Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
The Bangalore Royal Challengers moved up into 2nd place in the IPL group standings thanks to a 26 run victory over the Pune Warriors at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Virat Kohil and Chris Gayle played impressive roles to help the Royal Challengers set the Warriors a victory target of 182 to snap their four game losing streak
Kohli lead the way smashing 4 fours and 4 sixes as he registered his 5th IPL half century and past the 1000 run mark in the touranemnt when he smashed Jerome Taylor for a massive six over deep backward square leg in the 18th over.
Despite falling in the 19th over Kohli’s innings of 67 was enough for the 22 year old to pass Sachin Tendulkar as this years leading run scorer.
Faced with a challenging run chase the Warriors innings never really got going; with the exception of Jessie Ryder (51) and Juvraj Singh (41) no other batsman troubled the Royal Challengers bowling attack.
Ryder got the run chase off to a positive start with a 34 ball half century which included 4 fours and 2 sixes after the Warriors had lost Tim Paine (8) early on.
Manish Pandey (19) quickly followed Ryder back to the dugout before Juvraj thrilled the crowd with some big hitting to briefly give the Warriors hope before he was dismissed by Zaheer Khan in the 17th over.
Chris Gayle was once again in impressive form at the top of the order, having scored 128 runs in his first two games the West Indian continued his rich vain of form for the Royal Challengers.
After a quiet start Gayle came to life in the 3rd over when he smashed two boundaries and two towering sixes off the bowling of Kamran Khan; the opener repeated the punishment in Khan’s next over to help the Royal Challengers reach 57-0 after 6 overs.
Despite the loss of Tillakaratne Dilshan (15) who was bowled by Rahual Sharma, Gayle continued to attack the Warriors bowlers as he raced towards his 2nd half century of the tournament.
Gayle’s innings was finally brought to an end by Sharma in the 9th over after the West Indian was harshly given out LBW by umpire Sanjay Hazare despite TV replays showing the ball would have failed to clip the bails.
AB de Villiers (26) and Saurabh Tiwary (14) enjoyed cameo innings to help the Royal Challengers reach 181-5 to leave the Warriors needing 183 to end their four game losing streak.