A blistering 117 off 57 balls from Chris Gayle and an excellent bowling performance from the left-arm seaming duo of Mitchell Starc (4-15) and Sreenath Aravind (4-27) saw the Royal Challengers Bangalore register a monumental 138-run win over Kings XI Punjab at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. The win also saw the Bangalore side shoot back into the top four with a drastic increase in their net run rate.
Batting first, RCB put on a massive 226/3 in 20 overs. In reply, the Kings XI Punjab were bowled out for a mere 88 in 13.4 overs.
RCB bat first, Chris Gayle unleashes the “Gayle storm”
Punjab’s skipper George Bailey won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. Bad decision if you happen to run into a “Gayle storm”.
Chris Gayle opened fire right from the start of the innings and blasted Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson for 20 runs in his first over. He brought up his fifty before the completion of the mandatory powerplay and the Royal Challengers were poised for a big total.
Kohli departs, Gayle and de Villiers propel RCB past 200:
While Gayle continued to slaughter the opposition, Virat Kohli was happy playing second fiddle and giving strike to his partner. He was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma on 32 and that brought an end to a 119-run opening stand. The dismissal hardly affected Chris Gayle’s approach towards his batting and he continued to plunder runs. With AB de Villiers at the other end, RCB were sure of posting a score in excess of 200. Gayle got to his 5th IPL hundred in just 47 balls and his knock included 7 fours and 12 big sixes. AB de Villiers played a gem of an innings with a quick 47* from 24 balls and took RCB to 226/3 in 20 overs.
Mitchell Starc, Sreenath Aravind wreck havoc in the Punjab camp:
On the batsman-friendly Bangalore wicket, no total is considered safe. The RCB pacers began their defence in the right spirit and frontline bowler Mitchell Starc captured the wicket of Manan Vohra in the first over itself. None of the Punjab batsmen could find their feet as another left-arm spinner, Sreenath Aravind snared the wickets of the overseas trio of George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in quick succession. The Karnataka lad finished with figures of 4-0-27-4 on his return to the RCB side after 2 years.
Axar Patel fights lone battle, Starc cleans up remainder of the team:
The Kings XI Punjab had lost half their side by the end of the sixth over and Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli did not let the opposition off the hook. He continued to bowl Mitchell Starc from his end after a brief break and the Australian pacer repaid his skipper’s faith by picking up three more wickets in his second spell. For Punjab, Axar Patel played an enterprising knock of 40* off 21 balls but that did not help his team to get past even the three figure mark. The visitors were bowled out for 88 in 13.4 overs and thus handed RCB a comfortable 138-run win. Chris Gayle was adjudged the man of the match for his century.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 226/3 (Chris Gayle 117, Ab de Villiers 47*, Sandeep Sharma 2-41) beat Kings XI Punjab 88/10 (Axar Patel 40*, Mitchell Starc 4-15, Sreenath Aravind 4-27) by 138 runs.