first_imgChris Gayle has emerged as a dominant force in this season of IPL. On Friday too he was at his best scoring a quick 89, leading Bangalore into the finals of this enthralling cricketing extravaganza. Score | PhotosBatting against Mumbai in the IPL ‘Qualifier 2’ at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, his 89-run innings came off just 47 balls, which proved to be the cornerstone in Bangalore 43-run victory.Bangalore now face Chennai in the final on Saturday.Mumbai could only manage to scoring 148 in repose to Bangalore’s 186-run target.Like Bangalore Mumbai too got off to a good start scoring at around 10 runs an over with Sachin Tendulkar leading the charge.But they also ended up losing a wicket early in the innings when Bangalore paceman S Aravind got rid of opener Aiden Blizzard in the fourth over of the innings when the team total was 23/1.Tendulkar’s new partner in the middle Harbhajan Singh too did not stay at the crease for long and fell on the first ball of the sixth over off Aravind when the team total was 41/2.The last ball of the eighth over gave Bangalore a clear cut advantage in the match. A Syed Mohammad turner beat Master Blaster Tendulkar and he fell stumped by Ab de Villiers on 40 and Mumbai lost their third wicket on 68.Soon Rohit Sharma too was seen walking back as Bangalore upped the pressure. And it was the Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori, who delivered the KO punch when he was batting on 13. Luke Pomersbach performed the final rites in the covers. A ball later in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu too walked back and Mumbai were down to 83/5 in 11 overs. advertisementBangalore skipper Vettori had another reason to celebrate in the 13th over. His ordinary ball got rid of West Indian Kieron Pollard when Abhimanyu Mithun leapt and took a high catch near the boundary to reduce Mumbai to 89/6.Kiwi James Franklin was bowled out by Bangalore paceman Zaheer Khan and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga fell to Syed Mohammad as Mumbai were reduced to 110/8 in 15.5 overs.Soon Mumbai were down and out with 142/8 on board – 43 runs short of the target.Bangalore inningsBangalore opener Chris Gayle scored a quick-fire 89 as Bangalore posted 185/4 against Mumbai.Earlier, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field in the last match of the IPL before the final. But much to the dislike of Mumbai, Bangalore got off to a flyer with openers Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal hitting boundaries and sixes at will.The two were scoring more than 11 runs an over and were still looking to increase the run rate. The Sri Lankan ‘slinger’ Lasith Malinga looked completely clueless against the two openers. In 10 overs, the Bangalore score had shot up to 111.The two were also assisted by some sloppy fielding by the Mumbai fielders. On the first ball of the 11th over Rohit Sharma dropped a sitter from Agarwal. But he soon made amends and when Agarwal hit Kieron Pollard two balls later in the similar fashion, Sharma made no mistake and took a clean catch at long on to dismiss him on 41. Bangalore lost their first wicket on 113/1.Finally, the moment that Mumbai were desperatly waiting for arrived in the 15th over. The big-hitting Gayle charged away at Munaf Patel on the fourth ball of the 15th over and Kiwi James Franklin came in running towards the ball and took a clean catch inches away from the ropes. Gayle fell 11 runs short of a ton and Bangalore lost their second wicket on 148.Gayle’s 89 came of 47 balls and included nine fours and five sixes.Post that big wicket, Mumbai struck back with renewed vigour. Abu Nechim Ahmed got rid of Virat Kohli with a ball that entered his defence and crashed into his stumps on 8. Bangalore were 151/3.Then in the 17th over Munaf struck again to get rid of Aussie Luke Pomersbach cheaply to reduce Bangalore to 157/4. But it wasn’t without a little help from Malinga, who took a superlaative mid-ar diving catch at short third man to bring Mumbai back into the game.Finally, Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary helped Bangalore to 185/4 against Mumbai.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *