Gayle stars in thrilling win for Bangalore

GAME 2: Mumbai lose by two runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Gayle made an unbeaten 92.

Scores | Action in images | Bumrah's impressive debut

Chris Gayle’s brilliant unbeaten 92, most of those scored one one leg, made the difference in a low-scoring game where the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Mumbai Indians by two runs in a last-ball finish.

Dinesh Karthik nearly spoilt Bangalore’s home game with a late assault on Daniel Christian and Muttiah Muralitharan. Christian’s last over went for 24 runs in which he conceded three sixes and a four off consecutive balls to Karthik, who then slog-swept Muralitharan for another six to bring Bangalore close to the target.

It was Vinay Kumar’s tight last over that settled matters. Ten runs were needed when Vinay dismissed Karthik and Ambati Rayudu with consecutive balls, leaving Kieron Pollard eight to get from the last two balls.

Ponting and Tendulkar opened for Mumbai. Pollard hammered the first down the ground for four. It could have easily been a six with the ball landing millimetres from the rope. Pollard couldn’t repeat the dose on the last ball, a yorker, and those few millimetres cost Mumbai the game.

Ricky Ponting had called Mumbai called Bangalore to bat on a wicket with some grass on it. The teenaged Jasprit Bumrah made an impressive debut, taking 3-32 including Virat Kohli in his first over.

A SUPERLATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Tendulkar looked in an impetuous mood, charging the Bangalore bowlers, lifting them a few times over their heads. There was a mini-battle in the match, that of him and Muttiah Muralitharan. Tendulkar won that won, lofting the veteran off-spinner twice for fours.

His opening partnership with Ponting had its moments. Ponting, easily the better athlete of the two, had his troubles fine-tuning their running between the wickets. The Australian, despite his advanced age, threatened to turn ones into twos and twos into threes, and Tendulkar was struggling to keep pace.

The partnership ended in a run-out. It was a delicate line-call for Tendulkar, as it was for Ponting who was out stumped to Murali Kartik.

GRASSY WICKET

Kohli, Bangalore’s new captain, displayed rare candour at the toss when he said losing the toss was “unfortunate” and that he too was looking to bowl first on the wicket that had a bit of grass.

The effects of the greenery was felt immediately when Mitchell Johnson bowled a superlative first over in which he came close to dismissing both Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan. There was bounce. There was zip and Johnson was also found some out-swing. Dilshan survived the first over, but lost his stumps trying to accelerate in Johnson’s second over.

Kohli whipped his first ball off Johnson for four, and took over the job of quick scoring while Gayle took his time to get going. With five fours, Kohli raced to 24 before falling to a straight ball from debutant Bumrah.

BUMRAH IMPRESSES

Bumrah dismissed Kohli in his first over. Bumrah, the 19-year-old from Ahmedabad, had been the topic of discussion before the game. He started off poorly with Kohli taking three fours off his first four balls. The game was held up for a few minutes while sawdust was sprinkled over the slippery bowling crease.

After the break, with his concentration sufficiently disturbed, Bumrah dismissed Kohli and then accounted for Mayank Agarwal before finishing with the wicket of Karun Nair.

Gayle, who’d been watching the Bumrah show unfold, waited it out for about 18 balls. He then cut loose – a magnificently-timed whip for four was followed with a thump down the ground for six, and young Bumrah found out the hard way what the explosive Jamaican is all about.

ON ONE LEG

In the 10th over, Gayle injured himself at the bowler’s end when Harbhajan Singh collided with him going for a return catch. Gayle started cramping in the leg, and did most of his running thereafter hobbling. Not that this had any effect on his run-gathering.

He welcomed his West Indian team-mate Kieron Pollard with two fours and a six that went 95 metres through long-on. He cover-drove Harbhajan for another six and then butchered Munaf Patel in his final two overs, taking four fours and two sixes off the seamer to finish off the innings. Those runs tipped the game in Bangalore's favour.

Just as he tends to do in so many of his T20 knocks, Gayle waits out the troublesome overs against the new ball and cuts loose against the second line of bowlers. Gayle looks to bat 20 overs. More often than not, this produces match-winning efforts for his teams. Today was one of those days.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Delhi vs Kolkata

On Now: Delhi vs Kolkata

Delhi lose opener Vijay in pursuit of 167-run target. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

[REWIND] The world record that nearly wasn't

[REWIND] The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Moores gets second stint as England coach

Moores gets second stint as England coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »