Explosive Gayle batters Kings XI

West Indian destroyers second century powers Challengers to commanding 85-run victory

Explosive Gayle batters Kings XI

RCB opener Chris Gayle can’t hide his delight at racing to his second century of IPL IV on Friday night. DH Photo / Srikanta Sharma RAt the Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday, the Challengers rode on Gayle’s breathtaking 48-ball 107 (10x4, 9x6) to amass their highest total of the season, 205 for six, before restricting their rivals to a paltry 120 for nine in easily their most command all-round show yet. Gayle, who became the first batsman to score two centuries in a single IPL, was equally effective with the ball, returning rich figures of three for 21 to deservedly emerge man of the match.

With this win, Challengers rose to fourth position with 11 points after nine matches while Kings XI remained stuck on six points after eight ties.

Needing over 10 runs from the beginning, Kings XI lost skipper Adam Gilchrist – run out off a direct hit from Asad Pathan – off the first ball of the chase while Abhshek Nayar and Paul Valthaty returned to the hut by the fifth over. With an impressive S Arvind (4/14) removing Shaun Marsh, Kings XI’s hopes went up in smoke.

When Royal Challengers, inserted by Kings XI, batted, it was only the ball that went up in the air and often well out of the fielders’ reach. Given RCB’s three-match winning streak prior to Friday’s win, a bumper holiday crowd was expected but surprisingly, the stadium was barely half-full. That was no dampener for Gayle as he unleashed a brutal assault.

It’s not often that you pull off a maiden to Gayle, but Ryan Harris managed the mini-feat as the right-arm quick kept the big West Indian quiet. The left-hander’s swing-and-miss game lasted a little longer than to his liking as Praveen Kumar gave away just one run in his second over. It was, however, a sort of lull before the storm that left the visitors’ attack in complete daze.

Gayle swatted Harris in the next over for the first of his nine sixes before pulling him over mid-wicket to begin the massacre. Tillakaratne Dilshan then pulled and drove Harris to the fence in the same over as Kings XI, who had done well to concede just 17 runs in the first three overs, leaked 21 in the fourth to set the tempo for the innings. It was a mere appetiser before the main course.

Ryan McLaren gave the breakthrough in his first over when Dilshan miscued his hoick but Gayle appeared little perturbed. If anything, the 31-year-old only grew doubly dangerous as Praveen found much to his chagrin when he replaced a profligate Harris. Gayle welcomed the former RCB paceman back into the attack by lifting him over the roof of the stadium.

The next ball stayed within the stadium but the result was the same. He then flicked and drove the paceman to collect 22 runs as big overs became more of a norm than the exception. He showed little affection for paceman Love Ablish, taking 39 runs from his three overs with Virat Kohli too joining the party.

A whopping 111 came for the second wicket in just 59 balls with Kohli (27, 31b, 4x4) and Gayle had scored 84 off them, facing just 32 balls. Dropped on 103, he got out the next ball but by that time, he had done enough damage. With AB de Villiers providing the final flourish (27, 14b, 2x4, 2x6), RCB had the match in their pocket even before Kings XI began their hunt.

SCORE BOARD

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Chris Gayle c Harris b Chawla 107 (48b, 10x4, 9x6), Tillakaratne Dilshan c Praveen b McLaren 16 (9b, 4x4), Virat Kohli b Chawla 27 (31b, 4x4), AB de Villiers (not out) 27 (14b, 2x4, 2x6), Saurabh Tiwary c & b Harris 13 (9b, 2x4), Asad Pathan lbw Harris 0 (1b), Mohammad Kaif b Harris 3 (4b), A Mithun (not out) 6 (3b, 1x4). Extras (LB-5, W-1) 6. Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs) 205.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Dilshan), 2-154 (Gayle), 3-155 (Kohli), 4-186 (Tiwary), 5-186 (Pathan), 6-198 (Kaif).

Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-0-37-0, Ryan Harris 4-1-38-3, Ryan McLaren 4-0-40-1 (w-1), Love Ablish 3-0-39-0, Piyush Chawla 4-0-37-2, Abhishek Nayar 1-0-9-0.
Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 47/1; 10: 103/1; 15: 155/3; end of innings: 205/6 in 20 overs.
Runs during Power Play: 1-6 overs: 48/1.

KINGS XI PUNJAB: Adam Gilchrist (run out) 0 (1b), Paul Valthaty c Mithun b Gayle 21 (16b, 4x4), Abhishek Nayar c Tiwary b Arvind 1 (4b), Shaun Marsh c & b Arvind 4 (8b), Dinesh Kaarthick lbw Gayle 20 (15b, 3x4), Sunny Singh c Pathan b Vettori 4 (5b), Ryan Mclaren b Arvind 28 (32b, 1x4), Piyush Chawla b Gayle 5 (6b), Ryan Harris c Pathan b Arvind 17 (25b, 1x4), Praveen Kumar (not out) 15 (7b, 2x4, 1x6), Love Ablish (not out) 0 (2b). Extras (W-4, NB-1) 5. Total (for 9 wkts, 20 overs) 120.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Gilchrist), 2-5 (Nayar), 3-28 (Valthaty), 4-34 (Marsh), 5-50 (Sunny Singh), 6-57 (Kaarthick), 7-67 (Chawla), 8-104 (McLaren), 9-105 (Harris).

Bowling: Zaheer Khan 4-0-35-0 (w-3), S Arvind 4-0-14-4, Chris Gayle 4-0-21-3, A Mithun 3-0-29-0 (w-1), Daniel Vettori 4-0-14-1, Virat Kohli 1-0-7-0 (nb-1).
Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 33/4; 10: 62/6; 15: 89/7; end of innings: 120/9 in 20 overs.
Runs during Power Play: 1-6 overs: 38/4.

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