Royal Challengers Bangalore crush Somerset by 51 runs

Chris Gayle’s powerful batting stormed the Bangalore franchise to a massive total of 206 runs in a must-win match AFP

Bengaluru: Oct 3, 2011

Home team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) late Monday thrashed English county Somerset by 51 runs in a must-win game at the Chinnaswamy stadium to keep its hopes alive in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Set to score an imposing 207, Somerset struggled to reach 155 runs for six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs after a defiant start by openers Peter Trego (58) and Craig Kiewwetter (26) who put up a 42-run partnership for the first wicket.

Earlier, put to bat first, RCB scored 206 for six wickets, with its big-hitter Chris Gayle blasting 86 of 46 balls with eight mighty sixes and four fours.

Skipper Daniel Vettori and Sreenath Arvind shared two wickets each for RCB. (IANS)

Brief Score: RCB 206 for 6 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 86; Virat Kohli 33; Steve Kirby 2 for 23) bt Somerset 155 for 6 in 20 overs (Peter Trego 58, Craig Kieswetter 26; Daniel Vettori 2 for 25) by 51 runs.

Man of the Match: Chris Gayle

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