The Pune Warriors conceded just 42 runs between overs 16 and 19 as Ashok Dinda walked to his mark to bowl the final over of the innings. Exactly five minutes and 37 seconds,six length balls,two sixes and three audacious boundaries later,AB de Villiers and Royal Challengers Bangalore had undone all the good work of the home side. The visitors ended on an imposing 187/3.
The first ball of the final over,a wide delivery almost on the marker,saw de Villiers walk across his stumps,going down on his knee and sweeping over square-leg for six. The next was cracked over Dinda’s head for four. The next,a savage whip brought six more.
Dinda shook his head and walked to his mark where captain Aaron Finch,Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews waited with advice. It made little difference,as another wide length ball was reverse-paddled for four and the next conventionally swept to fine-leg for four. Dinda finished with four overs for 52,conceding 26 in the last over and the Warriors conceded 60-plus (68) for the fifth time in a row in the death overs.
RCB had a quiet start as Chris Gayle and his new opening partner Saurabh Tiwari scored 30 runs off the first six overs. Gayle fell for a run-a-ball 21 and then skipper Virat Kohli and Tiwari upped the rate,stitching together a 63-run partnership of 39 balls. Still there was work to do and when AB de Villiers came in,RCB were 99 for 2 at in 14 overs.
Tiwari departed soon after,for a well-made 52,his first T20 half-century after three years. De Villiers and Moises Henriques had put on a quick-fire 68 off just 29,with the Australian getting in a few lusty blows of his own at the end. In the grand scheme of things,Dinda’s horrific last over seemed to be the difference as Pune crashed to a 17-run loss.
Chasing 188,Pune were always up against it and a quick start,courtesy Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa was something they desperately required. Finch,Pune’s most successful batsman this season,struck a four and six before playing Henriques on. Tirumalasetti Suman,Yuvraj Singh and Steven Smith all flattered to deceive as each of them struck crisp boundaries before falling to wild slashes.
It was down to Uthappa and Angelo Mathews,and they almost pulled a rabbit out of the hat,adding 63 off just 33,hitting half a dozen sixes between them. With 44 needed off 23,Mathews fell and when Uthappa departed in the next over,the chase fell apart.
Brief scores: RCB 187 for 3 in 20 overs (S Tiwary 52,A B de Villiers 50 n.o; A Dinda 2/52); PW 170 for 9 in 20 overs (R Uthappa 75,A Mathews 32; Vinay Kumar 3/31)