17 may 2011
Gilchrist’s ton powers Punjab to big win
Dharamsala: Adam Gilchrist (106) smashed a breath-taking century and shared a record 206-run partnership with Shaun Marsh as Kings XI Punjab overwhelmed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 111 runs to keep themselves in the reckoning for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League.
The second-wicket partnership between Gilchirst and Marsh (79 not out) was the highest in Twenty20 cricket and it steered the hosts to a mammoth 232 for two, highest total of this season so far in the IPL, after electing to bat.
The previous best partnership in T20 cricket was of 170 runs for the first wicket, raised by South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman against England in 2009.
Punjab then broke Bangalore’s seven-match winning streak by bundling them out for 121 in 17 overs and also recorded second largest victory in the history of IPL.
The previous best was scored by Kolkata Knight Riders, who had thrashed Bangalore by 140 runs in 2008 edition.
It was Punjab’s fourth win in a row and they need to beat Deccan Chargers in their last outing on Saturday and also hope that some other results also go in their favour.
Punjab remain on fifth position in the table with 14 points but improved their net run-rate. It was -0.183 and now courtesy the big win it is +0.271.
Bangalore, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remain on top with 17 points despite defeat.
Big hitting Chris Gayle has orchestrated many wins of Bangalore and his team needed his magic yet again while chasing such a huge total but the West Indies batsman could not do it for the side this time around.
Gayle could not even open his account today as Ryan Harris had him caught behind by Gilchrist.
Harris (3/28) also dismissed Virat Kohli (11) to make early in-roads and Bangalore buckled under pressure.
AB de Villiers (34) was the top scorer for Bangalore while Piysh Chawla (4/17) was the most successful bowler for Punjab with his four wickets.