Royal Challengers v Somerset, CLT20 2011, Bangalore October 3, 2011

Gayle leads RCB to massive win

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 206 for 6 (Gayle 86) beat Somerset 155 for 6 (Trego 58, Arvind 2-23, Vettori 2-25) by 51 runs
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Chris Gayle played the sort of innings only he can to give Royal Challengers Bangalore the sort of win they desperately needed to keep their Champions League Twenty20 campaign alive. Gayle's assault ensured the margin of victory - 51 runs - was the largest of the tournament, and not only did it earn the Royal Challengers their first points but also dragged their previously negative net run-rate ahead of that of three other teams in Group B.

The Royal Challengers now need only to win their remaining game, against South Australia, by a reasonable margin to make the semi-finals. Despite the severity of today's defeat, though, Somerset also need only to win their last group game against Warriors to progress.

After defeats in their first two matches, the Royal Challengers were the only team without points, and Daniel Vettori lost the toss on a ground where teams prefer to chase. The trace of dismay in Vettori when Alfonso Thomas asked the Royal Challengers to bat, however, had disappeared long before they finished with the tournament's highest total - 206. It would have disappeared when Gayle was hitting eight of RCB's 14 sixes, on his way to 86 off 46 balls.

Somerset had their chances early in the match - two of them were difficult - to prevent this suffering but they didn't take them. Gayle was dropped in the second over, two balls after he had hit his first four to get off the mark. He miscued a loft off Steve Kirby over extra cover but Jos Buttler couldn't run back quickly enough. In Kirby's next over - the fourth off the innings - Gayle survived two run-out attempts off the same ball, both at the same end. He was on 8 at the time.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Gayle's opening partner, was also let off. He initiated the acceleration by scooping Peter Trego over short fine leg, but when he tried to repeat it next ball, he didn't connect as well. Kirby, who had to run back from the circle, dived and pushed the ball towards the boundary. Dilshan then charged to blaze through cover, the third consecutive four, and also slogged over the long-on boundary to take 19 off the third over.

Gayle had thumped the ball to the boundary every now and then but his start was relatively sedate: only 29 came off his first 25 balls. By that time, Roelof van der Merwe had bowled Dilshan round his legs and Virat Kohli had begun striking the ball splendidly on a true pitch and a quick outfield. Kohli lofted Murali Kartik's left-arm spin for a four through extra cover and a six over long-off to take Bangalore to 87 for 1 after 10 overs.

A few minutes later, Gayle had teleported to 53 off 31 balls, bringing up his half-century with a leg glance off Trego to the boundary. He plundered George Dockrell's left-arm spin to get there, launching three sixes in the 11th over, over midwicket, long-on and the sightscreen. He celebrated his fifty by sending Trego over the sightscreen and dismissed Kartik over midwicket and square leg as well. Gayle moved to 86 as early as the 17th over with another six over long-on off Trego and a century seemed imminent. It wasn't to be, though, for Thomas induced a top edge off a pull that was held by Arul Suppiah at deep midwicket.

Useful contributions from Mayank Agarwal and Arun Karthik - who replaced Mohammad Kaif for this match and hit a six in the final over - took the Royal Challengers past 200.

Even though Somerset were faced with the most daunting chase of the competition, Trego was not about to give up. He had been hit for 50 runs in three overs and he wanted to return the punishment. Trego and Craig Kieswetter gave the innings a powerful start, adding 42 in 4.1 overs before Kieswetter was dismissed. He had charged to attack Vettori and edged to the wicketkeeper Karthik.

van der Merwe entered and dispatched his second ball, from Vettori, into the stands at midwicket. The third, he skied straight up in the air and Karthik held his second catch.

Somerset were not done yet though. Trego took charge of the chase and in the tenth over, bowled by Gayle, he ransacked 22 out of 24 runs, hitting two sixes and two fours. Somerset went past 100 in that over, earlier than the Royal Challengers had. Trego went past 50, by cutting Vettori for four, off his 31st delivery, just as quick as Gayle.

Trego, however, had little support from his team-mates and, as wickets fell at one end, the asking-rate soared to 16 by the end of the 15th over. When it touched 19 for the first time, Trego lashed at Raju Bhatkal and skied a catch to Vettori at mid-off. Somerset's chase was over.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 4, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    If the WICB feels that they are spiting Gayle by not selecting him then let them think again. His eanings potential has incereased again after this performance -. IPL , Australian BIG Bash and English T20. But then again because of the composition and leadership of the WICB their thinking is small minded and of -a "small island" mentality.

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 4, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Yeah Jos will take that game hard I'm sure, but for someone who has saved (or at least tried to save) our bacon so many times, we can't expect him to be some kind of superman for us. Though giving the strike to a batsman whose flying was a basic lesson I hope he's learned now. We never like to do things easy, and this sets up Wednesday's match nicely. I'm struggling to see what Suppiah brings to the team over the other players. He rarely gets runs, and his bowling is always last change bowl him if we have to (unless on a prepared pitch at Glamorgan). Max always takes wickets with all his sliders/googlies, Gregory is a real fast strike bowler, Barrow and Jones look far too promising bats to leave out. Compton is clearly a more robust/spirited/versatile/talented batsman. RMDV bowls slow lefties. And Suppiah will never score as many 4 day / 1 day runs as Hildreth has and will. He's simply not a bat we can rely on in 1 day cricket.

  • Poodie on October 4, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @Dg Griff - he's not a hurricane, he's just a Gayle.

  • jmcilhinney on October 4, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I wonder whether Jos Buttler still had that dropped catch on his mind when he went out to bat. It would be hard not to and he really looked out of sorts. Everyone drops a catch some time or another and, while I didn't see it, I understand it wasn't simple. Boy oh boy, was that an expensive one though. I hope Jos shakes that game off quickly because Somerset are going to need him to fire if they are to advance. As an England fan, you'd also like to see him score some runs on Indian pitches ahead of hopefully another appearance in the upcoming T20I. All up though, it's good to see unpredictable results because it means that anyone can win any game on any given day.

  • mrcool on October 4, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    KKR can still qualify if RCB vs South Australia match gets wash out..

  • FancisMaine on October 4, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediatly.

    Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunty" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • PrakashDhami on October 4, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Drop Gayle and suffer. Somerset knows it and West Indies should also knowing it. Gayles' power hitting is a treat to the eyes

  • on October 4, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    gayle is the best............

  • on October 4, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE IS TALENTED BEYOND LIMITS.

  • on October 3, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    there's no stopping Hurricane Chris!

  • on October 4, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    If the WICB feels that they are spiting Gayle by not selecting him then let them think again. His eanings potential has incereased again after this performance -. IPL , Australian BIG Bash and English T20. But then again because of the composition and leadership of the WICB their thinking is small minded and of -a "small island" mentality.

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 4, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Yeah Jos will take that game hard I'm sure, but for someone who has saved (or at least tried to save) our bacon so many times, we can't expect him to be some kind of superman for us. Though giving the strike to a batsman whose flying was a basic lesson I hope he's learned now. We never like to do things easy, and this sets up Wednesday's match nicely. I'm struggling to see what Suppiah brings to the team over the other players. He rarely gets runs, and his bowling is always last change bowl him if we have to (unless on a prepared pitch at Glamorgan). Max always takes wickets with all his sliders/googlies, Gregory is a real fast strike bowler, Barrow and Jones look far too promising bats to leave out. Compton is clearly a more robust/spirited/versatile/talented batsman. RMDV bowls slow lefties. And Suppiah will never score as many 4 day / 1 day runs as Hildreth has and will. He's simply not a bat we can rely on in 1 day cricket.

  • Poodie on October 4, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @Dg Griff - he's not a hurricane, he's just a Gayle.

  • jmcilhinney on October 4, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I wonder whether Jos Buttler still had that dropped catch on his mind when he went out to bat. It would be hard not to and he really looked out of sorts. Everyone drops a catch some time or another and, while I didn't see it, I understand it wasn't simple. Boy oh boy, was that an expensive one though. I hope Jos shakes that game off quickly because Somerset are going to need him to fire if they are to advance. As an England fan, you'd also like to see him score some runs on Indian pitches ahead of hopefully another appearance in the upcoming T20I. All up though, it's good to see unpredictable results because it means that anyone can win any game on any given day.

  • mrcool on October 4, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    KKR can still qualify if RCB vs South Australia match gets wash out..

  • FancisMaine on October 4, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediatly.

    Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunty" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • PrakashDhami on October 4, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Drop Gayle and suffer. Somerset knows it and West Indies should also knowing it. Gayles' power hitting is a treat to the eyes

  • on October 4, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    gayle is the best............

  • on October 4, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE IS TALENTED BEYOND LIMITS.

  • on October 3, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    there's no stopping Hurricane Chris!

  • on October 3, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    sometimes people get frustated and go for bad things...such as crimes.. but sometimes frustated person can perform more better... as a real example of gayle... so the frustated person can success more.. gayle is the big & real example.. so the i salute gayle..frm my heart... always play positive u hav a great talent...

  • Noboundary on October 3, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Dropping Gayle proved costly to Somerset. Unbelievable batting by Gayle for whom no ground is big enough! I sympathize with the bowlers!

  • Munkeymomo on October 3, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Buttler had a poor game but it's one game, still a very talented guy. Gayle was just to much, when he gets going like that he really is one of the best in the world to watch. 2 consecutive effortless sixes off Dockrell stick in my mind. Somerset have performed above my expectations so I'm still proud of them. It's not over yet though! Give it all in the next game lads! Blackbird!

  • Rezaul on October 3, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    With the thumping and huge win by RCB, they just simply eliminatedd KKR. Now the remaining two group matches are quarter final. In both matches whoever wins will go through. Funny group but interesting and crazy for supporters!

  • on October 3, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Sit up and take notice WICB. This is what the current West Indies team is missing all beacause of misplaced egos.

  • JG2704 on October 3, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Capped off a bad day. Lost my watch in the sea , had my locked bike somehow stolen... Due to the latter I missed most of the RCB inns but I did catch Gayle and others blitzing in and Kartik bowling 2 wides in a row.There looked to be hope when Gayle's over went for 24 but unfortunately he didn't bowl as many balls as he batted.Gayle is always a hugely dangerous player and today it all came off for him. I was going to moan about Somerset bringing Hildreth in before Jos and I still say that when SS are needing to score big you need your RVDMs and JBs in earlier. Still even JB couldn't get going today and RVDM was too Kamikaze although I still prefer one of our batsmen using that approach , if it had worked and he got 40-50 runs , the runrate would have come right down and maybe even our accumulators would have got us near. Still it was our bowling/their batting which did the damage. Hope for better on Wednesday

  • phendel on October 3, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    RCB still in with a big chance of going through. Beat SA and have a result in the Somerset/Warriors game (preferably Warriors winning it) and they're through based on their NRR. What a difference one game (& one man) can make. Plus they have the advantage of knowing exactly what they have to do bcuz they're match is the last match in the group.

  • Avi56 on October 3, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    People just watch out as the Gaylestorm is here

  • gloves71 on October 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Not impressed with Jos Buttler at all - he's lost Somerset the game here... dropped Gayle on 4 and 4 runs from 12 balls!

  • chaakiman on October 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Poor KKR.. Only chance they have is if B'lore vs S Aus match washed out... ofcourse Warriors win.

  • Ckrvarma on October 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    For some reason West Indies team never realized how Valuable Chris Gayle is... and i think looking at the WI team selection they are not going to realize it soon. What a pathetic team they have become... i feel sorry for CliveLloyd/ Richards/ Marshall et al. ... Mallya understood his potential and roped him him... good thinking Sir...

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    wi not missing gayle let him play all the 20/20 cricket he wants as just as bravo

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Weren't Gayle and Dilshan dropped in the first overs. Somerset break with our tried and tested formula of opening the bowling with a spinner at one end. And after hitting 102 off 10 overs, and after Trego smashes 20 odd of a single Gayle over, Buttler comes out and denies the strike to Trego for 2 overs and scores 4!!!! and the run chase is all but over. Jos jos jos, what were you thinking!!! No dot balls, just get bat on ball and give the strike to Trego! Compo should have come out, as per the order, he's more than capable of rotating the strike and leave Buttler for the charge.

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Too good perhaps too late ?? No ways .. RCB just need a victory in the last match irrespective of other results to get to semis..I would say RCB peaking at the right time !! HAIL GAYLE WHO LL BAIL AND MAKE OTHER TEAMS GO PALE !!

  • kunalx on October 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Now Guess who's crying after watching this match?? It's Shah Rukh and his team. This massive win pushes KKR out of Semifinal rush if there is no rain on 5th october. Warrior Vs Someset -> Warrior win 6pt or Someset win 5pt RCB vs Redbacks -> RCB win 4pt (More NRR than KKR) or Redback win 5pt

    End of KKR!!!

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was Blitzkrieg from GAYLE ,.....How sorely WI is missing this guy.......

  • on October 3, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    RCB: It's not a case of "too little, too late". It's a case of "too good, perhaps too late".

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  • on October 3, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    RCB: It's not a case of "too little, too late". It's a case of "too good, perhaps too late".

  • on October 3, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was Blitzkrieg from GAYLE ,.....How sorely WI is missing this guy.......

  • kunalx on October 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Now Guess who's crying after watching this match?? It's Shah Rukh and his team. This massive win pushes KKR out of Semifinal rush if there is no rain on 5th october. Warrior Vs Someset -> Warrior win 6pt or Someset win 5pt RCB vs Redbacks -> RCB win 4pt (More NRR than KKR) or Redback win 5pt

    End of KKR!!!

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Too good perhaps too late ?? No ways .. RCB just need a victory in the last match irrespective of other results to get to semis..I would say RCB peaking at the right time !! HAIL GAYLE WHO LL BAIL AND MAKE OTHER TEAMS GO PALE !!

  • Juiceoftheapple on October 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Weren't Gayle and Dilshan dropped in the first overs. Somerset break with our tried and tested formula of opening the bowling with a spinner at one end. And after hitting 102 off 10 overs, and after Trego smashes 20 odd of a single Gayle over, Buttler comes out and denies the strike to Trego for 2 overs and scores 4!!!! and the run chase is all but over. Jos jos jos, what were you thinking!!! No dot balls, just get bat on ball and give the strike to Trego! Compo should have come out, as per the order, he's more than capable of rotating the strike and leave Buttler for the charge.

  • on October 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    wi not missing gayle let him play all the 20/20 cricket he wants as just as bravo

  • Ckrvarma on October 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    For some reason West Indies team never realized how Valuable Chris Gayle is... and i think looking at the WI team selection they are not going to realize it soon. What a pathetic team they have become... i feel sorry for CliveLloyd/ Richards/ Marshall et al. ... Mallya understood his potential and roped him him... good thinking Sir...

  • chaakiman on October 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Poor KKR.. Only chance they have is if B'lore vs S Aus match washed out... ofcourse Warriors win.

  • gloves71 on October 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Not impressed with Jos Buttler at all - he's lost Somerset the game here... dropped Gayle on 4 and 4 runs from 12 balls!

  • Avi56 on October 3, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    People just watch out as the Gaylestorm is here