193dThe Report by Shashank Kishore

Gayle blitz, Chahal guile reinvigorate RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore revived a stalled campaign with a morale-boosting 21-run win, their second in six matches

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
CH Gayle
77(38) 5x4 - 7x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 24 runs
  • 0x4 - 4x6
1 5 6 7 8 19 22 9
BB McCullum
BB McCullum
72(44) 2x4 - 7x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 2 12 4 15 12 10 17

Best performances - Bowlers

YS Chahal
YS Chahal
O4
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
P Negi
O4
M0
R21
W1
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

END OF OVER:
20 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | GL: 192/7 (22 runs required, RR: 9.60)

  • Basil Thampi0 (1b)
  • Andrew Tye6 (6b)
  • Adam Milne4-0-43-1
  • Sreenath Aravind4-0-53-1

11.35pm RCB were too good tonight. They batted Lions out of the contest with a 200-plus score, and their spinners were terrific on a tough pitch to bowl on. The Lions fought and scrapped but couldn't quite get enough in the end. Negi and Chahal tied the batsmen up, and made them hit in the areas they wanted. RCB have lifted themselves off the bottom of the table, but the Lions have been perched there.

Presentation.

Chris Gayle is the Man of the Match: "I like that name(UniverseBoss). He's back. Even better to be back in the field. Fans want to watch Chris Gayle, it's been fantastic. It all depends on how you feel. Determination is important. A special occasion to reach 10000 runs. A lot of guys spoke to me about my stance. Even Shaun Pollock spoke to me about my stance. You're never too old to learn. People still looking out for Chris Gayle. The UniverseBoss is still here and still alive."

Virat Kohli: "There's a lot of strapping on the shoulder, not getting to my head anymore, shoulder fit and fine. Happy to get those two points. People told me it's just one run, but I won't change my attitude, I've played my cricket like that. Chris took his opportunity beautifully. He batting like that allows me to bat through the innings, and I can chip my way out. We thought we were 30 runs above par. Negi was outstanding, very brave, not getting scared. Not many people believe in his abilities. Chahal is not scared, his biggest plus point is he always wants to take wickets."

Suresh Raina: "We played well, we batted well. 200 was chaseable. More than 200 is difficult to chase. Our bowling giving too many runs. They (bowlers) have to vary their pace, bowl slow. It's a worry for us, the spin department."

19.6
0
Milne to Basil Thampi, no run, youch! Smashes Thampi's helmet to finish. A searing bouncer from Milne. He goes straight up to Thampi to shake his hand. RCB resister a much-needed win, beating the Lions by 21 runs
19.5
1
Milne to Tye, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, pulled to long-on for a run
19.4
W
Milne to Ishan Kishan, OUT, taken. Chahal takes the catch. Good length delivery outside off, Kishan is through his pull, the ball skews off the outside half and settles in Chahal's catch at cover. A quality fight from Kishan though

Ishan Kishan c Chahal b Milne 39 (25m 16b 2x4 4x6) SR: 243.75

This game's done now

19.3
1
Milne to Tye, 1 run, another legcutter on off, skewed to deep square leg for one
19.2
2
Milne to Tye, 2 runs, a legcutter outside off, heaved to long-on for a couple. Kohli was happy to give the second there
19.1
0
Milne to Tye, no run, a wide yorker outside off, Tye misses a swing. Ooh, close. I'd have called that a wide

Right then. 26 off 6. They'll need to run a bye if Tye misses. Who's going to bowl? milne

G'day Baz

95.66

Brendon McCullum's average in IPL matches played on April 18 before today

Never has he ever

57

Runs conceded by Ravindra Jadeja, his most expensive spell in T20s

Mount 10,000

1

Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in the T20 format during the course of his 38-ball 77