IPL 2017: RCB beat Gujarat Lions

Rajkot: Chris Gayle of the Royal Challengers Bangalore walks back to the pavilion after getting out during an IPL 2017 match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on Tuesday. PTI Photo/Sportzpics(PTI4_18_2017_000226A)

After a disappointing start to their IPL 2017 contest, Royal Challengers Bangalore returned to winning ways when they beat Gujarat Lions by 21 runs in Rajkot on Tuesday. Put into bat first, RCB were off to a flying start with Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. Gayle was in the leading role as the left-hander went about doing business the only way he knows. During his 38-ball 77, he achieved plenty of milestones. He became the first batsman to score 10, 000 T20 runs and both him and Kohli reached 10 century stands. They are the only pair to do so for that number of times. Gayle’s wicket shifted focus on Kohli and the skipper didn’t let the scoring rate dip as he kept the board ticking.
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There was some worry in the RCB dugout when Kohli made the long walk back in the 16th but Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head ensured the visitors finished strong. They hit brisk fifties and powered the side over the 200-run mark. For Gujarat, it was a bad day at the office for the bowlers and none except Basil Thampi made an impression. The experienced Ravindra Jadeja went for plenty and conceded as many as 57 runs in his quota of four overs.
In reply, Gujarat Lions were off to a terrible start as they lost opener Dwayne Smith in the second over of the innings. Next man in Suresh Raina came, promised but didn’t last long. Brendon McCullum was keeping the hopes alive but the right-hander didn’t the required support from the other end. Both Raina and Aaron Finch got their eye in but didn’t bat for long enough to trigger panic in the opposition dressing room.


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