Important match for RCB as they at the lower half of the league table as they have lost all 3 matches till now in IPL 2017. Gujarat Lions lost 2 and won 1 match till now this season. Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle both must be looking to play a big inning and win this match. Gujarat Lions also looking to with power players like Dwayne Smith, B McCullum, and Finch.
The toss was won by Suresh Raina and GL chose to field. Virat and Gayle started the innings for RCB. Virat Kohli got a good start and attacked in Dhawal Kulkarni’s over hitting 3 fours. Gayle was playing safe and later started hitting big shots. RCB were 45/0 in 6 overs.
Gayle smashed S Kaushik and R Jadeja hitting sixes and fours. On the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja’s full toss ball and was caught by McCullum diving at the boundary but his hat touches the boundary boards. Gayle came back to bat. He could be out on 38. After third umpire decision of Not out, Gayle continued scoring 77 runs in 38 balls with 7 sixes and 5 fours.
RCB scored at a run rate higher than 9 per over with 122/1 in 12.4 over. Travis Head came in to bat. He too hit a big six to Shivil Kaushik. Kohli was out on the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni caught by Dwayne Smith at deep midwicket. Virat Kohli made 64 in 50 balls with 7 fours and 1 sixes. RCB score 213/2 in 20 overs. Travis Head 30(16) and Kedar Jadhav 38(16) were not out at the end of innings.
Gujarat Lions now had a big run chase ahead of them will the be able to score 214 in 20 overs. Dwayne Smith 1(4) was out in the 2nd over. Raina 23(8) played 4 fours and 2 sixes with some good strokes and got out caught by Shane Watson at leg gully on the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Brendon McCullum was batting with good strike rate. Aron Finch had the major role of a good partnership now. Finch hit a six on the first ball he faced. RCB were 57/2 after the 6 overs of power play. Finch 19(15) too got out soon stumped by Kedar Jadhav bowled Pawan Negi. And Dinesh Karthik 1(4) was out to Sreenath Aravind.
Brendon McCullum 72(44) with 2 fours and 7 sixes, played an important batting inning. Ravindra Jadeja was playing steady and Ishan Kishan the uncapped player now had the responsibility of scoring fast runs for Gujarat Lions. Ishan hit some big sixes but soon got Jadeja in a confusion and run out. Ishan did continue to play with high strike rate. He scored 39(16) with 4 sixes and 2 fours.
Gujarat Lions did give it a fight finishing at 192/7 in 20 over, but RCB did play to win with big scores from their batting lineup and RCB won by 21 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled 4 overs taking 3 wickets giving 31 runs. Man of the match was awarded to Chris Galye 77(38) for his super batting.
RCB won but now beware GL have found Ishan Kishan. Now it will be interesting to see the next GL match vs KKR on 21st April and RCB vs KKR on 23rd April.