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AB, Gayle blitz RCB past Kings XI Punjab

AB, Gayle blitz RCB past Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers delivered a 5 wicket win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, putting together 131 runs for the 4th wicket to chase down the total of 163/6 set by Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday night.

The partnership made all the difference for the Royal Challengers coming in between two mini collapses, the first two wickets fell with just 8 on the board and the third fell with the score at 25 while Gayle’s departure with the score on 156 was immediately succeeded by the dismissal of de Villiers.

Andrew McDonald and Daniel Vettori scored the required 6 runs to quell doubts and give RCB their third and much needed victory in the tournament.

Kings XI rookie Parvinder Awana (4/34) had Mayank Agarwal plumb LBW and snagging Virat Kohli thanks to a brilliant catch from Shaun Marsh at point to leave RCB reeling at 8/2 in 2 overs. Saurabh Tiwary was taken by surprise in Awana’s third over and a top edge off a short ball saw RCB slide to 25/3.

An unusually subdued Gayle and de Villiers then stitched together the superbly paced partnership that won them the game, working the field and running hard when required, dismissing the field and hitting out when it became imperative.

Despite Awana’s breakthroughs, Gayle went after him towards the end of his first spell while de Villiers attacked the other KXIP domestic bowler, Harmeet Singh. In between they rode out good overs from Azhar Mahmood, Piyush Chawla (1/21) and Praveen Kumar, determined to cash in when they were set and content with the hard work till then. It paid off as the duo added 131 in just 75 balls, the biggest partnership for any wicket this season.

de Villiers reverse slogged Mahmood and Chawla once set while Gayle attacked all bowlers and reserved special treatment for Awana in his final over of the game. Their dismissals within 6 deliveries of each other and a superb penultimate over from Chawla couldn’t turn the game decisively towards Punjab, RCB posting 166/5 in 19.3 overs to overhaul the target of 163/6.

The size of the target they had to chase was itself due to a substantial knock from Azhar Mahmood on his IPL debut. Playing without Dilshan and Appanna, RCB still prised out KXIP wickets at regular intervals, negating dangerous players like Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh (26 off 17b), David Miller and David Hussey (41 off 34b) to leave them staggering at 105/5 in the 15th over.

The highly experienced Azhar Mahmood (33* off 14b), playing in place of injured skipper Adam Gilchrist proved his T20 chops by slamming Harshal Patel (1/44) and Vinay Kumar (1/40) to push them past the 130-140 total they seemed destined to post. Zaheer Khan and Andrew McDonald (2/25 each) provided the first four wickets in their spells while Patel stuck to his guns to dismiss David Hussey in the 15th over.

Mahmood’s clean striking saw him add 44 off 25 for the sixth wicket with Mandeep Singh and despite a wicket off the first ball, Vinay Kumar’s final over of the innings still went for 14 and saw them reach 163/6.

Gayle was on 23 off 25 at one point in the chase, he ran hard to push himself to 30 off 28 before cutting lose to eventually reach 87 off 56 with 4 sixes and 8 fours on a greenish pitch. AB proved the perfect foil, motoring along at a good rate before unleashing his innovative reverse slogs to seal the deal for RCB with his 52 off 39b.

5 teams are tied on 6 points each with RCB lowest on net run rate, their next aim will be to add to that alongwith 2 points every game as the tournament enters the business end.

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Although after back to back two win our official should think about our batting line up..except Mayank Agarwal no Indian batsman is in their good form. Mainly Saurabh Tiwary is just a waste of talent,although played positively against Pune (Though AB did most of it).Kohli was in the good form but after considering 28 runs in one over against CSK he has been struggling.Our bowling is ridiculous as usual.although we have the most experienced bowling department,but we unable to restrict any team within 150 or 140.Our bowlers bowled well till 15th or 16th over,then suddenly considering 20-25 odd runs..5th bowler is always a big factor for RCB from the beginning...Really we need to think about it before its getting too late..We need to improve fast to have a chance for the top 4. So come on RCB!!!
Subhajit05 on 23 Apr 2012, 05:03 PM
Need to keep the momentum till the end of the series..Really its a planned and awesome win for RCB... Just keep it up..RCB...!! RCB..!! RCB..!!
Subhajit05 on 23 Apr 2012, 04:27 PM
gr8 performance by gayle and ab but rcb is more dependent on these two kohli is struggling and hope he comes back to form the 5th bowler s another problem rcb must give chance to other youngsters like abrar,nair ,syed moreetc hope rcb continue their winning momemntum
rohitl on 22 Apr 2012, 12:50 AM
Gayle is superhuman.........
rvfernandes on 22 Apr 2012, 12:24 AM
awesum win...!RCB played so damn professionally. i can say one thing...THE CHALLENGERS ARE BACK-- WITH A SUPER DUPER BANG..!muuuaahhhh.....:* :*
AwesomeRCB on 21 Apr 2012, 11:37 PM
if gayle or devilliers out early, no one to support the other, pls bring Kaif in, he can be in the crease till the end.
akhil1 on 21 Apr 2012, 07:59 PM
Asad shld be in
nithxp on 21 Apr 2012, 06:28 PM
Good win but how long can be depending on Gayle and Ab for? Thank god Gayle is being more calculative in approach compared to last season due to the failures of our Highest paid Indian batsmen's. Tiwary is a joke, what a waste of talent he is.. He finally had a positive against Pune (Though Ab did most of it) instead of building on it yesterday he gets out with his lame shot walking forward that i have not seen him connect forever.Kohli was in the best form of his life but has been struggling.Our bowling is ridiculous as usual. We need to improve fast to have a chance for the top 4. So come on RCB!!!
vickmb on 21 Apr 2012, 06:23 PM
Tiwary is not consistent in batting. He's been given ample chances to perform.Why not to give Kaif a second chance in place of tiwary.
Navvs on 21 Apr 2012, 05:27 PM
They need to try some new bowler for replacement of Harshal Patel.
Navvs on 21 Apr 2012, 05:22 PM
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