Chris Gale on fire in Pune

2012-05-12 00:00

CHRIS Gayle was once again batting on another planet as his sensational opening onslaught steered the Bangalore Royal Challengers to 173 for three in their Indian Premier League match against the Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium yesterday.

Gayle hammered 57 off 31 balls to take Bangalore to 80 for one in the ninth over but, despite Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 53, the visitors faded away in the second half of their innings, but still came away with a 35-run victory.

Coach Ray Jennings’s continued refusal to bat AB de Villiers higher than number five is most controversial.

De Villiers was left in the dugout until the 18th over and could face just four balls, scoring nine not out, before the end of the innings.

The Indian newspapers will once again be full of another spectacular innings by Gayle, who was ruthless from the outset, hitting the first and last balls of the third over bowled by Krishnakant Upadhyay for six.

The impressive Angelo Mathews was a cut above the other Pune bowlers, removing Gayle in full flight and conceding just three runs in the 16th over, finishing with one for 14 in three overs.

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