Virat Kohli is nearing his fifty © AFP (File Photo)
Virat Kohli is nearing his fifty © AFP (File Photo)

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are batting at an extremely quick pace in Match 50 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Both are batting at a strike rate of above 170. KXIP won the toss and elected to bat first. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli opened for RCB. Gayle took the strike against Sandeep Sharma who bowled the first over. The left-hander tried a few defencive strokes before picking up a single at extra cover. Kohli drove the next ball for a four. He looked so settled in his drive near covers, it clearly appeared that he was in a very good form. Live Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 50 at Bengaluru

Gayle rotated the strike off the first ball in the next over by pulling it towards deep mid-wicket. Gayle hit the first boundary off the fifth ball of the second over bowled by Mohit Sharma. After two overs, RCB were 12 for no loss.Gayle came in his own in the fourth over. He hit Kyle Abbot for two sixes and a four. He did not stop there and gave the same treatment to KC Cariappa. Live Blog: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016, Match 50 at Bengaluru

Earlier, heavy rains delayed the crucial league tie for hosts RCB against KXIP at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. “As it is still raining, toss will be held only after it stops and umpires inspect the ground to assess its condition to start play,” a Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) spokesman had told IANS. The toss was to be held at 7:30 p.m. and the match was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Toss finally took place at around 9.32. The match was reduced to a 15-over for both the teams to make up for the time lost. The 22-yard pitch and most of the ground was covered with tarpaulins, heavy rain for over an hour from 6:30 p.m. onwards, flooded the outer field and kept hundreds of fans away from the stadium.

(With IANS inputs)