Rajkot, April 18: A clinical performance helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 21 runs in a high scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday (April 18).
Chasing a mammoth target of 214, Gujarat were restricted to 192/7 in the stipulated 20 overs as Brendon McCullum's valiant 72-run knock from 43 balls went in vain for the home side. [Match Scorecard]
Ishan Kishan (39 off 16) was the second highest scorer for the Lions.
Earlier, 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle and 'Run Machine' Virat Kohli slammed their respective half-centuries as Bangalore posted 213/2 in 20 overs. Gayle (77) and Kohli (64) put up a partnership of 122 runs for the first wicket and laid the foundation for Bangalore's big total.
Cameos from Kedar Jadhav (38* off 16 balls) and Travis Head (30* off 16 deliveries) helped the visitors post the highest total of IPL 2017.
Gayle touched another milestone tonight as he completed 10,000 T20 runs and became first man to do so.
Put into bat, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli (64) putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to their onslaught.
Earlier, Gujarat Lions' skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bowl first, but the decision to chase backfired as bowlers failed to put a check on star-studded RCB top order.
Here are the highlights of the match:
# Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Lions by 21 runs.
# This was Bangalore's first win after losing three matches on the trott.
# Brendon McCullum (72 from 43 balls, including 2 fours and 7 sixes) was the top scorer for Gujarat.
#Ishan Kishan and Jadeja added 27 runs for the sixth wicket before a mix-up landed both the batsmen at the non-striker's end, ruling the local lad out for a 22-ball 23.
#Ishan Kishan (39 off 16) was the second highest scorer for the Gujarat Lions.
# Suresh Raina scored 23 off 8 at a strike rate of 287.50.
# Yuzvendra Chahal finished with figures of 4 overs 31 runs and 3 wickets.
# Chahal accounted for the wickets of Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina and Bendon McCullum in the match.
# AB de Villiers missed out from the match due to a niggle.
# Chris Gayle completes 10,000 T20 runs, becomes first man to do so.
# Gayle reached the landmark off pacer Basil Thampi's delivery in the fourth over of the match against Gujarat Lions.
# Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single.
# 37-year-old Gayle met out special treatment to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, milking him for 21 runs in his very first over.
# He reached his first half century of the season off a mammoth 104-metre six from chinaman Shivil Kaushik.
# Gayle (38*) got a lifeline when Brendon McCullum took a brilliant catch at the boundary but the brim of his hat touched the boundary ropes.
# Gayle took his West Indian teammate Dwayne Smith to the cleaners for two massive sixes as RCB crossed the 100-run mark in the 11th over.
# Gayle was dismissed by Basil Thampi for 77.
# 122 run opening stand between Kohli and Gayle.
# Virat Kohli completed his fifty off 43 balls, this was his 28th IPL fifty.
# Kohli was dismissed for 64 by Dhawal Kulkarni.
# RCB (213/2) posted the highest total in the IPL 2017.
# Jadeja gave 57 froms in 4 overs, this was his most expensive spell in T20s, and is the first time he's conceded fifty.
# Kedar Jadhav scored 38* off 16 balls.
# Travis Head scored 30* off 16 balls.
# Jadhav-Head stitched a partnership of 54* off 25 deliveries for the 3rd wicket.