Royal Challengers Bangalore defended 156 in a thrilling fashion to start their season with a 2-run win. The match went down to the last ball, but Vinay Kumar's calm temperament and match awareness denied the visitors, Mumbai Indians a win, with Chris Gayle earlier starring with the bat helping RCB post 156.
|Captains Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli during the coin-toss before match 2 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Mumbai Indians held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 4th April 2013.|
MI then began to struggle to get the ball away as the RCB bowlers stepped up the pressure. Rohit Sharma (11) went for a wild slog and lost his stump to Vinay Kumar. The game seemed to be slipping away from MI but Dinesh Karthik struck three consecutive sixes off Daniel Christian's 17th over to turn the match on its head and revive MI's hopes.
With 10 runs required in the last over, Vinay Kumar struck twice removing Karthik (who made a well composed 60) and Ambati Raydu (18) brining his team back into the game. Kieron Pollard struck a boundary of the penultimate delivery leaving himself to score four runs off the final delivery, but could manage only one, handing RCB a victory by one of the smallest of margins.
Earlier in the evening MI won the toss and put RCB in on a track that offered plenty of swing and bounce for the fast bowlers. RCB survived a few anxious moments before Mitchell Johnson got one through Dilshan (0) knocking back his off-stump. Debutant Jasprit Bumrah was given a rude welcome as Virat Kohli (23) drilled him for three boundaries through the off-side. But Bumrah came back well picking up the wickets of Kohli and Mayank Agarwal (1) in quick succession, to leave RCB reeling at 31 for 3.
Harbhajan Singh then had Christian caught and Bumrah followed it up with the dismissal of Karan Nair. Chris Gayle, as he has done so often in the past, once again played the savior innings for RCB; after a slow start, he finished with an unbeaten 92 off 58 balls, scoring 11 boundaries and 5 sixes during his stay out there.
Gayle found a suitable companion in Arun Karthik (19*) and they made 76 runs for the sixth wicket to help RCB post a more than respectable 156 for 5 in their 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 156-5 [Chris Gayle 92*, Jasprit Bumrah 3-32] beat Mumbai Indians 154-5 [Dinesh Karthik 60, R Vinay Kumar 3-27] by 2 runs.
|Chris Gayle bagged the Yes bank maximum sixes award for match 2 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Mumbai Indians held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 4th April 2013|
3: Number of times Mumbai Indians have lost an IPL match by two runs or less – most for any team.
14: Number of ducks made by Tillakaratne Dilshan in T20 cricket. Only Herschelle Gibbs (23) has got more.
16: Number of times Chris Gayle has crossed fifty in the IPL. He now shares the record of most fifty-plus scores in the IPL with Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir
38 years 106 days… Ricky Ponting’s age – third oldest to captain a side for the first time in an IPL match, after Shane Warne (38 years 219 days) and Anil Kumble (38 years 196 days).
4896: No of runs scored by Chris Gayle in the T20 format – second most by any player after Brad Hodge (5274)
|Chris Gayle receiving the man of the mastch award for match 2 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Mumbai Indians held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 4th April 2013|
Ponting: "I may lose most of my finger nails. Disappointing not to have won the game. We have to analyse our game. I think with our bowing today we were a bit behind. We had a good chat about Jaspreet and he didn't let anyone down."
Kohli: "Chris batted beautifully. We knew 157 was enough, the dew came on. They way they fielded was good. The way Unadkat bowled that over towards the end was good."
Gayle is the Man of the Match: "I might come out swinging early in another game. I needed to stay there. The ball was seaming around. The key was to put up a partnership with Christian. If I was bowling offspinners I'd probably take 4 for 10 runs because I'm the best off spinner around!"