Warriors restrict RCB to 172 in CLT20 match

Warriors players celebrate the fall of a wicket AFP

Bengaluru: Sep 23, 2011

Useful contributions from the batsmen helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post a challenging 172 for eight in their Champions League Twenty20 match against Warriors here on Friday.

Sent into bat, RCB got off to a flier despite the early loss of opener Mayank Agarwal, with the big-hitting Chris Gayle going after the bowlers in his customary style from the word go.

After Gayle got out while trying to hit Parnell after scoring 23 off 14 balls, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers kept the scoreboard moving by playing some effective shots.

While Kohli scored 34 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries, de Villiers contributed 31 off 25 and hit two sixes and a four.

Thereafter, Saurabh Tiwary made a breezy 28 that came off only 15 deliveries.

During his whirlwind knock, Tiwary smashed two sixes and as many fours before falling to Nicky Boje.

Earlier, the Warriors were off to a perfect start as Lonwabo Tsotsobe removed Agarwal with the fourth delivery of the match.

Gayle along with Kohli then steadied the innings with a 33-run stand before the later got out.

Thanks to Gayle’s approach, the fifty was up in the sixth over, with the first powerplay producing 57 runs, though, for the loss of two wickets.

However, the partnership that gave RCB the much-needed impetus in the middle overs was the one between Kohli and De Villiers. Their association yielded 52 runs and came off 41 balls, with the team’s hundred coming in the 12th over.

After the dismissal of Tiwary, Mohammad Kaif blazed away to a 20-ball 26 during which he hit two sixes and a four before Rusty Theron cut short his stay at the wicket.

Theron was the most successful bowler with figures of four for 29 in three overs.

Brief Scores: RCB 172 for 8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 34, AB de Villiers 31; Rusty Theron 4 for 39) vs Warriors

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