Rajkot, April 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Lions in a 2017 Indian Premier League clash at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Tuesday. RCB have beaten Gujarat Lions by 21 runs. This win propelled RCB to the sixth spot. This is their second win of the season.
Chasing a massive target of 214, Gujarat Lions ended with 192 for seven in their quota of stipulated 20 overs in Match 20 of the tournament. With this win, bottom-placed RCB moved to sixth place while GL dropped to the last spot in the standings.
Earlier, while batting first Gayle smashed a 38-ball 77-run inning, while skipper Virat Kohli produced a superb 50-ball 64 to guide RCB to a massive 213-2 after Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to field. In the match, Chris Gayle of RCB became the first batsman to make 10,000 runs in Twenty-20 cricket.
However, Gujarat Lions 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 RCB restricted the Lions to 192-7 to snap their three-game losing streak. Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he picked up three crucial wickets, Dwayne Smith (1), Suresh Raina (23) and McCullum in his four overs to derail Gujarat's run chase.
Gujarat lost their opening batsman Smith early when he was caught at the boundary line by Mandeep Singh off Chahal's bowling at deep square-leg. Skipper Raina then slammed a quick-fire 8-ball 23 which included two fours and two sixes before becoming the second wicket of Chahal. For Gujarat, Thampi (1/31) and Kulkarni (1/37) took one wicket each.