Bangalore, Apr 17: It was yet another last-ball thriller and Royal Challengers Bangalore won with a six off the final ball. Saurabh Tiwary was the latest batsman to make a name for himself as he slammed a six off the final ball to seal a six-wicket victory against Pune Warriors.
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[Scorecard: IPL 5: Game 21: Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Pune Warriors]
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Needing 21 off the last over bowled by Ashish Nehra, RCB hit three sixes in that over. AB de Villiers (14-ball 33 not out, 2x4, 3x6) scored two with innovative shots behind the wicket and it came down to 3 runs off the final ball. Tiwary (23-ball 36 not out, 1x4, 2x6), on strike, smashed the ball into the long-on stands to stun Pune. And the rain came down even as RCB players ran onto the ground to celebrate.
RCB were chasing 183 and finished with 186/4 in 20 overs. The architects of this victory were Chris Gayle, De Villiers and Tiwary. There were 21 sixes in the match.
This is how the final few overs' drama unfolded. RCB needed 44 off 18 balls. De Villiers" switch-hit to six in the 18th over and a six from left-handed Tiwary in the same over bowled by Angelo Mathews, brought down the target to 28 off 12 balls.
Ashok Dinda was entrusted to bowl the 19th over with De Villiers and Tiwary in the middle. He bowled excellent six deliveries in spite of suffering from side strain and needing medical attention on the ground. RCB batsmen could manage only 7 runs.
Then it came down to 21 off the 6 balls, bowled by Nehra. And RCB edged home on the last ball with a six.
Earlier, Gayle smashed Rahul Sharma for five sixes in a row in the 13th over of the chase. He plundered 31 runs in that over, the most runs scored in one over this IPL. One of those hits broke a spectator's nose and Gayle felt sad about that incident. "I'm actually sad that one of the sixes hit someone in the stands and broke their nose," Gayle said in his post-match interview after receiving the Man-of-the-match award.
This was the first time IPL had seen a batsman scoring five 6s in an over. This over put RCB"s chase back on track. Till then, the required run rate had shot up.
Before Gayle"s assault on Sharma, RCB needed 107 from 48 balls. That equation quickly changed thanks to Gayle"s demolition of the legspinner.
The explosive opener was dismissed by Ashish Nehra in the 16th over. He bowled Gayle with a yorker. The Jamaican had eight sixes and four boundaries in a 48-ball 81.
When Gayle left the scene, RCB were 56 runs away from the target with 26 balls to come.
Pune Warriors Innings Report
Robin Uthappa"s half century helped Pune Warriors post 182/6 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore here at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night.
Pune could have got few more runs but lost Steve Smith and Marlon Samuels in the end overs that put paid to their chances of nearing 190.
Uthappa and Jesse Ryder made a brisk start as the pair associated for 63 run in seven overs. Ryder was the first to fall after making a 22-ball 34 with four boundaries and a six.
Uthappa, the Bangalore boy, made a 45-ball 69 with nine fours and two sixes. The right-hander ensured that Pune"s run rate was in good health right through the innings.
The 26-year-old, known for his aggressive stroke-making, departed in the 13th over. Pune were 117/3 at that stage.
Then Samuels and Smith swung the willow in search of quick runs. Smith was run out for a 14-ball 16 and Samuels was also back in the pavilion in same fashion after a breezy 34 off 20 balls with one four and 2 sixes.
Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB have made three changes. They have dropped Muttiah Muralitharan on his 40th birthday today and have decided to strengthen their batting by opting for another Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan. RCB still have faith in their left-hander Saurabh Tiwary. He continues to play in spite of not contributing much to the team. They have also dropped Sreenath Aravind and brought in Harshal Patel. Left-arm spinner KP Appanna gets his first game of the season in place of Mohammad Kaif.
Pune are without the services of left-arm spinner Murali Kartik. His place is taken by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. All-rounder Marlon Samuels, who was reported for a suspect bowling action, is also playing. Ganguly had backed Samuels and said he had seen worse actions than Samuels in IPL 5.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Harshal Patel, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, KP Appanna, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Sharma, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, Ashok Dinda.
Umpires: Sudhir Asnani and Subrat Das (both India)
Third Umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka)