In the 12th match of the IPL 6, 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets, thanks to Gayle’s 85* in 50 balls and contributions from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Gautam Gambhir’s hard fought 59 went in vain as RCB posted a clinical win, shooting them to the top of the table
Match Report : Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 12, Bangalore, April 11th, 2013
The match started in a festive atmosphere, as it was the day of Ugadi in Bangalore. With the stadium packed, RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field first as he thought the pitch was fresh, had some grass in it and was good to chase on. When asked to Gautam Gambhir, the KKR skipper, on his opinion, he was happy as he had wanted to bat first. There were three changes in the KKR team, as Lee made way for Ryan Mclaren, Balaji came in for Shami Ahmed and Sangwan filled in for LR Shukla. For RCB, newcomer KL Rahul replaced Murali Kartik.
KKR got off to a bad start by losing their opener, Manvinder Bisla to Moises Henriques, in the first over, after scoring just 1 in 5 balls. After a close call of Gambhir getting run out in the second over, he got back into the game by hitting RP Singh and Henriques for a few superlative boundaries. Jacques Kallis then walked in and together with Gambhir, put up 44 runs in 6 overs. While Kallis got off to a slow start, Gambhir was showing pure class by hitting some superb boundaries. Kallis, soon, also chipped in, guiding the ball over the boundary a few times. He soon fell to Vinay Kumar on 16, once again failing to capitalize on the good start. Promoted up the order, Yusuf Pathan came out to bat and got busy immediately by hitting Vinay Kumar for 3 consecutive boundaries. After hitting a Six, Pathan too got out to Henriques, attempting to hit another six. The hitting then slowed down with Manoj Tiwary and Gambhir hitting only occasional boundaries. The latter fell for a well played 59 and the former for 23. Rajat Bhatia contributed with a few boundaries towards the end and KKR finished on a modest total of 154.
The openers of RCB, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle, soon came out to bat. Mayank Agarwal fell to Mclaren in the third over but then it was all RCB from there. Gayle and Virat Kohli got off to a flying start by smashing boundaries and sixers all over the ground, getting 50 up in 7 overs. Virat Kohli hit a few sixes before falling to Balaji for 35. But that wasn’t all that happened. Just after Virat’s wicket, there seemed to be a heated exchange of words between Kohli and Gambhir. Both being Delhi teammates and Indian teammates, they forgot that for a while. Apparently, Gambhir, in ecstasy of getting Kohli’s wicket, said something to Kohli, to which the latter replied with a few words of his own. Both walked towards each other in fury, exchanged a few words but were then immediately separated by their teammates.
After the departure of Kohli, AB de Villiers partnered Gayle and helped RCB reach 100 at the end of 12 overs. Gayle showed a superb display of boundaries and sixes all over the ground and AB played the silent partner at the other end, contributing with a few boundaries himself. Gayle finished the game off with a Six and sealed the victory for RCB.
In the good spirit of sportsmanship, at the end, Gautam and Virat shook hands, forgot about their fight and made amends. The MoM award deservingly went to Chris Gayle for his blazing innings of 85* in just 50 balls.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/2 ( Gayle: 85*(50), Balaji: 1/35)
Kolkata Knight Riders 154/8 ( Gambhir: 59(46), RP Singh 3/27
Player of the Match: Chris Gayle, RCB
Disappointment of the Day: Jacques Kallis, KKR