Royal Challengers Bangalore won their first away game of Pepsi IPL 2013, a 17 run win over Pune Warriors India at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Thursday night.
Chasing a mammoth 188, Aaron Finch thumped Moises Henriques for a six in the third over before dragging the ball back onto his stumps the next ball. PWI made 39 for one from the Power Play. Suman (11) was put down twice, but his luck finally ran out as Muralitharan ran him out in the seventh over. PWI pushed on as Yuvraj Singh hit two sixes off Henriques in the 9th over. Robin Uthappa joined in hitting Muralitharan for a maximum in the tenth over. At the halfway stage, PWI were 77 for 2 still needing 111 runs.
Vinay Kumar then struck twice in his second over – the 11th over of the innings – when he dismissed Yuvraj Singh (16) and Steven Smith (48). Uthappa slammed his Karnataka teammate for a six, before Angelo Mathews followed suit and hit one off Murali Kartik. Uthappa reached his fifty in style when he dispatched RP Singh for six over midwicket.
Needing 66 off the final five overs, Muralitharan was taken apart for 21 runs with three sixes. Vinay Kumar broke the partnership when he had Mathews (32) caught by Chris Gayle at point. Uthappa continued with a six off Vinay Kumar. Murali Kartik sent back Abhishek Nayar (1) and the dangerous Uthappa (75) in the 18th over to leave PWI needing 28 off the last two overs. PWI eventually fell 17 runs short.
Earlier electing to bat on a pitch with inconsistent bounce, RCB started cautiously as Saurabh Tiwary and Gayle struggled to play their shots. RCB managed only 30 runs from their power play overs. Gayle (21) smashed Tirumalasetti Suman for a massive six before perishing the next delivery caught in the deep by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Virat Kohli hit Yuvraj Singh for three boundaries in the 11th over. Ashoke Dinda broke the 63-run second wicket partnership when he rattled the timber of Kohli (25). Tiwary slammed Rahul Sharma for a six as he brought up his first half-century for RCB. Dinda had Tiwary (52) caught by Sharma, before de Villiers dispatched him for two boundaries. Henriques (27*) then hit consecutive boundaries off Sharma before he slammed a six off Dinda. AB de Villiers helped his team finish on a high as he scored a half-century off 23 balls; he scored 26 of the final over to help his team to 187 for three.
Man-of-the-Match: AB de Villiers
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 187 for 3 (Saurabh Tiwary 52, Ashoke Dinda 2-52) defeated Pune Warriors India 170 for 9 (Robin Uthappa 75, Vinay Kumar 3-31) by 17 runs.
1: Royal Challengers Bangalore registered their first win in an away match in five games this IPL.
6: Number of consecutive matches lost by Pune Warriors India in IPL 2013. They equaled Delhi Daredevils’ record of losing most consecutive matches this year.
24.39: Pune Warriors India’s win percentage in IPL – lowest for any side.
75: Robin Uthappa’s innings is the highest by a Pune Warriors India batsman in IPL 2013 bettering Aaron Finch’s 67 against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai. It was also Uthappa’s highest score in Twenty20 cricket.
123: Number of dot balls bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar – most by any bowler in IPL 2013. He went past Dale Steyn’s tally of 122 dot balls.
308.33: AB de Villiers’ strike-rate against Ashoke Dinda – 37 runs off 12 balls.
Finch: Knew we had to take advantage in the first six but we fought well towards the end, well played from Robin and Angelo. Happy to have fought but disappointed to lose again. Inconsistencies have been the story of the tournament for us, the good stuff hasn't come together for us.
Kohli: As I said earlier, looking at another game and not as an away game, got tight in the end but good to get the points on board. Team effort today, Tiwary told me at Jaipur he wanted to open and he did well.
AB de Villiers is the man of the match: It was a very enjoyable game for me tonight, gave me a lot of pleasure. I do try and read the bowler's mind, premeditate a tad, but need to keep the basics after that. Does not work always but it did tonight.