It was an all-round performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore © IANS
It was an all-round performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore © IANS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mowed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by a gargantuan 138-run margin in Match 40 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Bangalore on Tuesday. Chris Gayle stole the show with a brutal 57-ball 117 — his fifth IPL century — while RCB’s bowlers made a mockery of the KXIP batting line-up. Shiamak Unwalla brings the highlights of the game. READ: RCB maul KXIP by 138 runs

The long-awaited hurricane and a Cristiano Ronaldo tribute: Chris Gayle had been in reasonably decent form so far in IPL 2015 with a couple of half-centuries and some good starts. He seemed an innings away from really breaking free though. It was to KXIP’s utter horror that he chose to unleash himself in this match. He hit as many as 12 sixes (at least two of which nearly went out of the M Chinnaswamy) and seven fours in his 57-ball 117 as five of the six bowlers used went at over 10 runs per over. KXIP had only themselves to blame though; George Bailey dropped Gayle early, and Manan Vohra later did the same after Gayle had gone past 50. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

Gayle went on to celebrate in inimitable fashion, paying tribute to Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in the process. He jumped, turned his body around, and spread his arms wide open to the delight of the Bangalore spectators. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers play second fiddle: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers played the supporting roles with aplomb. Kohli scored 32 off 30 balls and had a 119-run stand for the opening wicket with Gayle. He hit three fours and a six to ensure that RCB had batsmen firing from both ends.  IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

When de Villiers came in, rotating the strike was not a priority; his unbeaten 47 came off 24 balls with three fours and four sixes. He and Gayle added 71 in just about five overs to keep the tempo going. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

Anureet Singh’s spell: Amidst all the carnage the KXIP bowlers suffered, Anureet Singh managed to hold his head high. The pacer bowled four overs for just 25 runs to end with an economy rate of 6.25 in an innings where the other five bowlers used went for 10.25, 10.75, 11.50, 12.50, and 20.50 each. IPL 2015 Leading fielders: List of Best fielders in IPL 8

Mitchell Starc sets the ball rolling: There was some anticipation at the start of KXIP’s innings. After all, Manan Vohra is a bright talent, while Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, and co. can never be discounted. Starc got the ball rolling when he had Vohra drive one in the air to David Wiese in the first over itself. He then came back to clean out the tail, getting Mitchell Johnson, Anureet Singh, and Karanveer Singh out bowled. He finished with four for 15 in his four overs. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Sreenath Aravind enjoys a classy comeback: Sreenath Aravind was playing his first match since IPL 2012, and would have been a bit nervous. He bowled Glenn Maxwell with his second ball, got Wriddhiman Saha to hole out to Virat Kohli at mid on in his next over, had David Miller bowled in the same over, and then cleaned up George Bailey to end with four for 27 on IPL comeback. IPL 2015 most dismissals by wicketkeeper: List of best wicketkeeper in IPL 8

Akshar Patel saves KXIP severe blushes: If Anureet Singh emerged with an enhanced reputation with the ball, Akshar Patel did his standing no harm with the bat. Coming in at No. 7, Akshar played a neat innings to remind people that he was no mug with the bat. His unbeaten 40 off 21 balls with five fours and two sixes accounted for nearly 50 percent of KXIP’s total, as they avert the lowest IPL score of all time. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)