Gayle, De Villiers help RCB to a win over Pune

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Phenomenal hitting by Chris Gayle and a brilliant batting at the end by AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary capped a fantastic chase by Royal Challengers Bangalore as they beat Pune Warriors by six wickets in an IPL match in Bangalore on 17th Apr 2012.

Chasing a huge target of 183, RCB’s Saurabh Tiwary smashed Ashish Nehra for a big straight six off the final ball while they needed three to win. Not to forget AB de Villiers who smashed Nehra for two innovative sixes — a reverse sweep and a scoop over deep fine leg as the Men in Red needed 21 runs off the last over.

The chase was however started by Chris Gayle who hit eight towering sixes enroute his 48-ball 81.

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Nehra who gave away 54 runs in four overs was hit for as many as half a dozen of sixes and could well be his last match in the IPL. The India discard who was one of India’s finest bowler at the death seems to have lost that magic. Nehra completely undid the good work done by Ashok Dinda who gave away only six runs in the penultimate over.

At halfway stage during their chase RCB were 63 for two with Gayle at the crease. Although Gayle hit couple of huge sixes off Ashish Nehra, he wasn’t at his dangerous best as he failed to find the gaps. Kohli too was taking time to get into the groove. Credit should be given to Bhuveneshwar Kumar who bowled three tight overs during the front 10.

Earlier, local boy Robin Uthappa’s belligerent knock of 69 along with useful contributions from Jesse Ryder and Marlon Samuels helped Pune Warriors India post a commendable 182 for six after opting to bat first on a flat deck.

Pune openers Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa got off to a cracking start adding 63 runs for the first wicket in only seven overs.

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