In the 20th match of Indian Premier League’s tenth edition, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat Gujarat Lions to hold seventh position in IPL 2017 points table. Team RCB won the game by 21 runs and improved its rank in the points table. This was the second victory for RCB in this ongoing cricket tournament.
Gujarat Lions won the toss and opted to bowl first. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli arrived on the ground as opener batsmen of RCB team. The two cricketers commenced the batting inning with stormy performances. West Indies’ left handed batsman scored 77 runs in 38 balls. He hit 5 fours and 7 sixes. Virat scored 64 runs in 50 balls.
After the wickets of these powerful hitters, Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav continued to maintain team’s healthy run rate above 10.00 and took the total score to 213 runs with their effective contribution. Head scored 30 runs while Kedar made 38 runs in 16 balls. The team ended up scoring a huge number of runs in 20 overs with the loss of four wickets.
Batting inning of Gujarat Lions had a stuttering commencement. The team lost the valuable wicket of Dwayne Smith in early stage of the inning. Right handed batsman Brendon McCullum played a crucial role in chasing the massive target of 214 runs. The New Zealand player scored 72 runs in 44 balls. Brendon hit 2 fours and 7 sixes.
Apart from the splendid performance of this stormy opener player, skipper Suresh Raina and Ishan Kishan endeavoured to drive the match results to their side. Runs scored by them weren’t quite enough for the team to surpass the monstrous score set up by the opponent team. GL could make 192 runs in 20 overs and lost seven wickets while chasing the target.