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Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina during the toss © BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Gujarat Lions (GL) by 21 runs in Match 20 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Batting first, Man of the Match Chris Gayle smashed 77 off just 38 deliveries putting up a 122-run stand for the first wicket along with Virat Kohli who scored 50-ball 64. Later, Kedar Jhadav and Travis Head carried on the momentum scoring 54 runs in 25 deliveries, putting up 213 runs on the board. GL in their chase kept on losing wickets at regular interval as Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 for 31. Brendon McCullum displayed great resilience by scoring 72 off 44 deliveries but in vain as he could not a stable partner at the other end. Ishan Kishan did try his best in the final overs scoring 16-ball 39 but, GL eventually fell short by 21 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20

Earlier, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Kohli putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught. Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand. Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to the third man for a single.

There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes. The 37-year-old met out special treatment to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, milking him for 21 runs in his very first over before getting to his first half-century of the season off a mammoth 104-metre six from chinaman Shivil Kaushik.

Kohli, who till now was enjoying Gayle’s power hitting from the other end, got down to business to get to his second half-century of this year’s IPL.

The 28-year-old looked good, striking seven boundaries and a six, to raise a 37-run second wicket to stand with Head before pacer Dhawal Kulkarni’s slower delivery did the trick for the home side.

Towards the end, Jadhav and Head showed no mercy on the bowlers, dispatching them out of the park at will as the visitors milked 35 runs from the final two overs.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 213 for 3 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 77, Virat Kohli 64; Basil Thampi 1 for 31, Dhawal Kulkarni 1 for 37) beat Gujarat Lions 192 for 7 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 72, Ishan Kishan 39; Yuzvendra Chahal 3 for 31, Pawan Negi 1 for 21) by 21 runs.

Man of the Match: Chris Gayle

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20