Floating on Chris Gayle’s smashing fifty and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's three-wicket haul, Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] defeated Gujarat Lions [GL] by 21 runs in their IPL encounter on Tuesday. The hard-hiting West Indies opener blasted a blistering 38-ball 77-run innings, while RCB skipper Virat Kohli scored 64 off 50 balls to power Bangalore to a massive 213-2 in their stipulated 20 overs. Swash-buckling Opener Brendon McCullum then played a superb 72-run off 44-ball innings, studded with two fours and seven sixes but he didn't get the support from the other end as Bangalore restricted the Lions to 192-7 to snap their three-game losing streak.
Young Ishan Kishan did come up with a 15-ball 39-run cameo but it was too late in the end.
Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) was the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore as he picked up three important wickets -- Dwayne Smith (1), Suresh Raina (23) and McCullum -- in his four overs to derail Gujarat's runchase.
In the beginning, Gayle and captain Kohli gave RCB a blistering start as they amassed 45 in the first six overs and then went on to forge a 122-run opening partnership off 76 balls at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Chris Gayle's innings was studded with five boundaries and seven huge sixes, while the Indian skipper blasted seven fours and one six in his 50-ball innings.
Middle-order batsman Travis Head (30) and all-rounder Kedar Jadhav (38) then provided the late charge to take the visitors across the 200-mark. While Jadhav hammered five fours and two sixes, Head hit two fours and a six in his innings.
For Gujarat Lions, Basil Thampi (1/31) and seamer Dhawal Kulkarni (1/37) took one wicket each.