Bangalore: Warriors' Ashwell Prince and Johan Botha added 73 runs off only six-and-a-half overs to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets off the final ball in the CLT20 opener in Bangalore on Friday.
Over No 20: Warriors win, in the most dramatic of circumstances. Fantastic last over for the neutrals, Aravind manged to get first two ball dots and pressure led to downfall of Botha in the third ball. With 7 needed from 3 balls, Boje picked up the single off the fourth ball which was followed with the boundary in the fifth and two on the last ball by Wayne Parnell to help Warriors beat RCB by three wickets.
Chris Gayle opened the innings for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. (AFP)
Over No 19 Two big wickets for RCB at the crucial point, Ashwell Prince was the first man to fall, he tried to give it a Full Monty but miscued it completely and Nannes takes a simple catch. Thyssen followed him after hitting a cracking boundary of the first ball, he nicked his second ball to the keeper. But the tide turned to Warriors favour when Nicky Boje smacked the last ball for huge six. Just 7 needed from 6 balls.
Over No 18: Johan Botha has come to the party. Two consecutive sixes has put Warriors in commanding position. Seventeen came off the Gayle's over. This is fantastic stuff by Warriors. Just 19 needed from 12 balls.
Over No 17: The duo of Prince and Botha brought up their fifty run stand off just 27 balls. Some smart cricket by Warriors' batsman had made them favourites to win the match now. 36 needed from 18 balls. Some clever and intelligent batting from here can take them through.
Over No 15: Botha is just playing one gem of an innings, A huge six from the last ball of Nannes' over. Surely Warriors are making exciting last five overs. 12 runs came of the over.
Over No 14: Botha and Prince are playing sensibly, the duo are rotating the strike and picking up the boundaries in between. Another fifteen-run-over for the Warriors. RCB bowlers are losing the plot. They are 110/4 after 14.
Over No 13: Ashwell Prince brings up his fifty, fantastic knock by the opener. Three fours came in the over along with a single. Prince will be the key man if Warriors wants to go all the way.
Over No 12: Another one gone, Royal Challengers are surely on top now. Kreusch the men to caught in the deep off the bowling of Daniel Vettori. Just seven came from the over. Warriors are in trouble now.
Over No 11: Back to back boundaries for Ashwell Prince has up the ante for the Warriors. Eleven runs came off the over. Prince moves to 42 from 34 balls.
Over No 10: Warriors' Prince living dangerously, Virat Kohli first dropped Prince on the mid-wicket and on the very next ball, the leather just just fell in front of Aravind,
Over No 9: Good run for RCB in the match, as they pick up the third Warrior wicket. Mark Boucher was the last man to fall. Syed Mohammad picked up the wicket from very his very first over. Boucher tried to sweep the ball but missed the line completely and was adjudged LBW.
Over No 8: Daniel Vettori gets his man. Mithun finally takes the catch in the deep. Ingram the man to fall for 15. Couple of wickets have pulled the things back for Royal Challengers. Warriors are 57/2 in 8 overs.
Over No 7: Four down to the third man by Ingram off Dirk Nannes, Should have been held in the deep by Mithun, but he allowed to bounce in front of him and allowing the ball go to the boundary. Royal Challengers should have definitely made it two.
Over No 6: Finally a wicket for Royal Challengers. Opener Smuts departs after being brilliantly caught by Virat Kohli. Aravind the man to pick up the wicket. But four and a six in the last two balls spoiled made up the things for Warriors. Team from South Africa are 49/0 after 6 overs.
Over No. 3: Prince clobbered Chris Gayle for two huge sixes, one on either side of the straight boundary. Warriors 30/0.
Over No. 2: Young JJ Smuts and experienced Ashwell Prince started Warriors' innings with a six and a four respectively. Warriors 15/0.
Royal Challengers innings:
Over No. 20: RCB finished with 172/8 in their 20 overs against the Warriors. Kohli hit the most (34) runs for the Bangalore side, while Theron struck with four wickets.
Over No. 19: Theron struck thrice for the Warriors. First he scalped RCB skipper Daniel Vettori (8 off 6), then followed it up with the wickets of Kaif (26 off 20) and Abhimanyu Mithun (4 off 3).
Over No. 18: After hitting one six earlier, Mohammad Kaif clobbered another one to Parnell. RCB crossed 150-run mark with five wickets down. Thirteen runs came off in Parnell's over.
Over No. 16: Nicky Boje struck with the wicket of Tiwary (28 off 15), who mistimed a slog sweep to Kreusch long-on.
Over No. 14: De Villiers (31 off 25) departed after hitting another six off Botha. The South African batsman top edged while sweeping the off-spinner, giving a simple catch to Tsotsobe at square leg. RCB 113/4
Over No. 13: Saurabh Tiwary, who replaced Kohli, got going with a four. Things are looking ominous for the Warriors as the left-hander was looking in great touch. RCB 107/3.
Over No. 11: Virat Kohli departed after scoring a fluent 34 off 29 balls. Though ball had hit the middle of Kohli's bat, it could only find the distance and landed in the hands of Parnell. Theron picked up his first wicket. RCB 92/3.
Over No. 9: After stealing singles on both sides of the wicket, de Villiers cut loose and hit a massive six off Botha in the square leg region. RCB 79/2.
Over No. 6: Kohli and de Villiers took the RCB innings forward with well-stolen singles and occasional boundaries. RCB 57/2.
Over No. 4: Gayle departs! Warriors' skipper Botha took an outstanding catch while running backwards at mid-on, off the bowling of Wayne Parnell. Only one run conceded in the fourth over and RCB lost the big wicket of Gayle (23). RCB 35/1.
Over No. 3: Tsotsobe, who bowled a brilliant first over, was taken to cleaners by Gayle. The burly left-hander hit a massive six over mid-wicket and following it up with a lofted boundary in the same region. 34/1
Over No. 2: Gayle started the fireworks for the RCB. The 32-year-old made room for himself by coming down the track and lifting Juan Theron for a flat six over the cover boundary. He followed it up with a four in the same region. RCB 17/1
Over No. 1: Tsotsobe drew the first blood for Warriors. After bowling some unplayable deliveries, the tall South African pacer made Mayank Aggarwal (0) to play a false stroke thus giving a simple catch to Ingram. RCB 3/1.
One-minute silence: Both the teams line up and observe a one-minute silence in memory of former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who passed away on Thursday following a lung infection.
Warriors' skipper Johan Botha won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first in their Champions League Twenty20 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.
Warriors will be playing without their premier pace bowler Makhaya Ntini, while RCB will keep the same team composition they kept during the IPL.
"It looks a good wicket, might be a bit better later in the game so we will chase. The guys are really excited so we are thrilled to be here. Three or four guys haven't been to India so hopefully they will enjoy," Botha said after winning the toss.
On the other hand, Vettori said he too would have fielded had he won the toss.
"I would have fielded as well. There is a bit of dew factor which will make it easier for batting later on. We are all very fresh and excited. We have some very good memories from the IPL so hope we can continue. I have had a big break so excited about playing cricket again." said vettori.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Mohammad Kaif, Saurabh Tiwary, Daniel Vettori(c), Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Aravind, Dirk Nannes
Warriors: Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, JJ Smuts, Mark Boucher(w), Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Johan Botha(c), Justin Kreusch, Juan Theron, Nicky Boje, Lonwabo Tsotsobe