Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Lions, IPL 2017, Bengaluru April 27, 2017

Tye, Finch lift Lions off the bottom

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Gujarat Lions 135 for 3 (Finch 72, Raina 34*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 134 (Negi 32, Jadhav 31, Tye 3-12, Jadeja 2-28) by seven wickets
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Highlights - RCB crumble yet again

Royal Challengers Bangalore paid the price for another batting meltdown to face an early elimination from IPL 2017. On a Chinnaswamy surface that played much better than other three games previously this season, RCB underachieved by being bowled out for 134, and then let the despondency slip into their bowling.

Aaron Finch feasted on an attack without the injured Tymal Mills, to race to a bruising 22-ball half-century to raze down the target with 37 balls to spare and lift Gujarat Lions off the bottom of the points table. But the star was once again Andrew Tye, who unleashed a barrage of variations - including his patented knuckle ball - to finish with three wickets that set up Lions' third win in eight matches.

Tye ties RCB's top-order in knots
Lions unleashed two young fast bowlers - Nathu Singh and Basil Thampi - on a surface where they got the ball to climb onto the batsmen. Four nights after slumping to 49 all out, the lowest score in IPL history, RCB started cautiously. The first four overs had fetched just two boundaries, one of which was Virat Kohli's strong bottom-hand whip for six. But the frustration to score freely resulted in him picking out short fine leg in the fourth over.

With an early wicket in the bag, Tye, who had taken two or more wickets in three of the four matches this season (no other Lions bowlers had taken more than one before this game) was brought in and he struck first ball with a cross-seam delivery that nibbled away to take Chris Gayle's outside edge. Off his next delivery, he got a length ball to climb on Travis Head, who nicked to Suresh Raina at slip. Kedar Jadhav extinguished the possibility of a second hat-trick for Tye, but Lions had done the early damage, with RCB tottering at 23 for 3 after five.

Jadhav's lift, Mandeep's brain-freeze
Jadhav offset the damage by hitting Basil Thampi for three successive boundaries in the sixth over. He started off with a pull in front of square and followed that up with a flick and an upper cut. Then in the next over, Ravindra Jadeja fired them in and got shoveled inside-out over cover. Having raced to 21 off 12 deliveries, Jadhav was in the mood. He welcomed debutant legspinner Ankit Soni by biffing him across the line over deep midwicket. His enterprise overshadowed AB de Villiers' presence. A fight back was on the cards, but trying to be a little overambitious - exposing all three stumps to cutely dab Jadeja behind square - cost him.

Losing wickets in clumps was the order for RCB. Five balls after Jadhav fell, a total breakdown in communication resulted in de Villiers' run-out. Mandeep Singh ran past his senior partner after initially stopping midway on his partner's call to leave him stranded. De Villiers' 11 deliveries fetched him five. At 60 for 5 at the halfway mark, RCB needed a miracle from their lower order. Negi provided that with some lusty blows but fell for a 19-ball 32 in his quest to muscle Soni for a third-successive six. A 23-run ninth-wicket stand between S Aravind and Aniket Choudhary managed to lift them to 134.

Badree's early strikes raise RCB hopes
Ishan Kishan's promotion to open with Brendon McCullum could've meant only one thing: of taking the attack to RCB. Kishan did just that, hitting Badree for three boundaries before being pinned in front by a skidder. Then, Kohli's decision to give Badree a third-straight over paid off when McCullum holed out to long-on, trying to take the fielder on. With Lions at 23 for 2, RCB were in with a shout.

Finch sucker-punches RCB
The game was on the edge, but Finch decided attack was the best way to drive the game forward. He muscled Badree for two sixes in his first three deliveries and punished Aravind for two fours in the over that followed to offset any pressure there was on Lions.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Aniket Choudhary came in for similar treatment as Finch used his free swing to pepper the short side boundaries and race to a 22-ball half-century, the fastest for a Lions batsman. At the halfway mark, Lions were 95 for 2. Suresh Raina, far from his fluent self, should've been caught at deep midwicket but Chahal reprieved him by overstepping. But by then the game was all but lost by RCB.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   cricfan8200190693 on April 29, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    Sad to say,today rcb lost,good bowling performance from pine nowadays.so rcb pushed away from IPL 2017

  •   Anand Palwankar on April 28, 2017, 13:42 GMT

    @DIESEL_LOCO_WDP4. Leadership of Rohit is strongly looking better.Just recollect few things. In 2015 finals Vs CSK. Entire Tournament Malinga was out of colour. Mi were defending small total. Rohit for the first time opening over to Malinga. The move worked for Rohit and Malinga took 2 important wickets of Hussey & Raina. This is leadership where comes in pic. Look this year. Rohit delebrately coming down the order. In last IPL he was among the huge runs playing as opener. But in last league match againgst GL Mi strongly missed the finisher at 4/5 position. So righty he is demoted himself for team benefit. Leader always looks for last laugh in tounament than individual performance. Virat should have done the same thing to balance the teams performance. This year we saw all teams looked like planed themseves against RCB. They targeted no 1,2,3. Virat, Gayle & ABD. When you are difficult position, your ledership skill works for you. Individual performances are always there. But Leader !

  • Antony_Lucas on April 28, 2017, 9:38 GMT

    Time for an RCB cleanout. Real fans must be fuming. Good timing for an auction reset

  • cricfan45494807 on April 28, 2017, 8:50 GMT

    rcb is not eliminated if they win all matches they will have a chance

  • IRFAN.SRINAGAR.KASHMIR on April 28, 2017, 8:50 GMT

    @MRCUNNING the fact that amla doesn't get Indian or Australian flat tracks most of the time, and gets to play the new ball all the time, are not meaningless, still his record is better than kohli in tests, odis, and ipl

  • subodhsarin on April 28, 2017, 8:25 GMT

    Too much discussion about young/old players. The only criterion should be in-form/ out-of-form.

  • subodhsarin on April 28, 2017, 8:21 GMT

    SAMMYSOSO ON APRIL 27, 2017, 17:27 GMT: HaHaaHaaa!!!! Toasters...well said. These heroes will be toast soon if they do not pull their socks up.

  • SamWintson92 on April 28, 2017, 8:16 GMT

    9. RCB's team dynamics is a problem. You can't expect your big 3 at the top to deliver every time. Followed by fragile middle order & bowlers who can't bat. 10. RCB missed Vinay Kumar. MI is wasting him in the bench. 11. I also agree Virat's captaincy suits DD. Plus he's a Delhi boy. 12. RCB peaked in 2013 when Gayle was in full flow and in 2016 last year. Missed to win the title on both occasion. 13. Virat shouldn't open. Better at 3. Open with Kedar. 14. Why Mandeep played last game ? Should have played Harpreet. My XI: 1 WATSON/GAYLE 2 Kedar 3 Kohli 4 DE VILLIERS 5 HEAD 6 Harpreet 7 Baby/Negi 8 BADREE/MILLS 9 Chahal 10 Aravind 11 Avesh/Iqbal OR 1 WATSON/HEAD/GAYLE 2 Kedar 3 Kohli 4 DE VILLIERS 5 Harpreet 6 Baby 7 Vinod/Negi 8 BADREE 9 MILLS 10 Chahal 11 Aravind

  • RedDirt on April 28, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    D.B they tee off from ball one these days so I think you've got to give him credit for that. Also the grounds are smaller over there so he could be a revelation.

  • SamWintson92 on April 28, 2017, 8:00 GMT

    1. RCB's problem is plenty. Lacks domestic talent. Local pacers are expensive and one dimensional. 2. In auction, they should have purchased 3-4 quality Indian players. They spent so much on Mills unnecessarily. 3. A team should be packed with all-rounders (Not Binny type). Look at KKR, DD. 4. Two superstars Gayle & Watson are out of form. 5. All rounders bring balance to the side. RCB's ones Binny & Watson haven't delivered. 6. The bowlers can't bat at all. 7. In the squad, too many reserve overseas bowlers, who can't bat i.e. Mills, Milne, Badree, Shamsi, Stanlake none of whom can bat. 8. Vettori with all due respect, doesn't convince me as a coach. I liked Jeannings era. 9. Management needs to be changed. 10. AB, Virat & Chahal to some extent can be retained. RCB needs quality Indian batsman like Pant. Lokesh & Sarfraz are missed. Kedar is OK. Need pacers like Mohit, Thampi. Should purchase foreign players like Morris, Stokes, C Anderson who can do both bat and ball.

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