Pune Warriors suffered from the blast of Chris Gayle

Royal Challengers Bangalore 173-3 (Chris Gayle 57, Tillakaratne Dilshan 53, Angelo Mathews 1-14) beat Pune Warriors 138-9 (Robin Uthappa 38, Anustup Majumdar 31, Vinay Kumar 3-32) by 35 runs.

Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan - Soild foundation for a healthy score
Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan – Soild foundation for a healthy score

Chris Gayle hammered 57 runs and Tillakartne Dilshan assisted him with 53 as Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Pune Warriors in the IPL 2012.

Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered 173 runs with seven wickets in hand and Pune Warriors managed 138 for the loss of nine wickets.

Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his assault of 57 from 31 balls.

The 57th match of the Indian Premier League was played on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune which got delayed due to rain for about one hour and 30 minutes.

Earlier, the stand in captain of Pune Warriors, Steven Smith, won the toss and opted to field. The innings was opened by Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan who were cautious in the early couple of overs that resulted in eight runs. Gayle came at his own, hit 13 runs in the third over with two sixes and followed by a couple of fours in the fifth. He murdered Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the sixth over by dispatching five huge sixes and completed his fifty off 24 balls with the assistance of 6 sixes and 2 fours.

Gayle tried to continue with the attack but lost his wicket on the third ball of the 9th over for 57 from 31 deliveries with 6 sixes and 3 fours. The openers accumulated 80 runs in 8.3 overs as the skipper, Virat Kohli once again failed with the bat and lost his wicket for 9 runs after the addition of 15 runs in the total. Saurabh Tiwary joined in next with Dilshan and the duo gathered 16 runs in the 14th over with one six and a four from Dilshan and a four off the willow of Tiwary. Tillakaratne Dilshan hit three sixes in the 15th over off Krishnakant Upadhyay and achieved his fifty in the very next over.

The duo enhanced the score to 138 in 17.2 overs as Dilshan was run out for 53 runs off 44 deliveries with one six and 6 fours. Tiwary and AB de Villiers were at the crease with 36 and 9 respectively as Royal Challengers Bangalore smashed 173 runs in 20 overs.

Angelo Mathews and Rahul Sharma were the only wicket takers with one wicket each as none of the other bowlers impressed.

Pune Warriors had a dismal start when they lost their three top order batsmen for just 22 runs in 3.5 overs. Robin Uthappa and Anustup Majumdar tried to consolidate the innings as the first started off with a couple of fours in the fifth over. Majumdar followed him in the sixth over with the same result and the fifty of the innings was posted in six overs. Uthappa earned 13 runs in the eighth over with one six and a four but was stumped by de Villiers off Muttiah Muralitharan for 38 off 23 balls with one six and 5 fours.

The fourth batsman was gone at 72 in 8.3 overs as the wickets started falling at regular interval. Majumdar was the sixth batsman who went back to the pavilion for 31 off 26 deliveries with 4 fours. Steven Smith held one end but was unable to get a response from the other and remained unbeaten for 24 as Pune Warriors managed 138 runs for the loss of nine wickets after the consumption of the required quota of overs.

Vinay Kumar was the most successful bowler with three wickets, Zaheer Khan and Muralitharan held two each as Harshal Patel and KP Appanna claimed one wicket each.

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors by 35 runs comfortably and added two points to their tally.

Points earned by both teams at the end of the 57th match of the IPL 2012:

Royal Challengers Bangalore  – 15 points from 13 games at a net run rate of -0.058.

Pune Warriors                           –  8 from 14 games at a net run rate of -0.348.


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