When Pune Warriors India last met Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, they learnt that if Chris Gayle hits the ball, it stays hit. On Thursday (May 2), they figured out that when AB de Villiers decides the ball is there to be hit, he hits it to any part of the ground that catches his fancy. (Watch Analysis)
On the day, or night, De Villiers's cultured hitting outshone a valiant 45-ball 75 by Robin Uthappa, who almost single-handedly took Pune past the finishing line. (Match stats: RCB record first away win)
While Uthappa distributed his runs equally among the opposition bowlers, Ashok Dinda faced the brunt of de Villiers's refined bludgeoning, being hit for 26 runs off the final over of Bangalore's innings after they chose to bat. A good score was always in the offing, but de Villiers, with an unbeaten 23-ball 50, took the total into a winning 187 for 3, enough to complete a 17-run win that broke Bangalore's jinx of not winning away from home this season and consigned Pune to a sixth straight defeat.