Sunil Narine blasted a fifty off 15 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the history of the IPL while Chris Lynn slammed a 21-ball fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders pounded Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets.
With this victory, Gautam Gambhir’s team have moved to second in the points table while Virat Kohli’s team end up with just one home win in the 2017 season.
He is capitalising on the short ball well here. hrs IST: Mandeep Singh gives the crowd something to cheer as he slams an upper-cut four and a lofted six in successive deliveries of Chris Woakes. hrs IST: Fantastic over from Umesh Yadav. It is now up to Virat Kohli to revive their weak batting along with AB de Villiers. hrs IST: WICKET! He looks to turn a good length ball on the pads to mid wicket but gets a leading edge that is taken at short cover by Gautam Gambhir. hrs IST: Out come the two openers Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli.
The West Indies left-hander is playing his 100th IPL game.
They can only spoil the play-off chances of some teams and Royal Challengers Bangalore can achieve it against Kolkata Knight Riders.
For Gautam Gambhir’s team, they seem to have suffered a loss in momentum after losing two consecutive games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant.
The visitors have now risen to sixth with 6 points in eight games while Virat Kohli’s men have slipped to seventh position. Tye (Man of the Match): “The execution of the hat-trick ball was not as good as the last time (laughs). My plan to Gayle was to hit a good length and not give anything away. The ball came on nicely, it was a pretty good wicket.
Earlier, Andrew Tye’s 3/12 and Ravindra Jadeja’s double strike helped Gujarat Lions restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 134. It had some pace in it and suited our attack tonight.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing with the green jersey today as part of their Earth Day celebrations. hrs IST: The wicket is under covers because there is a slight drizzle at the moment.
He launches Aravind for a six down the ground and he goes even better with a four over deep extra cover. hrs IST: A hat-trick of sixes, followed by a hat-trick of fours. This will not help Kolkata Knight Riders one bit. hrs IST: The covers are on. He holds the key if RCB are to get to a decent total on this sluggish deck. hrs IST: The first boundary after 31 balls and it comes from Travis Head.
Narine is tearing RCB apart and is nearing fifty. hrs IST: A hat-trick of sixes from Sunil Narine. The partnership is nearing fifty and Mandeep is looking in great touch. hrs IST: No boundaries hit in the last 25 balls. RCB need to get some big hits. hrs IST: After 10 overs, RCB are 63/3. hrs IST: There is a small partnership building between Mandeep and Travis Head. Umesh Yadav’s ankle twisted as he was about to deliver and he lands awkwardly. De Villiers was looking so dangerous but he departs.
Get full cricket score of RCB vs GL here (SCORECARD | STREAMING | IPL 2017 COVERAGE) hrs IST: That’s it.
Today’s win gives us a lot of confidence.” Kohli: “It is never easy to lose games.