Gayle ton leads RCB to their biggest win
Chris Gayle's 57-ball 117 propelled Royal Challengers to 226 before S Aravind and Mitchell Starc snuffed out Kings XI Punjab's pursuit inside 14 overs
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Chris Gayle is the Man of the Match. "Just want to thank the crowd for their support. Overall, it was a great team effort. We discussed in the team meeting that Sandeep got the better of us last year, so we had to look at the new ball and then take on from there. Got some momentum in the Mitchell Johnson over. Managing the back well. Just take some rest in between, travel is the big issue. But I'm really happy to be back on the field. Crucial time now, every win will matter. [On his Christiano Ronaldo-style celebration] Yeah, he [Christiano Ronaldo] gave me a call as well"
"If I don't smile after that performance, something is wrong with me. The top three contributed and then Chris Gayle's innings and then we bowled really well as well. It;s the way he plays, almost impossible to stop him in Bangalore and I'm glad it came off for him and his contribution is massive for us. I was telling the guys from slip that he might not be at the Orange cap list, but he only needs one innings to go up to the leader and say 'gimme my cap'," says Virat Kohli. Especially with the bowlers backing up. They didn't take things for granted. [On S Aravind's four wickets] It was brilliant, after getting hit for a six in the first over and he came back to take four wickets. Bowled in the right areas, got 40 wickets in the first-class season. We backed him and you couldn't have asked for a better performance. Starc is always willing to help the youngsters, he's the best bowler in the world. We backed our decvision to buy him last year, we're really happy for him. He's boosting the confidence of the team [You're at fourth place now] I would like to correct you, we're on third, we have a better run rate as well, in these kind of games, the moment we saw an opening, I told the boys to close it out"
11.05 pm A very quick finish indeed. Chris Gayle punched the life out of Kings XI Punjab with his century earlier in the evening and after that, the visitors were just sitting ducks. Chasing down 227 wasn't the most enviable of situations, but they way the batsmen walked out with very little purpose, or clarity made for a very, very one-sided match. So with that thumping victory, RCB are at No. 3 in the table with 11 points, joint with KKR but with a much better net run-rate.
"Been two years, have been working hard. This is what I train for and it came off well," S Aravind says, "I am grateful for the Adam Milne injury, sorry for him, but I did well. Taking good wickets like Maxwell, Miller and Bailey. Bangalore always supports us and I've given them an opportunity to cheer for me. Starc's given me a lot of tips, bowling in the right areas and change of pace and yorkers"
archit: "If we consider gayle for duck they got defeated by 21 runs - and that was the required run rate"
"We gave him a couple of chance, I've got to bear responsibility for that," Bailey says, "We created a couple of good chances. We have a loyal bunch of fans and we're letting them down and that's hard to live with. I guess we talk about looking forward, we had Anureet bowling absolutely superbly, Axar batted well, but we have to put it together. In many cases, I think we're trying too hard. We've talked about getting the enjoyment back in the game. We'll keep trying. [What went through your mind when Gayle was going bonkers?] 'Why did you drop him, you idiot',"
ajit: "This match perfectly sums up Kings XI this season. They just have not belonged in the match and the league. They can still be party poppers though. Watch out!"
Aravind: "Take out Arvind's and Starc's spell of 8-0-42-8, and you are left with 4-0-36-1 -> not too shabby for KXIP eh? ;-)"
Slip in for the No. 11
Wiese into the attack
"Axar is playing a Gayle here ... is he capable enough to pull off the ripper today??" ---- There is room for optimism in the world and his name is RL
kishore: "Barely any footwork from the top and middle order batsmen.. all the shots attempted were too casual and appeared as if they just didn't want to put a fight.. "