Tuesday, 7 May 2013

David Miller emulates Gayle to help Punjab annihilate RCB in IPL

Kings XI Punjab have absolutely demolished IPL giants Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets today. One might point out what was the turning point of the match. The moment was Kohli dropping Miller on 41 and from that point, the match totally changed course. AB de Villiers also misfielded and all the bowler's lost their line and length. The over from Vinay Kumar in the 14th over where he conceded 17 runs was the starting point of Bangalore's loss.2.3 overs: OUT!! Ravi Rampaul has got Shaun Marsh out caught at cover. Marsh looks to drive and fails to time it well as AB de Villiers takes a simple catch. Shaun Marsh departs after scoring six runs off seven balls with a boundary. BIG WICKET for RCB!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Shaun Marsh gets on top of the bounce and hammers it to deep backward square leg for a boundary. Just when you think the bowler will finish it off in style, he always goes on to prove you wrong!! RP Singh had just given away two runs prior to this delivery and then tries to finish it off with a short ball that was gift wrapped for Marsh without any pace on it.RP Singh will bowl from the other end for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Six runs off the first over for Punjab.0.1 overs FOUR!! Mandeep Singh gets into the position and pulls it away to deep backward square leg for the first boundary of the innings. What a start for Punjab here!!Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Ravi Rampaul will open the attack for Royal Challengers Bangalore.Royal Challengers Bangalore have posted an imposing total of 190 runs at the loss of three wickets after 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab. A Gayle storm, a slight lull in the middle and then an AB de Villiers finish. Pujara helped himself to a fifty as well, amidst all this. 191 is a big score, but can be chased down in this venue especially with some serious power-hitters in the Punjab line-up.19.6 overs: FOUR!! Moises Henriques thumps it between deep extra cover and long-off to end the innings with a boundary. Alright, it'll be interesting to see if Mr. Neser gets another game for Kings XI Punjab this season!! Michael Neser finishes off his spell of four overs after conceding 62 runs.19.4 overs: SIX!! AB de Villiers stays deep in his crease this time and swats the short delivery over deep extra cover for the maximum. Well, it was too good from De Villiers so can't blame Mr. Neser here, still two balls to go!!19.3 overs: FOUR!! AB de Villiers plays the reverse paddle to perfection and gets a boundary towards third man. Okay, it's the second boundary off this over but Mr. Neser should pick it up from here. Chris Gayle: Arguably the most devastating contemporary batsman, Gayle is the first player to score a century in international Twenty20 cricket; the only man to score seven or more tons in the Twenty20 format; and is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20s. With 1,804 runs in matches in his IPL career, Gayle has been the backbone of RCB's batting. The left-hander has been the top-scorer in IPL for two consecutive years(2011 and 2012).Virat Kohli: The newly-appointed captain of the RCB, Virat Kohli, is one of the finest batsmen in the world today. The 24-year-old is the quintessential new-age cricketer who plays his game aggressively and is unafraid to express his emotions on the field. The right-hander has been explosive for RCB with 1, 639 runs in 77 matches during his IPL career. He was the second-highest run scorer in 2011 season behind his teammate Gayle. Kohli is also a good fielder and can bowl the occasional medium pace spell too.Sadeep Warrier: The 21-year-old unknown cricketer from Kerala has been a livewire in the Indian domestic cricket. The right-arm medium-fast bowler shot to fame after taking 22 wickets in a mere five matches for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. After being called up the BCCI to bowl at the Indian batsmen in nets, the young speedster managed to impress Virat Kohli - who asked RCB to sign him with immediate effect.AB de Villiers: The South-African wicket-keeper batsman has made a name for himself with his game changing abilities in the world of cricket. The 29-year-old cricketer has scored 1,302 runs in 60 matches during his IPL career. He can role-play himself as a finisher, middle-order batsman or even as a pinch hitter. During the 2012 season when playing the role of a finisher, he snatched wins out of the jaws of defeat. He unearthed some outrageous shots to incredible effect and in one over, smashed Dale Steyn for 23 - two fours and sixes each - to win RCB a thriller.

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