Virat Kohli throws the ball to Chris Gayle to finish things offon a day that has well and truly belonged to the big West Indian. It takes him three deliveries to break into his trademark dance move after he gets the wicket of Ali Murtaza. The Gangnam style continued as he bowled a quick yorker to get the second wicket in the over. Ishwar Pandey, who was dispatched by Gayle early on in the first innings is gone off the second deliveries. The match began with Gayle and has ended with Gayle with Gayle all over the middle as well. The Royal Challengers Bangalore have registered a massive 130 runs victory over Pune Warriors India.
RP Singh bowls a good short delivery to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who tries to move to his legside and make room for a heave, but gets a thick edge. Wicketkeeper Arun Karthik does well to take a diving catch to his right. Bangalore are one over away from a big victory!
Vinay Kumar is finally rewarded for his impeccable line and length as he cleans up Mitchell Marsh who was looking for a big heave over long on. This has to be the best allround performance by any team in six years of the Indian Premier League.
Mithun Manhas plays a lovely shot through covers to score his first boundary as Pune’s total reached 119/5 off 16 overs. Pune go into the strategic time out needing 145 off 24 deliveries at an asking rate of 36.25. If only they had Gayle!
Venkatesh Prasad will be a happy man today, watching his bowlers taking the pace off the ball so well. Marsh scores a six off the last ball but the asking rate continues to mount.
PWI 101/5 | Overs 14 | Mitchell Marsh 16*OUT! Steve Smith 41 (31)
Ravi Rampaul breaks the partnership as Steve Smith holes one out to the deep midwicket fielder after making 41 off 31 deliveries. Rampaul concedes just 1 run off the over.
PWI 100/4 | Overs 13 | Steven Smith 40*, Mitchell Marsh 15*
The RCB bowlers are doing a great job to keep the runs down. They have just not given any room the Pune batsmen who have struggled to get the boundaries going. Another tight overs sees them score just seven runs to reach 100/4 off 13 overs.
PWI 93/4 | Overs 12 | Steven Smith 36*, Mitchell Marsh 13*
Vinay Kumar mixes it up well and bowls a lovely slower delivery that would have brought a smile on Venkatesh Prasad’s face. A boundary off the inside edge helps Pune score eight runs off the over.
PWI 85/4 | Overs 11 | Steven Smith 30*, Mitchell Marsh 11*
Another over of misery for Pune. Murali Karthik goes for 9 runs but the asking rate is close to 20 runs an over.
PWI 76/4 | Overs 10 | Steven Smith 25*, Mitchell Marsh 9*
Vinay Kumar bowls with lovely variation to keep the batsmen from scoring freely. He concedes just 6 runs off the over as Pune reach 76/4 at the half way stage.
PWI 68/4 | Overs 9 | Steven Smith 19*, Mitchell Marsh 7*
Murali Karthik comes back for his second over and concedes just 8 runs as Pune reach 68/4. The teams have gone in for the strategic timeout with Pune needing 196 runs from 66 deliveries.
PWI 61/4 | Overs 8 | Steven Smith 13*, Mitchell Marsh 6*
Smith and Marsh get a move on as they dispatch Jaidev Unadkat for 15 runs.
PWI 46/4 | Overs 7 | Steven Smith 4*, Mitchell Marsh 0*
Bangalore have been exceptional on the field so far. Gayle’s onslaught has inspired the side to do well. Just three runs come from the last over of powerplay.
PWI 43//4 | Overs 6 | Steven Smith 0*, Mitchell Marsh 0*OUT!Yuvraj Singh 16 (14)
Pune are in trouble! Luke Wright and Yuvraj Singh dismissed in the same over. Jaidev Unadkat bowls well to not give the two batsmen enough room. They were in desperate need of some runs and perished in the process.
Aaron Finch gets a move on as rain threatens to return at the M Chinaswamy stadium. Before the start of the over, Finch was seen checking for par scores after a certain point if rain came down. He scores two boundaries but RP Singh does well to keep him down for the rest of the over.
Murali Karthik opens the bowling and strikes second ball to remove Pune opener Robin Uthappa. Uthappa tries to play a reverse sweep over the short fine leg fielder but RP Singh covers enough ground to take a good diving catch. Yuvraj Singh joins skipper Aaron Finch in the middle as Pune score 9 runs off the first over.
Gayle welcomes Dinda in the final over with the 17th six of his innings over deep cover. But Dinda gets rid of Saurabh Tiwary and Ravi Rampaul and concedes just 10 runs of the over. Gayle remains unbeaten on 175 off just 66 deliveries. The day has belonged to the big West Indian. Aaron Finch will be kicking himself for electing to field after winning the toss. Royal Challengers Bangalore post 263 for five — the highest IPL total ever. Pune Warriors India batsmen have an improbable task ahead of themselves.
RCB 253/3 | Overs 19 | Gayle 165* OUT! AB de Villiers 31 (8)
Chris Gayle becomes a spectator for a while as AB de Villiers slams Mitchell Marsh for two consecutive sixes to take the total past 250. They also manage maximum number of sixes in the tournament. But he perishes after going for his third consecutive swing. His cameo of 31 from just eight deliveries comes to an end.
RCB 234/2 | Overs 18 | Gayle 165*, AB de Villiers 15*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s spell comes to an end. He’s done magnificantly well to concede just 22 from his four overs. Gayle goes past Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out, Bangalore go past the highest IPL total of 222.
Ashok Dinda bowls a lovely yorker to Virat Kohli and runs him out with a direct throw at the bowler’s end. But AB de Villiers walks in and scores 10 runs off just three deliveries.
RCB 201/1 | Overs 16 | Gayle 155*, Kohli 5*
Luke Wright bowls the most economical over of the day. Just five runs from it but the Royal Challengers Bangalore go past 200 in just 16 overs with Gayle still in the middle.
RCB 196/1 | Overs 15 | Gayle 153*, Kohli 2*
Gayle hits another one out of the stadium and goes past 150! Aaron Finch can only watch it sail over the highest stand as Gayle’s demolision continues. He whacks another one over deep midwicket. Pune have no answers for his onslaught. They can only wait for the innings break.
Dilshan perishes but not before he and Gayle break the record for the highest partnership in the IPL. The previous best of 162 was held by Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith. Dilshan fails to clear the cover fielder to give some breathing space for the Pune side. However, they still need to deal with Gayle.
RCB 161/0 | Overs 13 | Dishan 32* , Gayle 122*
Gayle hits another one! He finishes Mitchell Marsh’s over with a maximum over deep square leg. 10 runs off the over.
RCB 151/0 | Overs 12 | Dishan 30* , Gayle 115*
Gayle is not done here! A slower delivery from Luke Wright is hit for a straight six. But Wright concedes only 11 from the over, which on current form is a great effort. Bangalore go past 150 in 12 overs.
RCB 140/0 | Overs 11 | Dishan 29* , Gayle 107*
Now Dilshan gets into the act. Two boundaries in the first and last ball of the over takes the score to 140 off just 11 overs.
RCB 128/0 | Overs 10 | Dishan 19* , Gayle 105*
A rare quiet over! Gayle even lets a ball go! Just four runs off Luke Wright’s first over. Bangalore reach 128/0 at the half-way stage.
RCB 124/0 | Overs 9 | Dishan 17* , Gayle 103*
Gayle does it! Its an IPL hundred for Gayle, the fastest in the history of the tournament and he does it with a six out of the ground! It has taken him 30 deliveries, seven less than the previous fastest by Yusuf Pathan. It also happens to be the fastest hundred in the T20 format of the game! He goes on his knees to acknowledge a stadium that’s going as ballistic as the man himself. Bangalore are on 124 for no loss off just 9 overs as the strategic time out is taken!
RCB 109/0 | Overs 8 | Dishan 10* , Gayle 95*
Aaron Finch brings himself on but Gayle doesn’t seem to care! Gayle slams three sixes and a four to take the team total past 100. The captain concedes 29 runs off the over. Pune would love to have the rain comeback again!
RCB 80/0 | Overs 7 | Dishan 10* , Gayle 67*
There is no stopping Gayle now! Finch throws in new bowlers and Gayle dispatches them all! Left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza is slog swept over deep midwicket off his second delivery. He launches one over long on to score 18 off the over. In the process, he takes the orange cap from his captain.
RCB 62/0 | Overs 6 | Dishan 10* , Gayle 50*
Bhuvneshwar continues to bowl well from the other end. Aaron Finch would love to let him bowl all 20! He keeps Dilshan silent to concede just 1 run.
RCB 61/0 | Overs 5 | Dishan 10* , Gayle 50*
Gayle slaughters Mitchell Marsh now! 28 runs off the over!! He welcomes him with a huge six over long on and follows it up with one over covers. Marsh bowls a smart wideish delivery but Gayle reaches out to play it behind point. A dot ball later, Gayle launches another one over long on to take the score past 50!He also brings up his half-century, off just 17 deliveries.
RCB 33/0 | Overs 4 | Dishan 10* , Gayle 22*
Ashok Dinda is brought into the attack after Ishwar Pandey went for 24 runs in an over and does well to concede just 5 runs.
RCB 28/0 | Overs 3 | Dishan 6* , Gayle 21*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar restores order with a tidy over. A slower delivery helps Dilshan guide it to the fine leg delivery but he Bangalore get just four runs from the over.
RCB 24/0 | Overs 2 | Dishan 2* , Gayle 21*
Rain has stopped but Gaylestorm goes on! He gets 21 runs off the over! Pandey bowls a no ball which is flicked by Gayle towards the fine leg boundary and follows it up with a boundary behind square.Pandey makes a strong comeback with a good bouncer that Gayle misses but the last delivery is over pitched and Gayle launches it over mid off.
Nightmarish debut for Ishwar Pandey! Bowling to the dangerous Chris Gayle was never going to be easy. He scores two boundaries of the first two deliveries before rain intervenes. The umpires call for the covers and the players have left the field.
RCB 3/0 | Overs 1 | Dishan 2* , Gayle 1*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar does well to keep the two big hitters quiet. He concedes just 3 runs.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore play the same side that beat the Rajasthan Royals. Pune Warriors India bring back Mitchell Marsh for Ajanta Mendis and Ali Murtaza comes in for Rahul Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore : Tillakaratane Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, RP Singh, Jaydev Unadkat
Pune Warriors India : Aaron Finch (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith, Luke Wright, Abhishek Nayar, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ali Murtaza, Ashok Dinda
Good afternoon and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the 31st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India at the M Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
This is Prakash Govindasreenivasan and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of the match. The Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped the Rajasthan Royals in their previous fixture while Pune Warriors India came agonizingly close to defeat Kings XI Punjab in a last-over thriller.