Bangalore: A jinx-breaking last-ball win, a hitherto unknown bowler who shone on the big stage, and a surreal moment when Test cricket’s highest wicket-taker bowled an over to Test cricket’s two highest run-getters, were all put in the shade by a man who hobbled on one foot during yet another match-winning innings that reiterated his status as the supreme batsman of the Twenty20 format.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled with a quirky action and struck gold, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting walked out side-by-side and took on Muttiah Muralitharan, but Chris Gayle’s 92 not out off 58 balls ensured that Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians for the first time at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday (April 4), gasping to the post by just two runs in a tense finish that saw Dinesh Karthik’s fantastic 60 off 37 balls go in vain. (Watch: NDTV's analysis of the match)
Every man, woman and child in the almost-packed stadium seemed to have a red Bangalore flag, and they were waved in abundance for Gayle, and with equal warmth for Tendulkar. In the end, the audience that would have gladly cheered a Tendulkar special in a Bangalore victory went home satisfied. (See and read: Match in pics and Stats from the match)