Gayle ton leads RCB to their biggest win

Royal Challengers Bangalore 226 for 3 (Gayle 117, de Villiers 47*) beat Kings XI Punjab 88 (Axar 40*, Starc 4-15, Aravind 4-27) by 138 runs
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O'Brien: You can't keep striking the ball for that long

Iain O'Brien talks about Chris Gayle's innings against Kings XI Punjab, adding that the batsman hardly mistimed the ball

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. Save for a belated cameo from Axar Patel, there was flimsy resistance from the visitors as they folded up 138 runs short. The defeat all but ended Kings XI's chances of making the playoffs.

Kings XI sleepwalked through the chase, losing half their side inside the Powerplay, the second-most in any IPL season. Manan Vohra was removed after David Wiese dived full stretch at cover to get his fingers under the ball. Thereafter, Kings XI's batsmen came unstuck, with seven of them bowled.

Aravind, playing his first IPL game in three years, and Starc moved the ball both ways, and exploited the batsmen's lack of feet movement to pick up four wickets each. Kings XI appeared to reel from the after-shocks of Gayle's assault, and they looked in no shape to chase down the target right from the outset.

George Bailey had joked after inserting Royal Challengers that he didn't want to be chasing 250. But Gayle's icy authority, aided by Kings XI's shabby fielding, meant they weren't going to be chasing a lot fewer anyway.

The first over of the match provided little clue of what was to come. Sandeep Sharma went past Gayle's bat thrice and gave away only a run. But Gayle was to make up for it in the remaining 16 overs he would spend at the crease. Mitchell Johnson was driven and clipped for 20 runs - his most expensive over in T20 cricket. Gayle was minimalist with his footwork, smacking anything in his hitting range down the ground. Among the 12 sixes and seven fours though, the standout was the one that was the least brutish: a constricted backfoot punch off Sandeep Sharma that screamed to the long off boundary.

However, he did provide a chance in the third over, but Bailey, running at full tilt from mid off, couldn't latch on to it. Gayle could have been dismissed on 53 as well, when he whipped Axar's first delivery, but Vohra spilled a sitter at deep square leg.

Thereafter it was a case of cruising from one milestone to another. Gayle became the first overseas player to score 3000 runs in the IPL, half of which have come at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. By bringing up his 14th century - the most in T20 cricket - in 46 balls, he also completed the fastest hundred of IPL 2015.

Royal Challengers, who became the first team to score 100 inside ten overs twice this season, more than doubled their tally in the second half. Even as Gayle was dismissed, AB de Villiers brought out his own variety of audacious swipes and reverse ramps to ensure the attack was relentless. By the time they were done, Kings XI were left with scarring memories of everything that had gone wrong for them this season. And the night would only get worse.

Crumbling in the Powerplay


Number of KXIP wickets that fell in the Powerplay, the most this IPL and the second-most in any IPL season.

A Rare Event


Number of times in T20 history that a target of more than 225 has been successfully chased down.

Going for it early


Instances of RCB scoring 100+ runs inside 10 overs this IPL. No other team has done it more than once.

A Liking for Kings


Number of 50+ scores for Chris Gayle against KXIP, the most by any batsman against a single opposition in all T20 cricket.

Out of the Park


Instances of a player hitting 12 or more sixes in an IPL innings, 3 of those by Chris Gayle. He hit 12 today.



Dot balls bowled by Sandeep Sharma in the 2015 IPL, more than any other bowler.

Leader by far


Hundreds scored by Chris Gayle in T20 cricket. The second-most is 6, by Brendon McCullum.

Feeling at Home


T20 Runs scored by Chris Gayle at the Chinnaswamy stadium. He is the only batsman to score 1500+ runs at a single venue.

Maximizing the Powerplay


Runs scored by RCB in the Powerplay, their highest this season and third-highest for any season.

Feeling Small


Runs scored by Chris Gayle off Mitchell Johnson's first over, the most by any batsman off Johnson in T20 cricket.