Royal Challengers Bangalore 263-5 (Gayle 175no) beat
Pune Warriors 133-9 by 130 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Bangalore
Report by John Pennington
Chris Gayle smashed a new world record Twenty20 score of 175 not out to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore to a world leading score of 263 for five and a 130-run win over Pune Warriors in Bangalore.
Gayle's fourth IPL century saw him surpass Brendon McCullum's long-standing record of 158 and included 17 sixes - another record - as Bangalore returned to the top of the Indian Premier League 2013 table when Pune could only reach 133 for nine in reply.
Gayle, ever the entertainer, was given the final over of the match to bowl, and picked up two wickets to finish with two for five having earlier needed just 30 balls to reach three figures, only facing 66 deliveries in all.
The result was Bangalore's sixth win in as many attempts at home, keeping themselves well and truly in the frame to repeat their appearance in the final two years ago.
Although Gayle has featured in several hard-hitting and record-breaking performances before, this was a cut above; a flawless exhibition of powerful clean striking that left the majority of the Pune bowlers unable to find any way of restricting the powerful left-hander.
Bhuveneshwar Kumar (0-23) and Luke Wright (1-26) were the only two to escape with reasonable figures. Ishwar Pandey leaked 33 runs in two overs, Aaron Finch 29 in one, Mitchell Marsh 56 in three and Ali Murtaza 45 in two as Gayle took a fancy to those with a lack of experience.
Utterly ruthless in both calculation and execution, his 50 came up from 17 balls, the next half-century in 13, before a slight lull as he found Wright more difficult to deal with. Then came the final acceleration to reach 150 in 53 balls and he raced past McCullum's mark of 158, which was set in the very first game of the IPL back in 2008 - at the hands of the Bangalore bowlers.
With Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) he shared an IPL record opening stand of 167, Virat Kohli made 11 in nine balls and AB de Villiers smashed 31 in eight to keep the runs flowing and ensure that Bangalore broke the 260-run barrier that had stood since Sri Lanka battered Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.
Ashok Dinda (2-48) picked up the late wickets of Saurabh Tiwary (2) and Ravi Rampaul (0) but with 263 runs on the board, Bangalore were never going to be beaten.
There are bad ways to start Twenty20 innings, and then there is getting caught off the first ball attempting a reverse sweep, which is exactly what Robin Uthappa managed. His ill-advised and ill-timed stroke of Mural Kartik started a slide to 42 for four within the opening six overs that firmly ended any slim chance Pune had of staying in the game.
Jaydev Unadkat struck twice to remove Yuvraj Singh (16) and Wright (7) as both men fell to catches, neither having any option but to try to hit out. Such is the nature of Twenty20 cricket when a team is chasing a huge score. There is no time for consolidation. No time to play yourself in.
Aaron Finch looked in good touch in hitting 18 in 15 balls but he fell to Rampaul, who also dismissed Steve Smith for 41 to finish with two for 21 as Pune were out of the game long before the final throes of the match when Gayle stepped forward to apply the coup de grace.
Marsh blasted a couple of sixes as he made 25 but as Gayle floated one past the bat of Murtaza to leave Arun Karthik the easiest of stumpings and then bowled Pandey, he empatically finished what he had, equally emphatically, started earlier with an innings that will live long in the memory of most who saw it.
Record-breakers: Chris Gayle & Royal Challengers Bangalore
© Cricket World 2013
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