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Congress ahead in 103 seats, JD (S) in 43, BJP in 39 in early counting trends in Karnataka

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 103 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 43 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

The main opposition Congress was ahead in 103 constituencies and the Janata Dal (Secular) in 43 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in third place, leading in 39 constituencies, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 9 constituencies. 
 
Others were leading in 15 constituencies.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 81 seats, BJP in 39 in early counting trends in Karnataka

The opposition Congress was ahead in 81 constituencies and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in 39 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

The opposition Congress was ahead in 81 constituencies and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 39 in early trends that became available as counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today.

The Janata Dal (Secular) was leading in 37, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 12 constituencies. 
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Congress ahead in 52 seats, BJP in 27 as counting of votes progresses in Karnataka

As counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly progressed on Wednesday, early trends indicated that the Congress was leading in 52 constituencies, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was ahead in 27.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

As counting of votes progressed in the May 5 elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly progressed today, early trends indicated that the Congress was leading in 52 constituencies, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in 27.

The Janata Dal (Secular) was leading in 19, while the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who walked out of the BJP to launch his own outfit, was ahead in 3 constituencies. Others were leading in eight seats.
 
Polling was held in a single phase on May 5 in 223 of the 224 constituencies and about 72 per cent of the 4.36 voters had exercised their franchise.
 
As many 2948 candidates were in the fray, including 170 women. Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
All the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
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Kings XI Punjab pull off superb six-wicket win over Royal Challengers

David Miller of Kings XI Punjab hits over the top for six during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Miller of Kings XI Punjab hits over the top for six during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

David Miller blasted an unbeaten 101 off just 38 balls as Kings XI Punjab pulled off a stunning six wicket win over Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with two overs to spare in the 51st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.

Asked to bat first, RCB posted a formidable 190 for three from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 61 by opener Chris Gayle and 51 by his partner Cheteshwar Pujara.
 
Chasing a stiff target of 191 for a win, Kings XI were in all sorts of trouble at 64 for four in the 10th over, but Miller and R Sathish, who remained unbeaten with 27, added 130 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket to help their side to pull off a sensational victory.
 
Miller's domination of the RCB bowlers was evident from the fact that he and Satish added 99 runs from the last five overs.
 
Dropped by Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli when he was on 41, Miller made the most of the opportunity as he went after the bowling at a time when the chips were down.
 
In the next over, Miller made Kohli pay the price for the dropped chance as he smashed Rudra Pratap Singh for two sixes and four fours as 26 runs came off the 15th over and swung the match in favour of the home team, who were then comfortably placed at 138/4.
 
The next two overs went for 34 runs and Kings XI were 172 for four after the 17th over. The match was at that stage  evenly balanced as Kings XI needed 18 runs off the last three overs.
 
Kohli brought in Gayle, who got a taste of his own medicine.  Gayle’s first three balls went for 15 runs and Miller got the winning runs and also his century in style by smashing the last ball for a huge six. In all, his 101 included seven sixes and eight fours.
 
His 38-ball effort was the third fastest century in IPL history, after Chris Gayle's 30-ball knock against Pune Warriors earlier this season and Yusuf Pathan's century off 37 balls in 2010. His brilliant performance got him the Man of the Match award today.
 
Satish's 21 was made off 18 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
 
The Punjab top order failed to deliver today, with Mandeep Singh (16), Shaun Marsh (6), Gurkeerat Singh (20) and David Hussey (13) unable to get among the runs.
 
For RCB, Murli Kartik took two for 24, while Ravi Rampaul and R Vinay Kumar picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Earlier, Gayle and Pujara, playing in first match of this IPL season, provided RCB a great start, putting on 102 for the opening wicket in 11.1 overs.
 
A B de Villiers remained unbeaten on 38 and Moises Henriques on 16.
 
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The visitors put up 23/0 in the first four overs before shifting gears, with Pujara hitting Michael Neser over cover for four and Gayle then sending him over the ropes for two sixes. Eighteen runs came off that over, and 17 in the next as Pujara slammed Manpreet Gony for three consecutive fours. At the end of 10 overs they were on 88/0.
 
In the 12th over, Gayle lifted the first ball from Gony for a huge six over long-on to take the side past the hundred-mark. He was gone the next ball, playing across and missing it completely. Gayle's 61 came 33 balls and included three sixes and six fours. 
 
Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli added 31 for the second wicket before Pujara made his exit, bowled by Gony with the total at 133. His 51 was made off 48 balls and was studded with eight fours.
 
Kohli (14) did not stay much longer, and was caught by Shaun Marsh, running back from mid-wicket, off Parvinder Awana.
 
de Villiers and Henriques added 46 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket. de Villiers hit two sixes and four fours in his 19-ball 38 while Henriqes smashed one six and two fours in his 16, made off seven balls.
 
For Kings XI, Gony took two for 41, while Awana picked up one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Gony 51
Chris Gayle b Gony 61
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14
AB de Villiers not out 38
Moises Henriques not out 16
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-102 (Gayle, 11.2 overs), 2-133 (Pujara, 15.1), 3-144 (Kohli, 16.5)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-28-0
Parwinder Awana 4-0-28-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-41-2
Michael Neser 4-0-62-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-26-0
 
Kings XI Punjab
Mandeep Singh c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 16
Shaun Marsh c de Villiers b Rampaul 6
Gurkeerat Singh lbw b Kartik 20
David Hussey c Henriques b Kartik 13
David Miller not out 101
Rajagopal Sathish not out 27
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 4, nb 1) 11
Total (for four wickets in 18 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Marsh, 2.3 overs), 2-25 (Mandeep Singh, 4.2), 3-51 (Gurkeerat Singh, 7.4), 4-64 (Hussey, 9.5)
Bowling
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-27-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-38-0
Moises Henriques 3-0-29-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-48-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-24-2
Chris Gayle 1-0-22-0
 
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Royal Challengers post 190/3 against Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle hammered 61 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post a formidable 190 for three from their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in the 51st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.

RCB got off to a great start, after Kings XI won the toss and elected to field first, and Gayle and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 102 for the opening wicket in 11.1 overs.
 
Pujara, playing in his first IPL match this season, compiled a superb 51, while A B de Villiers remained unbeaten on 38 and Moises Henriques on 16.
 
The visitors put up 23/0 in the first four overs before shifting gears, with Pujara hitting Michael Neser over cover for four and Gayle then sending him over the ropes for two sixes. Eighteen runs came off that over, and 17 in the next as Pujara slammed Manpreet Gony for four fours. At the end of 10 overs they were on 88/0.
 
In the 12th over, Gayle lifted the first ball from Gony for a huge six over long-on to take the side past the hundred-mark. He was gone the next ball, playing across and missing it completely. Gayle's 61 came 33 balls and included three sixes and six fours. 
 
Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli added 31 for the second wicket before Pujara made his exit, bowled by Gony with the total at 133. His 51 was made off 48 balls and was studded with eight fours.
 
Kohli (14) did not stay much longer, and was caught by Shaun Marsh, running back from mid-wicket, off Parvinder Awana.
 
de Villiers and Henriques added 46 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket. de Villiers hit two sixes and four fours in his 19-ball 38 while Henriqes smashed one six and two fours in his 16, made off seven balls.
 
For Kings XI, Gony took two for 41, while Awana picked up one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Gony 51
Chris Gayle b Gony 61
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14
AB de Villiers not out 38
Moises Henriques not out 16
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-102 (Gayle, 11.2 overs), 2-133 (Pujara, 15.1), 3-144 (Kohli, 16.5)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-28-0
Parwinder Awana 4-0-28-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-41-2
Michael Neser 4-0-62-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-26-0
 
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More than 70% of voters exercise franchise in Karnataka polls

More than 70 per cent of the 4.36 crore voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling held amidst tight security in Karnataka on Sunday to elect a new Legislative Assembly in the state.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

More than 70 per cent of the 4.36 crore voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling held amidst tight security in Karnataka on Sunday to elect a new Legislative Assembly in the state.

Polling began at 0700 hours yesterday morning and ended at 1800 hours, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
Official sources said the final voting figures were still being worked out. "As of now, 70.23 per cent of the voters had cast their votes but the figures are still coming in. We expect the percentage of voting could go up to 75 per cent," they said.
 
The elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women. In all,  4,36,14,881 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission set up 52034 polling stations across the state and deployed as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
 
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The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, were deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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About 65% of electors vote in Karnataka Assembly polls

About 65 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling to elect a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka amidst tight security on Sunday.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

About 65 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the single-phase polling to elect a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka amidst tight security today.

Polling began at 0700 hours this morning and ended at 1800 hours, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 60.68 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise until 1700 hours and the final figures were yet to come in. But they estimated it would be around 65 per cent.
 
The turnout was low in the early hours but picked up as the day progressed and queues of voters were seen at many places in Bangalore and other parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 8.37 per cent of the votes had been cast in the first two hours, 13.23 per cent in three hours and 20.79 hours in four hours. The percentage jumped to 50.99 per cent in the next four hours. 
 
Today's elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women. In all,  4,36,14,881 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off till May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission set up 52034 polling stations across the state and deployed as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
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The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, were deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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51% of electors vote in first eight hours in Karnataka polls

About 51 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first eight hours of polling on Sunday in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

About 51 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first eight hours of polling today in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

Polling began at 0700 hours this morning amidst elaborate security arrangements and will end at 1800 hours today, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
The turnout was low in the early hours but picked up as the day progressed and queues of voters were seen at many places in Bangalore and other parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 8.37 per cent of the votes had been cast in the first two hours, 13.23 per cent in three hours and 20.79 hours in four hours. The percentage jumped to 50.99 per cent in the next four hours.
 
Today's elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women.
 
In all,  4,36,14,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off tlll May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
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The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission has set up 52034 polling stations across the state and will deploy as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, have been deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
 Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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21% of electors vote in first four hours in Karnataka polls

About 20.79 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling on Sunday in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
About 20.79 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling today in the elections to choose a new Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.
 
Polling began at 0700 hours this morning amidst elaborate security arrangements and will end at 1800 hours today, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
The turnout was low in the early hours but picked up as the day progressed and queues of voters were seen at many places in Bangalore and other parts of the state.
 
Official sources said 8.37 per cent of the votes had been cast in the first two hours, 13.23 per cent in three hours and 20.79 hours in four hours.
 
Today's elections will decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women.
 
In all,  4,36,14,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off tlll May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.
 
The Election Commission has set up 52034 polling stations across the state and will deploy as many as 79364 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the smooth conduct of the single-phase polling.
 
The term of the present Assembly will expire on June 3. Of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, 36 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
 
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Apart from the ruling BJP, the Congress and the JD (S), the Karnataka Janata Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP to float his own outfit, is expected to play a crucial role in this election. 
 
In the last elections in 2008, the BJP secured 110 seats, three short of a majority in the assembly, and formed the government with the help of five independents. The Congress had got 80 seats and the JD (S) 28.
 
Around 1.35 lakh security personnel, including 60,000 policemen from the state, 20,000 home guards and the rest from Central para-military forces, have been deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of the single-phase poll.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Ministers K S Eswarappa and R Ashoka and Mr Yeddyurappa.
 
 Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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Polling underway for 223 Assembly seats in Karnataka

Polling began on Sunday morning amidst elaborate security arrangements in 223 of the 224 constituencies in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly to decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women.

Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.
Voters standing in a queue at a booth in Bangalore during polling in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2013.

Polling began this morning amidst elaborate security arrangements in 223 of the 224 constituencies in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly to decide the fate of 2948 candidates, including 170 women.

In all,  4,36,14,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
Polling, which began at 0700 hours, will end at 1800 hours, one hour later than usual in view of the extreme heat conditions in many parts of the state.
 
Polling in one constituency, Periyapatna, has been put off tlll May 28 in view of the death of the BJP candidate, Sannamoge Gowda on April 29. 
 
The assembly also has a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community, making for 225 seats in all.

Karnataka to vote for new Legislative Assembly on Sunday

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Karnataka will go to the polls tomorrow amidst tight security to choose a new State Legislative Assembly after two weeks of hectic campaigning by all the contestants and political parties.

In all,  4,36,14,881 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections, including  2,22,73,618 men and 2,13,41,263 women.
 
There are a total of 2948 candidates in the fray, including 170 women.
 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded its candidates in 223 constituencies, while the main opposition Congress has put up its nominees for all 224 seats. The Janata Dal (S) is contesting 222 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party 175, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 24, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 8 and the CPI (Marxist) 17.

Royal Challengers beat Pune Warriors by 17 runs

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on May 2, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on May 2, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a superb 52 by opener Saurabh Tiwary and an unbeaten quickfire 50 by AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Pune Warriors by 17 runs in the 46th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here tonight.

Choosing to bat first, RCB posted a formidable 187 for three wickets from their 20 overs and then restricted Pune Warriors to 170 for 9 in their quota of 20 overs.
 
Pune Warriors came pretty close to the target, with opener Robin Uthappa topscoring for them with 75 and Angelo Mathews making 32. But a middle order collapse put paid to their hopes.
 
The home team lost skipper Aaron Finch (15) in the third over, bowled by Moises Henriques, with just 20 on the board. In the seventh over, T L Suman (11) was run out with the total at 46.
 
Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh (16) took the total to 77 before the latter was caught by de Villiers off Vinay Kumar in the 11th over. Four runs later, Steven Smith (4) made his exit to make it 81 for four.
 
Uthappa and Mathews then added 63 for the fifth wicket before the Sri Lankan was caught by Gayle off Vinay Kumar. Abhishek Nayar faced only three balls before he was caught by de Villiers off Murali Kartik. Six runs later, Uthappa also left, caught by Rudra Pratap Singh off Kartik, at which stage Pune Warriors were 159 for seven in 17.5 overs.
 
Uthappa played a lone hand in the top-order while Finch, Suman, Yuvraj Singh and Smith gifted away their wickets.
 
Uthappa indulged in some pure hitting and smashed five fours and five sixes. It looked Matthews was out to prove a point. The all-rounder hit three huge sixes and just when it looked that the duo will carry the team through, Matthews became Vinay Kumar's third victim by lobbing to Chris Gayle at point in the 17th over. 
 
Matthews' dismissal derailed the chase and left-arm-spinner Murali Kartik (2/29) struck twice to get rid of Uthappa and Abhishek Nayar (1) in his next over that left Pune at 159/7 that ended all hopes.
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and Ajantha Mendis (2) left in quick succession, reducing Pune's chances further.
 
For RCB, Vinay Kumar took three wickets for 31 while Kartik picked up two for 29. Singh, Henriques and Gayle got one wicket apiece.
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Earlier, apart from Tiwary and de Villiers, whose half centuries were made in contrasting styles, all the other RCB batsmen who got a chance to bat today were able to get among the runs, with opener Chris Gayle contributing 21, skipper Virat Kohli 25 and Moises Henriques remaining unbeaten on 27.
 
Pune Warriors failed to make the most of the early departure of Chris Gayle (21) and Tiwary and skipper Virat Kohli (25) laid the foundation of the late onslaught with their 63-run stand.
 
Tiwary played a watchful knock and hit two fours and two sixes and in stark contrast De Villiers hit two sixes and six fours in his 23-ball knock. Moises Henriques also came up with a cameo of 13-ball 27.
 
RCB got off to a decent start with Gayle and Tiwary putting on 36 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar off T Suman in the seventh over. His 21 came off an equal number of balls and included two fours and a six.
 
Tiwary and Kohli aded 63 for the second wicket before the RCB skipper was bowled by Ashok Dinda in the 13th over. Kohli compiled his 25 off 18 balls with the help of three fours.
 
The long-haired Tiwary left in the 16th over, caught by Sharma off Dinda. His 52 came off 45 balls and included two sixes and two fours. RCB were 119 for three at that stage in 15.1 overs.
 
de Villiers and Henriques then got together in an unbroken 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 4.5 overs.
 
For Pune Warriors, Dinda took two for 52 while Suman got one for 15.
 
Today's victory was RCB's first away win in this season of IPL and came after two defeats. After today's match, they continue to remain in the second place in the points table with seven wins from 11 matches, while Pune are languishing at the bottom with just two wins, also from 11 outings.
 
De Villiers was named the Man of the Match..
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Saurabh Tiwary c Sharma b Dinda 52
Chris Gayle c Kumar b Suman 21
Virat Kohli b Dinda 25
AB de Villiers not out 50
Moises Henriques not out 27
Extras (lb 1, w 11) 12
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 187
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Gayle, 6.3 overs), 2-99 (Kohli, 12.6), 3-119 (Tiwary, 15.1)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-20-0
Ajantha Mendis 4-0-25-0
Tirumalasetti Suman 2-0-15-1
Angelo Mathews 2-0-23-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-36-0
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-15-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-52-2
 
Pune Warriors
Robin Uthappa c Singh b Kartik 75
Aaron Finch b Henriques 15
Tirumalasetti Suman run out (Muralitharan/Arun Karthik) 11
Yuvraj Singh c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 16
Steve Smith c Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 4
Angelo Mathews c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 32
Abhishek Nayar c de Villiers b Kartik 1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Kohli b Singh 2
Ajantha Mendis lbw Gayle 2
Ashok Dinda not out 6
Rohit Sharma not out 0
Extras (lb 2, w 4) 6
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Finch, 2.5 overs), 2-46 (Suman, 6.6), 3-77 (Yuvraj Singh, 10.1), 4-81 (Smith, 10.5), 5-144 (Mathews, 16.2), 6-153 (Nayar, 17.2), 7-159 (Uthappa, 17.5), 8-162 (Kumar, 18.4), 9-165 (Mendis, 19.2)
Bowling:
Murali Kartik 4-0-29-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-1
Moises Henriques 4-0-44-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-31-3
Muttiah Muralitharan 3-0-32-0
Chris Gayle 1-0-5-1
 
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Royal Challengers put up 187 for three against Pune Warriors

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on May 2, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on May 2, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Saurabh Tiwary made 52 and A B de Villiers hit a quickfire and unbeaten 50 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) put up a formidable 187 for three wickets in their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the 46th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here tonight.

All the other RCB batsmen who got a chance to bat today were able to get among the runs, with opener Chris Gayle contributing 21, skipper Virat Kohli 25 and Moises Henriques remaining unbeaten on 27.

Electing to bat first after Kohli won the toss, RCB got off to a decent start with Gayle and Tiwary putting on 36 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar off T Suman in the seventh over. His 21 came off an equal number of balls and included two fours and a six.
 
Tiwary and Kohli aded 63 for the second wicket before the RCB skipper was bowled by Ashok Dinda in the 13th over. Kohli compiled his 25 off 18 balls with the help of three fours.
 
The long-haired Tiwary left in the 16th over, caught by Sharma off Dinda. His 52 came off 45 balls and included two sixes and two fours. RCB were 119 for three at that stage in 15.1 overs.
 
de Villiers and Henriques then got together in an unbroken 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 4.5 overs.
 
de Villiers' 50 was made off just 23 balls and included two sixes and six fours. Henriques compiled his 27 not out from 13 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
 
For Pune Warriors, Dinda took two for 52 while Suman got one for 15.
 
Earlier, Angelo Mathews returned to the Pune Warriors line-up today, but Aaron Finch continued to captain the side. A team announcement had said earlier in the day that Mathews had stepped down from the position.
 
While Mathews came in for Luke Wright, another Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis came into the side in place of Kane Richardson.
 
RCB replaced Ravi Rampaul with Muttiah Muralitharan while Lokesh Rahul came into the team in place of Abhinav Mukund. Wicket-keeper Arun Karthik was back in place of seamer Jaydev Unadkat.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Saurabh Tiwary c Sharma b Dinda 52
Chris Gayle c Kumar b Suman 21
Virat Kohli b Dinda 25
AB de Villiers not out 50
Moises Henriques not out 27
Extras (lb 1, w 11) 12
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 187
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Gayle, 6.3 overs), 2-99 (Kohli, 12.6), 3-119 (Tiwary, 15.1)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-20-0
Ajantha Mendis 4-0-25-0
Tirumalasetti Suman 2-0-15-1
Angelo Mathews 2-0-23-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-36-0
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-15-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-52-2
 
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Royal Challengers opt to bat first against Pune Warriors

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first against Pune Warriors in the 46th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here tonight.

Angelo Mathews returned to the Pune Warriors line-up today, but Aaron Finch continued to captain the side. A team announcement had said earlier in the day that Mathews had stepped down from the position.

While Mathews came in for Luke Wright, another Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis came into the side in place of Kane Richardson.
 
RCB replaced Ravi Rampaul with Muttiah Muralitharan while Lokesh Rahul came into the team in place of Abhinav Mukund. Wicket-keeper Arun Karthik was back in place of seamer Jaydev Unadkat.
 
The team:
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, 3 Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Saurabh Tiwary, Arun Karthik (wk), Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik,  Muttiah Muralitharan, Rudra Pratap Singh 
 
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa (wk), Aaron Finch (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews,  Steve Smith, T Suman, Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ajantha Mendis, Ashok Dinda
 
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Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore held at Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore held at Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a brilliant 63 by Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals pulled off a superb four-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with just one ball remaining in the 40th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Put in to bat first, RCB posted a formidable 171 for six, thanks to scores of 34 by opener Chris Gayle, 32 by skipper Virat Kohli and a six-ball 22 by Vinay Kumar in the last over that included three huge sixes off the last three balls of the innings.

In a match that could have gone either way till the very end, Rajasthan Royals stayed confident throughout and made 173 for six in 19.5 overs to maintain their unbeaten record on their home ground.
 
Apart from the brisk 41-ball 63 by the 18-year-old Samson, who was promoted to the number three slot as a pinch-hitter and who hit seven fours and two sixes, the home team were served well by Shane Watson, who made 41 off 31 deliveries with the help of three fours and a six, and Brad Hodge, who compiled 32 off 18 balls with one four and two sixes.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings, made 22 while Stuart Binny (6 not out) had the honour of hitting the winning four.
 
For RCB, Ravi Rampaul took two for 28, while Rudra Pratap Singh, Moises Henriques and Vinay Kumar picked up one wicket each.
 
After today's match, RCB continued to be in the second place in the table, with six wins from 10 outings so far, while Rajasthan Royals are in the third spot with six wins from nine matches.
 
Both Rajasthan and Royal Challengers were tied on 12 points but the Bangalore franchise remained in the second place on the basis of a better net run rate.
Vinay Kumar of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of three sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by James Faulkner during their match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Vinay Kumar of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of three sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by James Faulkner during their match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
 
It was all an all-round performance by Watson, who has started bowling after a long injury lay-off, as the Australian picked three for 22 as Royal Challengers made 171 for six in 20 overs after a collective batting effort.
 
Chris Gayle smashed 34 runs off 16 balls before Watson had him caught behind by Samson. Gayle hit a six and 6 fours in his fiery knock. 
 
While chasing, Samson and Watson added 68 runs for the third wicket that proved the key for the win. The dimunutive Samson literally took the attack to the bowlers.
 
Brad Hodge's cameo of 32 off 18 balls took the hosts' to within sniffing distance of the target but the dismissal of Watson in the penultimate over left Rajasthan requiring 10 runs off 9 balls. 
 
Vinay Kumar dismissed Hodge off the second ball of the last over while Owais Shah (0) was run out the very next ball as Rajasthan were left requiring three off two balls.
 
Stuart Binny (6 not out) smashed Vinay Kumar for a four over mid-wicket to give his team a crucial victory.    
 
Earlier, asked to bat first, Bangalore got off to a great start thanks to Gayle, who again looked in great form.  They raced to 39 runs in just three overs with Gayle smashing six fours and a six. 
 
But it was Watson, who removed Gayle caught behind by wicketkeeper Samson.
 
Virat Kohli (32 off 25), who is the third highest run getter this season, failed to carry on with the start while AB de Villiers (21) perished in his attempt to push the score.
 
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Moises Henriques (22) too kept the scoreboard ticking and it was pacer Vinay Kumar (22 off 6), who hit three sixes off the last three balls of the innings from birthday boy James Faulkner that gave Royal Challengers a decent total.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Abhinav Mukund b Trivedi 19
Chris Gayle c Samson b Watson 34
Virat Kohli c Faulkner b Watson 32
AB de Villiers c Faulkner b Sreesanth 21
Moises Henriques run out (Faulkner/Samson) 22
Saurabh Tiwary not out 8
Ravi Rampaul c Samson b Watson 3
Vinay Kumar not out 22
Extras (lb 5, w 3, nb 2) 10
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Gayle, 3.6 overs), 2-66 (Mukund, 7.6), 3-99 (de Villiers, 12.1), 4-123 (Kohli, 15.5), 5-145 (Henriques, 18.1), 6-149 (Rampaul, 18.6)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 4-0-39-0
James Faulkner 4-0-42-0
Sreesanth 4-1-35-1
Shane Watson 4-0-22-3
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-20-1
Stuart Binny 1-0-8-0 
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid b Henriques 22
Ajinkya Rahane c Singh b Rampaul 2
Sanju Samson c Kartik b Rampaul 63
Shane Watson c de Villiers b Singh 41
Bradley Hodge b Vinay Kumar 32
Stuart Binny 6 not out
Owais Shah run out (Kohli/de Villiers) 1
James Faulkner not out 1
Extras (lb3 , w2 ) 5
Total (for six wickets in 19.5 overs) 173
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Rahane, 2.5 overs), 2-48 (Dravid, 6.4), 3-116 (Samson, 14.2), 4-162 (Watson, 18.3), 5-167 (Hodge, 19.2), 6-168 (Shah, 19.3)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-28-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-35-1
Vinay Kumar 3.5-0-39-1
Moises Henriques 2-0-6-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-32-0
Jaidev Unadkat 3-0-30-0
 
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to field
Result: Rajasthan Royals win by four wickets
Umpires: M Erasmus (South Africa) and K Srinath
TV umpire: VA Kulkarni
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
 
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Royal Challengers Bangalore post 171/6 against Rajasthan Royals

Vinay Kumar of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of three sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by James Faulkner during their match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Vinay Kumar of Royal Challengers Bangalore hits the first of three sixes in the final over of the innings sent down by James Faulkner during their match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 29, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) posted a formidable 171 for six against Rajasthan Royals in the 40th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Several of the RCB batsmen got into their 20s and 30s today but none of them was able to build a big score.
 
The last over brought some cheer to the RCB supporters when Vinay Kumar, who had just come in at the fall of Ravi Rampaul's wicket, belted James Faulkner for 22 runs off the six balls he faced, including three sixes off the last three balls to boost the side's total significantly.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB got a good start with openers Chris Gayle and Abhinav Mukund (19) putting on 44 for the first wicket.
 
Gayle, who topscored for the side with 34 off 16 balls with six fours and a six, was the first to go, caught by wicket-keeper Sanju Samson off Shane Watson.
 
Mukund and skipper Virat Kohli added 22 for the second wicket before the opener was bowled by Siddharth Trivedi. His 19 came off 21 balls and included a four.
 
Kohli and A B de Villiers took the total to 99 before the latter was caught by Faulkner off S Sreesanth after he had made 21 off 13 balls with three fours.
 
At 123, Kohli departed, caught by Faulkner off Watson. He made 32 off 35 balls with three fours. 
 
Moises Henriques made 22 off 19 balls with two fours before he was run out by a throw from Faulkner to Samson. Rampaul (3) did not last very long before he was caught by Samson off Watson off the last ball of the 19th over.
 
For Rajasthan Royals, Watson picked up three for 22, while Sreesanth and Trivedi took one apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Abhinav Mukund b Trivedi 19
Chris Gayle c Samson b Watson 34
Virat Kohli c Faulkner b Watson 32
AB de Villiers c Faulkner b Sreesanth 21
Moises Henriques run out (Faulkner/Samson) 22
Saurabh Tiwary not out 8
Ravi Rampaul c Samson b Watson 3
Vinay Kumar not out 22
Extras (lb 5, w 3, nb 2) 10
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Gayle, 3.6 overs), 2-66 (Mukund, 7.6), 3-99 (de Villiers, 12.1), 4-123 (Kohli, 15.5), 5-145 (Henriques, 18.1), 6-149 (Rampaul, 18.6)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 4-0-39-0
James Faulkner 4-0-42-0
Sreesanth 4-1-35-1
Shane Watson 4-0-22-3
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-20-1
Stuart Binny 1-0-8-0 
 
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Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers by 58 runs

Dhawal Kulkarni of Mumbai Indians celebrates after he takes the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore player Tillakaratne Dilshan during their match in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on April 27, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dhawal Kulkarni of Mumbai Indians celebrates after he takes the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore player Tillakaratne Dilshan during their match in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on April 27, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Putting up a good all-round display, Mumbai Indians scored an emphatic 58-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first, the home team posted an imposing 194 for seven from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 50 by opener Dwayne Smith - a performance that got him the Man of the Match award.
 
They then restricted RCB to 136 for seven in the allotted 20 overs, with pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, playing his first match of the season, taking three for 19 from his four overs.
 
Dinesh Karthik (43), Kieron Pollard (34) and opener Sachin Tendulkar (23) were the other Mumbai batsmen to get among the runs today.
 
Among their bowlers, Harbhajan Singh and Dwayne Smith picked up two wickets each.
 
With today's victory, Mumbai Indians have moved up to the fourth spot on the table, with five wins from their eight outings so far. RCB continued to be at the top, with six wins from their nine engagements so far.
 
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are in the second and third places, while Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India and Delhi Daredevils occupy the fifth to ninth spots.
 
The nine teams will play each other twice in the league before the top four sides advance to the play-offs stage.
 
Chasing a daunting target of 195 for a win, RCB got off to a decent start, with the big-hitting Chris Gayle and Tilakeratne Dilshan putting on 35 for the first wicket before the latter was caught by Mitchell Johnson at third man off Dhawal Kulkarni, playing in his first match of the season. Dilshan made 13 with two fours.
 
The crowds, of course, were looking for Gayle to come up with a repeat of his 175 not out against  but it was not to be. He left in the next over as he tried to hit Harbhajan Singh over long-on. Ambatti Rayudu took a superb catch just inside the rope, all the while taking care to ensure that he does not cross the line with the momentum. The Mumbai Indians were unrestrained in their celebrations. Gayle made 18 off 20 balls with two fours and a six and RCB were 37 for two at that stage.
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Skipper Virat Kohli (1) did not last very long, falling two runs later, caught by Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps off Kulkarni. A B de Villiers (2), another big hitter, faced only three balls before he, too, was snapped up by Karthik off Kulkarni to give the Mumbai bowler his third wicket. The visitors were clearly struggling at 43 for four in 7.4 overs.
 
At the half-way mark, RCB were on 66 for four, still needing 129 runs from the remaining 10 overs.
 
The Mumbai Indians kept up the pressure on them, with Harbhajan Singh dismissing Arun Karthik (12) in the next over, stumped by his namesake Dinesh off Harbhajan Singh.
 
Saurabh Tiwary (19), who tried to delay the inevitable, was out in the 14th over, caught by Harbhajan Singh at long-on after he top-edged one from Smith.
 
In the same over, Smith also got rid of Syed Mohammad (9), caught by Johnson at third man, reducing RCB to 85 for seven in 13.5 overs.
 
At the end of 15 overs, RCB needed 101 runs from the remaining 30 balls, which was more or less a hopeless task.
 
Ravi Rampaul (23) and Vinay Kumar (26) remained unbeaten at the end without RCB suffering any further losses, but they could do precious little to alter the final result.
 
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar's 23 included five fours.
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Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
Smith was gone, however, off the first ball of the next over from Syed Mohammad. He wanted to hit the ball over mid-wicket, but missed it and saw his stumps knocked back.
 
Rohit Sharma started with a bang, hitting Syed Mohammed through cover for four. But in the bowler's next over, he was run out. Karthik called for a second run after Sharma had sent the ball to long-off, but then sent him back. The throw from de Villiers found him short of his crease. He made 10 with one four.
 
Karthik and Pollard kept the scoreboard moving. The former hit Unadkat for four towards mid-wicket and Pollard lifted Syed Mohammed for two sixes, first over long-off and then over long-on. Eighteen runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians were on 143 for three after 15 overs.
 
Pollard was severe on Singh, who returned to the attack in the 17th over, hitting him for two fours and a six.
 
In the next over, sent down by Vinay Kumar, Mumbai Indians lost three wickets off consecutive balls. First Karthik was run out, thanks to some smart fielding by Virat Kohli at mid-off. His 43 came off 33 balls and included three fours and a six.
 
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The next ball saw Ambati Rayudu getting run out without facing a ball, again courtesy Kohli. Rayudu tried to get back to the crease at the non-striker's end after Pollard had guided the ball to mid-off, but Vinay Kumar was in the way, though unintentionally, and he did not quite make it.
 
Pollard himself was out the next ball, caught by Ravi Rampaul at third man, when he top-edged the ball while attempting a pull. Mumbai were 169 for six at that stage in 17.4 overs.
 
Harbhajan Singh (16) livened up the mood in the stands by hitting Singh for three fours in the next over. 
 
In the next over, Rampaul got him with a slower one that the batsman sent to Saurabh Tiwary at mid-wicket. 
 
Mitchell Johnson (9 not out) hit Rampaul for a huge six over long-on as Mumbai Indians ended up with 194 for seven.
 
For RCB, Rampaul, Singh, Vinay Kumar and Syed Mohammad took a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith b Syed Mohammad 50
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Singh 23
Dinesh Karthik run out (Kohli) 43
Rohit Sharma run out (de Villiers/Syed Mohammad) 10
Kieron Pollard c Rampaul b Vinay Kumar 34
Ambati Rayudu run out (Kohli) 0
Harbhajan Singh c Tiwary b Rampaul 16
Mitchell Johnson not out 9
Lasith Malinga not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Tendulkar, 3.4 overs), 2-97 (Smith, 10.1), 3-118 (Sharma, 12.5), 4-169 (Karthik, 17.2), 5-169 (Rayudu, 17.3), 6-169 (Pollard, 17.4), 7-187 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.2)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-40-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-38-1
Syed Mohammad 4-0-43-1
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle c Rayudu b Harbhajan Singh 18
Tilakaratne Dilshan c Johnson b Kulkarni 13
Virat Kohli c Karthik b Kulkarni 1
AB de Villiers c Karthik b Kulkarni 2
Saurabh Tiwary c Harbhajan Singh b Smith 21
Arun Karthik st Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 12
Syed Mohammad c Johnson b Smith 9
Ravi Rampaul not out 23
Vinay Kumar not out 26
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 5, nb 1) 11
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Dilshan, 5.4 overs), 2-37 (Gayle, 6.5), 3-39 (Kohli, 7.2), 4-43 (de Villiers, 7.4), 5-67 (Arun Karthik, 10.3), 6-83 (Tiwary, 13.2), 7-85 (Syed Mohammad, 13.5)
Bowling:
Mitchel Johnson 4-0-27-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-0
Dhaval Kulkarni 3-0-19-3
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-21-2
Dwayne Smith 2-0-20-2
Kieron Pollard 2-0-19-0
 
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Chasing 195, RCB make 66/4 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Dhawal Kulkarni of Mumbai Indians celebrates after he takes the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore player Tillakaratne Dilshan during their match in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on April 27, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dhawal Kulkarni of Mumbai Indians celebrates after he takes the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore player Tillakaratne Dilshan during their match in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on April 27, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing a daunting target of 195 for a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were struggling at 66 for four after the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Arun Karthik (12) and Saurabh Tiwary (11) were at the crease at the half-way mark, when the visitors still needed 129 from the remaining 10 overs.
 
RCB got off to a decent start, with the big-hitting Chris Gayle and Tilakeratne Dilshan putting on 35 for the first wicket before the latter was caught by Mitchell Johnson at third man off Dhawal Kulkarni, playing in his first match of the season. Dilshan made 13 with two fours.
 
The crowds, of course, were looking for Gayle to come up with a repeat of his 175 not out against Pune Warriors but it was not to be. He left in the next over as he tried to hit Harbhajan Singh over long-on. Ambatti Rayudu took a superb catch just inside the rope, all the while taking care to ensure that he does not cross the line with the momentum. The Mumbai Indians were unrestrained in their celebrations. Gayle made 18 off 20 balls with two fours and a six and RCB were 37 for two at that stage.
 
Skipper Virat Kohli (1) did not last very long, falling two runs later, caught by Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps off Kulkarni. A B de Villiers (2), another big hitter, faced only three balls before he, too, was snapped up by Karthik off Kulkarni to give the Mumbai bowler his third wicket. The visitors were clearly struggling at 43 for four in 7.4 overs.
 
Earlier, powered by a superb 50 by opener Dwayne Smith, Mumbai Indians posted 194 for seven from their 20 overs.
 
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, they put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar's 23 included five fours.
 
Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
Smith was gone, however, off the first ball of the next over from Syed Mohammad. He wanted to hit the ball over mid-wicket, but missed it and saw his stumps knocked back.
Rohit Sharma started with a bang, hitting Syed Mohammed through cover for four. But in the bowler's next over, he was run out. Karthik called for a second run after Sharma had sent the ball to long-off, but then sent him back. The throw from de Villiers found him short of his crease. He made 10 with one four.
 
Karthik and Pollard kept the scoreboard moving. The former hit Unadkat for four towards mid-wicket and Pollard lifted Syed Mohammed for two sixes, first over long-off and then over long-on. Eighteen runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians were on 143 for three after 15 overs.
 
Pollard was severe on Singh, who returned to the attack in the 17th over, hitting him for two fours and a six.
 
In the next over, sent down by Vinay Kumar, Mumbai Indians lost three wickets off consecutive balls. First Karthik was run out, thanks to some smart fielding by Virat Kohli at mid-off. His 43 came off 33 balls and included three fours and a six.
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The next ball saw Ambati Rayudu getting run out without facing a ball, again courtesy Kohli. Rayudu tried to get back to the crease at the non-striker's end after Pollard had guided the ball to mid-off, but Vinay Kumar was in the way, though unintentionally, and he did not quite make it.
 
Pollard himself was out the next ball, caught by Ravi Rampaul at third man, when he top-edged the ball while attempting a pull. Mumbai were 169 for six at that stage in 17.4 overs.
Harbhajan Singh (16) livened up the mood in the stands by hitting Singh for three fours in the next over. 
 
In the next over, Rampaul got him with a slower one that the batsman sent to Saurabh Tiwary at mid-wicket. 
 
Mitchell Johnson (9 not out) hit Rampaul for a huge six over long-on as Mumbai Indians ended up with 194 for seven.
 
For RCB, Rampaul, Singh, Vinay Kumar and Syed Mohammad took a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith b Syed Mohammad 50
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Singh 23
Dinesh Karthik run out (Kohli) 43
Rohit Sharma run out (de Villiers/Syed Mohammad) 10
Kieron Pollard c Rampaul b Vinay Kumar 34
Ambati Rayudu run out (Kohli) 0
Harbhajan Singh c Tiwary b Rampaul 16
Mitchell Johnson not out 9
Lasith Malinga not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Tendulkar, 3.4 overs), 2-97 (Smith, 10.1), 3-118 (Sharma, 12.5), 4-169 (Karthik, 17.2), 5-169 (Rayudu, 17.3), 6-169 (Pollard, 17.4), 7-187 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.2)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-40-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-38-1
Syed Mohammad 4-0-43-1
 
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Mumbai Indians post 194/7 against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Powered by a superb 50 by opener Dwayne Smith, Mumbai Indians posted 194 for seven against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Dinesh Karthik (43), Kieron Pollard (34) and opener Sachin Tendulkar (23) were the other Mumbai batsmen to get among the runs.
 
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar's 23 included five fours.
 
Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
Smith was gone, however, off the first ball of the next over from Syed Mohammad. He wanted to hit the ball over mid-wicket, but missed it and saw his stumps knocked back.
 
Rohit Sharma started with a bang, hitting Syed Mohammed through cover for four. But in the bowler's next over, he was run out. Karthik called for a second run after Sharma had sent the ball to long-off, but then sent him back. The throw from de Villiers found him short of his crease. He made 10 with one four.
Karthik and Pollard kept the scoreboard moving. The former hit Unadkat for four towards mid-wicket and Pollard lifted Syed Mohammed for two sixes, first over long-off and then over long-on. Eighteen runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians were on 143 for three after 15 overs.
 
Pollard was severe on Singh, who returned to the attack in the 17th over, hitting him for two fours and a six.
 
In the next over, sent down by Vinay Kumar, Mumbai Indians lost three wickets off consecutive balls. First Karthik was run out, thanks to some smart fielding by Virat Kohli at mid-off. His 43 came off 33 balls and included three fours and a six.
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The next ball saw Ambati Rayudu getting run out without facing a ball, again courtesy Kohli. Rayudu tried to get back to the crease at the non-striker's end after Pollard had guided the ball to mid-off, but Vinay Kumar was in the way, though unintentionally, and he did not quite make it.
 
Pollard himself was out the next ball, caught by Ravi Rampaul at third man, when he top-edged the ball while attempting a pull. Mumbai were 169 for six at that stage in 17.4 overs.
 
Harbhajan Singh (16) livened up the mood in the stands by hitting Singh for three fours in the next over. 
 
In the next over, Rampaul got him with a slower one that the batsman sent to Saurabh Tiwary at mid-wicket. 
 
Mitchell Johnson (9 not out) hit Rampaul for a huge six over long-on as Mumbai Indians ended up with 194 for seven.
 
For RCB, Rampaul, Singh, Vinay Kumar and Syed Mohammad took a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith b Syed Mohammad 50
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Singh 23
Dinesh Karthik run out (Kohli) 43
Rohit Sharma run out (de Villiers/Syed Mohammad) 10
Kieron Pollard c Rampaul b Vinay Kumar 34
Ambati Rayudu run out (Kohli) 0
Harbhajan Singh c Tiwary b Rampaul 16
Mitchell Johnson not out 9
Lasith Malinga not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Tendulkar, 3.4 overs), 2-97 (Smith, 10.1), 3-118 (Sharma, 12.5), 4-169 (Karthik, 17.2), 5-169 (Rayudu, 17.3), 6-169 (Pollard, 17.4), 7-187 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.2)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-40-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-38-1
Syed Mohammad 4-0-43-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 97 /1 in first 10 overs against Royal Challengers

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians made 97 for one wicket in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Opener Dwayne Smith (50) and Dinesh Karthik (17) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar made 23 with the help of five fours.
 
Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
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Mumbai Indians choose to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Both teams made a change each. Mumbai replaced leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal with paceman Dhawal Kulkarni, while RCB brought in left-arm spinner J Syed Mohammad in place of the unwell Murali Kartik.
 
The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (captain), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh,  Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravi Rampaul, Arun Karthik (wk),  R Vinay Kumar, J Syed Mohammad, Rudra Pratap Singh, Jaydev Unadkat
 
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Gayle's unbeaten 175 steers RCB to 130-run win over Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his 150 runs during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his 150 runs during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle hit an astounding and unbeaten 175 to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a huge 130-run win over Pune Warriors in the 31st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Gayle literally pulverized the Pune bowling attack as RCB, put in to bat first, piled up 263 for five from their 20 overs. He hammered 17 sixes and 13 fours off the 66 balls he faced, reducing the fielders to mere spectators and leaving the bowlers completely at their wit's end.
 
The blitzkrieg by Gayle seemed to have knocked out all the fight from Pune Warriors, who did not even attempt to make a fight of it as they were restricted to 133 for nine in their 20 overs.
 
Steven Smith topscored for Pune Warriors with 41, while Mitchell Marsh contributed 23, opener Aaron Finch 18 and Yuvraj Singh 17. Mithun Manhas was unbeaten with 11. For RCB, Ravi Rampaul, Jaydev Unadkat and Gayle picked up two wickets apiece, while Murli Kartik, Rudra Pratap Singh and Vinay Kumar got one each.
 
Earlier, Gayle received able support from Tilakeratne Dilshan, who made 33 off 36 balls, with five fours, and helped him put on 167 for the first wicket. 
 
Skipper Virat Kohli hit one six but did not last very long, run out after he had made 11 in a total of 207. 
 
South African star A B de Villiers came on the scene and faced just eight balls, but made an amazing 31 off them, including eight fours and three sixes.
 
But today was all about Gayle, and most spectators, players, journalists and veteran cricketers who watched the innings were certain they had never seen anything like it and unlikely to do so in the future.
 
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Several records were broken along the way, including the fastest ever century in the six-year history of IPL -- off just 30 balls. 
 
The match started in overcast conditions and was interrupted by rains for about half an hour, half-way into the second over.
 
The rains stopped, the match resumed, and the West Indian star then unleashed what is called a Gayle-storm by cricket writers. You had to be at the stadium today to understand the full meaning of that term. From the bowlers' point of view, it was carnage, plain and simple, with no clue as to how to contain him. 
 
Aaron Finch, who sent down one over and was clobbered for 29 runs, was clearly at his wit's end. He was also probably rueing his decision to ask the home team to bat first.
 
RCB began quietly, taking only three runs off the first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gayle provided some indications of things to come when he smacked Ishwar Pandey for two consecutive fours in the next, but then rains came and play was interrupted. When play finally resumed, Gayle picked up from where he left off, hammering Pandey for three more fours, making it 21 runs in all from that over.
 
That was more or less going to be the norm for the rest of the innings, though Kumar gave away only four in his second over and Dinda five in the fourth.
 
Over five from Mitchell Marsh began with two sixes and a four, and after a dot ball, two more sixes followed -- 28 runs in all. The shots were flowing to all parts of the ground, and deeper into the stands, and higher onto the roof. Gayle had already reached his 50 in the fifth over, off just 17 balls, with six fours and four sixes. RCB were 61/0 then.
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Kumar conceded just one in his third over. Gayle made up for that in the next, sent down by Murtaza Ali, hitting him for two sixes and a four. Finch came on and gave away 29 -- four sixes and a four, plus a single -- and that effectively removed him from the attack.
 
It was Dinda's turn, and Gayle got a free hit. The bowler sent down a gentle full toss, and Gayle whacked straight on to the roof to reach his century, off just 30 balls, the fastest ever in six years of the IPL, beating Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton. At the end of 10 overs, RCB were on 128 for no loss.
 
Dilshan hit Pandey for two overs as 12 runs came off the 11th over. Gayle then lifted a slower one from Luke Wright over long-off for six as the batsmen took 11 from that over.
 
In the 14th over, the Pune bowlers tasted their first success when Wright had Dilshan caught by Murtaza at cover. The Sri Lankan had made 33 off 36 balls with five fours.
 
In Murtaza's next over, Gayle hit him for two fours and three sixes. The last of these, which he went down on his knees and hit over deep mid-wicket, took him to his 150 and Kohli, at the other end, bent and saluted him. At the end of the 15th over, which yielded 28 runs, RCB were 196 for one.
 
In the 17th over, Kohli got into the act, hitting Dinda for six over deep mid-wicket. But he was run out the next ball, with Dinda running across to short mid-wicket and throwing the ball to the stumps at the bowler's end in one smooth motion. Kohli was yards out of his crease. Off the last two balls, de Villiers hit the bowler for a four and a six. That over produced 18 runs and the next one, by Kumar, 15 runs.
 
Gayle and de Villiers continued to be merciless on the bowlers. de Villiers hit Marsh for a four and two sixes before he got a top edge for Manhas to take a catch behind point while attempting to hit the bowler over long-off. 
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In the last over, Gayle smacked Dinda for six over long-off. Dinda got some satisfaction, however, by dismissing Saurabh Tiwary and Ravi Rampaul as RCB ended up with 263 for five -- the highest ever score in T20 cricket, beating Sri Lanka's 260 for 6 against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
 
As Gayle walked back to the pavilion, some of the Pune players came up and congratulated him, despite the knocking he had given them. Along the way, he had overtaken Brendon Mc Cullum's record of 158 -- scored in the inaugural match of IPL at the same ground on April 18, 2008 -- and now holds the record for the highest ever individual score in T20 cricket.
 
Gayle's 17 sixes was also a record, beating the previous record of 16 scored by Essex all-rounder Graham Napier against Sussex on June 24, 2008.
 
His century off just 30 balls broke the previous record of a century off 34 balls scored by Australian Andrew Symonds for Kent against Middlesex in 2004.
 
For Pune Warriors, Dinda took two for 48 and Marsh and Wright picked up a wicket apiece. The only bowlers who escaped the fury of the Jamaican were Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who conceded just eight runs in his first spell of three overs but went for 15 in his fourth, and fellow-seamer Wright, whose four overs cost just 26.
 
After today's win, RCB continued to top the table with six wins from their eight outings in the tournament so far, while Pune Warriors are placed eighth with two wins from eight engagements.
 
All nine teams in the league will play each other twice before the top four teams advance to the play-off stage.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle not out 175
Tillekeratne Dilshan c Murtaza b Wright 33
Virat Kohli run out (Dinda) 11
AB de Villiers c Manhas b Marsh 31
Saurabh Tiwary c Marsh b Dinda 2
Ravi Rampaul c Marsh b Dinda 0
Extras (lb 3, w 6, nb 2) 11 
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 263
Fall of wickets: 1-167 (Dilshan, 13.4 overs), 2-207 (Kohli, 16.2), 3-251 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-262 (Tiwary, 19.4), 5-263 (Rampaul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-23-0
Ishwar Pandey 2-0-33-0 
Ashok Dinda 4-0-48-2 
Mitchell Marsh 3-0-56-1
Ali Murtaza 2-0-45-0
Aaron Finch 1-0-29-0
Luke Wright 4-0-26-1
 
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Gayle hits unbeaten 175 as RCB pile up 263/5 against Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his 150 runs during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his 150 runs during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Opener Chris Gayle hit an astounding and unbeaten 175 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) posted an imposing 263 for five wickets from their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the 31st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
Gayle literally pulverized the Pune bowling attack as he hammered 17 sixes and 13 fours off the 66 balls he faced, reducing the fielders to mere spectators and leaving the bowlers completely at their wit's end.
 
The West Indian star received able support from Tilakeratne Dilshan, who made 33 off 36 balls, with five fours, and helped him put on 167 for the first wicket. 
 
Skipper Virat Kohli hit one six but did not last very long, run out after he had made 11 in a total of 207. 
 
South African star A B de Villiers came on the scene and faced just eight balls, but made an amazing 31 off them, including eight fours and three sixes.
 
But today was all about Gayle, and most spectators, players, journalists and veteran cricketers who watched the innings were certain they had never seen anything like it and unlikely to do so in the future.
 
Several records were broken along the way, including the fastest ever century in the six-year history of IPL -- off just 30 balls. 
 
The match started in overcast conditions and was interrupted by rains for about half an hour, half-way into the second over.
 
The rains stopped, the match resumed, and the West Indian star then unleashed what is called a Gayle-storm by cricket writers. You had to be at the stadium today to understand the full meaning of that term. From the bowlers' point of view, it was carnage, plain and simple, with no clue as to how to contain him. 
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Aaron Finch, who sent down one over and was clobbered for 29 runs, was clearly at his wit's end. He was also probably rueing his decision to ask the home team to bat first.
 
RCB began quietly, taking only three runs off the first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gayle provided some indications of things to come when he smacked Ishwar Pandey for two consecutive fours in the next, but then rains came and play was interrupted. When play finally resumed, Gayle picked up from where he left off, hammering Pandey for three more fours, making it 21 runs in all from that over.
 
That was more or less going to be the norm for the rest of the innings, though Kumar gave away only four in his second over and Dinda five in the fourth.
 
Over five from Mitchell Marsh began with two sixes and a four, and after a dot ball, two more sixes followed -- 28 runs in all. The shots were flowing to all parts of the ground, and deeper into the stands, and higher onto the roof. Gayle had aleady reached his 50 in the fifth over, off just 17 balls, with six fours and four sixes. RCB were 61/0 then.
 
Kumar conceded just one in his third over. Gayle made up for that in the next, sent down by Murtaza Ali, hitting him for two sixes and a four. Finch came on and gave away 29 -- four sixes and a four, plus a single -- and that effectively removed him from the attack.
 
It was Dinda's turn, and Gayle got a free hit. The bowler sent down a gentle full toss, and Gayle whacked straight on to the roof to reach his century, off just 30 balls, the fastest ever in six years of the IPL, beating Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton. At the end of 10 overs, RCB were on 128 for no loss.
 
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Dilshan hit Pandey for two overs as 12 runs came off the 11th over. Gayle then lifted a slower one from Luke Wright over long-off for six as the batsmen took 11 from that over.
 
In the 14th over, the Pune bowlers tasted their first success when Wright had Dilshan caught by Murtaza at cover. The Sri Lankan had made 33 off 36 balls with five fours.
 
In Murtaza's next over, Gayle hit him for two fours and three sixes. The last of these, which he went down on his knees and hit over deep mid-wicket, took him to his 150 and Kohli, at the other end, bent and saluted him. At the end of the 15th over, which yielded 28 runs, RCB were 196 for one.
 
In the 17th over, Kohli got into the act, hitting Dinda for six over deep mid-wicket. But he was run out the next ball, with Dinda running across to short mid-wicket and throwing the ball to the stumps at the bowler's end in one smooth motion. Kohli was yards out of his crease. Off the last two balls, de Villiers hit the bowler for a four and a six. That over produced 18 runs and the next one, by Kumar, 15 runs.
 
Gayle and de Villiers continued to be merciless on the bowlers. de Villiers hit Marsh for a four and two sixes before he got a top edge for Manhas to take a catch behind point while attempting to hit the bowler over long-off. 
 
In the last over, Gayle smacked Dinda for six over long-off. Dinda got some satisfaction, however, by dismissing Saurabh Tiwary and Ravi Rampaul as RCB ended up with 263 for five -- the highest ever score in T20 cricket, beating Sri Lanka's 260 for 6 against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
 
As Gayle walked back to the pavilion, some of the Pune players came up and congratulated him, despite the knocking he had given them. Along the way, he had overtaken Brendon Mc Cullum's record of 158 -- scored in the inaugural match of IPL at the same ground on April 18, 2008 -- and now holds the record for the highest ever individual score in T20 cricket.
 
Gayle's 17 sixes was also a record, beating the previous record of 16 scored by Essex all-rounder Graham Napier against Sussex on June 24, 2008.
 
His century off just 30 balls broke the previous record of a century off 34 balls scored by Australian Andrew Symonds for Kent against Middlesex in 2004.
 
For RCB, Dinda took two for 48 and Marsh and Wright picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle not out 175
Tillekeratne Dilshan c Murtaza b Wright 33
Virat Kohli run out (Dinda) 11
AB de Villiers c Manhas b Marsh 31
Saurabh Tiwary c Marsh b Dinda 2
Ravi Rampaul c Marsh b Dinda 0
Extras (lb 3, w 6, nb 2) 11
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 263
Fall of wickets: 1-167 (Dilshan, 13.4 overs), 2-207 (Kohli, 16.2), 3-251 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-262 (Tiwary, 19.4), 5-263 (Rampaul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-23-0
Ishwar Pandey 2-0-33-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-48-2
Mitchell Marsh 3-0-56-1
Ali Murtaza 2-0-45-0
Aaron Finch 1-0-29-0
Luke Wright 4-0-26-1
 
Pune Warriors:
Robin Uthappa c Singh b Kartik 0
Aaaron Finch c Kartik b Rampaul 18
Yuvraj Singh c Kohli b Unadkat 16
Luke Wright c de Villiers b Unadkat 7
Steve Smith c Dilshan b Rampaul 41
Mitchell Marsh b Vinay Kumar 25
Mithun Manhas not out 11
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Arun Karthik b Singh 6
Ali Murtaza st Arun Karthik b Gayle 5
Ishwar Pandey b Gayle 0
Ashok Dinda not out 1
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 133
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Uthappa, 0.2 overs), 2-28 (Finch, 4.2), 3-38 (Wright, 5.2), 4-42 (Yuvraj Singh, 5.4), 5-100 (Smith, 13.3), 6-119 (Marsh, 16.2), 7-127 (Kumar, 18.5), 8-132 (Murtaza, 19.3), 9-132 (Pandey, 19.5)
Bowling:
Murali Kartik 3-0-25-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-20-1
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-21-2
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-38-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-24-1
Chris Gayle 1-0-5-2
 
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Gayle strikes ton as RCB pile up 128/0 in first 10 overs against Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle pulverized the Pune Warriors bowling attack as he raced to the fastest century ever in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore to 128 for no loss from the first 10 of their 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Gayle was batting on 105, made off just 35 balls with the help of 11 sixes and eight fours, at the half-way mark. Keeping him company was Tilakeratne Dilshan, who had made 19, inclusive of three fours.

 

The match started in overcast conditions and was interrupted by rains for about half an hour, half-way into the second over.
 
The rains stopped, the match resumed, and the West Indian star then unleashed what is called a Gayle-storm by cricket writers. From the bowlers' point of view, it was carnage, plain and simple, with no clue as to how to contain him. 
 
Aaron Finch, who sent down one over and was clobbered for 29 runs, was clearly at his wit's end. He was also probably rueing his decision to ask the home team to bat first.
 
RCB began quietly, taking only three runs off the first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gayle provided some indications of things to come when he smached Ishwar Pandey for two consecutive fours in the next, but then rains came and play was interrupted. When play finally resumed, Gayle picked up from where he left off, hammering Pandey for three more fours, making it 21 runs in all from that over.
 
That was more or less going to be the norm for the rest of the innings, though Kumar gave away only four in his second over and Dinda five in the fourth.
 
Over five from Mitchell Marsh began with two sixes and a four, and after a dot ball, two more sixes followed -- 28 runs in all. The shots were flowing to all parts of the ground, and deeper into the stands, and higher onto the roof. Gayle had aleady reached his 50 in the fifth over, off just 17 balls, with six fours and four sixes. RCB were 61/0 then.
 
Kumar conceded just one in his third over. Gayle made up for that in the next, sent down by Murtaza Ali, hitting him for two sixes and a four. Finch came on and gave away 29 -- four sixes and a four, plus a single -- and that effectively removed him from the attack.
 
It was Dinda's turn, and Gayle got a free hit. The bowler sent down a gentle full toss, and Gayle whacked straight on to the roof to reach his century, off just 30 balls, the fastest ever in six years of the IPL, beating Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton. At the end of 10 overs, RCB were on 128 for no loss.
 
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Pune Warriors ask Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first

Pune Warriors captain Aaron Finch won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to bat first in the 31st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Royal Challengers did not make any changes in their team, while Pune Warriors made three changes. Medium-pacer and batsman Mitchell Marsh came into the team in place of Ajantha Mendis while left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza replaced leg-spinner Rahul Sharma. Seamer Ishwar Pandey was brought in to replace all-rounder Abhishek Nayar.
 
The teams:
 
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa (wk), Aaron Finch (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Ali Murtaza, Ashok Dinda.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, KB Arun Karthik, Ravi Rampaul, R Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Rudra Pratap Singh, Jaidev Unadkat.
 
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