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IPL4: RCB maul Pune Warriors at Chinnaswamy

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 8:01 [IST]
 
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Warriors meted out a royal mauling

Chasing a victory target of 182, the Pune Warriors started of in right earnest and Jesse Ryder once again showed why he is so highly-rated. He put on a 35 run with Tim Paine for the opening partnership. But the major chunk of the run was scored by the kiwi as Paine once again failed with the bat scoring only 8 of 17.

After Ryder was dismissed for yet another blazing knock of 51 from 34 balls, Pune innings fail by the wayside with no other batsman managing to keep pace with the asking rate. Yuvraj Singh hit some lusty blows but that was too little too late.

Yuvraj fell while trying to accelerate the chase further and then after neither Robin Uthappa not Mithun Manhas could manage to keep pace with the required total and finally scored only 155, 26 short of the RCB target of 182. For RCB, all the bowlers used except Abhimanyu Mithun took one each, but more importantly stifled the Pune batsmen enough to not let them chase down the target.

Earlier Yuvraj Singh, had won the toss decided the toss and put in the Royal Challengers to bat on a flat track at the Chinnaswamy stadium. The Challengers opener duo of Chris Gayle and Tilakaratne Dilshan once again gave their side a blazing start. Gayle was the more effective of the duo and took his side to a flying start. Dilshan started of positively but lost his way and was clean bowled by Rahul Sharma for a sedate 15 of 19 balls.

Virat Kohli then joined forces with Gayle and both of them produced some scintillating stroke-play to frustrate the Pune bowlers. Rahul Sharma had Gayle plumb in front of the wicket but not before the marauder from West Indies had plundered four sixes and four boundaries to rush to a 26 ball 49.

The future of Indian cricket and South African cricket, i.e Virat Kohli and A B De Villiers then took their side to the shores of safety before the duo launched a brutal assault on the Pune Warriors to plunder some very valuable runs. The duo fell while trying to accelarate the score further. kohli scored a 42-ball 67 while de Villiers made a 20-ball 26.

Md Kaif and Sourabh Tiwary provided a brief but effective flourish in the final two overs and set Pune a target of 182.

Virat Kohli was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant innings of 67.

OneIndia Cricket

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