Gayle’s whirlwind 76 not enough for RCB

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC): West Indies batting star Chris Gayle smashed a whirlwind half-century and passed 9,000 runs in Twenty20s, but his effort was in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad edged Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight runs to lift the 2016 Indian Premier League yesterday. Chasing an imposing 209 for victory in the final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were propelled by the left-handed Gayle’s top score of 76 off 38 deliveries with four fours and eight massive sixes. He put on 114 for the first wicket with the prolific captain, Virat Kohli, who hammered 58 off 34 balls, but once they were separated, the RCB innings collapsed from 140 for one as six wickets tumbled for 54 runs. RCB required 18 from the last over, but seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved brilliant, conceding just nine runs. The foundation of Sunrisers’ victory was laid by captain David Warner, who pummelled 69 from 38 deliveries at the top of the order. Fellow Australian, Ben Cutting, who was voted Man of the Match, stroked an unbeaten 39 from just 15 balls with three fours and four sixes while veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh hit 38 from 22 deliveries. The left-handed Warner, who counted eight fours and three sixes, put on 63 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (28) and a further 34 for the second wicket with another Australian, Moises Henriques (4). Gayle, who shared the new ball, finished wicketless from his three overs of off-spin, which cost 23 runs, while Barbados-born England seamer Chris Jordan claimed three for 45. CLEARING THE BOUNDARY Needing to score at 10.45 runs an over, RCB were given a flying start by the mercurial Gayle. His first 16 runs needed 13 deliveries, but he teed off in the third over from left-arm seamer Barinder Sran, which went for 16 runs, twice clearing the boundary and then finding it on another occasion. The Jamaican reached his half-century off 25 balls by belting Henriques over long on off for six and he combined with Kohli to rip into the Aussie seamer in the ninth over, which leaked 21 runs. Gayle seemed en route to his 18th T20 hundred when he miscued a big hit at seamer Cutting and was caught at third man. One of the world’s leading T20 batsmen, Gayle now has 9,066 runs in the game’s shortest format. Kohli carried on, raising his half-century with a six off Sran in the 13th over, but he fell a couple of balls later in the same over, as Sunrisers hit back strongly.last_img

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