Chris Gayle (77) and Virat Kohli (64) were the stars for the Royal Challengers Bangalore with the bat as Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 3/31 with the ball to ensure a comfortable 21 run victory for the RCB. Brendon McCullum's 72 at the top of the Gujarat Lions batting order was not enough for his side.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle (9/10)
Not only did the big Jamaican reach 10K runs int T20’s he also announced his return to vintage form with some incredible power hitting and took the run scoring pressure off his skipper. He scored 77 off just 38 balls which helped RCB reach 119 in just 12 overs.
Virat Kohli (8/10)
The RCB skipper struggled to find his timing initially, but he came into his own as the innings progressed and he ended with 64 runs off just 50 balls.
Travis Head (8/10)
Head played a blinder of an innings, scoring 30 off just 16 balls to guide RCB past 200 along with Kedar Jadhav.
Kedar Jadhav (8/10)
Jadhav came out firing and scored an explosive 38 off just 16 balls as he powered Bangalore to a total in excess of 200.
Shane Watson (4/10)
Watson who was not needed with the bat had a poor outing with the ball, giving away 24 runs in 2 overs without taking a wicket. On the field, though he held on to Raina’s catch when called upon.
Mandeep Singh (6/10)
Singh was not needed with the bat but held on to Dwayne Smith’s catch in the deep.
Stuart Binny (5/10)
Binny was not needed in any department today and simply made up the numbers in the RCB side.
Pawan Negi (8/10)
Negi was at his economical best today, conceding just 21 runs in his four overs while picking up the wicket of Aaron Finch. He also bowled an incredible 17 dot balls in his 4 over spell.
Adam Milne (5/10)
Milne was very expensive in his first three overs, he gave away 40 runs without taking any week. He came back well in the last over to pick up the wicket of Ishan Kishan while giving away just 4 runs to ensure Bangalore had a comfortable 21 run victory.
Sreenath Aravind (4/10)
Aravind was very expensive with the ball, gave away 53 runs in four overs. Though he picked up the wicket of Dinesh Karthik, he will have to work on his economy rate in the upcoming matches.
Yuzvendra Chahal (9/10)
Kohli asked Chahal to bowl three overs in the powerplay and he repaid his captain’s faith by picking the first two wickets, of Smith and Raina, to put the Lions on the back foot. Later, he also got the important wicket of McCullum and finished with 3/31 in his four overs.
Dwayne Smith (3/10)
The West Indian failed with both the bat, 1 off 4 balls, and the ball, 0/17 runs off one over, today. After a second consecutive poor outing, he might find his place in the side under threat going forward in the tournament.
Brendon McCullum (9/10)
After the early losses of Smith and Raina, the destructive Kiwi took over the run-scoring responsibility and contributed heavily in a short partnership with Aaron Finch to keep Gujarat in the game, they were 103/2 after 10 overs, before departing for a well-made 72 off 44.
Suresh Raina (7/10)
The Lions’ skipper promoted himself up the order and played a brief cameo of 23 off 8 balls, but threw away his wicket just when his team needed him the most.
Aaron Finch (7/10)
The hard-hitting Aussie did well to accompany McCullum and keep Gujarat in the hunt before he fell, needlessly, to Negi for 19 off 14 balls.
Ishan Kishan (8/10)
By the time Kishan came to the crease, the Lions had reached the point of no return that rendered his contributions with the bat to be merely academic. But he gave a good account of himself during his quick-fire cameo of 39 off just 16 balls.
Dinesh Karthik (4/10)
One would have expected Karthik to have been more sensible and stuck around with McCullum, who was bludgeoning the attack. Instead, he held out to Kohli off Aravind in the 11th over for just 1.
Ravindra Jadeja (3/10)
The Indian all-rounder had an off day as he was smashed to all parts of the ground by Kohli and Gayle and he didn’t help himself with some average bowling. He ended with figures of none for 57 in 4 overs. He gave a better account of himself with the bat as he stuck around while McCullum chipped away at the target - Jadeja ended with 23 off 22 balls.
Andrew Tye (5/10)
Despite going for 19 runs in his last over, Tye ended up with figures of 0/34 in four overs. He also contributed with a run a ball 6.
Dhawal Kulkarni (6/10)
Despite going for 37 runs in his four overs, Kulkarni managed to pick up the important wicket of Virat Kohli, but it did little to stop RCB’s onslaught.
Basil Thampi (7/10)
Thampi was perhaps the only bowler who squared up to Gayle and was eventually rewarded with the wicket of the Jamaican. He was also the most economical bowler for Gujarat on the night with 31 runs off 4 overs.
Kaushik kept bowling lose deliveries to both Gayle and Kohli and the RCB openers feasted on his bowling. He gave away 36 runs in just 3 overs and he has a few things to work on going forward.
Match ka hero- Chris Gayle
Match ka mujrim- Dinesh Karthik
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