RCB crush Royals to keep campaign alive

Rajasthan Royals v RCB, IPL 2015, Eliminator, Pune
Royal Challengers Bangalore chose to bat and Chris Gayle promised a thunderous start, before he was dismissed for 27© BCCI
© BCCIRoyal Challengers Bangalore chose to bat and Chris Gayle promised a thunderous start, before he was dismissed for 27
Dhawal Kulkarni, who had dismissed Gayle, also accounted for Virat Kohli and reduced Royal Challengers to 46 for 2 in the eighth over© BCCI
© BCCIDhawal Kulkarni, who had dismissed Gayle, also accounted for Virat Kohli and reduced Royal Challengers to 46 for 2 in the eighth over
Royals, however, had a harder time controlling AB de Villiers as the South Africa batsman briskly built for the side, in partnership with Mandeep Singh© BCCI
© BCCIRoyals, however, had a harder time controlling AB de Villiers as the South Africa batsman briskly built for the side, in partnership with Mandeep Singh
De Villiers raced to 66 off 38 before he was run-out, his innings dotted with four fours and as many boundaries
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During the process, he became the fifth foreign batsman to smash 100 sixes in the IPL

At the other end, Mandeep flourished and his unbeaten 54 off 37 deliveries helped Royal Challengers finish at a formidable 180 for 4© BCCI
© BCCIAt the other end, Mandeep flourished and his unbeaten 54 off 37 deliveries helped Royal Challengers finish at a formidable 180 for 4
Royals suffered an early setback when Shane Watson was dismissed for 10© BCCI
© BCCIRoyals suffered an early setback when Shane Watson was dismissed for 10
They slipped further with the wicket of Sanju Samson and Steven Smith's dismissal left them struggling at  68 for 3 after 10 overs© BCCI
© BCCIThey slipped further with the wicket of Sanju Samson and Steven Smith's dismissal left them struggling at 68 for 3 after 10 overs
Ajinkya Rahane led the Royals resistance with 42 but his wicket turned the game in Royal Challengers' favour© BCCI
© BCCIAjinkya Rahane led the Royals resistance with 42 but his wicket turned the game in Royal Challengers' favour
Royal Challengers then surged with James Faulkner's dismissal, S Aravind claiming a return catch off a boot deflection© BCCI
© BCCIRoyal Challengers then surged with James Faulkner's dismissal, S Aravind claiming a return catch off a boot deflection
Royals eventually folded for 109, and Royal Challengers set up a clash with Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier in Ranchi on Friday© BCCI
© BCCIRoyals eventually folded for 109, and Royal Challengers set up a clash with Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier in Ranchi on Friday

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