Thanks to blistering knock by West Indian explosive batsman Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Gujarat Lions by 21 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on April 18.
Chasing the massive target of 214 runs, Suresh Raina-led side could only manage to score 192-7 runs. For Royal Challengers Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of bowler. He took wickets in his quota of 4 overs.
For GL, New Zealander Brendon McCullum top scored with 72 runs off just 44 balls. During his stay, the right-handed batsman smashed 7 sixes and 2 fours.
Earlier, asked to bat, RCB got off to a thunderous start with Chris Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli put up 122 runs in 13 overs without losing a wicket.
Chris Gayle, who made a comeback after being dropped for few matches due to poor form, struck magnificent 77 off just 38 balls. During his knock, the left-hander hit 7 sixes and 5 fours. Meanwhile, Gayle added another feather to his cap as he crossed the 10,000 runs milestone in T20 matches.
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On the other hands, RCB skipper Virat Kohli too played a captain’s knock of 64 runs. Kohli, who had faced 50 balls, struck seven boundaries and a six during his stay in the middle.
Besides them, Kedar Jadhav too played a fiery knock of 38 (not out) at the team to help his team to set a mammoth 214 runs target for the Gujarat Lions.
For Gujarat, Basil Thampi and Dhawal Kulkarni were the pick of the bowlers for picking up one wicket each, respectively.