Rajkot: Chris Gayle firework and Yuzvendra Chahal magical spell helped Royal Challengers Bangalore register a 21 runs victory ove the Gujarat Lions in Match 20 of IPL 2017 on Tuesday.
Put into bat first, Captain Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle laid the foundation with a 122 runs opening stand.
Gayle once again proved that why he is the most destructive batsmen in this shortest format of the game. He scored 77 off 38 balls. His innings included 7 sixes and 5 fours.
Gayle also become the first batsman to score 10000 runs in T20 cricket.
Kohli continued his good form with the bat and made 64 of 50 balls.
Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav remained unbeaten on 30 & 38 respectively and helped to post 213 on board.
Bowlers once again disappointed the Gujarat Lions and the team management has to re-work on the bowling strategies if they have to progress in the tournament.
Defending the big score, Yuzvendra Chahal got early break through for Bangalore when he dismissed Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina in his first two overs and reduced the hosts to 37-2.
But Brendon McCullum smashed other bowlers and scored a brilliant fifty. He added 66 runs for the third wicket with Aaron Finch before the latter was beaten in the air by Pawan Negi and stumped.
McCullum carried on to make 72 before he became Chahals third victim in the bowlers final over.
Despite Ishan Kishans late heroics – the teenager smashed 39 from 16 balls, the Gujarat Lions could only reach 192-7. For RCB, the leg-spinner Chahal finished with figures of 3-31.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 213 for 2 (Gayle 77, Kohli 64, Jadhav 38*, Head 30*)
Gujarat Lions - 192 for 7 (McCullum 72, Kishan 39, Chahal 3-31)
Result - Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 21 runs