Gayle, de Villiers helps RCB to awesome win

Amazing hitting by Chris Gayle and brilliant batting at the end by AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary capped an unbelievable chase by Royal Challengers Bangalore as they beat Pune Warriors by 6 wickets.

Chasing a target of 183, RCB's Saurabh Tiwary (36*, 23 balls, 1x4, 2x6) smashed Ashish Nehra for a big straight six while they needed three to win off the last ball. Not to forget AB de Villiers (33*, 14 balls, 2x4, 3x6) who smashed Nehra for two ground-breaking sixes -- a reverse sweep and a scoop over deep fine leg as the RCB needed 21 runs off the last over.

The chasing was however started by Chris Gayle who hit eight lofty sixes en route his 48-ball 81.

Nehra, who gave away 54 runs in four overs, the Indian discarded finest bowler at the death, seemed to have lost the magic as he completely loosen the good work done by Ashok Dinda who gave away only six runs in 19th over.

At the end of ten overs, RCB were 63/2 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.

It was only after Kohli was dismissed by Angelo Mathews that Gayle decided to play his signature game. Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma bore the brunt as Gayle launched into him, hitting five consecutive sixes, as 31 runs came off the 13th over and RCB seemed to be back on track.

Gayle raced to 81 off 47 balls as he hit Ashish Nehra to notch up his eighth six but the veteran seamer bowled a perfect delivery in the blockhole that cleaned up Gayle. The Jamaican had scored 81 off 48 balls with four boundaries and eight sixes.

Earlier, Robin Uthappa's aggressive 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 Chinnaswamy deck.


Pune Warriors : 182/6 in 20 overs

Robin Uthappa - 69

Vinay Kumar 2/34

Royal Challengers Bangalore : 186/4 in 20 overs

Chris Gayle - 81

Man of the Match: Chris Gayle

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