Royal Challengers Bangalore won their match against Pune comfortably by 35 runs reaching top four on point table. With a hope of winning, the host did lot of changes. The captain sat out of the game and Smith took over the charge. But nothing could stop the Warriors from losing their seventh game in a row. Needing about nine runs a over, Pune never looked to be in the game when they started batting.
Put into bat by home team captain Smith ( hoping the wicket will play better in second innings and support the batsmen), Bangalore openers Gayle started with a bang. His massive hits and scoring pace was taking the game away from the home team. But a bad shot helped the pune team grab Gayle wickets. After gayle there was a brief upswing in home team but dilshan and tiwary end it soon. The useful opening pair’s contributions and Tiwari heroics with bat at the end ensured Bangalore set up a good score.
Pune batsmen collapsed from the first over. Zaheer Khan took two crucial wickets in first over and then Clarke dismissal in fourth over ended any hopes of rebounce. Bangalore bowlers bowled well in right areas lead by veteran Zaheer Khan. Ganguly replacement Mohnish Mishra was dismissed in fourth ball of first over while Manish Pandey was out for a duck.
Robin Uthappa came in, played some good shots but did not stay on the crease for long. 173 was too much for Pune batsmen to get. With still two more matches remaining for Pune team, they can start planning for 2013. Virat Kohli Bangalore has progressed well and peaking at the right moment. The bowling department did well against a weak team. It remains to be seen if Bangalore can continue their winning momentum. No doubt any Bangalore opposition will work out a plan for getting rid of Gayle if they wish to limit the Bangalore batting arsenal. Tomorrow matches are between strong teams and it needs to be seen how these teams perform.