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Bangalore end losing streak riding on Gayle blitz

Chris Gayle (left) and Virat Kohli (centre) were instrumental in victory
Chris Gayle (left) and Virat Kohli (centre) were instrumental in victory

Royal Challengers Bangalore 213-2 (Gayle 77) beat
Gujarat Lions 192-7 (McCullum 72) by 21 runs
20th match, Indian Premier League, Rajkot

After Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli smashed 77 and 64 runs respectively, Yuzvendra Chahal played a crucial role with a three-wicket haul to restrict Gujarat Lions to 192 for seven in a chase of 214 in the 20th match of Indian Premier League in Rajkot.

Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to bowl first. Kohli (64) started the proceedings with five boundaries in the first three overs and in the next over, Gayle became the first batsman to cross 10,000 runs in T20s.

Bangalore ended the powerplay at 45 for naught. Gayle soon upped the ante with a couple of sixes and boundaries in the eighth over to take the score to 75 runs, with the second maximum almost claimed brilliantly by Brendon McCullum at the deep but his hat had made contact with the rope.

With another six in the 10th over, Gayle completed a 23-ball fifty as Bangalore raced to 92 for naught at halfway mark. Just as he was getting dangerous with two mores sixes and boundaries, Basil Thampi (1-31) provided some respite for Gujarat by trapping Gayle LBW in the 13th over.

Kohli himself went past a calm 43-ball fifty at the other end and along with blistering 16-ball knocks from Travis Head (30) and Kedar Jadhav (38 not out), Bangalore went on to post 213 for two in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Dwayne Smith (1) fell early after he hit a Chahal (3-31) delivery to deep square leg in the second over. Suresh Raina (23) played a blistering eight ball cameo that included two fours and as many sixes but was caught at short fine leg to give Chahal his second wicket.

McCullum (72) decided to cut loose as a six and a four from the former New Zealand captain ended their powerplay at 57 for two.

McCullum along with Aaron Finch (19) gave a solid platform with a 66-run stand with the former being the major contributor but Bangalore bounced back with two wickets in quick succession. After Pawan Negi (1-21) accounted for Finch, Sreenath Aravind (1-53) snared Dinesh Karthik (1) to reduce Gujarat Lions to 106 for four.

Despite, best efforts from McCullum, who reached a 30-ball fifty, Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Ishan Kishan (39), Gujarat Lions could manage only 192 runs and succumbed to fourth defeat this season. Gayle was awarded the player of the match for his blitz early in the game.

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