By the first six overs, RCB had reached 66 for no loss and Gayle's contribution was 50. Gayle had hit Pune's spinner Rahul Sharma for five sixes and today he took out Bhuvaneshwar for some severe punishment. Mathews brought relief for the hosts when he had Gayle caught at long-on, where Manish Pandey took a simple catch.
Bangalore still maintained a good run-rate and were 88 for one at half-way stage. Rahul Sharma then dismissed rival skipper Virat Kohli, who miscued one off the spinner and the leading edge flew to his counterpart Steven Smith at mid-off.
Run-rate suffered due to quick wickets and the next big over came only when Rahul was hit for 16 runs in the 14th over through a six and two fours by Dilshan and Saurabh Tiwary.
Dilshan, who faced 44 balls, kept the scoreboard ticking and in company of Tiwary put on 43 for the third wicket. A run out ended Dilshan's stay at the crease.Image: Pune Warriors India cricketers celebrate the dismissal of unseen Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Pune Warriors India and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Subroto Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on May 11, 2012. Scorecard
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