terrific yorker by Nehra as the ball tailed into Gayle’s leg stump with pace. RCB: 128/4
11. 03 pm Over 15 Ganguly brings back Ashok Dinda and he bowls a decent over giving away just 5 singles. RCB: 117/3
10. 58 pm Over 14 Pressure eases for RCB as 5 runs comes off the over. RCB: 112/3
10. 53 pm Over 13 Gayle ups the ante, takes the ariel route muscling the long over long off for a big SIX!!! . Follows it up with a powerful flick for another SIX!!! over deep extra cover. 50 up for the big fella. Another biggy, tossed up ball and Gayle rocks back and shoots it over bowlers head, SIX!!! . 5th ball, Gayle hits his 4th consecutive SIX!!! into the second tier of the Chinnaswamy stadium. He caps off the over with another SIX!!! over deep long leg. Is this the over that changes the course of the match? 31 runs off the over. RCB: 107/3
10. 47 pm Over 12 OUT!!! Kohli is holed out in the deep for 16 runs off 19 balls. Gayle picks up a FOUR!!! off the last ball. RCB: 76/3
10. 42 pm Over 10 Another medium pacer Angelo Mathews comes into the attack and as Gayle hits a FOUR!!! off full toss. 7 runs off the over. RCB: 63/2
10. 35 pm Over 9 RCB are falling behind the 9 ball as Bhuvanesh Kumar completes yet another good over, Just 6 runs off it. He is varying his line and length rather cleverly. RCB: 56/2
10. 31 pm Over 8 3 runs off the Samuels over. RCB: 50/2
10. 24 pm Over 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar is proving to be a good addition to the Pune bowling line up as he bowls another tight over 5 runs. RCB: 47/2
10. 19 pm Over 6 OUT!!! Samuels scalps Mayank Agarwal as the youngster pulled straight to the man at deep square leg. He goes for 9 runs. Samuels strikes in his very first over. RCB: 42/2
10. 13 pm Over 5 Good over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, just 5 runs off it. RCB: 40/1
10. 19 pm Over 5 OUT!!! Samuels scalps Mayank Agarwal as the youngster pulled straight to the man at deep square leg. He goes for 9 runs. Samuels strikes in his very first over.
10. 13 pm Over 4 Good over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, just 5 runs off it. RCB: 40/1
10. 09 pm Over 4 Gayle on the Ramapage as he picks his spot and hoists one over midwicket and another over long off, both massive SIXES!!! , add to that a FOUR!!! . 18 runs off the over. RCB: 35/1
10. 03 pm Over 3 Dilshan succumbs to the Dilscoop. He was looking out of sort all along and he went for his trademark scoop only to lob it to keeper Robin Uthappa for 4 runs. RCB: 17/1
10. 03 pm Over 3 Dilshan succumbs to the Dilscoop. He was looking out of sort all along and he went for his trademark scoop only to lob it to keeper Robin Uthappa for 4 runs.
9. 58 pm Over 2 Another Indian international starts from the other end, Ashish Nehra cranks up the pace first up hitting the 140 kmph mark and almost gets the wicket of the big fella Chris Gayle, outside edge falling short of first slip Ryder. Just one run off it. RCB: 4/0
9. 52 pm Over 1 Ashok Dinda starts off the proceedings with a decent over conceding 4 runs. Dilshan tried playing few pull shots failing to connect any. RCB: 3/0
Powered by a solid opening partnership off 63 runs from 42 balls by Robin Uthappa (70) and Jessie Ryder (34), Pune Warriors India posted an above par score of 182 for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL encounter at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday.
Pune Warriors Innings
9. 33 pm Over 20 OUT!!! Angelo Mathews goes for 10 runs as Vinay Kumar is down on the ground receiving some medical attention. FOUR!!! off the last ball. PW: 182/6
9. 28 pm Over 19 Another RUN OUT!!! , Samuels is furious as he back to the pavilion scoring 34 runs off 20. Angelo Mathews failed to connect the ball as Samuels went for the run, but keeper De Villiers hits the bull’s eye. Angelo Mathews hits a SIX!!! off the last ball. PW: 175/5
9.17 pm Over 18 Slower delivery from Vinay Kumar and Samuels launches it into the obit for SIX!!! . but a RUN OUT!!! ends Steve Smith innings. 9 runs of the over. PW: 164/4
9.17 pm Over 17 Straight out of the middle, as Steve Smith connects the tossed up ball well for a huge SIX!!! off the first ball. Samuels picks up another FOUR!!! . PW: 155/3
9.11 pm Over 16 Zak into the attack and produces an excellent over. 7 runs off it. PW: 141/3
9.07 pm Over 15 Good over form Harshal Patel, just 5 runs off it. PW: 134/3
9.05 pm Over 14 Last ball of the over, Marlon Samuels waltz down the track hits a massive SIX!!! . PW: 129/3
8.59 pm Over 13 Against the run of play, in-form batsman Robin Uthappa’s enterprising 70 off 45 balls comes to an end. Robin slices a fullish delivery towards point where Patel takes a simple catch. PW: 117/3
8.57 pm Over 12 OUT!!! Ganguly perishes for 6 runs as Pune lose their second wicket, but Uthappa going strong as he displays brute force and timing, picking up two FOURS!!! in the over. First one, an on the rise slap past long off and the second, caressing the slower one past extra cover. PW: 112/2
8.53 pm Over 11 a rare good over for RCB, as Vettori concedes just 5 runs. Pune go past 100 run mark. PW: 101/1
8.50 pm Over 10 Uthappa connects a reverse sweep twice for FOUR!!! in the Dilshan over as he scores his maiden 50 for the Pune outfit. 12 runs off the over. PW: 96/1
8.43 pm Over 9 A fired up Patel bowls four decent balls but drops a predictable slower one and a pitched up delivery. Uthappa picks up two FOURS!!! . PW: 84/1
8.39 pm Over 8 KP Appanna into the and Uthappa launches his fifth ball over midwicket boundary for a big SIX!!! . But Uthappa was caught behind the previous ball, but the umpire failed to see the nick. 11 runs off the over. PW: 74/1
8.33 pm Over 7 OUT!!! First blow for Pune as dangerous Ryder departs for 34 in 22 balls. Harshal Patel gets the wicket. It was a short ball outside off and Ryder manages to top edge it to Mayank Agarwal.
8.29 pm Over 6 Last over of the powerplay and captain Dan Vettori comes into the attack, Uthappa comes down the track, is deceived through the air but goes through the shot and gets a FOUR!!! through long on region. Ryder also comes down the track and flicks the ball to a vacant square leg fence for another FOUR!!! . 10 runs off the over. PW: 58/0
8.24 pm Over 5 Massive SIX!!! from Jessie Ryder over the bowlers’ head as he puts young Harshal Patel under the pump first up. Follows it up with a streaky FOUR!!! through the third man region off the third ball. Patel opts for change of pace for the next three deliveries. 11 runs off the over. PW: 48/0
8.17 pm Over 4 Uthappa gets a leading edge FOUR!!! off the third ball of the over as Vinay Kumar concedes 7 runs in his first over. PW: 37/0
8.13 pm Over 3 Ryder in to the act now as he smashes Zaheer Khan for two boundaries in the over. It is a fast outfield and a score of 60 inside the powerplay overs would be Pune’s target. 12 runs off the over. PW: 30/0
8.07 pm Over 2 First SIX!!! of the match as Robin Uthappa shuffles across and sweeps Dilshan for a maximum, then follows it up with a cut shot for FOUR!!! through point. 13 runs off the over. PW: 18/0
8.05 pm Over 1 : Zak starts with a big WIDE down the leg side, but hint of swing first up. 5 runs off the first over. PW: 5/0
8.00 pm: It’s Jessie Ryder and Robin Uthappa for Pune with Zaheer khan with the ball in his hand for the hosts, RCB.