A patient 46 off 50 balls from Chris Gayle was the catalyst for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s thrilling five-wicket success over Chennai Super Kings with just a ball to spare in their Indian Premier League match in Ranchi yesterday. Gayle hit three sixes and three fours in his knock.
Skipper Virat Kohli (27 off 29 balls) gave Gayle great support, the pair sharing in a 61-run partnership to set up the run chase as Bangalore reached 142 for five off 19.5 overs in reply to Chennai’s 138 for four off 20.
Kohli slammed one six and one four before he was undone by the spin of Ravindra Jadeja, while AB de Villiers smashed 28 off just 14 balls with three sixes and a four to see his team home.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Samuel Badree, playing for Chennai, bowled three overs for 15 runs without taking a wicket.
The win gives the Royal Challengers some hope of making the latter stages of the tournament and, while the loss is a setback for Chennai who are still expected to progress.
When Chennai batted Brendon McCullum’s (19) opening salvo was a magnificent six off Muttiah Muralitharan and then a top edge for a maximum off Aaron.
Eventually he was well caught in the deep by Mitchell Starc off Aaron, when trying to clear the ropes for a third time.
The threat of Dwayne Smith ended two balls later, the West Indian being another victim of Aaron, who had him easily caught at cover when he spliced one to AB de Villiers. Suresh Raina and David Hussey, tried to counter the bowling side, but had to settle for consolidation.
Hussey had moved on to 25 before he tried to pull Murali over the mid-wicket boundary, but instead found Starc in the deep.
However, his 75-run partnership with Raina reinvigorated the Chennai innings. Raina passed 50 off just 35 balls, going on to remain unbeaten on 62 to lead his team to a competitive score however it was still not enough in the end.
Chennai T20 138/4 (20/20 ov) (Raina 62) vs Bangalore 142/5 (19.5/20 ov) (Gayle 46, Ashwin 2-16)
—Bangalore won by 5 wickets
Hyderabad 142/8 (20/20 ov) (Warner 34, Umesh 3-26) vs Kolkata 146/3 (19.4/20 ov) (Uthappa 40, Yusuf 39*)
—Kolkata won by 7 wickets