Chris Gayle (77) and skipper Virat Kohli (64) hit fine half centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Gujarat Lions (GL) by 21 runs to register their second victory in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday.
RCB's Gayle wrote yet another chapter in the cricketing record books as he became the first player to score 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game. Gayle, so far in his career, has played 290 T20 games. The big-hitting West Indian, who needed three runs to reach the milestone, achieved the feat, when he steered a single to third man during the fourth over. Gayle tonked Ravindra Jadeja for two fours and two sixes in a row in the eighth over but was lucky to survive after Brendon McCullum held a fine diving catch. Gayle, who hammered seven sixes and five boundaries during his stay at the crease, reached his fifty off 23 balls but could add only 27 more runs before GL paceman Basil Thampi got rid of the big man, trapping him right in front of the wicket.
Young Thampi bowled it full and got it to curl back in sharply from round the wicket. Gayle was late to bring his bat down. Kohli, however, played an uncharacteristic knock, after an early onslaught, as he brought up his fifty off 43 balls. He scored seven fours and one six in his innings. RCB lost their second wicket at 159 in the 16th over in the form of Kohli, and from there on Travis Head-Jadhav duo put on an unbeaten 54-run stand of 25 balls for the third wicket to guide RCB to 213/2.
Chasing a gigantic target of 214, the Gujarat Lions ended with 192 for seven in their quota of 20 overs in Match 20 of the tournament. With this win, bottom-placed RCB moved to sixth place while GL dropped to last spot in the standings.
Royal Challengers Vs Gujarat Lions
213/2 (20) 192/7 (20)
Royal Challengers won by 21 runs