IPL 2013: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan bat under lights at Chinnaswamy

Chris Gayle (above) and Tillakaratne Dilshan had their first net session for RCB after they had arrived late last night © PTI (File Pic)

Bangalore: April 3, 2013

Explosive Jamaican Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan dasher Tillakaratne Dilshan today batted under lights for half an hour at the Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s net practice ahead of their encounter with Mumbai Indians on April 4 at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Gayle and Dilshan had their first net session for RCB after they had arrived late last night. Both of them batted with the same vigour as they normally do out in the middle; they spanked the bowlers mercilessly.

Former captain Daniel Vettori, who is coming into the team after recovering from an injury, also rolled his arms over. The Kiwi looked relaxed and fit, unlike Zaheer Khan who is also recovering from a calf-muscle injury and was absent from the session.

Zaheer had sustained an injury during Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy game against Gujarat last December and was then dropped from the Indian Test squad against England.

In the afternoon, Mumbai Indians practiced in the stadium with Kieron Pollard and Dwanye Smith taking guard at the nets to bat. Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma also batted.

Prior to getting some batting practice, Mumbai Indian players concentrated on fielding under the watchful eyes of South African great Jonty Rhodes.

Jaydev Unadkat, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha bowled to almost all the top Mumbai Indians batsmen.