Chennai: Apr 12, 2012
Chris Gayle hit a blistering 68 and shared a 109-run stand with Virat Kohli (57) to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a mammoth 205 for eight against Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match on Thursday.
Gayle's explosive innings resulted in Bangalore scoring the highest score so far in the current edition.
Chennai bowlers had no clue on how to stop Gayle as the Caribbean marauder clobbered them all over the park with six sixes and two fours in his 35-ball knock.
Kohli played sensibly, a second fiddle to Gayle, for his 46-ball knock, which was laced with five fours and two sixes.
Paceman Dough Bollinger was the most successful bowler for Chennai with three wickets, all of them coming in the last over when he dismissed Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Raju Bhatkal (0).
In all, Bangalore lost four wickets in the final over and scored just seven runs, including a last-ball six.
The platform for the big score was set by Mayank Agarwal, who made 45 off 26 balls, benefiting from a dropped chance in the third over of spinner R Ashwin.
Bollinger dropped a sitter at square leg boundary as he took eyes off the ball and let Agarwal, who was on 16 at that time, score some quick runs.
Mostly Agarwal played lofted straight drives, which also fetched him a six off paceman Bollinger.
It was Agarwal all over as he hit five fours and three sixes and Gayle could face just five balls in the first five overs.
First change Albie Morkel finally sent back Agarwal when the Indian miscued a pull off a not-so-short ball.
Run-rate dipped a bit after the wicket but Gayle brought the momentum back by welcoming Suresh Raina with three huge sixes in the ninth over. Bangalore reached a handsome 96 for one in 10 overs.
Kohli supported Gayle from the other end and did succeed in finding odd boundary. Their partnership for the second wicket yielded 109 runs.
Gayle raced to his half-century with two consecutive sixes off Shadab Jakati and in just 27 balls.
It just followed a monstrous hit off Dwayne Bravo as Gayle hammered one off fellow Caribbean out of the park. Ravindra Jadeja finally dismissed Gayle by having him caught by Bravo.
The visitors lost wickets in a heap in the death overs when they went for big shots.
Brief Scores: RCB 205 for 8 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 68, Virat Kohli 57; Doug Bollinger 3 for 24, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 18) vs CSK