Bangalore banish Pune

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore resigned the Pune Warriors to their 10th defeat of the 2012 Indian Premier League in Friday's one-sided clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore resigned the Pune Warriors to their 10th defeat of the 2012 Indian Premier League in Friday's one-sided clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

The home side went into the fixture without the services of Sourav Ganguly and would have hoped for a change of fortune under new captain Steven Smith. It wasn't to be.

Instead, Chris Gayle tucked into his usual savagery before Vinay Kumar continued his fine run of form with the ball as the Royal Challengers won by 35 runs to rise to third in the nine-team standings. The Warriors franchise, meanwhile, remain glued to second last.

Skipper Smith was triumphant initially, at the toss at least, and chose to bowl first. The decision soon had his bowlers chasing to all corners as the left-handed Gayle fronted the onslaught.

The big-hitting West Indian, eventually out for 57, reached his half-century from just 24 balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar copped the most expense at the hands of Gayle, fetching all of four sixes in one monstrous over.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, was a touch more reserved than his international counterpart. The former Sri Lanka captain need 44 balls for his 53 runs. Saurabh Tiwary's unbeaten 36 not out later pushed the Bangalore total to an impressive 173 for three.

Pune's pursuit was effectively doomed from the start. Indian veteran Zaheer Khan struck twice in one over, a brace that included Manish Pandey's fourth duck of the 2012 tournament – the most by anyone, tail-enders included.

Robin Uthappa's 38 and Anustup Majumdar's 31 in the middle order kept their side in the hunt in a stop-start fashion, while Smith's unbeaten 24 did nothing more than delay the inevitable. Kumar, in a fine display of bowling at the deaeth, finished with figures of three for 32.

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