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Match Review of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

Indian Premier League
Date 6th May 2011
TeamsRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Match no. 47
VenueM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Umpires Aleem Dar and R. B. Tiffin Third Umpire: S.S. Hazare
Toss Kings XI won the toss and elected to field

Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Daniel Vettori ©
  • Chris Gayle
  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiars
  • Mohd. Kaif
  • T. Dilshan
  • S.S. Tiwary
  • S. Arvind
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Asad Pathan
  • Abhimanyu Mithun
Kings XI Punjab
  • Paul Valthaty
  • Adam Gilchrist ©
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Dinesh Karthik
  • Abhishek Nayar
  • Sunny Singh
  • R. McLaren
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Ryan Harris
  • Praveen Kumar
  • L. Ablish

There was a full house at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, as the home side who has been riding high with three back to back victories, were to take on the Kings XI Punjab. The home side has started looking good since the time the Jamaican Chris Gayle has joined them. They have bagged 9 points from 8 matches and are positioned 5th on the table. The Kings XI Punjab has played the least number of matches and are placed second last on the point tally.

Adam Gilchrist the captain of Kings XI Punjab won the toss and made the blunder by asking the host to bat first on the pitch full of runs and always considered batsman paradise. That's what happened when Chris Gayle along with T. Dilshan opened the batting for the Challengers.

Praveen Kumar, the pacer of Kings XI was given full respect as the openers were quite watchful against him. But Gayle can't be kept silent by any bowling attack. He started placing the bowl in the gaps and over the boundaries. The two openers were scoring at a run rate of over 10. Dilshan to get out to McLaren after scoring 14 runs. The Royal's at this stage were 43/1 in the 5th over.

Virat Kohli was the next man in, but was more of a spectator at the non-striker's end with the dangerous Gayle hitting the ball hard. With Gayle ripping apart the opposition's bowling attack, Kohli smartly managed to keep him on strike most of the time. Gayle kept devastating the attack whenever he got a full toss and ensured that the at any stage the scoring rate did not come under 10. Gayle scored his centaury with ten 4's and 9 sixes. He along with Kohli put up a partnership of 111 runs in just 53 balls before Gayle has the ability of taking the match away from the opposition. Gayle got out to Chawla after scoring 107 runs. Soon after Gayle, Chawla removed Kohli in the same over itself. The Royals were now 3 wickets down for 155.

Gayle had given stupendous start with the innings by maintaining a run rate of over 10 for the first 15 overs. Though the Royals kept loosing wickets, but it did not hamper their run rate and they were sure of posting a total of above 200 for the opposition. The next 3 batsman could not contribute much and were removed by Harris, he was on a hat-trick but could not take one. They Royals managed to score 205 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.

206 was a stiff target to chase for the Punjab team but they had the batsmen like Gilchrist, Valthaty & Marsh to accomplish any target. They would have hoped to have a good start by scoring quickly with the filed restrictions on and keeping their wickets intact.

Punjab has just an opposite start than expected. The skipper Gilchrist was run out on the 1st ball of the innings without any score on the board. After removing Gilchrist, the Royal's next target was Valthaty who has had a brilliant start to this IPL. Abhishek Nayar was the next man in but did not get a chance to spend time on the crease as he was quickly removed by the pacer Arvind. The team was two wickets down for just 5 runs.

With runs not coming easy, wickets falling down started building up the pressure on Valthaty. It was purely Gayle's night that earlier played a destructive innings now came into bowl. He was successful in removing the consistent Valthaty at an individual score of 21.

Shaun Marsh was the next danger man in but returned to the pavilion without troubling the Royals at all. With top 3 batsmen back in the stands, further diminished the hopes for the Punjab Players. No one could take the pressure and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

With everything going the Royal's way Gayle was enjoying every moment of the night. He took 3 wickets and proved that he can use his wrists very well with the bowl as well. After every wicket he took, he entertained the crowd with his locomotive dance. With little contributions from the middle order, the Punjab team managed to reach only a modest total of 120 runs.

Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 85 runs.

The Awards

Man of the match
Chirs Gayle for all round performance with bat and ball a ton with 3 wickets.

Maximum Sixes
Chirs Gayle for hitting 9 huge sixes.

Kingfisher Fair Play Award
Chennai Super Kings tops the chart & Knight Riders at the bottom.

Orange Cap (The leading run scorer)
Virender Sehwag- Delhi Daredevils.

Purple Cap (The leading wicket taker)
Lasith Mallinga- Mumbai Indians

Question of the day
Was Chirs Gayle's inning better than Virender Sehwag?

Last Updated on 9 May 2011

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