IPL 2017: Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli help RCB break losing streak

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    SNS Web | New Delhi

    April 18, 2017 | 6:30 pm

RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (R) (Photo: AFP)

Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets to help RCB beat GL by 21 runs.

Motivated by the inspiring knocks of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 21 runs at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday.

Chasing a huge target of 214 runs, Gujarat failed to reach the mark in their allotted 20 overs at their home ground and were restricted to 192/7.

With this win, RCB broke the losing streak as they had suffered three consecutive defeats earlier.

Gujarat’s star hitter Brendon McCullum scored 72 runs off 44 balls to keep home fans’ hope alive. However, he couldn’t find a strong support at the other and thus Gujarat failed to capitalise the advantage. 

Young-gun Ishan Kishan scored causative knock of 39 runs at the middle-order besides not-so-impressive performances by Suresh Raina (23), Aaron Finch (19) and Ravindra Jadeja (23).

Chahal (3/31) led RCB’s bowling attack that was well-supported by Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind and Adam Milne.

Negi, Aravind and Milne took the scalp of Finch, Dinesh Karthik (1) and Kishan respectively. Dwane Smith (1), McCullum and Raina were the victims of leg-spinner Chahal.

Earlier, it was explosive T20 hitter Chris Gayle, who returned to his devastating best with smashing 77 runs off 38 balls to take RCB to a mammoth score of 213/2.

With this, Gayle scripted history as he became the first cricketer to complete 10,000 T20 runs in cricket.

The 37-year-old West Indies’ batsman hit seven sky-touching sixes and five boundaries in the 20th match of the IPL 2017.

Along with skipper Virat Kohli (64), Gayle put gigantic 122-run partnership stand for the opening wicket.

Kohli also impressed with the willow as he struck a six and seven boundaries in his entertaining 50-ball knock.

At the end of their innings, Travis Head (30*) and Kedar Jadhav (38*) were batting with an unbeaten 54-run partnership stand for the fourth-wicket.

For Gujarat, Dhawal Kulkarni and Basil Thampi were the only successful bowlers as they claimed one wicket each.

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