Gilchrist stars in Kings' decimation of RCB

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9:42 [IST]
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Gilchrist shines as Kings decimate RCB

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Kings Punjab XI seemed set to repeat their aggressive approach in previous matches by getting off to as blazing start. But surprisingly, just one four, a six and a few laboured singles came off the first three overs, as openers Paul Valthaty and Adam Gilchrist were yet to find a groove.

Valthaty tried to break the shackles by carting Charl Lageveldt for a four in the fourth over, but almost immediately afterwards perished when he was caught at mid off for 20 off 17 balls, as the score read 25/1. In the following over, Shaun Marsh settled in with a boundary off Van der Wath.

Then two overs later, Gilchrist smashed Abhimanyu Mithun for a six, before sending Aravind to the clearners by knocking two fours and two sixes off the hapless spinner. With that flurry, the Kings had moved well past 50/1 in just the 8th over. Then Gilchrist gave Chris Gayle a taste of his own medicine when he clubbed the Jamaican for two massive back-to-back sixes.

But Gilly had an even more fruitful outing next up when he hit a trio of gravity-defying shots, all for six. A dozen runs came off the 11th over as the score soared above 100/1 in 12 overs. But Gilchrist and Marsh were not about to relent, smashing a six and a four off Virat Kolhi in the next over.

A couple of fours came from the next few overs, till the 15th marked a real bumper. Marsh clobbered Van der Wath for three boundaries and three sixes. The Kings had leapt to 173/2 in 15 overs, by which time both batsman had notched up half-centuries. Two more fours came off the next two overs before the batting duo teamed up to smash a boundary and a six off van der Wath.

Then Gilchrist took a six off Aravind and two fours of Langeveldt before he was caught at short-third man off the same bowler for 106 off 55 balls. The Kings had surged to 232/2 after 20 overs, which is incidentally the third highest team total in the IPL's brief history.

In their reply, the Kings suffered a tremendous blow straight up when dashing opener Chris Gayle was caught behind off Ryan Harris for 0 off 7 balls with the score reading 4/1. The score tottered along to 5/1 after 2 overs and 6/1 after three, as the new man at the crease Virat Kohli along with surviving opener Saurabh Tiwary, tried to steady the ship.

Then after Kohli was dropped off Harris in the next over, he returned to smash the bemused paceman for two consecutive fours. But Harris had the last laugh in that contest when he induced a skier from Kohli which was pouched by mid off. The score read 17/2 in four overs. Then the new man out in the middle A B de Villiers, joined up with Tiwary to each take a boundary off Praveen.

In the 6th over, de Villiers smoked Srivastava for four only to see his partner fall at the other end for 6 off 11 balls. The RCB had slipped to 34/3 in six overs. Then in the following over, Valthaty sent Asad Pathan packing for 7 off 4 balls. The new man at the crease Mohammad Kaif, launched a counter offensive, striking Srivastava for three sixes in the 8th over as Bangalore moved past 50/3.

Then de Villiers got into the act, carting Piyush Chawla for a six. But a couple of overs later, the bowler exacted revenge by sending back Kaif for 15 off 11 balls. Aravind Karthik struck a boundary before he was out to Karthik in the next ball as now Bangalore were in dire straits at 88/6. But the slide only continued when later in the over, Chawla had A B De Villiers caught behind for 34 off 27 balls.

In the 15th over, Chawla picked up his fourth wicket when he trapped Johan van der Wath for 4 off 5 balls. Two sixes and a wicket came off the next over with the Challengers teetering on the brink at 110/9 in 16 overs. In a last ditched attempt at reviving the RCB's innings, Aravind smashed two fours off Srivastava before the bowler claimed the last wicket to wrap up the match with three overs remaining.

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