Gayle Blasts Bangalore Into IPL Final
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185-4 (Gayle 89) beat
Mumbai Indians 142-8 (Tendulkar 40) by 43 runs
Indian Premier League 2011 elimination play-off
Chris Gayle earned his sixth man-of-the-match award in the Indian Premier League 2011 after his innings of 89 in 47 balls set up a 43-run win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Mumbai Indians.
The result means that Gayle's side will now face reigning champions the Chennai Super Kings in Saturday's final and there will be no dream rematch of the 2010 final and no opportunity for Sachin Tendulkar to add the 2011 IPL crown to his World Cup winner's medal.
Batting first, Gayle's onslaught helped the Challengers reach 185 for four and although only two other players could reach double figures, they had a winning score, which was confirmed when the Mumbai Indians could only reach 142 for eight in reply.
Left-hander Gayle smashed nine fours and five sixes although he paid tribute to the role played by fellow opener Mayank Agarwal, who played his part with 41 in 31 balls as the pair put on 113 inside 11 overs for the first wicket.
AB de Villiers (21 not out in 15 balls) was the only other batsmen to make a contribution but it hardly mattered in the end.
Tendulkar top scored with 40 in 24 balls, hitting seven fours before he was stumped by de Villiers off the bowling of Syed Mohammed, who returned two for 25.
Bangalore's control on the match was increased as captain Daniel Vettori led by example with a haul of three for 19, taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma (13), Ambati Rayudu (0) and Kieron Pollard (3).
A late blast of 18 not out in 12 balls from Abu Nechim came far too late for the side that went into the match as the favourites.
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