It is surprising how de Villiers does not pull a muscle, bending and twisting the way he does to get under the ball. The South African scored 50 (23 balls, 4x6, 2x6) in an innings laced with his typical, innovative, stroke-play to power his side to 187 on a sluggish track.
De Villiers smashed Ashok Dinda for 26 runs in the last over. His ability to send deliveries pitched in the zone past the boundary line leaves bowlers helpless, and Dinda felt that at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium. He swept across off-stump, over the keeper's head, reverse-swept and slogged over the bowler.
The home side displayed their best effort on the field which lasted only till Gayle's brief stint in the middle. The Jamaican started cautiously, flexing his arms only against deliveries with width on offer. Looking to lift part-time spinner T Suman over the ropes for a second time in two deliveries, Gayle failed to middle and offered a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at deep cover.