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Chris Gayle was dismissed for six off 13 balls during Match 44 of Indian Premier League (IPL) between Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match and Gujarat Lions at Bengaluru on Saturday. Gayle’s poor run in this edition of IPL continues as this was his fifth consecutive single digit score. Gujarat Lions won the toss and put Virat Kohli-led RCB to bat first. It is a must-win fixture for RCB, while Gujarat is one win away to make it to the final four of this ninth edition of IPL. While RCB have four games in hand, Gujarat have two more games after Saturday’s match. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, Match 44 at Bengaluru

Dhawal Kulkarni was the wicket-taker for Gujarat who bagged Gayle’s wicket in the fourth over. While playing towards he off-side, Gayle got an inside edge that clipped his leg stump, leaving Bangalore at 19 for 1 after 3.5 overs. After dismissal of Gayle, AB de Villiers joined Kohli at the crease and the duo went on to put up 96-run stand for the second-wicket in 9 overs.

Gujarat are without the services of their regular skipper Suresh Raina who is on parental leave. He flew to Amsterdam earelier this week for the birth of his first child. In his absence, Gujarat is being led by former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum.

With three more matches to go for Lions in the group stage, a win will be enough to seal a spot for them in the final four. However, Steyn believes Lions are way more capable than winning just one off the three matches they would play before the Playoffs. READ: Dale Steyn: Bowlers win their teams far more matches than batsmen

“Bangalore have four matches left and need to win them all to make the playoffs. I get a little nervous doing the math, but I hear people saying we only need to win one of our last three games. I don’t like that talk. Let’s win them all to make sure! It hasn’t been a great tournament for Bangalore but they remain one of the most difficult and dangerous teams here, capable of winning on any given day against any other team,” the Gujarat Lions’ fast bowler said.